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December 2009 Book of the Month. Interestingly this is the first thriller that she wrote back in 1994 for she started her writing career with romantic fiction. She adds an introduction to this first UK publication which is fascinating and unlike some of her earlier work that has been reissued over here, this one is very good indeed, a gripping read with perhaps a tad too much romance on the side, but understandably so as she changes genre. Comparison: Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Mo Hayder.
November 2009 Book of the Month. A very human crime novel which concentrates on the detective and her family as much as on the crime she’s solving. It involves computer hacking and theft and sadly I guessed the culprit some five or six chapters before all was unravelled. See if you do too. Comparison: Lisa Gardner, P J Tracy, Tess Gerritsen.
November 2009 Book of the Month. Since his first novel, Divorcing Jack, Bateman has delighted his readers with his quirky, dark and comical crime novels. The protagonist usually finds himself caught up in crazy situations through some unfortunate mishap and in this follow up to Mystery Man our Bookseller come PI finds himself drawn in to the murky depths of murder, MI5 and mayhem. Bateman's books really are great fun so give them a go if you haven’t already.
November 2009 Book of the Month. A mixture of love story and crime novel set against a beautifully evoked African backdrop. Mackenzie Ford is a talent to watch and this novel will keep you gripped from beginning to end.
December 2009 Book of the Month. Funny how the world has changed in less than 100 years. Today, it is likely that we would know every aspect Ronnie Poulton-Palmer's life - his family background, where he went to school, his social life, his relationships, where he played, how he played. He would be all over the media and feted by the paparazzi. He would be sponsored by Banks, deodorants, after-shaves and sports goods companies. Probably, he would have a multi-million pound contract to play rugby in France. Instead, he scored four tries in his last game for England in 1914 and gave his life for his country in 1915. Even if you have nor heard of Ronnie Poulton-Palmer, even if you are not particularly keen on Rugby, you should read this book. It evokes a time and a long-lost sense of values and behavioural code - as well as the life of a quite extraordinary man whose story deserves to be told.
December 2009 Book of the Month. A gritty crime novel, sometimes making for uncomfortable reading, Adam Creed has DI Staffe, covering a case where a paedophile has been murdered. The reader finds themselves wondering whether to take the side of the vigilantes or the law and this is cleverly done and makes for a tense read at times but the plotline propels the reader through to a great ending. Look out for more from this author. Please note the publisher, Faber and Faber, should be contacted about the money back guarantee with this book (see back of book for details). Click here to listen to a podcast featuring Adam Creed (scroll down to the Faber Podcast 11) and click the screen below to view an interview with him.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. November 2009 Book of the Month. One of the best London-based, gritty crime novelists around who shot to fame with Relentless which was a Richard and Judy pick. Well, there are lots before that and lots after it, all as good as each other. All tough, clever, fast-paced and highly recommended. Comparison: Mark Billingham, Harlan Coben, Peter James.
November 2009 Book of the Month. Berlin is a fascinating city with an extraordinary history which gives plenty of fodder for the writer. Dip in to this wonderful guide to Berlin as seen through the eyes of writers through the ages of scenes imagined, perceived and witnessed.
November 2009 Book of the Month. Deeply romantic and suspenseful, The Twilight Saga has captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Now in these Twilight Journals Stephenie Meyer invites fans to record their own thoughts and dreams, stories and secrets within the covers of four 96 page journals featuring cover art from each of the four titles with each journal decorated in red and black with images and quotations from each of the novels as well as quotations from some of the classic works of literature that inspired them. A perfect gift for the millions of fans of Stephenie Meyer’s novels.
October 2009 Book of the Month. Julia Eccleshare's view... A touching and chilling love story with a difference, set in a small town that is haunted and terrified after a boy is killed by a pack of wolves. But Grace is drawn to the wolves despite their power and to one wolf in particular – the one with yellow eyes. And then Grace falls in love with a boy who also has yellow eyes. Is he her wolf? Grace has to use the power of her love to save the boy from becoming all wolf. Lovereading comment: Shiver is a haunting, breathtaking and original supernatural love story that will have you hooked from the very first page. Told with two narrative voices, we follow the inner thoughts and feelings of both Grace and Sam throughout their extraordinary romance, right to the chilling twist. Sam lives two lives; for a few precious months in the summer he is human whilst in the winter his home is the frozen woods. For Grace she is fascinated by the wolf pack and by one yellow-eyed wolf in particular, until that is she meets a yellow-eyed boy who is somehow very familiar. The quality of the writing makes this a novel that will stand out in the crowd. The author’s literary influences for Shiver were Crow Lake and The Time Traveller’s Wife ‘because they tell quiet, bittersweet love stories.’
October 2009 Book of the Month. John Connolly is a mega-bestselling author of thrillers but recently his mind and his imagination wandered into an altogether different dimension and The Gates is the result. A very strange novel but powerfully compelling and the writing is superb, it’s the story of a boy called Samuel and his unnervingly clever dog Boswell who accidentally witness the opening of a portal into hell in a neightbour’s cellar and as a consequence they find that it’s up to them to save the world from the demons threatening to destroy human life. Meanwhile, deep in the heart of a swiss mountain, a pair of scientists are interrupted when the Large Hadron Collider malfunctions. Topical and timely as it links in to controversy surrounding the trials of the Collider, it is also demonically funny as science and satanism collide. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Gates a small number of young readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'a really brilliant, breathtaking book that captures your attention from the first word...' Scroll down to read more reviews... A message from another mega-bestselling author, Eoin Colfer:‘brilliant. I loved every word of it. John has fouond a voice that compares favourably with Stephen King and Monty Python which is not an easy trick. The Gates is delightfully horrific and hilarious and will create legions of fans among the living and undead, who will be blood-thirsty for more.’
October 2009 Book of the Month. A dual-time thriller involving the massacre of a group of settlers in 1856, their remains discovered in the Mountains of Wyoming in 2008, and the possible dangerous links to people in high places that must be hidden at all costs. The historical part is truly frightening, the present day sections fast action adventure stuff. It’s first rate. Comparison: Rob Ryan, Daniel Easterman, Nelson DeMille.
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