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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Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

I recently ranted about how the domestic thriller genre may as well be replaced by the words “for fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train“. It’s now moving beyond a pet peeve, to the point that I think it’s doing new releases an active disservice. I can only assume that whichever blurb writer […]

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The Last of Us by Rob Ewing

Rob Ewing’s The Last of Us is an interesting take on the apocalyptic genre, populated almost entirely by children. This in and of itself gives the novel a fresh and unique feel, while adding an additional element of peril – these children would barely be equipped to take care of themselves under the best of […]

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The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

In the post-Gone Girl world, it seems that “for fans of Gillian Flynn” might as well usurp “domestic thriller” as a genre. I can picture the library signs now: “Young Adult”, “Horror”, “Crime”, and there, nestled in the far corner by the coffee machine, “For Fans of Gillian Flynn”. The Loving Husband is no Gone […]

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The Fireman by Joe Hill

This book is something special. Let’s start with some stats, shall we? Books I’ve shelved on Goodreads: 617 Books that have wound up on my favourites shelf: 18 Books that kept me up all night: 10 Books that made me cry: 3 Books that left me bereft and at sea, listening to Dire Straits’ “Romeo […]

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Out of Bounds by Val McDermid

Out of Bounds is so good. So good. Even as a longstanding Val McDermid fan, that praise doesn’t come lightly. I don’t think I’ve quite read all thirty of her books (there were a few early Lindsay Gordons I may have missed), but it comes damn close. I went through a shaky patch were I […]

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