The Silent Brother

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gritty and haunting look at the ravages of shame and abuse extending from childhood into the life-long decay of self and identity, this book is somewhat reminiscent of the also magnificent β€œShuggie Bain”. A graceful and compassionate triumph - a brilliant book that will hurt to read -…

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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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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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Palm Lines

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Haunting and unsettling, this chapbook of profoundly beautiful poems captured my heart. With many written in a mesmerizing stream-of-consciousness style, the author (poet) blends vivid imagery plucked from the natural world, (almost hallucinogenic in the brightness of its metaphorical flow), with the poignant and evocative musings of a soul…

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Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Warm, compassionate and cozy, this book is the closest you will ever come to a giant literary hug. The first in the Hedgehog Hollow series, this reader, after reviewing and falling in love with Book 4, (#aWeddingatHedgeHogHollow) is going back (with great joy) to read and review the entire…

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Till Death We Do Part, Too

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A continuation of the author’s earlier work, this book picks up exactly where β€œTill Death We Do Part” left off. As our hero, Pablo, (our somewhat-reliable narrative voice), a smart, sensitive man, now in his late fifties, continues his struggle to accept his sudden and bitter divorce from Delilah,…

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Eighteen

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 + An absolutely beautiful read, this book resonated so powerfully with me that it was difficult to see it end. Deeply evocative, the author captures perfectly the heady rush that comes with being eighteen, on the cusp of adulthood - a time so jumbled up with innocence, heart-ache, yearnings,…

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Blind Man’s Labyrinth

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What is β€œgoodness” when everyone around you is β€œevil”? With a tone, a message, and a story, that feels remarkably authentic - heartbreaking, bloody, terrifying and poignant - set in an ancient and barbaric time of history, when war, conflict, hate, violence and religious tyranny reign supreme, is there…

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