Laura Lippman’s THE LADY IN THE LAKE

It is 1965 and Maddie Schwarz has come to the realization that she no longer wants to be married. Her marriage has not been terrible but after a dinner party with an old school friend she becomes aware that she is no longer in love with her husband. So Maddie moves out of their family home, rents an apartment downtown and begins a new life for herself. After being involved in the search for a missing girl Maddie decides she wants to be a journalist. She gets a job assisting the Mr Helpline column but Maddie wants to write and she has an eye for a story. When the body of a missing African-American woman is found the story gets little coverage. Maddie, sensing an opportunity starts digging into the story to try and find out what happened to The Lady in the Lake. But Maddie’s digging is going to stir open a lot of trouble. … More Laura Lippman’s THE LADY IN THE LAKE

Don Winslow’s THE BORDER

The Border has everything that made the first two books so great and then some. The last pages of The Border are as exciting and as mind blowing as the first pages of The Power of the Dog were. Epic no longers seems to give this trilogy the justice it deserves. This is a masterpiece and a classic and is the benchmark every other thriller will be measured against from now on. … More Don Winslow’s THE BORDER

Diane Setterfield’s ONCE UPON A RIVER

This is one of those rare books that has a little bit of everything; intrigue, mystery, a love story and the hint of something magical. It is an absolute joy to read and get lost in. As you get closer to the end of the book you are dying to find out what happens but at the same time you don’t want the book to finish. This is a book to treasure and book to share. … More Diane Setterfield’s ONCE UPON A RIVER

My Top 5 Reads for 2018

2018 was a much better year of reading for me than 2017. In 2017 I fell into a number of reading troughs whereas I felt I consistently had at least one good book going this year. This was largely helped by my finishing the Margaret Atwoods I hadn’t read last year and also by bingeing on all of Maggie O’Farrells novels until sadly finding out I had read them all. My Top 2 easily rose to the top but separating them was a much harder task. In the end my best book of 2018 was the one that had the most profound impact on me and literally changed my way of thinking about a subject. The rest of my Top 5 was much more difficult especially as whilst writing this blog post I was reading a Top 5 contender which I had to somehow make room for. … More My Top 5 Reads for 2018

Paul Howarth’s ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES

This incredible novel is a genre I am a big fan of but have never come across in an Australian setting before (and you have to wonder why). This is a western set in outback Queensland in 1885. It combines the historical fiction of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River with the visceral brutality of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and is a book that won’t let you go. … More Paul Howarth’s ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES

Trent Dalton’s BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE

There are truly great books that come out every year. Some years a great book breaks your heart. Another year a great book is so profound you can’t stop thinking about. And another year a great book is so much fun you can’t stop reading it and talking about. And once every so often a truly great book does all of those things and becomes your new benchmark for what a great book really is. Boy Swallows Universe is one of those books. … More Trent Dalton’s BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE