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Little Face (Spilling CID, #1)
3.44
liked it
This was a tough book to rate. Little Face is part psychological thriller, part police procedural. The main character, Alice Fancourt, ventures out fo ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
Murder Under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season
3.59
really liked it
My family have developed a lovely Christmas Eve tradition in the last few years. Participating members pop their names into a hat and draw one in retu ...more
Dec 29, 2016
Dec 27, 2016
 
The Children Act
3.68
really liked it
I somehow missed out on the Ian McEwan prescription doled out to English Literature sixth-formers nation-wide. While my brother brought home Atonement ...more
Nov 08, 2016
Nov 06, 2016
 
Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles, #11)
4.17
liked it
Die Again is a pretty solid installment in Tess Gerritsen's 'Rizzoli and Isles' series, albeit one with a few issues. Gerritsen is one of those author ...more
Jan 2015
Dec 29, 2014
 
Crash & Burn (Tessa Leoni, #3)
4.00
liked it
When Nicky Frank wakes up from a brutal car accident, her memories are gone. She doesn't remember who she is or how she got here - only that she must ...more
Mar 07, 2015
Feb 28, 2015
 
The Walking Dead, Vol. 7: The Calm Before
4.27
liked it
This volume served as much-needed respite from the on-going horror, though will, I fear, prove forgettable. It's only been a few hours since I finishe ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
A Spool of Blue Thread
3.40
it was ok
A Spool of Blue Thread just wasn't my cup of tea. The sprawling family-saga isn't something I'm likely to have read were it not my book group's book o ...more
Oct 20, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
 
Gotham Central, Vol. 1: In the Line of Duty
4.17
really liked it
My introduction to graphic novels was through The Walking Dead series, and I'm really only just dipping my toe in the water when it comes to DC and Ma ...more
Jan 25, 2016
Jan 13, 2016
 
If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
3.15
Geeze Louise. This is the first book ever that I just haven't know how to rate.

I've written a few times about how this summer's excellent American Cri
...more
Nov 19, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
 
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
4.01
it was amazing
Helter Skelter was so interesting. I’d never really read any true crime before last year (when I went through a fairly intense Simpson trial phase). B ...more
Feb 11, 2017
Jan 31, 2017
 
The Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to Suffer
4.46
really liked it
The end of issue 48 is the closest this series has come to making me cry yet. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
The Subtle Knife
4.11
really liked it
"Seems to me the place you fight cruelty is where you find it, and the place you give help is where you see it needed."

I love Lee Scoresby with all my
...more
Apr 11, 2016
not set
Mar 30, 2016
 
The Collectors (His Dark Materials, #0.6)
3.79
really liked it
This Philip Pullman short story is wonderfully atmospheric. It becomes increasingly creepy as the tale progresses, and has a lingering quality long af ...more
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016
 
The Passenger
3.70
liked it
The reviews of The Passenger that I've read all seem to focus on its fast pace and unputdownable nature. While I didn't struggle to set it aside, it's ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Dec 21, 2015
 
A Room Swept White (Spilling CID, #5)
3.35
liked it
Sophie Hannah's books are endlessly frustrating to me, chiefly because she has excellent ideas and solid execution, but her characters are just dreadf ...more
Mar 29, 2015
Mar 29, 2015
 
Blood Work (Terry McCaleb, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #8)
4.12
liked it
I enjoyed Blood Work a lot. I’ve only listened to one Michael Connelly book on audio before, and based on this I think I’ve been missing out. Dick Hil ...more
Jul 03, 2017
Jun 29, 2017
 
The Competition (Rachel Knight, #4)
4.06
liked it
In 2016, largely thanks to American Crime Story, I became somewhat obsessed with the OJ Simpson trial. Among the books I read on the subject was Marci ...more
Jul 08, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
 
An Idiot Abroad
3.84
liked it
“As soon as we got in [to the Taj Mahal] we were greeted by another queue. This time it was to get on the Princess Diana bench. This is where Diana ha ...more
Nov 05, 2016
Nov 02, 2016
 
The Skeleton Road
3.79
liked it
I've been a big fan of Val McDermid for over a decade now, but her standalone novels have always been a bit hit or miss for me. I think the only one I ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 23, 2014
 
The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire
4.22
it was ok
(view spoiler) ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
The Run of His Life : The People versus O.J. Simpson
4.21
really liked it
Following my recent binge-watch of The People v O.J. Simpson and subsequent devouring of Without a Doubt - prosecutor Marcia Clarke's account of the t ...more
Jun 11, 2016
May 31, 2016
 
Death Comes to Pemberley
3.22
liked it
I read this for my book group, and found it a fairly enjoyable - if not especially well crafted - read. Despite having been into crime fiction for eon ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
 
Guns
4.17
liked it
As a huge Stephen King fan, Guns was the first Kindle Single I ever bought, way back in May 2013. It's languished at the back of my Kindle since then, ...more
May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
 
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
3.73
it was ok
I started How to Talk to Girls at Parties without realising I'd read it once before, long ago as part of Gaiman's Fragile Things collection. Within a ...more
May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
 
It
4.21
liked it
Overall, I feel pretty disappointed with It. I tore through the first 900 pages, which was a welcome change of pace after struggling for months with T ...more
Feb 04, 2013
Jan 22, 2013
 
Smoke and Mirrors
4.05
liked it
Smoke and Mirrors was a present from a friend for my birthday, and I was so psyched when I opened it. There have been some Neil Gaiman short stories t ...more
Jul 09, 2017
Jun 29, 2017
 
Gwendy's Button Box
3.90
liked it
Gwendy’s Button Box would have been a cool addition to a short story collection, but as a standalone novella, it doesn’t really have legs. It has the ...more
Jun 27, 2017
Jun 29, 2017
 
King of the Badgers
3.39
really liked it
King of the Badgers is another book club offering that I'd probably never have picked up of my own accord - but that's by no means a bad thing. It's n ...more
May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
 
Angela's Ashes
4.08
really liked it
This book was a joy to listen to. I'd heard from a lot of people that it's unrelentingly depressing, and I remember my mother having a copy in her bed ...more
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
 
MaddAddam (MaddAddam, #3)
3.99
liked it
I must admit, I'm a bit disappointed with MaddAddam as the conclusion to a trilogy. By the end of the second book, events and characters have converge ...more
Nov 29, 2014
Nov 19, 2014
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