Tuesday, 5 September 2017

After the Fire by Henning Mankell

I enjoyed this book, the story is based around Fredrik who is a retired doctor living alone on an island. He wakes up to find his house on fire and he's the prime suspect. 

It's a great little story that covers loneliness, and relationships between family and friends, making you think about how much you really know people. I really warmed to Fredrik and the way the book has been written was really well done. 

It's not particularly fast paced but still a good read with other characters brilliantly described throughout. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Review: Harry's Game by Gerald Seymour

I've just finished this book... and all I can think about is how have I not read this book sooner?? The edition I have is a 40th Anniversary edition and I can honestly say I'd never even heard of it before. 

This book was first published in 1975 and it is still a brilliant read today, the thriller covers the troubles in Northern Ireland and portrays it excellently. It is easy to get into and I found myself unable to put it down wanting to read more. 

It features Harry who is placed in Belfast at the prime minister's request to find the man that shot a local MP in London. It follows the story of Harry and his progress at trying to locate the man, as well the the story of the man who carried out the shooting as well as the politics and difficulties faced by all at that time. 

If you haven't read this book I would really recommend it as it truely is brilliant, as I've already said I'm just disappointed that I haven't read it sooner.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Review: Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

I was lucky to get an advanced copy of the book via netgalley and I'm glad that I did. Now I know that the Harry Bosch series has been around for a long time and I have read some of them but I haven't read them all, it's been a long time since I read the last one but that didn't make any difference. Sometimes if a book is part of a series and I haven't read the others it can put me off but in this it didn't make any difference that I wasn't up to date. 

I started the book and found myself straight into it alongside Harry who is currently working cold cases, using an old jail cell as his office. He is visited by his former colleagues to inform him of new evidence in a 30 year old case which means that he locked up the wrong man... or did he? Tie both his current cold case, his former case and then add in a live double murder case and it means one thing.... it's a bloody brilliant read! 

Fast paced and the way each of the cases being worked are merged it really is brilliant, I needed to keep reading and find out what was going to happen, I love the way that you get to know and care about what's happening very quickly. It was written very clearly... sometimes in books with multiple cases it can be a bit confusing but this was easy to follow.

I don't want to give away any spoilers but just recommend that if you love a good book... even if you've never heard of Harry Bosch before then give it a read. The official release date is 31st October 2017 so put the date in you diary. 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Review: For Your Own Protection, Paul Pilkington

I have just finished reading an early copy of this book which I received through netgalley. And I can honestly say that I'm glad I did.

I loved how fast paced it was, and I just wanted to carry on reading as I needed to know what happened next. The plot of the story isn't all easy to work out from the very start at the beginning and it builds as the book progresses which I liked about it as it kept me in suspense. 

It tells the story of Matt who is a bank worker that has been taking a year out of work and teaching ex-offenders at a college class, it extends to those closest to him like his ex Beth and son Charlie as well as people that are just work colleagues as well as bringing in people he has never met..... sounds boring but I don't want to give too much away... honestly it is an excellent read. It is written just brilliantly and it all fits together perfectly for the end which still contained a couple of surprises!

The official release date is 28th September so keep your eyes peeled!