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A page-turner….until the standoff

Gregg Dunnett ‘The glass tower’ rating 3.5-4/5 Engaging!  Briefly, the story follows a woman (Julia), thrown into fame on the release of her debut novel.  It develops into a tense plot, as events take a nasty turn.  An accident occurs on a dark road and the new novelist finds herself becoming increasingly ensnared by paranoia as she tries desperately to keep her secret hidden.  Unfortunately … Continue reading A page-turner….until the standoff

Wow! Powerful, gritty, and insightful.

Full five stars for this one.  Please note/ The following is a long analysis, containing SPOILERS, so if you have yet to read the book it may be worth reading this review after, rather than before. ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver Even the title reflects the lack of communication and openness between Franklin and Eva, concerning Kevin. This is a powerful … Continue reading Wow! Powerful, gritty, and insightful.

Cook’s no-nonsense approach, catches the killer.

4/5 The Winter Mystery by Faith Martin. An enjoyable read. Great for winter-time reading!  Briefly, a cook (come sleuth) is employed over the Christmas period to cater for a farming family. However, there is turmoil and hostility between the head of the household and the other members. Then comes a murder! Of course the cook/sleuth helps the police figure it all out. As a light-hearted … Continue reading Cook’s no-nonsense approach, catches the killer.

Light-hearted and a retro trip back to the 80’s

3.5 (The ’86 fix by Keith Pearson).  A good debut novel. Funny, with a very interesting plot. I love the ending and did not foresee that one. Briefly, a middle-aged, jaded man wishes his life had turned out differently (surprise).  He finds a computer programme he had written in his youth and this enables him to fulfil his wish of time-travel back to his adolescence.  … Continue reading Light-hearted and a retro trip back to the 80’s

In the Dark by Loreth Anne White

Rating 3/5 Loosely based on Agatha Christie’s book  ‘And then there were none’/’Ten little indians’ this had potential to be a good thriller.  Briefly, a group of ‘strangers’ are invited to a remote lodge on the pretence of securing a business opportunity.  They all seem to recognize one another but cannot quite place where they may have met.  The story unfolds that they are all … Continue reading In the Dark by Loreth Anne White

The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – A favourite classic for Halloween.

5/5  A favourite classic. Loved this book from start to finish!  A well-written classic.  It highlights the duality of human nature, the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’.   Dr Jekyll simply cannot accept that it is the lot of ‘man’, or perhaps more vainly himself, that human nature is shades of grey.  To try to change this nature in the name of both pride (as Dr … Continue reading The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – A favourite classic for Halloween.

Craven Manor by Darcy Coates. Horror/fantasy with an easy-to-read style.

Rate: 3.5.  If you want a deep psychological book, or scary horror this may not tick the boxes.  However, it is a quick-read book where you care about the characters and it keeps you interested in the storyline. Darcy Coates has a very easy style and is straightforward in her writing. It started off really well, intriguing to go and work as a groundsman for … Continue reading Craven Manor by Darcy Coates. Horror/fantasy with an easy-to-read style.

The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

4/5 star For a quick and easy read this book is probably one of the better ones.  I read it free on kindle, which can be hit and miss.  Main character seems like a ‘nice guy’, quirky, somebody interesting.  Most of the other characters have little depth to them though.  It was interesting following Crays train of thought for finding the bodies.  The idea of … Continue reading The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

What a journey of a book…..I am undecided on this one…

Rating 3.5/4 out of 5 This is a tome of a book of 500 plus pages and that may be why it was not a straight 4/5 score.  This is a pretty ‘raw’ book, which does not pull its punches so to speak. Pushes human endurance to the limits. Poor equipment and badly organized, yet something quite compelling about the journey…the human spirit. The beauty … Continue reading What a journey of a book…..I am undecided on this one…