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Title: Tempus Investigations
Author: Claus Holm
Genre: Crime
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 228
Date read: August, 2016

Jim Corrigan died in 1933... but he returned to life. Now, he can't die.

Through the first season, Jim and his friends matches wits with the supernatural side of San Francisco, making both new friends - and a few enemies.

Tempus Investigations mixes the world of TV and books, making a unique kind of story - a fan fiction so elaborate it needed to create the show itself. In this book, you'll find the first four episodes, which form Season 1.


It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of TV crime shows (Criminal Minds, Law & Order, CSI, Bones... they're all my jam), so a fictional version sounded very intriguing! Also, I liked the idea of reading fanfiction for a show that doesn't even exist :)

Fortunately, it worked well. I really liked Jim and his friends, and though there were definitely some "episodes" I was fonder of than others, I would absolutely tune in for the second season.

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Fantasy, play
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 320
Date read: August, 2016

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


A lot better than I had expected, and miles better than the leaked synopsis made it sound. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for awhile, but it made me cry on several occasions, so that bumps it up to 4.

I won't deny that it reads a lot like fanfic, but I think that may partly because the media is so different. There were plotholes here and there and some parts seemed to be glossed over, but like everybody had told me, part 2 was heaps better than part 1 and turned the reading experience from a mediocre one, to a really enjoyable one.

I think I'll probably need this for my physical library after all. It'll never live up to the original series, but it doesn't embarrass itself either.

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Title: Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 608
Date read: July, 2016

A collection of all the Newsflesh short stories published until now, plus two never seen before. Some are obviously better than others, but they're all well worth reading for people wanting to remain (figuratively only, obviously!) in that universe.

The book includes a short introduction by the author to each short story, which I enjoyed.

Short stories included:
- Countdown
- Everglades
- San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the Browncoats (this one always makes me cry)
- How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea
- The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell
- Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus
- All the Pretty Little Horses (*new* - how the Masons moved on from losing their son in the rising)
- Coming to You Live (*new* - 2 years after Shaun and Georgia disappeared off to Canada)

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Title: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 576
Date read: July, 2016

A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew - the forbidden love at the heart of it. After travelling through time in SHADOW OF NIGHT, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home in France they reunite with their families - with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.


Why did it take me this long to get started on this book? Once I did, I couldn't put it down, and finished it in just a few days.

Every bit as good as the first two books in the series, "The Book of Life" tied up all loose ends very nicely and served as a very satisfying ending to the trilogy. I'm actually kind of sad we won't get to hear more about Matthew and Diana, and feel positively book-hungover right now.

This trilogy is the kind of epic storytelling I love the most. It's "Outlander" with witches and vampires; just as rich in details and with just as large a supporting cast ;) It's difficult to say much about the plot without giving away spoilers for the two first books, but I think what I enjoyed the most was seeing Matthew and Diana's relationship with their families (both of blood and of loyalty) and watch Diana grow in powers and confidence as a witch. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when Diana and Janet sat to talk magic after the end of the book ;)

It's been a few years since I read the two first books, so I almost want to go back and reread the entire series now, as I'm sure I lost details here and there, but for my own sake, that should probably wait until I go on vacation.

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Title: Secrets
Author: Sue Welford
Genre: YA
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 187
Date read: July, 2016

17-year-old Jason is going out with Maria, and everything would be perfect if it wasn't for his 15-year-old sister, Lisa, behaving so strangely.

Slowly Jason realizes that Lisa is anorexic.


20 years ago I would have adored this book, and indeed read several books of this genre. Now that I'm ever so slightly out of its target audience range (*grin*) I had a few problems with it, as I felt some parts were somewhat unrealistic. I did appreciate that it was told from the viewpoint of an older brother, however, instead of from the anorexic girl herself.

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Title: The Runaway Jury
Author: John Grisham
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 565 pages
Date read: July, 2016

Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him. In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course.

The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is convinced he's being watched. Soon they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymous young woman suggests she is able to predict the jurors' increasingly odd behavior.

Is the jury somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If so, by whom? And, more importantly, why?


I was a huge John Grisham fan back in the day, but it has been literally years since I read anything by him last. Recently I felt inspired to reread "The Runaway Jury" and was once again reminded of how ridiculously readable books he writes.

I did have a problem with the main premise of the book though. It may be a sign of the times, but it seems utterly ridiculous to me to sue a tobacco company for going against all warnings and smoking their stuff anyway... but perhaps that's why they have warnings in the first place.

Anyway, putting that aside, I really enjoyed the book and will probably reread more of his earlier works in the near future.

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Title: The Alchemaster's Apprentice
Author: Walter Moers
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 384
Date read: July, 2016

Malaisea, the unhealthiest town in the whole of Zamonia, is home to Echo the Crat, a multitalented creature resembling a cat in appearance but capable of speaking any language under the sun, human or animal. When his mistress dies, Echo finds himself out on the street. Dying of starvation, he is compelled to sign a contract with Ghoolion the Alchemaster, Malaisea's evil alchemist-in-chief. This fateful document gives Ghoolion the right to kill Echo at the next full moon and render him down for his fat, with which he hopes to brew an alchemical concoction that will make him immortal. In return, he promises to regale the little Crat with the most exquisite gastronomic delicacies until his time is up.

But Ghoolion has reckoned without Echo's talent for survival and his ability to make new friends. These include the Leathermice, the Cogitating Eggs, the Golden Squirrel, the Cooked Ghost, Theodore T. Theodore the one-eyed Tuwituwu, and, above all, Izanuela Anazazi, the last Uggly in Malaisea.


Unfortunately the weakest of Walter Moers' books so far. I still liked it, and the writing style totally lived up to my expectations, but unfortunately the plot itself didn't, as it was too 'small' a plot to allow for a ~400p book, which resulted in a book that was rather drawn out in places.

Had it been cut down to 200-250 pages I'd probably have loved it.

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Title: What Alice Forgot
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 528
Date read: June, 2016

Alice is twenty-nine. She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house. She's newly engaged to the wonderful Nick and is pregnant with her first baby.

There's just one problem. All of that was ten years ago...

Alice has slipped in a step-aerobics class, hit her head and lost a decade. Now she's a grown-up, bossy mother of three in the middle of a nasty divorce and her beloved sister Elisabeth isn't speaking to her. This is her life but not as she knows it.

Clearly Alice has made some terrible mistakes. Just how much can happen in a decade?

Can she ever get back to the woman she used to be?


I really wanted to give this book 5 stars. For most of it I lived the book, in a way that I haven't done for a long time. I loved seeing people react to "young Alice" and was fascinated by the idea of having lost all memory of the last 10 years (how would I react if I thought it was 2006 and woke up to 2016? Probably wouldn't be quite as big a shock as for Alice, as there haven't been quite as many changes in my life - but still!).

Unfortunately the end was a bit of a let-down. Once Alice gets her memory back, everything is just resolved far too quickly. I did like the way it was resolved, but would have appreciated being shown rather than told that that was what happened.

But otherwise a brilliant book! I definitely need to read more of Liane Moriarty's work.

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Title: The Woman He Loved Before
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Genre: Chick-lit, Suspense
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 465
Date read: June, 2016


Libby has a nice life with a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her - and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. Eventually Libby stumbles across some startling truths about Eve, and is soon unearthing more and more devastating family secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved.


While I absolutely adored the first book I ever read by Dorothy Koomson ("My Best Friend's Girl"), most subsequent reads have unfortunately disappointed. This one more than most, as I spent most of it deeply frustrated by Jack and Libby's complete inability to communicate! For really stupid reasons too.

The last 150 pages showed a brief improvement, and I was pretty much tied to my chair to discover what happened next during that time, but unfortunately the ending was another disappointment with - wonder of wonders - yet more failure to communicate. This time with a better reason, granted, but still.

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Title: The Yearbook Committee
Author: Sarah Ayoub
Genre: YA
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 268
Date read: June, 2016

Five teenagers. Five lives. One final year.

The school captain: Ryan has it all... or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him now?

The newcomer: Charlie's just moved interstate and she's determined not to fit in. She's just biding her time until Year 12 is over and she can head back to her real life and her real friends ...

The loner: At school, nobody really notices Matty. But at home, Matty is everything. He's been single-handedly holding things together since his mum's breakdown, and he's never felt so alone.

The popular girl: Well, the popular girl's best friend ... cool by association. Tammi's always bowed to peer pressure, but when the expectations become too much to handle, will she finally stand up for herself?

The politician's daughter: Gillian's dad is one of the most recognisable people in the state and she's learning the hard way that life in the spotlight comes at a very heavy price.

Five unlikely teammates thrust together against their will. Can they find a way to make their final year a memorable one or will their differences tear their world apart?


Awesome book, with a suckerpunch ending, that left me reeling.

This was basically "The Breakfast Club" for the 21st Century. 5 students are thrown together for a school activity, bicker and annoy each other at first, but slowly become friends (or at least friendly).

I had a hard time putting it down, and it could have been a straight 5 star book (even though I didn't like the twist... it was still believable) if Sarah Ayoub had added just a few more chapters. There were a few too many threads left hanging, and though people appeared to be heading in the right directions, I'd like to have it confirmed before the book ended.

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Title: Tidsfangen (The Prisoner of Time)
Author: Gry Pil Lund Ranfelt
Genre: Sci-fi
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 415
Date read: June, 2016

Louise's dad dies when she's 11, and Louise herself never manages to get accepted to the design school she's dreamed about for as long as she can remember. But when Louise is 22, she's suddenly returned to her 11-year-old body. She feels that she's been given a chance to make everything right; to save her father and realize her ambitions. But what if it happens again? And again? And again?


I can't quite decide what I thought of this book. It kept me fully captivated while reading it, and I finished it over a weekend, but as so often happens in novels with some level of time-travel involved, the end fell slightly short. I thought there were a number of questions left unanswered, and the ones that were didn't always make complete sense if you stopped to look at the details.

The premise of the book reminded me a lot of "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" by Claire North , but I think I liked this one a tiny bit better. I got really frustrated with Louise at times (but then, she did lead a frustrating life), and never thought Lett's behaviour in loop 4 was fully justified or explained. I loved Maria though, and was glad to see her shine in loop 5.

All in all, a really interesting premise, but one that could have been handled better.

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Title: Star Stories (KarmaCorp Tales)
Author: Audrey Faye
Genre: Short stories, Sci-fi
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 165
Date read: June, 2016

A Seer in a spaceport fleamarket and a StarReader in his ivory tower - both with messages for Yesenia Mayes. The first days on Stardust Prime for a very special assistant and a very important class of tadpoles. The birth of two daughters - and the terrible sacrifices of the mothers who love them.


A collection of really charming short stories, set in the KarmaCorp universe.

As a general rule, I'm not fond of short stories, but that rule goes flying out of the window when it's short stories set in a universe I'm already familiar with, revolving around characters I'm already fond of (or at least know), so I guess my beef with short stories is mostly because I think they give too few pages to set the scene, so when the scene is already set (so to speak), I'm free to love them just as much as I would any other book by that author.

If anything, I thought some of these short stories were far too short. I'd have loved to read more about Kish, Tee, Raven and Iggy's introduction to KarmaCorp and how their friendship (and talents) grew, and the stories about Yesenia and Bean were heartbreaking in their lack of closure (although we did get a bit more of that in "Grower's Omen", so more may still come).

I devoured the book, and wouldn't have complained if it had been twice as long.

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Title: I'd Know You Anywhere
Author: Laura Lippman
Genre: Crime
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 386
Date read: May, 2016

Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, thirteen-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquillity is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects - or wants - to hear from: Walter Bowman. There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I'd know you anywhere.

In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma in her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She's always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he'll tell her - and share the truth about his other victims.

Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long-ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And Eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable, cocooned life, will do anything to protect it - even if it means finally facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she's kept buried inside.


This book could have been awesome, but unfortunately it just fell flat. It was told from multiple POVs, but all four were utterly unsympathetic, which made it really difficult to actually care about what happened. Also, the asides about the children seemed pointless, and never actually went anywhere, so I wonder why Laura Lippman put them in there in the first place.

I almost gave up several times, but the writing was good, and kept pulling me back - I got curious, and wanted to see where it ended.

Fortunately the book did improve, as Eliza lost some of her doormat tendencies and started acting rather than just reacting to things, and the end was satisfactory - although less suspenseful than I had expected.

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Title: Thyme Out (also published as "Second Thyme Around")
Author: Katie Fforde
Genre: Chick-lit
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 384
Date read: May, 2016

When Perdita Dylan delivers her baby vegetables to a local hotel and finds that her unpredictable ex-husband, Lucas, has taken over the kitchen, she is horrified - particularly when she discovers he's being groomed as the latest celebrity chef and needs her picturesque, if primitive cottage, and her, in supporting roles.

Her life is further complicated when Kitty, her 87-year-old friend, has a stroke. Perdita needs someone to lean on - and Lucas seems so keen to help that she starts to wonder if he's really such a villain. Can she cope with all this alone? Or should she face up to the fact that 'You can't cuddle lettuces'?


It's difficult for me to give this a fair rating, as the different parts of the book were of so very, VERY varied quality.

The first 100 pages infuriated me, and I felt like tossing it across the room. If it hadn't come very highly recommended by people whose opinions I trust, I wouldn't have gotten any further. But I stuck with it, and fortunately it improved, until the last 100 pages, where I had a very had time putting the book down. So with the first 100 pages deserving just 1 star, and the last 100 pages deserving 4 stars, I decided to average it out.

My problems with the book can be boiled down to just one thing - lack of boundaries. In those first 100 pages, Perdita decides she knows better than Lucas how to run his restaurant ("Oh, but she did it for a good cause!" Grrr. So what if she did? That doesn't give her the right! Lucas would have had every right to fire Janey because of it), and Lucas stomps all over Perditia's boundaries not one, not two, but three times. But because he turns around and helps her with Kitty, we're supposed to just forget all of that? In any real-life relationship where somebody behaved like this, I'd call red flags all over the place. Seriously, the "jerk with a heart of gold" trope is getting old. The good things he does later, don't cancel out his jerk'ish behaviour earlier.

*Sigh*

Fortunately after the first 100 pages both Perditia's and Lucas' behaviour improved, and the plot turned a lot more enjoyable, so I no longer considered giving it up as a DNF. I was still slightly disappointed in it, as I'd had it recommended to me as a "foodie novel" which wasn't the case at all - it was a romance, plain and simple. Sure, one of the characters worked in a restaurant, but that part took up a LOT less page-space than I had expected. I also wish we'd have gotten to see Roger's reaction to getting his comeuppance, but that's a minor detail.

All in all, not a book I'd recommend. But if you do end up reading it, try to just ignore the first 100 pages, and the rest of the book will be a lot better for it.

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Title: Seeds of Discovery
Author: Breeana Puttroff
Genre: YA, fantasy
Rating: 4/5
# pages: Audiobook ~7hrs
Date read: May, 2016

Quinn Robbins' life was everything she thought a teenager's should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she's just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter's, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.

The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.

As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.

On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn't always open.

Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.


A bit slow to start, but that may have been because I 'read' it as an audiobook rather than a physical book. Once it did take off I really enjoyed it. It's a different take on the normal YA fantasy, and I liked the mix.

I loved seeing Quinn's growing friendship with William and Thomas, and was pleased that at least in this book, no romantic tangles were included.

A charming book, and with enough of a plot of its own to not just feel like a "setting the scene" novel. It didn't make me feel like I have to rush out and read the next one immediately (mostly because I'm afraid Quinn will get into some annoying situations due to her secret - there were signs of this already in this book), but I may eventually. It was sweet.

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Title: The Fun Family
Author: Benjamin Frisch
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: 1/5
# pages: 240
Date read: May, 2016

Beloved cartoonist Robert Fun has earned a devoted following for his circle-shaped newspaper comic strip, celebrating the wholesome American family by drawing inspiration from his real home life... but the Fun Family bears some dark secrets. As their idyllic world collapses and the kids are forced to pick up the pieces, can they escape the cycle of art imitating life imitating art?


I received this book as an ARC in return for an honest review.

Let's get the good stuff out of the way first - I liked the style of the drawings in this, even if it did get difficult to tell Mike and Robby apart at times, and the mother's face had a weird shape.

There. That was it.

There was literally nothing I enjoyed about this comic. I kept reading it, under the assumption that it just HAD to get better eventually... but it never did. Instead it ended on an extreme low, that just made me push the book away in disgust.

Full disclosure - I don't know Benjamin Frisch, and have no clue if the Fun family is based on a newspaper comic strip of some kind. If that's the case, I can see Benjamin Frisch getting so tired of his own story, that he felt the need to write a book about their life going to hell in a hand basket, in order to get some sort of therapeutic release. That would make sense, and that would make the book make sense. It wouldn't make it any more enjoyable, but at least I'd understand what he was trying to do.

Instead what I got was a book full of dysfunctional adults and only marginally less dysfunctional kids. Until the very end, I'd sort of expected that the grandmother's ghost would help the family get back on their feet again, but instead she just introduced a whole new level of weirdness into their lives.

The parents were the worst though. They kept making bad decision after bad decision, leaving the kids to bear the brunt of it and pick up the pieces. I wanted to kick some sense into both the mother and father, for them to wake up and take responsibility already!

A deeply unpleasant book that I wouldn't recommend to anybody.

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Title: I Hate Fairyland: Madly Ever After
Author: Skottie Young
Genre: graphic novel
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 128
Date read: May, 2016

Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year olds body who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.


This was... extraordinarily weird! Not necessarily bad-weird, but totally unexpected. I read most of it with my eyebrows up and my jaw down, wondering how on earth I had entered this surreal universe.

The drawings were great - although perhaps slightly too detailed at times, which could get slightly gross. The plot pretty unique, and the main character unusually unpleasant. This is definitely not a comic I'd hand to a girl who likes princesses - but very possibly to a boy who likes the unconventional.

Really not what I had expected, and as such, I have a bit of a hard time figuring out what I think of it, but at the end of the day - I think I like it.

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Title: Fellside
Author: M.R. Carey
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 496
Date read: May, 2016

Jess Moulson is convicted of murder. But it's a murder she can't remember committing.

Nothing is quite clear from the drug-fuelled night when a blaze set in her apartment killed the little boy upstairs. But when the media brands Jess a child killer, she starts to believe it herself.

Now she's on her way to Fellside, the biggest, most formidable women's prison in Europe, standing in the bleak Yorkshire moors.

But Jess won't be alone in her prison cell. Lurking in the shadows is an unexpected visitor... the ghost of the ten-year-old boy she killed. He says he needs her help - and he won't take no for an answer.


I read and loved "The Girl With All the Gifts" earlier this year, so when I discovered "Fellside" on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. And I'm very happy to have read it. While it couldn't quite live up to my expectations, I had a hard time putting it down, and could never figure out what would happen next.

The writing style is just as good as in his earlier book, although perhaps not quite as tight. I did feel some of the chapters were superfluous, and that it would have benefitted from being cut down just a bit. Mostly, it frustrated me that other than Jess, there were no real sympathetic characters - not even Alex, whom I'd expected to be supposed to like.

It started out strong, the middle fell a bit flat, and then it ended on a strong - albeit unexpected - note as well. I don't think it's a book I'm likely to reread, but that's mostly because the surprises along the way is what makes this book so fascinating the first time around.

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