Reviews

The Girl In The Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Author: Kate Hamer Publisher: Bloomsberry House Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Book Synopsis: Carmel has always been different. Carmel’s mother, Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter’s strangeness, especially as she is trying to rebuild a life for the two of them on her own. When she takes eight year-old Carmel to a

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Borderline by Liza Marklund

Author: Liza Marklund Publisher: Bantam Press Copyright Year: 2014:(English translation) originally published in Sweden 2011 Review By: Ruth Wykes Book Synopsis: In the midst of a Swedish winter, a young mother is found murdered behind her son’s nursery. Halfway across the world, in the sweltering Kenyan heat, a government official is kidnapped. As a journalist,

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Casebook by Mona Simpson

Author: Mona Simpson Publisher: Constable & Robinson Ltd (Random House) Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Book Synopsis: Nine-year-old Miles Adler-Hart’s mother, “the Mims,” is “pretty for a mathematician.” Miles and his best friend Hector are in thrall to her. When her marriage starts to unravel, the boys begin spying on her to find

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This House of Grief by Helen Garner

Author: Helen Garner Publisher: Text Publishing Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Book Synopsis: Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to

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Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie

Author: Sophie McKenzie Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Copyright © Rosefire) Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Lesley Vick Book Synopsis: Julia has always been the friend that Livy turns to when life is difficult. United fifteen years ago by grief at the brutal murder of Livys sister, Kara, they’ve always told each other everything, So when

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Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger

Author: Lisa Unger Publisher: Simon &Schuster Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Lesley Vick and Anne Elizabeth Bruist Book Synopsis: Love hurts. Sometimes it even kills… Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could

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What Came Before by Anna George

Author: Anna George Publisher: Penguin Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Anne Elizabeth Buist Book Synopsis: ‘My name is David James Forrester. I’m a solicitor. Tonight, at 6.10, I killed my wife. This is my statement.’ In Melbourne’s inner west, David sits in his car, dictaphone in hand. He’s sick to his stomach but determined to

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Can You Keep a Secret? by Caroline Overington

Author: Caroline Overington Publisher: Random House Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Anne Elizabeth Bruist Book Synopsis: The year is 1999, and Lachlan Colbert – Colby – has the world at his feet. He’s got a big job on Wall Street and a sleek bachelor pad in the heart of Manhattan. With money no object, he

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All Day and A Night by Alafair Burke

Author: Alafair Burke Publisher: Harper Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Anne Elizabeth Buist Book Synopsis: A murder case with ties to a convicted serial killer leads a young defense lawyer and an NYPD homicide detective into parallel investigations with explosive and deadly results in this superb mystery. The latest story dominating the tabloids – the

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A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh

Author: Louise Welsh Publisher: John Murray Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: A Lovely Way to Burn is the first book in the Plague Times trilogy. A pandemic called ‘The Sweats’ is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with the dead and dying, but Stevie

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