Tag Archives: Thriller
Storm Front by Jim Butcher. I am not normally a fantasy reader, but this book really hooked me! It was amusing and entertaining, with building action and tension. Storm Front is a bit like a ‘Harry Potter’ with adult characters… … Continue reading
Not Dead Enough by Peter James. Post by Robyne55. Is there anything better than a British detective? After you read this novel your answer will be no, for Roy Grace is a cracker and he is just one of a … Continue reading
A complex plot yet easy to follow with tightly written suspense. It offers up a number of twists and turns and some compelling behind the scenes dialogue. I like books that include side stories that usually relate to the past and in Alone you will certainly find yourself questioning who is good, bad, a victim or a killer? The characters develop at a steady pace as the book goes on. Gardner sets the stage up perfectly and steadily reveals information which have you always wanting to read on.
Alone starts with State Trooper Bobby Dodge out on a domestic disturbance call where there appears to be a hostage situation. As he is setting up surveillance he sees a man with a gun pointing at a woman and a child. His sniper training instincts kick in a he shoots the man, killing him with one shot to the head. This action is the catalyst that ignites a chain of events that form the story. The father of the gunned down man is a powerful judge who takes out charges against Dodge and Catherine the woman (who is his daughter-in-law) for wrongful death. He wants Dodge up for the murder of his son Jimmy! It becomes quite impossible to say for sure who is the bad guy and who is the good guy?
You will learn some interesting things about this judge, Catherine and Dodge as the story unfolds and some surprising details about who Jimmy really was too. I was constantly surprised by the plot – there are no holes – the explosive ending is a real ripper. It was a fantastic read, a book I read in 2 sessions as I truly couldn’t put it down.
Red Rain by R.L Stine. Posted by Lisa from Southport Library As an avid reader of R.L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ novels as a child, I was quite excited at the news he was releasing a creepy novel for an adult audience. … Continue reading
Want Something Different to the Vast Amount of Book Traffic in the Saturated Rescue/Vengance Novel Genre?
Bad Traffic by Simon Lewis, is a breath of fresh air if you want something different from the rescue/avenge a loved one in a foreign land genre norm. It involves a father receiving a panicked call from his daughter in … Continue reading
I really enjoyed the bleak humour and the bloodiness of the violence in Headhunters – the film adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s novel. It’s a slick heist movie full of thrills, gore and intrigue. The movie begins by introducing Roger Brown, a slick, smarmy little headhunter with big overheads to meet. He makes his mortgage payments with high-end breaking and entering and stealing artworks from his rich interviewees. This is working out quite well for Roger until his latest interviewee and potential target, the suspicious Clas comes into his life. Clas is so not the sort of person you want to steal art from!
When Roger finds out that Clas is in Norway because he may have inherited a priceless Reubens painting, he thinks all his Christmases have arrived at once. So he sets up the perfect heist, getting all the details required to steal this painting with questions he puts to Clas in a job interview. It’s on this robbery that he uncovers some unfavourable circumstances and suddenly finds himself on the run from the maniac Clas and the authorities.
The film is deliriously effective at springing the element of surprise over and over again. Some of the outlandish things Roger is forced to do are really quite unbelievable but still very funny. If you are like me and have not read the book then prepare yourself for some graphic scenes, some gut-wrenchingly awful situations and some really clever twists. The plot turns randomly and the characters hold uncertain intentions and changing loyalties. Headhunters a disturbing, gripping action-thriller and you will not realise you are watching a subtitled film (if they aren’t usually your thing)
The Man Who Left Too Soon by Barry Forshaw. Since reading the three best-selling novels by Steig Larsson I have been interested in knowing more about the author, who died after finishing only three of the ten book series that he planned … Continue reading
Daddy’s Girl by Margie Orford When little six year old Yasmin goes missing snatched from the street after her ballet lesson suspicion, falls on her father a policeman. However it soon becomes evident that her father does not have the … Continue reading
Siren by Tara Moss Review by Jennifer, Southport Branch Not one to usually read crime thrillers, I was absolutely captivated by Siren. I had watched Tara Moss being interviewed once and was enthralled as to what lengths she goes to … Continue reading