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The Forgotten by David Baldacci

Published May 20, 2022

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

The second book in the John Puller series and it’s another good mystery where Puller gets involved at a certain level and then gradually finds a deeper and more disturbing plot is behind it all. Baldacci’s writing is exceptionally good as a pageturner, it’s short and sharp, tight sentences and keen paragraphs that just keeps you wanting to read more. And I really like Puller as a character, he’s got the skills and tightlipped manner that his career has given him, but can let his guard down occasionally and give us insight into the man behind the military bearing. Can’t wait for the next one.

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

Published July 8, 2021

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

As I was reading this, it felt oddly familiar. I don’t think I’ve read it before, but you never know. Regardless, it took a little while to grab me, and there was a little too much detail about future archaeology for my tastes, but underneath all that it was a really interesting and fun story to get on board with. I did think it was interesting that events kept piling on to the point that Jarra herself believed her deception, but then when she did reveal all it was slightly underwhelming - having built up to what could happen all book, she was just accepted. Having said that, it does tend to be the case that when you get to know the person underneath, any sense of racism you might have can fall away.

Out of the Silence by Eduardo Strouch

Published June 3, 2021

Out of the Silence by Eduardo Strouch

I had no idea about this crash before picking up this book, but what an extraordinary and tragic event to have lived through! Strouch waited a long time to tell his story but does so with great sensitivity, honesty and reflection. The events unfold sort of chronologically, but more dipping into various areas of the event - spirituality, survival, hope, despair, telling what happened via emotions rather than via a timeline. It’s an eye-opening and incredible read.

Mack the Life by Lee Mack

Published May 6, 2021

Mack the Life by Lee Mack

I feel like I’ve read this before but I don’t have a review of it anywhere so I figured I’d give it another go. Whether I’ve read it before or not, I’m glad I got to experience it again. Mack deep dives into what drives a comedian to choose this career, and what makes someone funny, by examining his own history in a unique and hilarious way. Usually dipping too much into childhood and early days can be dull but this was never boring.

Being Sam Frears by Mary Mount

Published April 29, 2021

Being Sam Frears by Mary Mount

It feels a bit cheeky to call it a book as it feels more like an extended magazine article, but there’s no denying it’s a nice piece. Sam is inspirational and seems like a lovely guy, and it’s nice to see the author connect with his extended friends and family. Would have liked to delve a bit deeper but it was still a nice read.

Fatal Frost by James Henry

Published November 28, 2020

Fatal Frost by James Henry

I do like how the new writers in the Frost series have channelled the feeling of the original set of novels but I’m not totally sure this one lived up to my expectations. It had a great start to the story and a great end, but seemed to get lost along the way in the middle. There’s a lot of waffling around and waiting for things to happen.

The Innocent by David Baldacci

Published December 20, 2019

The Innocent by David Baldacci

I’ve read one Baldacci book before, and my dad recommended I invest in some more as he’s quite taken with the thriller writer. I picked up this one in an Apple Books sale and was soon caught up in the intrigue of it all. It’s an interesting style, because Robie is an assassin and the book has that arms-length detachment that comes with that kind of job.

Timebound by Rysa Walker

Published July 12, 2019

Timebound by Rysa Walker

My obsession with time travel leads me to unexpected cultural output sometimes, and this book took me by surprise. It’s a full on action adventure, full of omg they’re changing the time lines drama, and oof this person could blink out of existence at any moment tension. I’ll admit, the finer details did get a bit clunky and confusing for me - a lot of people in the same place at the same time, and the extended family with an extensive history was a lot to take in.