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Review: ‘big little lies’ by Liane Moriarty

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big little lies starts with a murder at a school trivia night. It then backs up to 6 months before the murder. This is where most of the tension comes from; trying to guess who, out of all the people you’re slowly starting to care about, ends up dead. It was tense, thrilling, funny and sad. I rushed through it, needing to know who was the victim, and finished it in one night.

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Review: “Orkney Twilight” by Clare Carson

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“Orkney Twilight” follows Sam, the daughter of an undercover cop, as she tries to unravels her father’s secrets. After her birthday and her father’s customary announcement of his impending doom, Sam and her journalist friend go to Orkney Island with her father to keep an eye on him. Slowly, she starts to uncover the truth about her father’s past, which puts her own life in danger.

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Review: ‘How the light gets in’ by Louise Penny

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The book starts off with a drive through the Ville-Marie tunnel in Montreal. The driver makes it through, worrying the whole time about whether or not the tunnel will collapse. Having lived in Montreal, I found this hilarious, and I was immediately sold on the book. For everyone else not familiar with the state of the roads in Montreal, I’ll say the characters are likeable and the intertwined mysteries are exciting.

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Review: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

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I was initially skeptical about this book. Mostly, that was because my mum recommended it and the cover didn’t inspire my imagination. Once I got past my misgivings though I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s fairly long, and it proceeds at a measured pace (not exactly fast, but there aren’t any slow boring bits either). Kate Morton’s detailed and vivid descriptions drew me into the world of 1940s London and Laurel’s quest to uncover her mother’s secrets. I feel like I could read this book again and enjoy it even more the second time. Now, how to review it without giving too much away?

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Review: The Silversmith’s Wife by Sophia Tobin

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‘The Silversmith’s Wife’, set in 18th century London, starts off quickly, with the murder of silversmith Pierre Renard. The reader soon discovers that Renard had many enemies, including in his own home. As the story moves along more of his character, and the secrets of those around him, are revealed. The story never really builds tension, as there isn’t much effort on the part of any of the characters to discover who the murderer is. I don’t read crime novels often, but I found it to be a decent enough read.

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Before I begin this review of ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn I should say I don’t generally read mysteries or thrillers. I watch so much of that stuff on TV the whole genre just feels slightly stale to me. Despite that, I did enjoy this book. For Part One, the story switches between Nick and the diary of his wife, Amy, who has disappeared. Nick is an unreliable narrator, and I love unreliable narrators.  The reader is presented with Nick’s own vision of himself, while Amy’s version of him and their relationship is quite different. Which one is real? What are they really like? Slowly, the story unravels and with growing dread you realize there’s a good chance that Nick could be the killer.

Then, Part Two. It’s difficult to discuss this without spoiling the plot, so if you haven’t read the book you shouldn’t read any further. What I’ll say is that the ending and conclusion were unexpected, but satisfying. Some of Flynn’s descriptions really jump off the page, the characters are fleshed out nicely, as are their relationships with each other. They’re all nicely flawed in their own special way, but you like them anyway, which is quite an accomplishment on Flynn’s part.

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Now, I’ll try and keep the details minimal, but if you haven’t finished the book, think carefully about reading on. In Part Two the ‘killer’ is revealed. I think I preferred Part One, in Part Two we have Nick trying to extricate himself from the trouble he’s in- he’s been framed. Perhaps it would have been more satisfying if Nick had won and proved his innocence, but it was an interesting twist for the person who framed him to reveal themselves and save him – on conditions of course. As the story progressed I really felt the dread and terror that Nick felt at having to continue living with Amy. The story is very much about Nick and Amy and the seriously messed up way they work together and why they stay together. The ending surprised me, and it was good, but I do wonder how long that situation could last…

Does anyone else have any thoughts on the ending, or the book in general?