by Richard Gardner
I wasn’t sure as I was reading this whether it was odd in a good or a bad way. Having got to the end successfully and being left thinking about the story and the characters, I must conclude it is a good sort of odd. The style of writing is definitely interesting, particularly the depictions of criminality which are presented in a very matter of fact way that leaves me wondering if my emotional response to murdering people is all wrong. But then again, I’m not a murderous criminal and perhaps I am gaining an insight into the murderous mind. The author seems just a little bit too skilled at getting into the right mindset here – I’m worried!
Overall, a good read. I was expecting more twists and turns than actually existed but this is a brilliantly written story that is gripping as well as unsettling.
by Marian Keyes
“The Break” is an interesting read, exploring in detail the relationship between Amy and her husband Hugh as he takes a break from their marriage. The story follows Amy’s attempts to cope, the author weaving in other more subtle stories of relationships and their intricacies; mother and daughter(s), work colleagues, etc. It makes for an impressive exploration of relationships and a myriad of grey areas are thrown up and dealt with along the way.
Overall, this was a good read; the story was easy to follow and held my attention to the end.
by Simon Lelic
This is one of those books that gets under your skin, definitely something I could describe as “unputdownable.” As Syd and Jack’s story unfolds, I am drawn into an ever deeper, darker world, each scene vivid and alive in my mind as I read it. The plot is crafted with skill, manipulating me at every turn. There is no superfluous fluff, every detail counts and leads me towards the fantastic, unpredictable ending which makes me stop and re-evaluate everything I had read up until that point. A very satisfying read that will linger in my mind for some time!
by Walt Stone and Mica Stone
This is a good, long read. The story moves at a fair pace and there were no dull moments where I felt bored or like I wanted to give up, which is saying something because it took me a long time to get through it due to personal circumstances, normally it’s hard to pick up a story after leaving it for a while- but not in this case!
The story itself is set in a post-apocalyptic ice age world; something unique to this genre that I haven’t seen before. The main characters are crafted vividly in my mind and I find myself really caring about what happens next to them (which is quite the adventure I have to say!)
by John Grisham
Overall a great read, The Racketeer is very typically John Grisham so you know exactly what you are going to get with this one. Different elements of the story were woven together in perfect detail to a satisfying ending. I did get a little bored during the middle but definitely not enough to want to stop reading!
by Imran Mahmood
An intense, gripping read, “You Don’t Know Me” consists almost entirely of one character speaking for himself in a court room, leaving us breathlessly following his story without pause to divert elsewhere. Not many authors could get away with such a story, but Mahmood pulls it off brilliantly.
Even more brilliant is the range of emotions this book created within me. All at once I felt bad for the main character, who has a very ‘disadvantaged’ background, yet I could never feel too bad due to his unique kind of in-eloquent intelligence. I felt conflicted and confused, was he a victim of his own environment and essentially a good person? But then again, he couldn’t be good if he did even half the things that he himself claimed that he did. This tugging back and forth with my emotions went from beginning to end, where I STILL don’t have an answer.
In all, a very good read and one that makes you stop and think!