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Thrillers Of The Month – May 2014
This month featuring
- In Retrospect by Ellen Larson
- Cold Winter Rain by Steven Gregory
- Kindling The Moon by Jean Bennett, published by Simon & Schuster
- Like This, Forever by Sharon Bolton, published by Corgi
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|In Retrospect by Ellen Larson|
|Review by Leslie Gardner…
Merit had lead a resistance group to ward off what became a successful take over by the enemy invaders, the Rasakans. The year is 3324 and she and her crew are prisoners – and we think we know what’s happened and who did it: it seems an imprisoned beloved leader is found dead with a religious leader cradling his head. We begin though with what is apparently Merit’s (we discover later…) decimated body in ashes… yet she’d been the only surviving practitioner of retrospection by manipulating an unearthly and uncanny Vessel. She had seemed to be able to reach the past and alter it to her own intentions. In one bravura act, to impress a younger brainy guy, she’d carried his own report, completed, back from the future which was actually about to take place. The narrative constantly throws confusion into the sequence, and effects the rules of reality of scientific data. In her insouciant style, Merit challenges the very basis of cause and effect to her ends; but despite heroic efforts isolating moments in time, she can never change it – but maybe she has and that’s why she’s in ashes on the floor .. did she get what she wanted? it is that special skill is the one possession her captors must somehow tease from her. Her arch childhood enemy has grown to be a powerful rival, and plays political games to gain power.
The sense of humour is everywhere in wit of the talk, and jealousies and posturing of the characters. despite the scientific talk about parallels and paradigms, there is no sense that this is a pedantic hard science non-fiction novel. The necessity to keep track of time was at first irksome but then became a crucial part of following the story – and Larson helps. A brilliantly conceived double take on a crime story where even notion of a plot is unreliable as Larson weaves in event, time and awkward grammatical contortions to make an intriguing and entertaining tale.
Rating: An intriguing and entertaining tale
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|Cold Winter Rain by Steven Gregory|
|Review by Jane Brown …
The main character Slate (he goes by just Slate) is unusual as he runs his private investigators office from a bar, lives on a boat and flies his own plane. He has a sad past that is revealed as the story unfolds. He is a lawyer by profession but enjoys trying to locate things – and people.
Kramer approaches him to find his missing daughter –he has called the FBI but has reservations as to whether they will find her and thinks Slate will be a better person for the job. Two days into the investigation and Slate is called by a detective as Kramer has been found dead. He was found with Slate’s card. Slate realises the extent to what he has got into when he delves into Kramer’s business relations.
The character of Slate is realistic. Gregory has taken time to create this interesting private investigator, the book is well written and I found I read this at an easy pace. Not giving the whole story away -there is a good ending to the story.
I can see a series emerging as I would like to read more books with this interesting character Slate.
Rating: An excellent read
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|Kindling The Moon by Jean Bennett|
|Review by Ronda Caudill…
This debut novel by Jenn Bennett sets the stage for a wonderful urban fantasy series. Bennett’s characters are wonderfully well developed and the storyline is amazingly crafted to pull the reader into this world.
The main character, Arcadia Bell, is a cynical but sweet magician and bar owner. Lon Butler’s character is sexy but realistic. The developing relationship between the two is perfectly paced to keep that tension making the reading want more.
The story is fast paced and exciting. It keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and at the end of the book leaves the reader wanting so much more. The plot is full of adventure and surprises and the twists on demonology were very interesting and unique. Bennett built an impressive well thought out and well developed world. She seamlessly blended magic and lore into the story without disrupting its flow.
This is a wonderful read and I recommend it to anyone who loves magick. Bennett is a talented author and I look forward to reading more of her work. I give Kindling the Moon 5 out of 5 stars.
Rating: 5 stars!
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|Like This, Forever by Sharon Bolton|
|Review by Wendy Cartmell…
My first foray into SJ Bolton’s books was Like This, For Ever and I immediately wondered why it had taken me so long to find her books. The book focus is on three main parts: the killer; detective Flint and her personal psychological problems together with her strained relationship with DI Lacey; and Barney a young boy who is fascinated by the murders and is also unsuccessfully trying to find his mother who disappeared a few years ago. The killer is hunting young boys, killing them and draining their blood. It doesn’t take long before the tabloid press are screaming for blood in their own way.
Bolton weaves these threads seemingly effortlessly as the reader is drawn into the heart of the book and the characters. I don’t often like books which contain a child’s point of view but here the character of Barney is so real and his anguish so sharply drawn that anyone would want to take him into their arms and tell him everything is going to be alright. But this is a crime novel after all, and so Barney has to learn that sometimes everything is not going to be alright.
Rating: A tour de force.
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