A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Jun23

A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

I started reading A Boy made of Blocks on the day we all woke up to the horrendous news about the Manchester terrorist attack. I’d intended to read a thriller, but I felt so upset by what had happened in Manchester that I just couldn’t face anything dark and scary, even though thrillers are my absolute favourite books. So I read A Boy made of Blocks instead. It was a book I was vaguely aware of and had vaguely heard good...

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Spectacles by Sue Perkins
Jun16

Spectacles by Sue Perkins

I went to see Sue Perkins talking about her memoirs, Spectacles, at Cheltenham Literature Festival over 18 months ago. And I’ve been meaning to read Spectacles ever since. I’ve finally got round to it! Having just read three brilliant thrillers (Lying in Wait, The Couple Next Door and The Girl in the Ice), I must admit at first I thought ‘Why am I reading this? I just want to be reading a thriller!’. But,...

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The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza
Jun02

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

I was lent The Girl in the Ice by a friend of mine who has very good taste in books (most recently, she lent me Why Did You Lie?), so I had high hopes for it, even before I read the blurb. And the blurb got me even more excited – a dead girl, frozen in the ice and linked to the murders of three prostitutes. What’s not to love? (Clearly this is only something you will love if you love thrillers, it’s not the sort of...

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
May26

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I bought The Couple Next Door with precisely no thought whatsoever. I’d never heard of it before, but it sounded like my sort of book and the cover proclaimed it was a ‘Sunday Times bestseller’. Having just read one thriller that I loved – Lying in Wait – I was ready to read another. And I wasn’t disappointed. Anne and Marco leave their six month old baby daughter at home while they go next door for...

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Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
May19

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

I picked Liz Nugent’s Lying in Wait up when we were shopping for books for my daughter. The blurb sounded interesting and it had the magical words ‘Gone Girl fans will love… ‘ on the front. I’m a sucker for a book that is recommended for Gone Girl fans. Lydia has the perfect life in her big house with her husband and her beloved son, Laurence. But there is just one more thing that she wants – and...

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Adventureman by Jamie McDonald
May12

Adventureman by Jamie McDonald

A few weeks ago at Parkrun, I had the pleasure of hearing Jamie McDonald talk. Just a regular bloke from Gloucester. Who ran across the whole of Canada. Being pretty local to Gloucester, I had heard about his run, but never looked into it too deeply. Hearing Jamie McDonald talk, I was completely inspired. And not just because of the run across Canada, but because he’d cycled home to Gloucester from China and then broken the...

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