#BookTag | #Friday56 – THE DRY by Jane Harper @janeharperautho (1st June 2017, Abacus Books @AbacusBooks) 18/08/2017

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Title: THE DRY
Author:
Jane Harper
Publisher:
Abacus Books
Publication Date: 1st June 2017

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Blurb;

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface…

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#BookTag | #Friday56 – GIRL ZERO by A.A. Dhand @aadhand (13th July 2017, Bantam Press | Penguin Random House @PenguinRHUK) 11/08/2017

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Title: GIRL ZERO
Author:
A.A. Dhand
Publisher:
Bantam Press (Penguin Random House)
Publication Date: 13th July 2017

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Blurb;

There are some surprises that no-one should ever have to experience. Standing over the body of your beloved – and murdered – niece is one of them. For Detective Inspector Harry Virdee, a man perilously close to the edge, it feels like the beginning of the end.

His boss may be telling him he’s too close to work the case, but this isn’t something that Harry can just let lie. He needs to dive into the murky depths of the Bradford underworld and find the monster that lurks there who killed his flesh and blood.

But before he can, he must tell his brother, Ron, the terrible news. And there is no predicting how he will react. Impulsive, dangerous and alarmingly well connected, Ron will act first and think later. Harry may have a murderer to find but if he isn’t careful, he may also have a murder to prevent.

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#BookTag | #Friday56 – GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX by Stephen King @StephenKing & Richard Chizmar @RichardChizmar (16th May 2017, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks) 04/08/2017

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Title: GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX
Author:
Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 16th May 2017

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Blurb;

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

 

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#BookTag | #Friday56 – TO KILL THE PRESIDENT by Sam Bourne @Freedland (4th July 2017, Harper Collins UK @HarperCollinsUK) 28/07/2017

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Title: TO KILL THE PRESIDENT
Author: S
am Bourne
Publisher:
Harper Collins
Publication Date: 4th July 2017

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Blurb:

A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne, in which Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.
If a president is out of control
Who will take the ultimate step?

The unthinkable has happened. The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford Mac’ McNamara.

When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it’s clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.

Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and avowed liberal, discovers an inside plot to kill the president and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the president and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

 

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#ThursdayQuotable – DEAD SIMPLE by Peter James @peterjamesuk 20/04/2017

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THURSDAY QUOTABLES is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely Book Shelf Fantasies

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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DEAD SIMPLE (ROY GRACE #1) by PETER JAMES (MAY 2005, MACMILLAN)

“Branson ate his salad, and left the rest of his fish untouched, while Grace tucked into his steak and kidney pudding with relish.

‘I read a while ago,’ he told Branson, ‘that the French drink more red wine than the English but live longer. The Japanese eat more fish than the English but drink less wine and live longer. The Germans eat more red meat than the English, and drink more beer and they live longer too. You know the moral of this story?

‘No’

‘It’s not what you eat or drink – it’s speaking English that kills you.”

There will forever be a special place in my heart for Peter James and his Roy Grace novels.

DEAD SIMPLE is the first in the series of novels featuring Brighton police detective; Roy Grace. A man suffering after the sudden disappearance of his wife; Sandy whilst trying to bring down local criminals. Cracking reads for those who enjoy a police procedural.

#TeamRoyGrace

Until next week, keep reading on!

-S.

 

#ThursdayQuotable – 13/04/2017

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THURSDAY QUOTABLES is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely Book Shelf Fantasies

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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THE INFORMANT BY SUSAN WILKINS (NOVEMBER 2014, PAN MACMILLAN)

 “Kaz watched him sipping his beer. No one could deny he exuded a confident that was attractive, he still had charm to burn just like little Joey. She’d watched him with Marko and Leysa, they were totally under his spell. But when he wasn’t performing, rolling out the spiel and keeping everyone entertained, there was an edge to him, an underlying hardness.

There was only the occasional glimpse of it, but when he said ‘I run a very tight ship’ she certainly got a whiff of it. She knew it was there. And then there was his temper. It was in a fit of temper that he’d killed Natalie’s boyfriend and Kaz knew, even though she wanted to deny it, that Jez Harris wasn’t his only victim.”

I cannot go on about this book enough! THE INFORMANT came to me in the form of a birthday gift last year and after reading the blurb – I was instantly drawn in.

Until next week, keep reading on!

-S.

#ThursdayQuotable – The Fireman by Joe Hill @joe_hill 23/03/2017

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THURSDAY QUOTABLES is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely Book Shelf Fantasies

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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THE FIREMAN by JOE HILL (MAY 2016, ORION PUBLISHING GROUP)

“All of it. Especially the arrogant notion that the world will end just because humans might not make it through this century. We were never properly grateful for making it through the last century, as far as I’m concerned. Humanity is worse than flies. If even one dried nugget of offal survives the flames, we’ll be swarming all over it.

Fighting about who owns it and selling the most fragrant chunks to the wealthy and the gullible. You’re afraid it’s the End Times because we’re surrounded by death and ruin. Nurse Willowes, don’t you know? Death and ruin is man’s preferred ecosystem. Did you ever read about the bacterium that thrives in volcanoes, right on the edge of boiling rock? That’s us. Humanity is a germ that thrives on the very edge of catastrophe.”

This is the first novel of Hill that I have read and I truly loved his writing style. There are clever nods to popular culture which give a slight humorous edge to such a serious and though provoking story. A story that makes you ask yourself how you would survive I’m this situation?

This was one of my stand out reads of 2016 and I will be forever recommending this book to people!

Until next week, keep reading on!

-S.