Deadly Partnership

Deadly Partnership

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.

 

 

Rating: *****

The Break

The Break

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.

 

Rating:*****