Book Review – Lanny

By Max Porter

This book made me hold my breath so it’s a good thing it’s short! Lanny is a young, idiosyncratic boy who has recently moved to an English village with his parents, Jolie and Robert. He’s a free range, nature-loving, artistic soul who befriends a famous local artist, Pete. Lanny is on the cusp of childhood, tuned in to the natural surrounds and the ethereal wanderings of Dead Papa Toothwort, as only a child under ten can be. Lanny is my favourite child in literature since Scout Finch – fully realised. The village they live in, a commuter town to London, is a character unto itself. It really springs to live after Lanny goes missing. It’s not the picturesque, sweet country village that we often see in literature. Instead we see the old-timers pitted against the more recent townsfolk like Lanny’s family….the differences are stark and in some ways showcase Brexit attitudes. The book is best described as a collage, it’s like nothing I’ve read before. It forces you to pay attention whilst reading. Poetic, magical and 100% marvellous! I loved it so much I then went on to listen to the audiobook version read by the author.

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Book Review – Sometimes I Lie

By Alice Feeney

There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

The main character who narrates this story is Amber Reynolds who is in a coma.  It is a claustrophobic book in some ways as you are trapped with a character who can hear everyone who comes into her hospital room but can’t respond in any way.  You follow her through memories and dreams as she tries to recall all the events leading up to her being in a coma.  If you like twists, you will love this book.

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Book Review – The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited!

By Griffin, Travis and Clint McElroy

The McElroy Brothers are some of the funniest people on the planet. They make a podcast called The Adventure Zone where they play Dungeons and Dragons with their Dad, and it’s so good that they are making a series of graphic novels retelling the story. Follow Taako the wizard/failed TV chef, Magnus Burnsides the fighter, and Merle the incompetent cleric as they solve a railroad murder mystery and recover one of the Grand Relics that are threatening to destroy the world.

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Series Review – Whisper & Weapon Duology

By Lynette Noni

What happens when the girl who chooses not to speak because she believes she is a monster, changes her mind? To be honest I didn’t have high expectations going in, I thought it was going to be yet another Hunger Games/Divergent type of thing. The books: Whisper & Weapon are an excellent and original young adult duology. There are plenty of action scenes, lots of secrets, a good number of conspiracies and more twists and turns than you can poke a stick at. This author grew up and lives in Australia so it is nice to see an Australian setting. I really enjoyed this book and I certainly didn’t see all the twists coming.

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Book Review – Run Away

By Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben’s standalone thriller features his signature twists and turns with two seemingly unrelated plotlines coming together with devastating consequences. His characterisation and prose aren’t as strong as usual but it was a good read!

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Book Review – The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

Winner of the 2019 Goodreads Mystery & Thriller category. This book was very suspenseful and ended with a huge twist that I didn’t see coming. Alicia refuses to talk after her husband was murdered but psychotherapist Theo aims to find out what really happened that night.

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