Reviews

Euphoria Kids

Author:  Alison Evans Publisher/Year:  Echo Publishing/2020 Publisher description Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire. Iris grew from a seed

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The Poison Garden

Author: Alex Marwood Publisher/Year: Sphere/2019 Publisher description Where Romy grew up, if someone died you never spoke of them again. Now 22, she has recently escaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in. But Romy is young, pregnant and completely alone – and if she is to keep herself safe in this

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Keeper

Author: Jessica Moor Publisher/Year: Penguin Viking/2020 Publisher overview He’s been looking in the windows again. Messing with cameras. Leaving notes. Supposed to be a f***ing refuge. But Death got inside. When Katie Straw’s body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police decide it’s an open-and-shut case. A standard-issue female suicide.

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The Inheritance of Secrets

Author: Sonya Bates Publisher/Year: HarperCollins/2020Publisher Overview A brutal murder. A wartime promise. A quest for the truth. Kate Furnivall meets Caroline Overington in a gripping, page-turning mystery. No matter how far you run, the past will always find you. Juliet’s elderly grandparents are killed in their Adelaide home. Who would commit such a heinous crime

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The Other Mrs Miller

Author:  Allison Dickson Publisher/Year:  Sphere (imprint of Little Brown Books Group)/2019 Publisher Overview Two women are watching each other. Phoebe Miller isn’t sure when the rusty car started showing up in the cul-de-sac she calls home, or why its driver would be spying on her. What could be interesting about an unhappy housewife who drowns

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Where the Truth Lies

Author:  Karina Kilmore Publisher/Year:  Simon & Schuster Australia/2020 Publisher overview She was slipping away. The further she fell, the closer the clouds seemed to come. Wispy transparent slipstreams of white. Cirrus. Pain smashed her head. Floating … When investigative journalist Chrissie O’Brian lands a senior job at The Argus, she is desperate to escape the nightmares

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The Good Turn

Author: Dervla McTiernan Publisher/Year: HarperCollins/2020 Review first published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 6 March 2020 and reproduced with permission. Reviewer: Sue Turnbull Perth-based writer Dervla McTiernan usually opens her police procedurals with an intriguing scenario designed to capture the attention of her readers. Each of her three crime novels set in Galway featuring

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Gathering Dark

Author: Candice Fox Publisher/Year: Bantam/2020 Review first published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 3 April 2020 and reprinted with permission. Reviewer: Sue Turnbull As a tough opener ‘‘I looked up into the eye of a gun’’ is hard to beat. But it gets better. The ‘‘I’’ is Blair, a former paediatrician who served time

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Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

Author:  Amaryllis Fox Publisher/Year: Ebury Press/2019 Publisher Overview Amaryllis Fox was recruited by the CIA at the age of 21 in the aftermath of 9/11. After an intense training period – where she learns how to master a Glock, get out of flexicuffs while in the trunk of a car, withstand torture, and commit suicide

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Trust Me, I’m Dead

Author: Sherryl Clark Publisher/Year: Verve Books/2019 Publisher Overview She hasn’t seen her brother in years. Now, he’s dead. When Judi Westerholme finds out her estranged brother has been murdered, she assumes it’s connected to his long term drug addiction. Returning home, she is shocked to discover he had been clean for years, had a wife

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