Tag Archives: Thriller

A great end to a fantastic YA trilogy

Half Lost by Sally Green I’ve loved all three volumes of Sally Green’s Half Bad Trilogy. In the first, Half Bad, we were introduced to the young Nathan Byrn, son of a white witch mother and the most powerful of the black witches as his father. England is controlled by the Council of (white) Witches, and Nathan is approaching his… Read more »

The Slow Horses meet the Real Tigers

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Real Tigers by Mick Herron This is the third of Mick Herron’s ‘Slough House’ spy novels, following Slow Horses and Dead Lions. Previously, I’d only read the first, Slow Horses, but found that it was alright to jump to the third; the references to the second novel are few and don’t affect the reading of Real Tigers – it stands on… Read more »

A triumph for the underdog

The Light of Day by Eric Ambler Ambler is an author I’ve long been wanting to read more of, having only read and loved The Mask of Dimitrios before. Thanks to an afternoon celebrating his work and life with Simon Brett (see here) I’ve topped up my Ambler TBR pile and the first I chose from it was The Light… Read more »

Can’t wait for this TV adaptation, but had to read the book first…

The Night Manager by John Le Carré I can’t be the only person who is eagerly anticipating the BBC’s adaptation of Le Carré’s 1993 novel The Night Manager this weekend.  Hiddleston and Laurie feel like perfect casting, and I’d watch anything with Olivia Colman in. Interestingly, Colman’s character is male in the book, but Le Carré himself has said that… Read more »

Some more Shiny linkiness

Time to share the rest of my Fiction reviews from Issue 8 of Shiny New Books with you – three very different but enjoyable books, click through to read the full reviews, links within the text refer to my previous reviews: The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre Best known for his Verhoeven trilogy, Lemaitre has turned from contemporary fare to… Read more »

The funniest crime novel I’ve read since I discovered Christopher Brookmyre…

Hack by Kieran Crowley If you love Christopher Brookmyre’s Jack Parlabane novels, you’re going to love this one too. Brookmyre’s Quite Ugly One Morning, which I read pre-blog,hooked me from the off – literally from it’s expletive first words! Hack begins in a dead-pan manner, but it is so tongue in cheek I was giggling by the end of the first… Read more »

Between a rock and a hard place …

The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango Translated from the German by Imogen Taylor At first glance, I thought this author would be female and Spanish/Latin. I hadn’t expected a German and Sascha is, I discovered, the favoured male variant of Sasha there. This is the first novel by a prizewinning German screenwriter of crime dramas (notably Eva Blond apparently… Read more »

Shiny Linkiness

Annabel   7th September 2015   No Comments on Shiny Linkiness

I’m back to school today, so scheduled this one in advance. A post of Shiny linkness to my fiction reviews in the recent Extra Shiny issue of Shiny New Books. Do head over to see the full reviews, and feel free to comment here or there. Thank you. * * * * * The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha… Read more »

Which one of us do you love the most?

The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne I love a good thriller or psychological drama as you know, but in order to truly hit the spot they have got to be unputdownable, read in as few sessions as possible. The Ice Twins has that quality in spades, even if one of its central premises is slightly preposterous, but let me introduce it to… Read more »

The one who survived…

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin The ARC I was sent of this stylish psychological thriller came bound in black ribbon with a silk flower of the title. I was expecting the book, but wasn’t expecting a daisy – it turns out that what is known as Black eyed Susan in the US is Rudbeckia hirta – of the aster… Read more »