Audiobook Review: The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor

The Taking of Annie Thorne is C J Tudor’s second novel. Her debut, The Chalk Man, was widely talked about and praised – by me too, I thought it was a great read – and as this one is in a similar psychological thriller / horror vein, I was very much looking forward to it. […]

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Review: Through the Wall by Caroline Corcoran

Opening sentence: “I sit, listening to the drip, drip, drip from a shower that only runs for a short time to prevent me from trying to drown myself in it.” I mean it literally when I say I COULD NOT put Through the Wall down. This sophisticated thriller is Caroline Corcoran’s debut and made me want […]

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Review: Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Opening sentence: “The Palazzo Falconieri stands on a promontory on one of the smaller Italian lakes.” Like a lot of other people recently, I became a bit addicted to watching Killing Eve. Two series of excellent TV that tell the tale of covert MI5 operative Eve Polastri and the enigmatic female assassin she is hunting, Villanelle. […]

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Review: Snap by Belinda Bauer

Opening sentence: “It was so hot in the car that the seats smelled as though they were melting.” My first thought on finishing Snap was that I’m a little baffled as to how it managed to nab itself a prestigious Man Booker Prize nomination. Yes, it is a cracking fast-paced crime thriller – but does it […]

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Review: The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

Opening sentence: “Rosie was aware of nothing apart from her sister’s shadow.” The title of this book may seem innocent, however the plot is anything but. In 1997, Laurel and Primrose (known as Rosie) Bowman lure toddler Kirstie away from a playground. Soon after, Kirstie is found murdered, with signs of torture. 10-year old Laurel […]

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Review: A Version of the Truth by BP Walter

Opening sentence: “I’m reaching for a Mulberry purse when I feel someone standing close behind me.” I’ve just finished reading A Version of the Truth on my commute home and I feel a little disturbed in all honesty. The ending took the plot to a place I didn’t expect and it all felt very unsettling. This […]

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Review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Opening sentence: “First, you light a cigarette, the smoke curling in on itself and up towards the ceiling.” When a two hour plane journey feels like five minutes, you know you have a great read on your hands. Blood Orange kept me company to and from Venice (which is a beyond amazing place, by the […]

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