Author Archives: Bubble

June 12

Thunder Point by Jack Higgins

Thunder Point is a throwback to the era of Alistair Maclean and Hammond Innes, and is a great rollicking yarn. I really enjoyed this book and I think it was made better because I listened to it via audiobook and the narrator was a master at managing the various accents and dialects. It is the […]

November 18

The Informant by Thomas Perry

The informant is a thriller and the third installment in the ‘Butcher’s Boy’ series by Thomas Perry. The assassin known as ‘Butcher’s Boy’ who made an enemy of the Mafia in the first 2 books in the series, is now married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer. While his career has been […]

June 30

Winter Prey By John Sandford

Written in 1993, Winter Prey is one of the earliest of the John Sandford thrillers. A riveting story featuring the character of Lucan Davenport, it is set in North Wisconsin in icy, blizzard conditions that set the scene for the extremely dark plot which ensues. The villain is a particularly nasty character called the Ice […]

The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne

Written by Scottish author R.M. Ballantyne in 1858, The Coral Island is a classic adventure story which has stood the test of time. In view of the fact that it was written in the 19th century, the story for me is very entertaining. The language is certainly more formal and in keeping with its day, […]

Dead Man’s Time by Peter James

With Dead Man’s Time Peter James writes his usual great thriller, with his appealing character Detective Superintendent Roy Grace taking the central role once again. It is an intriguing tale and while it is largely set in 2012, it flashes back to 1912 to lay out the initial details of the New York gangland crime […]

You Don’t Want To Know by Lisa Jackson

From the very first page this thriller ensnares the reader in the plot. It has many suspense elements intact – a missing child, a mother almost out of her mind with grief, a dysfunctional family and an isolated island location with a deserted asylum. It is set in modern times and offers the usual Lisa […]

Desert God by Wilbur Smith

This epic novel comes at the end of the Ancient Egyptian series and reviews suggest that the prior books – in particular River God – are very good indeed. This one however was a struggle for me to finish and my feeling is that perhaps the author would have been better to leave the subject […]

Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman

Set in the north of the United States, the atmosphere is effectively set as cold and isolated, in keeping with the theme of the book and its troubled characters. Central to the plot is Nora Hamilton who finds her world shattered one morning when she awakens to find her policeman husband Brendon has committed suicide […]

Mornings In Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

Mornings in Jenin This powerful story traces the life journey of four generations of a Palestinian family from the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 until the early 1980s. In doing so, it covers a great many remarkable and confronting events. The book begins just prior to the Nakba of 1948 when a […]