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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The Thousand Dollar Tan Line: Veronica Mars 1 by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line: Veronica Mars 1 by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham, Allen & Unwin, ISBN 9781760112363, RRP $15.99 It seems like I should start this with a declaration. No, I was not a Veronica Mars TV series fan. Not that I was a disliker or an active anti-fan, I just never got […]

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Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

This review first appeared in the NZ Herald on Sunday, 23 November 2014. Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (The Friday Project) A hilarious take on academia, Dear Committee Members is an epistolary novel (in other words, written in letters). Professor Jason Fitger is constantly called upon to write letters of recommendation for students, fellow academics […]

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