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June 2017

Every Last Lie Mary Kubica

Every Last LieEvery Last Lie by Mary Kubica

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

She always trusted her husband. Until he died. Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. But when Maisie starts having nightmares, Clara becomes obsessed that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident. Who wanted Nick dead? And, more importantly, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out the truth – even if it makes her question whether her entire marriage has been a lie…
This story is told in two parts. Clara and her husband Nick. It’s a story of several themes, how people deal with grief, a police investigation and how marriages change over time, especially once children appear.
The suspense builds throughout the novel and the reader is challenged to make decisions about Clara’s thought process. Do we believe her that her husband was murdered by someone causing the accident? Or was it just one of those freak things?
A very classy novel that does what it says on the tin.

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Little Big Lies Liane Moriarty

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane hasn’t lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives – and their own secrets.
Okay I confess I succumbed to the hype surrounding this novel and the subsequent tv system. I didn’t watch the tv version, instead wanted to read the book ‘cold’ as it were. And what a book! The style of writing draws you in. I loved the little vignettes from those people at the scene of the murder. I loved the hidden problems in the three women’s lives. I loved not knowing who had been killed and who the murderer was. In fact, you guessed it, I loved the whole thing! A great novel that I hated having to put down, when life got in the way of my reading!

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A Dark So Deadly Stuart McBride

A Dark So DeadlyA Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men. O Division’s Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone’s better judgement, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own.

No one expects them to succeed, but right now they’re the only thing standing between the killer’s victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?

I have absolutely loved Mr MacBride’s previous work, so I was keen to read this novel and see if a change of characters would be as impressive. And boy were they! The author has a dark, deadly sense of humour and it shines through in just about every page. But the other thing that shines through is the humanity in his characters. Yes, they are all oddballs in some way or another (and that includes the cast of secondary characters) but the situations they find themselves are always real and gritty. The plot twists and turns and is as intriguing as the characters. I can’t recommend his work highly enough. Go and read a book of his. Now!

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Give me the child Mel McGrath

Give Me the ChildGive Me the Child by Mel McGrath
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always enjoy psychological books, where nothing is as it seems at the beginning and this didn’t disappoint. As Cat delves deeper into her husband’s life things are much worse than they appeared initially, the catalyst of their problems being the arrival of a previously unknown love-child. Who is the one orchestrating Cat’s decline? The child? Her husband? Or herself? The spectre of mental health overshadows the whole novel and is a really interesting look at how the stigma of it never really goes away. Powerfully written.

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Dead Souls Angela Marson

Dead Souls (D.I. Kim Stone, #6)Dead Souls by Angela Marsons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The truth was dead and buried… until now.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.
Dead Souls is another stonker of a crime novel from the impressive Angela Marsons. Thrown into an alien way of working, Kim Stone has been separated from her team and has to work with a detective she has a history with – and not a good one. Kim, being Kim, doesn’t handle any of this well and her non-existent social skills are tested to breaking point. When a member of her team is embroiled in a dangerous situation Kim must face her worries and demons to work as a member of a team to track down her missing officer. A great crime novel, as always. Ms Marsons doesn’t fail to deliver!

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