Author Archives: broadbeachlibrarians

March 07

The Woman in the window

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – Anna Fox ex-child psychologist, alcoholic, depressive, agoraphobic, voyeur and unreliable narrator takes us on a wild ride around … well pretty much around her house. And what she can see of her neighbour’s houses. As an agoraphobic she doesn’t get out much. She lives vicariously […]

January 04

Two steps forward

Two steps forward Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist is an interesting concept – a husband & wife team, both authors, collaborating to write a novel about walking the Camino Track. The male voice is a Yorkshire man, the female a Californian. They tell their stories in alternating chapters. They have very different reasons for walking and their fellow […]

January 03

The Force

The Force by Don Winslow is an epic novel. Imagine The Godfather about cops instead of wise guys. Although the latter, along with other unsavoury types, do make an appearance. Denny Malone has been an NYPD cop for 18 years and has the scars to prove it. As the novel opens it becomes apparent that his high […]

August 31

Pure Juliet

Pure Juliet by Stella Gibbons Those readers who haven’t had the joy of reading ‘Cold Comfort Farm’ for which Stella Gibbons is justifiably famous (and it was made into a great movie) should seek out this first of her books.  A hilarious take on rural life and rural characters, and a wonderful heroine – this […]

August 30

The North Water

Warning The North Water by Ian McGuire is dark and violent. Set in the world of the Arctic whalers of the 1800s this book follows the fortunes of two men: Henry Drax and Patrick Sumner. Drax, more beast than human under the skin, is a hardened whaler who follows his own dictates, unburdened by a conscience. […]

June 30

Bird box

Bird Box by Josh Malerman.  This is one creepy book. A certain something causes madness, homicidal and suicidal rages in those who see it. Starting with a few isolated cases in Russia before spreading across the globe this post-apocalyptic novel exudes almost unbearable tension. The only way to survive is to effectively ‘blind’ oneself: board […]

The Girl from Venice

The setting for Martin Cruz Smith’s new novel The Girl from Venice is the inspiring beauty and uniqueness of Venice which fortuitously was saved from the bombing raids of World War II.  It remains intact in all its glory – maybe until nature decides otherwise – and provides the background scenery for this wartime love story. […]

The Girl on the train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is yet another psychological thriller likened to Gone Girl. The comparison is really only accurate insofar as they are both psychological thrillers, and both excellent novels. Rachel – the titular girl on the train – is somewhat of a train wreck: divorced, alcoholic and on a downward […]

Wolf of Wall Street

If you have seen the movie Wolf of Wall Street and loved it, then you should definitely read the book! The movie was a faithful reproduction of the book. Raw, no-holds-barred tell-all autobiography of Jordon Belfort’s life from rags to riches as head of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont. Making thousands of dollars a […]

Readers’ recommendations!

Are you looking for reading recommendations? These books were recommended as good reads, by the Broadbeach Open Book Club readers. Why not try one of these recommended short stories……and let us know what you thought by leaving a reply at the bottome of this post. Happy Reading! The Rip by acclaimed Australian author Robert Drewe. A […]