Reviews

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman

Angus & Robertson, 2016 Reviewer: Kate Russell   Synopsis London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal

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Charlatan – Catherine Jinks

Vintage Books, 2017 Reviewer: Emma Goodwin   Synopsis Thomas Guthrie Carr was charged by Eliza Gray with mesmerising her and raping her while she was under his influence. But if mesmerism and Mr Carr were shams, was Eliza really raped? With a driving narrative and novelistic pacing, this scrupulously researched account of the life of

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All by Myself, Alone – Mary Higgins

Simon & Schuster Copyright © Nora Durkin Enterprises, Inc 2017 Reviewer: Lesley Vick Synopsis Fleeing the humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewellery expert, hopes to escape form public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship, the Queen Charlotte. On board she meets eighty-six-year-old

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The Dark Lake – Sarah Bailey

Allen & Unwin Copyright © Sarah Bailey 2017 Reviewer: Lesley Vick Synopsis A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years

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Heart Breaker – Shannon Curtis

Mira Copyright © Shannon Curtis 2017 Reviewer: Lesley Vick Synopsis Harmony Talbot’s world is destroyed when she arrives home and discovers her cousin’s dead body, left with a single white rose as the killer’s calling card. Lightning should not strike twice, but his is the second unsolved murder in Harmony’s family. Harmony is determined that

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Malin Persson Giolito – Quick Sand

Simon and Schuster 2017 Review by Dorothy Johnston Synopsis: A mass shooting has taken place at a school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb. The narrator of Quicksand, Maja Norberg, is eighteen years old and on trial for her involvement in the massacre where her boyfriend and best friend were killed. When the novel opens, Maja has

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Emma Viskic – And Fire Came Down

  Echo publishing August 2017 Reviewer: Hazel Edwards   Synopsis Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic is used to meeting life head-on. Now, he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours. But when a young woman is killed,

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Force of Nature – Jane Harper

October 2017 Pan Macmillan Reviewer: Kate Jenkins   Synopsis Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team

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The One That Got Away – Caroline Overington

Harper Collins 2016 Reviewer: Kylie Kaden   Synopsis Loren Wynne- Estes appears to have it all: she’s the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who’s landed a handsome husband, a stunning home, a fleet of shiny cars and two beautiful daughters…. then one day a fellow parent taps Loren on the shoulder outside

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Did you see Melody? – Sophie Hannah

 Hodder & Stoughton   2017 Reviewer:  Robyn Walton Synopsis Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man

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