The Second Cut

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A brilliant excursion into the darkest, grittiest corners of Glasgow, where we meet what has to be one of the most spell-binding protagonists ever crafted - Rilke, a forty-seven year old head-auctioneer - a man, β€œtoo tall, too thin, too cadaverous to look like anything other than a vampire…

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Other People’s Lives

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Extraordinarily tricky - this book will have you going back to re-read sections - shaking your head in wonder as you uncover the fiendishly-clever writing required to support that crazy-out-of-nowhere-humdinger-of-an-ending. This adroitness alone would easily merit the five stars - but this is one snappy, absorbing, fascinating read, an…

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Off Target

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 β€œNature has no moral code. No ethical qualms about collateral damage.It’s about survival: of yourself and your progeny.That’s it”. Or is it? A crisply-paced and an incredibly compelling read, this book will keep you reading late into the night, as these terribly-flawed but not-improbable characters decide and act…

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Fledgling

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œWere it but free, it would soar cloud-high” (Charlotte Bronte) Reading this achingly-tender memoir, embodied through words, is to move beyond words - to the riding of a wave of rapturous, primal connection where emotion, pure and atavistic, soars free. As the author, a young British wife, follows her…

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The Family Man

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A profoundly chilling thriller, seamlessly blending horror, suspense, police procedure, somewhat-unpredictable twists and turns, and a masterful smattering of characters, including a strong and interesting female lead - Detective Senior Sergeant Veronika Pope. Head of the Special Crime Squad, which investigates cold cases in and around Perth, Australia,…

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The DwayneDeer

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (A strangely-timed themed review - just because - it’s always a good time to be thinking about Christmas!) A bright and charming children’s picture book inspired by Dwayne, a real-life spur-thighed tortoise, who was a rescue from the SPCA by the author and her husband. In this Christmas-themed adventure,…

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The Boat People

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A gut-wrenching and horrifying look at the atrocity of war, the insidiousness of intolerance, and the frailty of human life, this beautifully-written book is both a compassionate plea and a not-too-gentle reminder of the capriciousness of power. Told from the 3rd person POV perspective of three main protagonists,…

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Mouse Trap

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Clay Wolfe, the nattily-dressed, roguishly-charming, ex-Boston-homicide-cop-turned-PI, is unfurling; growing up - expanding his reach (both emotionally and professionally) into thornier, darker and more challenging arenas - a fascinating budding shift for this already top-notch PI crime series. Book 3 in the Clay Wolfe story, - situated amongst miles of…

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