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Review of ‘The Courier’ by Kjell Ola Dahl

Review of ‘The Courier’ by Kjell Ola Dahl

Last week was a very exciting one for me. Because… I got my first book post since starting my new blog! And it was particularly special for me, as the book was none other than The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and published by Orenda Books. I haven’t read anything by Dahl before (though I’m sure that will change!) but I knew as soon as I saw Orenda tweeting about it that this…

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Review of ‘Red Snow’ by Will Dean

Review of ‘Red Snow’ by Will Dean

We’re in Sweden, in the small town of Gavrik. It’s the middle of winter, in the depths of the forest, and there’s barely a sliver of daylight. It’s cold, and the trees are cloaked in a heavy blanket of snow. But none of this can deter Tuva Moodyson, the deaf reporter we all got to know and love in Will Dean’s first book, Dark Pines. Tuva is a kick-ass character, down-to-earth, slightly flawed and just utterly human. And she’s determined…

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Review of ‘The Chalk Man’ by C. J. Tudor

Review of ‘The Chalk Man’ by C. J. Tudor

The Chalk Man has been on my radar for a long time, with lots of bloggers and readers and other writers shouting about it on Twitter. So I was very pleased to find a copy in my local library and to finally sit down and read it over the Christmas holiday. It’s a great package, with a very eerie cover and probably the best spine I’ve ever seen (there’s no title or author’s name, only a bunch of creepy chalk…

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Review of ‘Mischling’ by Affinity Konar

Review of ‘Mischling’ by Affinity Konar

‘While she talked, I hummed in my mind so I didn’t have to hear what she said. I hummed “Blue Danube” till its blueness began to cloak my thoughts, but even this blueness wasn’t enough to drown out the whole story.’ Let me start by saying that Mischling is without doubt one of the best books I read in 2018. I picked it up in Oxfam a while ago, drawn in by the blurb on the back cover (I wrote…

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Review of ‘The Darkness’ by Ragnar Jónasson

Review of ‘The Darkness’ by Ragnar Jónasson

The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson (translated by Victoria Cribb) is a gripping crime novel set in Iceland, in and around Reykjavik. Ragnar Jónasson has a great talent for transporting his readers to Iceland, using the weather and landscape to set the scene, and this book does not disappoint. His protagonist Hulda is a 64-year-old detective who has suffered from sexism within the force throughout her career, and is now being pushed out ahead of retirement to make way for younger…

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Review of ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins

Review of ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins

I picked up Into the Water not knowing quite what to expect – I loved The Girl on the Train, but was aware that many of the Amazon reviews didn’t rate this one quite as highly. Hawkins’ second novel tells the story of sisters Jules and Nel, who have a complicated relationship. Just days after Jules ignores Nel’s phone call, Nel turns up dead in the (fairly creepy) village in which they both grew up. Jules reluctantly goes back to…

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Review of ‘The Guilty One’ by Lisa Ballantyne

Review of ‘The Guilty One’ by Lisa Ballantyne

The Guilty One is a gripping and emotional read. It has a duel timeline narrative and is set both in the present day as solicitor Daniel takes on a new case, defending an eleven-year-old boy accused of murder, and in the past as flashbacks tell of Danny’s own troubled past and difficult childhood. Danny has to focus on saving the young Sebastian’s future whilst facing his own memories and coming to terms with his complicated relationship with Minnie, the woman…

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