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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Post by Robyn55. After you finish a great novel do you ever find yourself wondering what your favourite character will go on to do in their lives? Of course you do, this question is what … Continue reading
Argo by Antonio J. Mendez and Matt Baglio. Post by Marie. This book has everything that you would like in an espionage thriller. It is intriguing, fast-paced and set during a tumultuous time in a war-torn country. The best thing … Continue reading
Where The Bodies Are Buried by Chris Brookmyre, narrated by Sarah Barron This bestselling action packed and hilarious crime thriller is the first in the series starring Private Investigator Jasmine Sharp. ‘Prodigiously funny and inventive, here he takes crime fans … Continue reading
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)