A Time to Run was, without a doubt, one of the best crime thrillers of last year and the thought of a new Constable Sammi Willis made me giddy with exA Time to Run was, without a doubt, one of the best crime thrillers of last year and the thought of a new Constable Sammi Willis made me giddy with excitement. Still recovering from her horrible ordeal from a year previously, Sammi is on desk duty when a group of locals come to her demanding action on a known pedophile.
Sammi's efforts to try and found who the latest victim is will be hampered by a wall of silence from those who surely know the truth. When a body is found hanging at a nearby farm it is assumed it is the perpetrator and he has committed suicide. For Sammi there is a sense of relief but also suspicion as it all seems too easy.
Sammi is determined to keep poking around. What she finds will be one of lies, betrayal, and individuals who are interested in old-fashioned punishment. With evidence lacking, Sammi will need all her skill and the help of an old friend to find what she is looking for.
There have been a fair few cases recently of second novel blues with crime/thriller reads, but I pleased to say this is not one of them. Despite being a different beast The Twisted Knot lacks for nothing from its predecessor and is intriguing and highly engaging. Sammi for one, although clearly affected by her past is highly intelligent and resourceful as she grows throughout the story and the country town of Angel Crossing is brilliantly created. throw in believable police procedure elements and you have a book that ticks all the boxes for an enthralling read....more
A year after he divorced from his wife Caitlin, it is time for Kris Kartovski to move on. After meeting a girl called Janis online at SingleHearts andA year after he divorced from his wife Caitlin, it is time for Kris Kartovski to move on. After meeting a girl called Janis online at SingleHearts and despite the disappointment of not having his son, Jake home for Christmas things appear on the up. After a few successful dates, it is now time for Kris to meet the family at their ranch at Dry Hollow.
What he finds when he arrives is Janis is sharing the ranch with her Aunt Dawn and step-mother Reina. Right from the word go Kris find himself unnerved by the behavior of the women. While Dawn seems chatty to start off with, Reina is moody and unpredictable, while Janis is quiet. Over time, their personalities change, that leaves Kris perplexed and when he can't find his car keys it is clear the women don't want him to leave. With his body slowly being overcome by sickness, Kris knows he needs to get out or he may not live to tell the tale.
Oh my this was a cracklingly unsettling read and packs an all mighty punch. The sense of dread from the moment Kris enters the ranch is paramount. You just know something's going to happen, only to be overwhelmed when the story kicks into high gear. In a way, this reminded me of Charlotte Woods, The Natural Way Of Things in reverse. If you are someone who is sensitive to extreme violence you may want to give this story a wide berth. But If you can get passed that then you will be rewarded short thriller that is an absolute gem. ...more
Odd Thomas has never had things easy. Still reeling from the loss of the love of his life, Stormy, he will soon find himself thrust into something truOdd Thomas has never had things easy. Still reeling from the loss of the love of his life, Stormy, he will soon find himself thrust into something truly sinister. When one of Odd's best friends from his childhood goes missing there is universal concern. Danny suffers from a condition that makes his bones brittle and with the thought that his psychopath biological father has abducted him, it is vital that he is found soon. When Odd, with his unique powers for finding individuals, sets out he will find himself up against a twisted evil far greater than he could have imagined.
This is a being that wants to call upon the dead and sees Odd as a means to an end. With Danny as her bait, Datura with her henchmen lay in wait. Odd will need to rely on everything he has learned over the years encountering all manner of evil. With his friend's life literally on the line, he will have to be extra careful and smart to get himself and Danny out of this mess.
For me, Forever Odd was an odd beast. I for one can't remember the first book having so much humour. This combined with the horror and supernatural elements made for a bizarre storyline that walks the line between b-movie camp and comedy. On top of that, we did not get any development with Odd as to why he is the way he is with seeing the dead. Sure it was great to have dead Elvis back again, but why can Odd see him? Lastly the evil just did not seem as scary as the menacing Bodachs. I am hoping that a change of scenery for Odd will help develop him as a character and provide a proper move on, instead of what here seems a stop gap chapter....more
Centering on a single afternoon in the life of Jane Fairchild, Mothering Sunday is a short and bittersweet read. In 1924, Jane is an orphaned maid witCentering on a single afternoon in the life of Jane Fairchild, Mothering Sunday is a short and bittersweet read. In 1924, Jane is an orphaned maid with two things on her mind, books and the local landowner's son, Paul Sheringham. On Mothering Sunday, it is tradition for maids to be with their mothers, but for Jane, she spends what will be her last day of intimacy with Paul who is due to be married in a few weeks to a woman of high social standings.
This would be a day that would make the Jane into the woman she becomes and unlike the other maids will make a great success of her life. Going back and forth through time, we the reader learn about Jane's childhood and how she becomes the woman she is. Getting through Mothering Sunday for Jane will be one of passion and terrible tragedy. Reliving her earlier life Jane walks naked through Paul's estate that brings a sense of enchantment and enlightenment.
This may sound cliched but for a book about an afternoon, this was an afternoon well spent. Touching and oh so English, Mothering Sunday is a story that will captivate and gently hold you in its embrace. Jane is a woman ahead of her time and who embraces the doors opened up by her experiences on that fateful day. For some this may be a slow burn but for others, this is a thought-provoking look at a bygone era and one woman's little part of it. ...more
There is a common misconception in our society that females communicate more than males. We have all heard the terms "natter" and "nagging" that are dThere is a common misconception in our society that females communicate more than males. We have all heard the terms "natter" and "nagging" that are directed to women, but in truth, the complete opposite is the case. Why this is the case and why it is important for more women and girls to speak up and make themselves heard is told in great detail.
Author Tara Moss gives practical advice on all facets of verbal and written communication including how to be heard effectively, preparation and tips on appropriately handling both the positive and unfavourable responses that your opinions may create. With a simple to follow guide, that is both informative and inspiring this would be an invaluable reference point for anyone who wishes to improve their communication skills.
"Society functions better for defaults and capitalism when the same people remain in the driving seat" - Author Jen Campbell.
This quote sums up perfectly not only what over half the human race face in their efforts to be heard but also why it is vital to not be silenced. Every one of us has an inner voice and when we let it free it does not just benefit us but society as a whole. Not just for females but for all genders, whether you are speaking in public, writing an essay or book or just on social media, this book will provide you with everything you need and would be a perfect tool for the classroom.
I went into Broken Crowns with joy and trepidation. The thought of being reunited with old friends like Morgan, Pen and Basil made me giddy with happi
I went into Broken Crowns with joy and trepidation. The thought of being reunited with old friends like Morgan, Pen and Basil made me giddy with happiness, but that was curtailed by the realization that this is the final installment in the trilogy. Picking up where Burning Kingdom's left of, the wars on the surface between Havalais and Dastor continue while King Ingram plunders Internment, who's own King is powerless to stop it.
When Pen inform's Morgan that their home in the sky is slowly sinking, It is clear that the mining is the reason and needs to be stopped. For that to happen, Morgan and her friends can see only one way, Killing the king and seeing his son take the reigns. But before that to happen she and her betrothal Basil are sent back to Internment to act as figure heads and to be married. What will happen down below and with are two heroes back to an occupied home makes for compulsive reading. Will Morgan's friends succeed in their plan to overthrow the king by force and will Internment be saved from annihilation at the hands of Havalais?
Lauren DeStefano is a rare breed of author who can draw you into a story with seemingly little happening. Here things got off at a million miles an hour but when you look back at it, is a slow burn. The characters are the shining light here and once again are full of strength, vulnerability and intelligence. Oddly enough for me at least, the one that stood out the most was Pen. She is wise beyond her years, has a blunt attitude, is fearless and her love for Morgan and her friends is genuine. That is not to say that Morgan, Basil and the rest of the entourage are not exceptional because they are and tie us to their life until the final page....more
Cory Taylor is one of Australia's most famed authors. With two books that have won and been shortlisted for awards, she has made her own niche in ourCory Taylor is one of Australia's most famed authors. With two books that have won and been shortlisted for awards, she has made her own niche in our literary landscape. Know though Cory, who has been battling melanoma-related brain cancer for the last decade, is facing the reality that she will soon die. It is with this knowledge that Cory explains to us how she went from one fear and disbelief to find peace and accepting of her fate.
The book itself is divided into two section with first on her own thoughts on death that has been greatly influenced by her years spent in Japan. Cory's thought process is also greatly influenced by the loss of her mother and the regret of not being with her when she died and her own realization that she is now living on borrowed time. Secondly, she explains a fractured family life full of non-stop travel, the disintegration of her parent's love and the disconnect with her brothers that remains to this day.
Cory Taylor is someone who has strong views about dying with dignity in this country. She is an advocate of euthanasia and is not afraid to talk about it. Her question of why someone who wishes to take their own life when terminally ill has to do so alone is one that hits right at the heart of a debate that rages on. While we all have our on personal view on the subject of death, It is not hard to admire someone who knows her battle is coming to an end and has taken it in good faith along with her family. With joy, sorrow, and understanding, this book is both a celebration of life and an acknowledgment of its uncertainty....more
Braavadom is a society that's rule is governed by tradition. With the next emperor, always and insider. When current ruler Ixalien Varlk finds himselfBraavadom is a society that's rule is governed by tradition. With the next emperor, always and insider. When current ruler Ixalien Varlk finds himself in a bind after the death of his wife, with no male son, burdened with the news he is Ill and has not much time left, he comes up with a solution that will shake Braavadom to its core. Not only is it his desire to install his young daughter, Maxina who is barely a child herself as queen, but controversially will suggest bringing in an outsider, Prince Ontipha of Belkidoor as Imperial king and soon Ixaliens replacement.
The young princess is completely oblivious to her father's plans. She happily lives a privileged lifestyle with her cousins and dog. Around her discontent is growing with her father's decision. For many the mere thought of a foreigner in charge of Braavadom to much to bear. With powerful forces circling the emperor will have to use all his power to ensure he keeps his families house at the crust of the kingdom. The thought of all-out war, a distinct possibility.
With the imposing empire of Braavadom as it's core, For the Empire's Throne is a sweeping drama filled extravaganza. With a well-paced storyline, that perfectly describes the beauty and savagery of the land and with well fleshed-out characters, It is not hard to be taken in. At times brutally violent and at other times filled with innocence, this is a fantasy read that will leave you waiting impatiently for the next book in the series to arrive....more
Quinn and Esther are best friends and flatmates living in the Chicago area. Over time, they have developed a strong bond, with the two looking out forQuinn and Esther are best friends and flatmates living in the Chicago area. Over time, they have developed a strong bond, with the two looking out for each other. When Quinn is woken one morning by Esther's alarm clock only to find her not home there seems little cause for concern. All she can gather is for some reason Esther has gone through the window and has left a mysterious letter signed "All my love E V". After a few days though with Esther not returned, Quinn desperately looks through her friend's room where she finds more than what she bargained for, with a new passport, a change of name form and withdrawal slips for $1'500 three days before she vanished. What could all this possibly mean? Has Esther chosen to disappear (a possibility with an ad placed for a new roommate at their address) or has something more sinister happened?
In another location an hour outside Chicago, eighteen-year-old Alex lives a miserable life with his alcoholic father. With no friends, he spends his days looking after his pop and working at the local diner. It is there where he sees a mysterious young woman. Taken in by her beauty and grace, Alex instantly falls for her, even giving her the name, "Pearl". Alex will find himself drawn more and more into her world when he discovers she is living in an abandoned house across the street. What at first seems an unlikely friendship soon develops into something much greater as Alex finds himself slap bang in the middle of a tragic turn of events that spans two generations.
Mary Kubica has done it again. Told through alternative points of view from Alex and Quinn makes for compelling reading. The question for me being, how does Alex and Pearl connect with Esther going missing and Quinn? The reveal when it does come is ingenious and before that I guarantee, more than once you will think you have things sussed out before being proven wrong. The best part for me at least was the conclusion that although elaborate, was as far away from the suspend disbelief bridge as is humanly possible. With the main characters oozing both strength and vulnerability and a sleek, pulse-pounding storyline, Don't You Cry is an enthralling mystery well worth your reading time.