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The Lone Child focuses on character development, imbued with sadness, longing, regret and loss. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
You have to admire any author who doesn't just create a profoundly unlikeable protagonist but then grants them full permission to be as ordinary a human being as they can possibly be.
Posted by Karen
A terrific thriller, FROM THE SHADOWS, is fast-paced and populated by extremely interesting characters embroiled in a clever story plot that twists, turns and sneaks around more than enough to keep the reader guessing until the end.
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I forgot NOTHING BAD HAPPENS HERE was a debut novel as you'd never know it from reading it.
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It's probably not going to come as any surprise to find that DON'T LET GO jumped up the reading queue as quickly as possible, because every novel from Michel Bussi I've read now has been clever, different and intriguing.
Posted by Karen
... not a straightforward history, romance or crime fiction novel, but a mash-up, and one this reader found extremely engaging.
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The re-examining of the murder of Charles Buhrman brings Josie and her family to the fresh attention of a voracious new content hungry generation who are keen for the thrill and less interested in the damage that was done to the two young children in the house at the time of the murder.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The disappearance of Melody Chapa ten years ago was one of those cases that gripped the public. Though Melody’s body was never recovered, her parents are in prison serving time for her murder and the case remained in the public eye thanks to occasional ‘sightings’ and sporadic media attention.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Recommendations

A terrific thriller, FROM THE SHADOWS, is fast-paced and populated by extremely interesting characters embroiled in a clever story plot that twists, turns and sneaks around more than enough to keep the reader guessing until the end.
It's probably not going to come as any surprise to find that DON'T LET GO jumped up the reading queue as quickly as possible, because every novel from Michel Bussi I've read now has been clever, different and intriguing.
The re-examining of the murder of Charles Buhrman brings Josie and her family to the fresh attention of a voracious new content hungry generation who are keen for the thrill and less interested in the damage that was done to the two young children in the house at the time of the murder.
ALL OUR SECRETS is strongly voiced, has a great sense of place and character all round, and an excellent plot. It's an absolute gem.
A slow moving novel about loss; both its enormity and of how shocking it is to the grieving that life simply must go on, regardless of what has been unexpectedly and horrifically taken from them.
THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
The bright shiny lives of Louise’s friends, ex colleagues and acquaintances are cyber surreal to her and the friends that were once vitally important in the school years have now become just posts on her phone screen. The ‘friend request’ received from a dead school mate rocks Louise straight back to those school days of fake friends, neuroses and crushing peer pressure.

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In The Girl From Venice, Cruz Smith effectively captures a point in time.
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BLOOD WEDDING is a great novel to take with you on your next long journey or to indulge in over one or two sittings. The time will fly!
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This is a book that feels like it wants to tear the blinkers off and really make you think about the manner in which society tends to treat victims in particular.
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It's taken a long while to write this review, simply because this has been a collection of writing that I've wanted to go back to frequently in order to get my head around much of it.
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The key aspect of this structure is that Kill the Next One keeps readers guessing and despite becoming a little frustrating at times, it is very hard to put down.
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The Girl Before ticks all of the Girl book boxes in spades. It has two unreliable female narrators, a supporting cast of abusive and potentially violent men and plenty of domestic thrills.
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Australian readers are likely to still know Melina Marchetta for her breakout young adult novel Looking for Alibrandi (1992). Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is crime genre novel. But while it relies on some of the genre conventions it also manages to subvert some of them, particularly with its focus on some teen protagonists.
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What's this doing on a crime fiction site?
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Ignore all the book comparisons as it doesn’t do this clever little mystery justice; it is all about the journey here and the big reveal is not the tantalizing part of the read. THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN is a very satisfying read and deservedly one of the buzz books of the summer.
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As the teen struggles to deal with both the mental and physical trauma, Jenny’s parents make the decision to allow medics try a new drug on their daughter that will serve to delete the immediate painful memories of the attack.
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OLD SCORES is a great entry in what, overall, is a tremendous series that reminds us again how keen the eye and how sharp the observation of really good crime writers like David Whish-Wilson is.
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Cliff Hardy is back in the forty-second and now final book in this much loved, admired series.
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There is no denying Peter Corris’ status as the godfather of modern Australian crime. Corris took the American private investigator corner of the crime genre and made it uniquely Australian. Still going now after 33 years, gumshoe and Sydney icon Cliff Hardy is back in action for the forty-second time in Win, Lose or Draw.
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The third Frank Swann book - the setting is wonderfully done - and oddly nostalgic :)
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f2f Bookclub read
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This list is of standout reads from 2016, grouped into categories with no attempt whatsoever at an arbitrary number.
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Another that's been lurking on the piles for way too long. Perhaps that should be the New Year's Resolution - more reading!
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This was a brilliant reading experience, and a history lesson into the bargain. Intricate but fascinating.
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Another that's been lingering on the reading piles way too long.
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Bittersweet experience reading this - the last Cliff Hardy novel.
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This one came highly recommended so I've been trying to shuffle it up the list for a while now.
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This was a bit of a personal treat read.
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Have been hiding out from computers, reading a lot and catching up on a lot of nothing in the lead up to returning to work tomorrow. So a catchup on the reading list before then.
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Robert Goodman shared his Top Five Crime novels of 2016 late last year at http://pilebythebed.com/index.php/2016/top-five-crime-2016/
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Darkest Place is Australian thriller writer Jaye Ford’s fifth book of stand-alones involving women under threat who are definitely not victims. Review at Newtown Review of Books
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... nobody could ever accuse THE BLACK TONGUE of being expected reading.
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This is a series that has been on my radar for a while, and of course, I've been slow in getting to it and I'm starting with Book 2.
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Picked this up over the weekend - lordy it's good. For review at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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What you can expect is clever writing and plotting, great characters, pitch perfect dialogue, some stand out scene setting, laughter, action, pathos, friendship, a bit of romance and a heap of enjoyable madness.
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Lot of sitting around waiting recently - so an ebook, and something set in Asia for a change.
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A DONATION OF MURDER is book number five in this excellent historical series from WA based author Felicity Young.
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There's a slightly obvious reason for being attracted to this novel, way outside my normal reading preferences.
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SCARED TO DEATH is the first in a new series from Australian based author Rachel Amphlett. It's a switch from the earlier espionage styled Dan Taylor novels, to a police procedural featuring Detective Kay Hunter.
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When Marshall Browne sadly died in February 2014 he had finished, and edited his final Inspector Anders novel.
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Read this series. All of it.
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Time to immerse myself again in Scandinavian crime fiction, although this is a re-read of a book that's been recently re-released. The first in the Stubo and Vik series.
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You'll nip through this novel in one or two sittings; it is not dragged down by the minutiae of a police investigation (though there is a detective still working the case) and the speed and ease in which young people live their responsibility-free lives is conveyed well.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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You know you are in safe hands with Janet Evanovich.
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From the embarrassingly overdue pile...
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The two biggest challenges with writing historical fiction need to be overcome from the get-go. It is necessary to engage the reader from that first chapter so that they are not constantly running off to fact check. So the first challenge is adhering (or appearing) to the constraints of historical accuracy
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Zoe's fragile mother Maria has done her best to carve out a new life for herself and Zoe with her dynamic new husband after the horrors of the past.
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2nd in the really enjoyable Mason & Dixie series - set in Thailand and the trans-gender community.
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Bill Beverly has taken out 2016 Golden Dagger Awards for both best crime fiction and best debut for Dodgers. This is the type of crime novel that is steeped in the criminal world.
Posted by Robert Goodman