The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver

I became a Jeffery Deaver fan by total happenstance, which isn’t something you can say about most authors. Back around 2007, when I was a student at Edinburgh University, I wandered into my local Waterstones and happened to hit the very tail end of a signing for The Sleeping Doll – the first in Deaver’s […]

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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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Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah

“If I ever get to rate this kidnapping on TripAdvisor, I’ll give it four stars instead of three.” Did You See Melody? is such a good thriller. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Sophie Hannah’s Culver Valley series – mostly because she can write a damn good plot, but her regular characters are frequently insufferable. […]

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My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

I think My Name is Leon would have resonated more deeply had I not recently read the magnificent What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor. The two books share similar themes – young boys from dislocated families, struggling to make sense of their worlds. It’s not that one is better than the other, but I think […]

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