Book review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes by Anna Smaill, Sceptre, ISBN 9781444794533, RRP$34.99 What if we didn’t remember things? What if memory meant so little to us that we let things go, not even knowing what they were? What if our world was so full of music, both beautiful and dangerous, that it crowded out our memories? That’s the […]

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Book review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury, ISBN9781408856000, RRP $24.99 Some books you read the blurb for and get rather excited about. Expectations run high… which can always lead to dashed hopes. That rather dramatic opening is basically my way of saying I really had high hopes for There Will Be Lies but ultimately […]

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Book review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Doubleday, ISBN 9780857522320, RRP NZ$36.99 Unreliable narrators are all the rage these days, as are unlikeable narrators. It’s a fine line though, unreliable can veer into the ridiculous while unlikeable can end up unreadable. It takes a good author (and a good editor, I suspect) to keep […]

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Pop Goes The Weasel by M.J. Arlidge

Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge, Penguin, ISBN9781405914963, RRP $37 M.J. Arlidge’s debut novel Eeny Meeny introduced us to DI Helen Grace and Arlidge’s particular brand of crime/thriller/police procedural.  With Pop Goes the Weasel he tells the story of a new killer while picking up the pieces from the ending of Eeny Meeny. DI […]

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The Monster Hunter: The Adventures of Benjamin Gaul by Kit Cox

The Monster Hunter: The Adventures of Benjamin Gaul by Kit Cox, Book Guild Publishing, ISBN 9781909984943 Monsters, kids, steampunk, Victorian, orphans – The Monster Hunter seems to hit every touchpoint that’s big right now in storytelling. Fortunately it’s also a fun and intriguing read, and one that will leave you looking forward to the next […]

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