Reviews

The Seagull (Vera Stanthorpe #8)

by Ann Cleeves Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia 2017 Synopsis The Seagull is Ann Cleeves’ searing eighth novel in the Vera Stanhope series, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships. A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanthorpe face to face with an old enemy:

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This I Would Kill For

by Anne Buist Publisher: Text Published: 2018 Synopsis Natalie King has been hired to do a psychiatric evaluation for the children’s court. A custody dispute. Not her usual territory, but now that she’s pregnant she’s happy to do a simple consult. Turns out Jenna and Malik’s break-up is anything but simple. He claims she’s crazy

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Look what you made me do – Meagan Norris

2016 Echo Publishing Reviewer: Anne Buist Overview:   Megan Norris is a journalist who has written a number of true crime books, including one on the father in the dam story – the Robert Farquharson murders of his three sons, though from his wife Cindy Gambino’s perspective rather than the view Helen Garner took in

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The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

Publisher: Text Publishing Copyright Year: 2017 Shortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, 2017 Longlisted, Indie Book Award for Non-fiction, 2018 Synopsis Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife… But as a little boy, raised in violence

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See You in September by Charity Norman

Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2017 RRP: $29.99 Synopsis It was supposed to be just a short holiday… but when Cassy is lured to an idyllic valley called Gethsemane it’s years before her friends and family see her again. Can her family rescue her before it’s too late? A dazzling, gripping new novel about

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Deeper than the Sea

Author: Nelika Mcdonald Publisher: Pan Macmillan Copyright Year: 2017 Synopsis Beth had known there were secrets folded inside Theo. But she didn’t know they were secrets about her. It’s always been just Beth and her mother Theo. Until Beth is sixteen years old, and a stranger arrives in their small coastal town – a stranger

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Match Up

Author: Lee Child (ed) Publisher: Sphere Copyright year:  2017 Synopsis In this incredible follow-up to the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller FaceOff, twenty-two of the world’s most popular thriller writers come together for an unforgettable anthology. MatchUp takes the never-before-seen bestseller pairings of FaceOff and adds a delicious new twist: gender. Eleven of the world’s best female thriller writers from Diana

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The Good Cop: The True Story of Ron Iddles: Australia’s Greatest Detective by Justine Ford

Pan Macmillan 2016 Synopsis ‘A – Assume nothing. B – Believe nothing. C – Check everything.’ Ron Iddles In an incredible twenty-five year career as a homicide detective, Ron Iddles’ conviction rate was 99%. Yet that only partly explains why Iddles is known to cops and crims alike as ‘The Great Man’. Tough, inventive and

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Lycke by Mikaela Bley

Scribe 2017 Synopsis ‘Death, death, death,’ she whispered to herself. But it was already too late. The panic was growing inside her. On a cold and stormy Friday in May, a young girl disappears without a trace from outside Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall. The missing girl is Lycke, and assigned to report on her story

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To the Sea by Christine Dibley

MacMillan 2016 Synopsis On a clear summer’s day, Detective Inspector Tony Vincent answers a call-out to an idyllic Tasmanian beach house. Surrounded by family and calm waters, seventeen-year-old Zoe Kennett has inexplicably vanished. Four storytellers share their version of what has led to this moment, weaving tales which span centuries and continents. But Tony needs

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