Reviews

Vulture’s Gate by Kirsty Murray

Author: Kirsty Murray Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2009 ISBN: 9781741757101 No of Pages: 252 Review By: Sarah Robinson Book Synopsis: It is 40 years into the future and the world is in turmoil. A plague has destroyed humans’ ability to conceive females, or so Callum thinks until he meets Bo. One girl –

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Author: Eleanor Catton Publisher: Granta Publications Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 9781847088765 Review By: Nita Jay Book Synopsis: Walter Moody, shaken by having seen a ghost in a storm at sea, enters the Victorian gold rush town of Hokitika. He happens upon a clandestine meeting of 12 men come together to explain strange happenings- deaths, disappearances-and

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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Author: Lauren Beukes Publisher: Harper Collins Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.” Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant

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Good News, Bad News by Maggie Groff

Author: Maggie Groff Publisher: MacMillan Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 9781742611938 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: Intrepid investigative journalist Scout Davis has given herself a holiday, but when Hermione Longfellow accosts her in the supermarket, she stops to listen. Most people in Byron Bay are aware of the eccentric Anemone sisters. Always dressed in black,

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The Red Road by Denise Mina

Author: Denise Mina Publisher: Orion Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: 31st August 1997 Rose Wilson is fourteen, but looks sixteen. Pimped out by her ‘boyfriend’ and let down by a person she thought she loved, she has seen more of the darkness in life than someone twice her age. On the

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The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas

Author: Fred Vargas Publisher: Random House Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 9781846555862 No of Pages: 360 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: ‘People will die,’ says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She has been standing in blazing sunshine for more than an hour, and refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has

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The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

Author: Sonya Hartnett Publisher: Penguin/Viking Copyright Year: 2012 ISBN: 9 780670 076130 No of Pages: 266 Review By: Sue Nankervis Book Synopsis: Three children have been sent to live in the countryside safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make

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The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner

Author: Meg Gardiner Publisher: Michael Joseph (Penguin) Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 9 781405 914567 No of Pages: 358 Review By: Sue Nankervis Book Synopsis: Sarah Keller is a young single mother living in Oklahoma with her five-year-old daughter, Zoe. Her day job is to hunt out people on the run and bring them to justice.

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The Waterlow Killings – 2013 Davitt Award – True Crime – by Pamela Burton

Author: Pamela Burton Publisher: Melbourne University Press Copyright Year: 2012 ISBN: 9870522862317 Review By: Jo McGahey Book Synopsis: Anthony Waterlow left his decrepit room in a run-down boarding house at 4.45 p.m on Monday 9 November 2009. By 6 p.m, the 42-year-old was seen leaving another home: his sister Chloe’s in Randwick. He left behind

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Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute – 2013 Davitt Award – Adult – by Maggie Groff

Author: Maggie Groff Publisher: Pan Mac Millan Australia Copyright Year: 2012 ISBN: 9781742610795 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: When a secretive American cult moves to the Gold Coast, freelance journalist Scout Davis’s investigative antennae start quivering. She sets out to expose the cult’s lunatic beliefs and bizarre practices, but when she learns the identity

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