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Review - All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father’s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering. At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in. Doerr’s combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, All the Light We Cannot See is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th April 2017 [9/10]
Review - Lex TalionisLex Talionis
by R. S. A. Garcia
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Lex Talionis by R. S. A. Garcia. A battered young woman wakes from a coma in a space port hospital with no memories of her past. The only thing she remembers are two words: Lex Talionis - The Law of Revenge. To discover her identity, she must re-live the nightmares of her past, and face the only survivor of a terrible massacre that connects her with her abductors. This fast-paced stunning debut takes the readers through an emotional roller-coaster as Lex relives her ordeal and the shocking aftermath. Everything she learns draws her nearer to the person who almost destroyed her: the only man she has ever loved... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th April 2017 [9/10]
Review - A Brooklyn RoseA Brooklyn Rose
by Suzanna Lonchar

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for A Brooklyn Rose by Suzanna Lonchar. Imagine living next door to the famous Bonnano crime family or being held hostage by a gangster during a shoot-out or hiding Al Capones guns in your shoeshine box! This story lets you enter a world where extraordinary circumstances were merely everyday events. The Finazzo family travelled from Sicily to America in search of the fabled 'American Dream,' only to find poverty, tragedies, prison, death, and even murder. It was the era of prohibition, speakeasies, and later The Great Depression... gangsters, racketeers, and the mafia that corrupted the neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, where they migrated. This true story tells how each family member was affected by this extraordinary environment. Rosie leads you through her many heart-wrenching, yet sometimes, hilarious, adventures as she struggles to survive on the streets of Brooklyn. At age ten her character is hardened by poverty, murder, death, hunger, and the sound of screams from her mother's pain as she suffers with cancer. Rosie steals to eat, cusses, smokes and boxes... more»»
Molly Martin 30th April 2017 [9/10]
Review - Blood on SnowBlood on Snow
by Jo Nesbo

Average Review Rating Average Rating [5/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo. From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels a fast, tight, darkly lyrical stand-alone novel that has at its center the perfectly sympathetic antihero: an Oslo contract killer who draws us into an unexpected meditation on death and love. This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented fixer for one of Oslo s most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller s hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an innate talent for subordination but running through his veins is a virus born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th April 2017 [5/10]
Review - The TV DetectiveThe TV Detective
by Simon Hall

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Chrissi has reviewed The TV Detective by Simon Hall. The TV Detective finds television reporter Dan Groves newly assigned to the crime beat, and in a state of angst about it. He needs a crash-course in police work; the solution is to shadow Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen on a high-profile murder inquiry, which doesn't go down well with some members of the police force. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies that one of the problems the inquiry faces is having a surplus of suspects. Bray is killed at a prearranged meeting, in a lay-by on a dark and storm-lashed night, by a blast through the heart from a shotgun. Adam investigates and uncovers a tantalising question, which seems to be at the heart of the case: why was the killing planned for a different day, but put off apparently because the weather was sunny? Tensions abound between Dan and the police, and he comes close to being thrown off the case - until the detectives come to realise he might actually be helpful, in using the power of television to tempt the murderer into a trap... more»»
Chrissi 28th February 2017 [8/10]
Review - The Things We Learn When We're DeadThe Things We Learn When We're Dead
by Charlie Laidlaw

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Nigel has reviewed The Things We Learn When We're Dead by Charlie Laidlaw. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets The Lovely Bones in this surrealist, sci-fi comedy. Small decisions can have unintended consequences, but sometimes we get a second chance. On the way home from a dinner party she didn’t want to attend, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids here questions. It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident. Or does God have a higher purpose after all? At first Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decisions to make and that she needs to find a way home… more»»
Nigel 28th February 2017 [8/10]
Review - SunshineSunshine
by Robin McKinley
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Chrissi has reviewed Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Rae, nicknamed Sunshine by her stepfather, is the baker at her family's coffeehouse. She's happy getting up at 4 am to make cinnamon rolls for the breakfast rush, and dealing with people and food all day. But one evening she needed somewhere she could be alone for a little while. There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. But the lake had been quiet for years. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires. They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion - within easy reach of her fellow prisoner. She knows he is a vampire. She knows that she's to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet when dawn breaks, she is still alive. And now he needs her to help him survive the day... more»»
Chrissi 28th February 2017 [8/10]
Review - Knots And Crosses Knots and Crosses
by Ian Rankin

Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin. 'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer. And then the messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve. So begins the case that introduced the crime world to one of its most compelling characters. Whether you're turning the pages for the first time, or reliving the mystery, Knots and Crosses is unmissable reading... more»»
Ben Macnair 28th February 2017 [7/10]
Review - Europa JournalEuropa Journal
by Jack Castle
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Europa Journal by Jack Castle. On 5 December 1945, five TBM Avenger bombers embarked on a training mission off the coast of Florida and mysteriously vanish without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle. A PBY search and rescue plane with thirteen crewmen aboard sets out to find the Avengers... and never returns. In 2168, a mysterious five sided pyramid is discovered on the ocean floor of Jupiter's icy moon, Europa. Commander Mac O'Bryant and her team of astronauts are among the first to enter the pyramid's central chamber. They find the body of a missing World War II pilot, whose hands clutch a journal detailing what happened to him after he and his crew were abducted by aliens and taken to a place with no recognizable stars. As the pyramid walls begin to collapse around Mac and her team, their names mysteriously appear within its pages and they find themselves lost on an alien world... more»»
Paul Lappen 28th February 2017 [9/10]
Review - Flea Market Mice Simon & Company: Flea Market Mice
by Mary H Wright (Author), Deborah K Frontiera (Author), Korey Scott (Illustrator)

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for Simon & Company: Flea Market Mice by Mary H Wright (Author), Deborah K Frontiera (Author), Korey Scott (Illustrator). Simon Mouse wants adventure-any kind of adventure. But he gets more than he had in mind when he falls out of the back end of a moving van. He finds a "new family" with a colony of mice who live above the snack shop of a flea market. But there are dangers as well as fun at the flea market. The mice have plenty of food, but must dodge cats, dogs and owls to get it. Through it all, he wonders if he will ever find his parents again... more»»
Molly Martin 28th February 2017 [9/10]
Review - The Cellist of Sarajevo The Cellist of Sarajevo
by Steven Galloway

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Snipers in the hills overlook the shattered streets of Sarajevo. Knowing that the next bullet could strike at any moment, the ordinary men and women below strive to go about their daily lives as best they can. Kenan faces the agonizing dilemma of crossing the city to get water for his family. Dragan, gripped by fear, does not know who among his friends he can trust. And Arrow, a young woman counter-sniper must push herself to the limits - of body and soul, fear and humanity. Told with immediacy, grace and harrowing emotional accuracy, The Cellist of Sarajevo shows how, when the everyday act of crossing the street can risk lives, the human spirit is revealed in all its fortitude - and frailty... more»»
Ben Macnair 4th February 2017 [8/10]
Review - Cell 7 Cell 7
by Kerry Drewery

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery. A world where justice and the fate of those accused of murder is decided by the public, but has moved on from the Roman Gladiator 'thumbs up or thumbs down' public vote, to a public vote by telephone. If you are voted innocent you are set free; if you are voted guilty you are committed to death by electric chair. Those awaiting their sentence reside in ever decreasing cells, getting smaller each day, until Day 7 and Cell 7, where they hear their fate. Sixteen year old Martha has confessed to killing a famous celebrity. But has she done it? And if not, why has she claimed the murder? Perhaps she wants to show up the flawed and brutal system by sacrificing herself in the hope of a better world.... Or perhaps she is protecting somebody else... A heart-rending, thought-provoking tale of doomed romance... more»»
Nigel 31st December 2016 [8/10]
Review - Even Dogs in the WildEven Dogs in the Wild
by Ian Rankin

Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin. Retirement doesn't suit John Rebus. He wasn't made for hobbies, holidays or home improvements. Being a cop is in his blood. So when DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case, Rebus doesn't need long to consider his options. Clarke's been investigating the death of a senior lawyer whose body was found along with a threatening note. On the other side of Edinburgh, Big Ger Cafferty - Rebus's long-time nemesis - has received an identical note and a bullet through his window. Now it's up to Clarke and Rebus to connect the dots and stop a killer. Even Dogs in the Wild brings back Ian Rankin's greatest characters in a story exploring the darkest corners of our instincts and desires... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st December 2016 [7/10]
Review - Tesseracts NineteenTesseracts Ninehteen:
Superhero Universe
by Claude Lalumiere and Mark Shainblum, Editors
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe by Claude Lalumiere and Mark Shainblum, Editors. Superheroes! Supervillains! Superpowered antiheroes! Mad scientists! Adventurers into the unknown. Detectives of the dark night. Costumed crimefighters. Steampunk armoured avengers. Brave and bold supergroups. Crusading aliens in a strange land. Secret histories. Pulp action. Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe features all of these permutations of the superhero genre and many others besides! Featuring stories by: Patrick T. Goddard, D.K. Latta, Alex C. Renwick, Mary Pletsch & Dylan Blacquiere, Geoff Hart, Marcelle Dube, Kevin Cockle, John Bell, Evelyn Deshane, A.C. Wise, Jennifer Rahn, Bevan Thoma, Bernard E. Mireault, Sacha A. Howells, Kim Goldberg, Luke Murphy, Corey Redekop, Brent Nichols, Jason Sharp, Arun Jiwa, Chadwick Ginther, Leigh Wallace, David Perlmutter, P.E. Bolivar, Michael Matheson... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st December 2016 [9/10]
Review - Safe at HomeSafe at Home
by C. Dennis Moore

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for Safe at Home by C. Dennis Moore. Early-twenties Jim and his high school girlfriend Monica have just moved into a third floor apartment in a secure building to start a life together. Everything’s going well at first, even though Jim finds adjusting to living with another person difficult. Then one night one of the residents in the building is murdered. With the security lock on the front door, and considering Jim was the only one in the building who couldn’t prove his whereabouts at the time, all fingers point to him. And when a few more bodies turn up in the building, all at times Jim can’t establish an alibi, things start to get a little tense at home. Jim is haunted by memories of an old 80s hair metal band he didn’t even like, meanwhile the tension between him and Monica gets stronger and stronger until Jim feels his mind is about to snap... more»»
Molly Martin 31st December 2016 [9/10]
Review - The Recruit The Recruit
by Robert Muchamore

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (5 Reviews)
Darragh has kindly sent in a review for The Recruit by Robert Muchamore. A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn’t know that a kid has bugged every room in her house, cloned the hard drive on her PC, and copied all the numbers in her phone book. The kid works for CHERUB. They slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. For official purposes, these children do not exist... more»»
For those that are interested this review has moved The Recruit to number two in the BookLore Top 10.
Darragh Walsh 31st December 2016 [9/10]
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