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One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

Published August 2, 2019

One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

A domestic thriller, this book charts a turbulent time in a family’s life, when someone they trusted turned out to be… well, a psychopath. There are a lot of interesting concepts in this book - firstly, whether to trust and how long to trust for when you start to have suspicions, whether the backstory is true or not or whether it is all in our villain’s imagination, that the protagonist is no hero and made plenty of mistakes herself.

The Rainmaker by John Grisham

Published April 24, 2019

The Rainmaker by John Grisham

This was a bit of an odd John Grisham read, because although it had the fundamental law and courtdroom drama that you would expect, the main protagonist really didn’t seem to be that engaged. Rudy Baylor, fresh out of law school, waiting to pass the bar, isn’t even sure he wants to be a lawyer.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

Published December 24, 2018

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

Aww, a nice Christmas story to read over the festive build-up, only actually there’s quite a lot of darkness in this one. A war reporter is travelling long distance by train across America, and finds himself not only finding interesting characters that he can make a story out of but becoming part of the story himself. Long-lost faces, surprise visits, a thief, and some severe weather all play a part in the narrative.

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Published November 4, 2004

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Julie’s good, Mike’s too good to be true and Richard’s a regular psycho. They’re good characters but exactly as you would expect them to be, no surprises. It bugs me how simple the writing is. Sparks would rather tell you exactly how Julie is feeling about a situation instead of maybe writing about what is happening and letting you feel what she’s feeling instead.

One for My Baby by Tony Parsons

Published November 3, 2004

One for My Baby by Tony Parsons

The book is about grief, so it’s hard to really judge it for being a wallowing look at life, but that is just what it is. Alfie comes across as completely self-involved, which grief will only excuse so far. He won’t listen to his friends or anyone who tries to help him, and I lost patience with him several times.

The Catch by Mark Mason

Published November 2, 2004

The Catch by Mark Mason

Sam has to reach 1,000 points in twelve weeks or his long term girlfriend won’t marry him. Trouble is, he doesn’t know how he wins or loses the points and gets only a running total each Sunday. Needless to say, he has troubles trying to reach his target.

Uptown Girl by Olivia Goldsmith

Published November 1, 2004

Uptown Girl by Olivia Goldsmith

The plot of this one is your traditional rom com - a guy earns a reputation as every girl that he dumps gets married a few months later. Kate’s friend wants to get married so they set her up, but as always, the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly and Kate ends up falling for him herself.