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Tim rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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A good read. I heard an interview with the author on a BBC podcast and I liked the premise: a woman who sees, and muses on, a young couple observed from the window of her commuter train, then thinks something has gone awry between them. The observer' ...more
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The Ghost Shift by John Gapper
The Ghost Shift: A Novel
by John Gapper
read in October, 2014
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Gapper seems to understand contemporary China well, and he has written a thriller to show off that knowledge and insight. There are chunks that are delicious--truly suspenseful, with real things at stake--and chunks that are mere travelogue, often mu ...more
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Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason
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A fantastic book, a delve into Inspector Erlendur's early days as a young policeman, circa 1968. He works nights, the most menial of coppers, but starts looking into the all-but-written-off death of a drunkard named Hannibal (who, in flashbacks, reve ...more
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Killer, Come Hither by Louis Begley
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The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill
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This very solid outing for Simon Serrailler is disturbing in several ways. First, the crime, the major one anyway, is horrific, pedophilia and child sex trafficking--oh, and rape, from a most unexpected quarter. Second, the case takes Serrailler unde ...more
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Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indriðason
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The ninth “Inspector Erlendur” novel from Iceland’s consistently rewarding novelist Arnaldur Indridason. A haunting, deeply personal story for the taciturn, conflicted Reykjavik detective, who is on holiday in the rural area in which he grew up—and w ...more
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
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Utterly unexpected, and unexpectedly charming. A Zen approach to decluttering your house revolving around a simple concept: "Does this spark joy?" If not, get rid of it; if so, keep it. Kondo's mind is unusual to say the least; she embraces (without ...more
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Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré
Our Kind of Traitor
by John le Carré
read in December, 2014
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I have been such a fan of Le Carre for so long that it's difficult for me to admit, to myself, that his books of late have been less than stellar reads. He's still adept at so many things--quick thumbnail characterizations, so that you realize someth ...more
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Killer, Come Hither by Louis Begley
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Chance by Kem Nunn
Chance
by Kem Nunn
read in October, 2014
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This felt a bit off the Kem Nunn track (and I am a devoted fan of Nunn's work), but was compelling enough. I was drawn to the title (also the last name of the main character, neuropsychiatrist Dr. Eldon Chance, and "Eldon" is not a name you hear ever ...more
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