The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 wasn’t what I was expecting. I’ve read in the past about people who disappear from cruises never to be seen again, with very little investigation due to the jurisdiction issues of international waters. Ware’s book does touch on that briefly, but the vessel here is more of a grand yacht […]

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants has gotten to me in the weirdest, most unexpected way. On almost every level, it should slot neatly alongside the myriad of fun-but-forgettable stories I read/listen to endlessly and immediately move on from. The writing is solid but not stunning, the plot is damn good fun but not life-changing, and there’s a love […]

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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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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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