Night Film by Marisha Pessl

“Life had been a suit I’d only put on for special occasions. Most of the time I kept it in the back of my closet, forgetting it was there. We were meant to die when it was barely stitched anymore, when the elbows and knees were stained with grass and mud, shoulder pads uneven from […]

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The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

The Steel Kiss is the first Jeffery Deaver book I’ve read in too long a while. Having first come to Mr. Deaver’s writing through his excellent short story collections (Twisted and More Twisted), I’m also technically six books into the Lincoln Rhyme series. But when The Steel Kiss, twelfth in the series, showed up as […]

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

A God in Ruins is a companion piece to Kate Atkinson’s time-travelling World War II drama Life After Life. (I read the latter back in 2014, and although I appear to have only rated it 3/5, hindsight must have softened my judgement because I’m sure I remember loving it.) Given the nature of Life After […]

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Resistance by Val McDermid

Resistance is a fun little apocalypse tale from the Queen of Crime. It’s super short at barely over two hours long, but it began life as a radio drama in three 45 minute segments, so was never intended to be a full-length feature. The story follows frustrated journalist Zoe, whose serious stories have fallen out […]

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Adamtine by Hannah Berry

As with Tenth of December, I wouldn’t have come across Adamtine were it not for The Guardian’s regular Top 10 book list feature. (Browsing it is an excellent way to kill quiet periods at work, and my to-read list has been growing exponentially in recent weeks). Adamtine came recommended as being amongst the top ten […]

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He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

I’ve been weaning myself off constant thrillers this year, but I really enjoyed He Said/She Said. It’s far more than the ‘did-he-didn’t-he?’ rape accusation that the title implies. Our heroine is Laura, who witnesses what she believes to be a rape taking place at an eclipse festival. The ramifications reverberate down the years, following through […]

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