My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It took me a while to get into this book. A spy thriller that’s billed in the same vein as le Carre, it’s not really. It’s about an intern at an American embassy in Turkey, there’s a massive bomb blast and suddenly a lot of people are interested in her. At the beginning the intern is a bit of a wet blanket but she does perk up and there are chases across the country as she and her CIA agent companion try to work out what’s going on.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Ah the hazards of splurging on books and then letting them languish in the to-be-read pile, I bought The Lost Village ages ago, stuck it in my TBR pile and then didn’t really think about it. In the meantime, I had picked up an audiobook, The Watchers, also by Neil Spring (forgetting that I already had a Neil Spring book to read) and thoroughly did not enjoy it, so when I finally picked up The Lost Village, I was a bit dubious and then even more dubious when I realised it was a sequel to The Ghost Hunters, which I hadn’t read (I hate picking up books mid series), so maybe I wasn’t completely open minded when I approached this …. but I tried to give it a chance.
The Lost Village is set in between the wars in the village of Imber on the Salisbury Plain, which has been taken over by the army for training. Harry Price and his assistant are bought into investigate hauntings. Supernatural stuff, the is it – isn’t it a fake sort of story is normally right up my street but for me personally, there’s something about Spring’s writing style that I just can’t get into, I find it a bit too over melodramatic for my taste, so note to self, no more picking up his books!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
IQ was a really entertaining novel about an amateur detective called Isaiah, in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, living in the LA ‘hood. IQ covers Isaiah’s back story as well as a case where he is called in to investigate an attempted hit on a rap star by killer dog. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Gods of Love tells the story of Frida, a divorce lawyer, whose life gets turned upside down when a strange man bursts into her office and warns her not to go near NeoStar (a Google / Apple type company), thing is Frida has an appointment with them the next day. Featuring Greek gods and monsters, this was definitely a fun read.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love Becky Chambers Wayfarers books and book 3 is just as good, in fact I think that the series is getting stronger and stronger. In Record of a Spaceborn Few, Chambers looks at the Exodus Fleet (her books are set in a future universe where humans have fled Earth and settled elsewhere). The Exodus Fleet is the remains of the fleet that left Earth, now orbiting around a donated star. I love how Chambers has written this one, following a number of different characters, an alien visitor, a frustrated teenager, a ‘caretaker’ (what we’d call an undertaker), a working mum, an archivist and a human new comer from one of the settled planets. Chambers gets most of the voices so well (one tiny criticism being that at first the working mum and the caretaker seemed a bit too similar in voice but the characters became more distinct as the story progressed). There isn’t that much plot, as my husband described the series, it’s episodic, but Chambers has you so rooting for the characters, that you’re happy just to go and watch them get take out and stuff does happen. I can’t wait for another book in the series, I have my fingers crossed for something in the Wayfarers universe set around Sol.
In Home Fire, a London Muslim family, older sister and 19 year old twins (a girl and a boy) have struggled through life, their father a dead jihadi, their mother and grandmother gone too. Things start to look up when the older sister resumes her studies in America, there she meets the footloose son of the ex Muslim Home Secretary. The son goes back to London and introduces himself to the girl twin, meanwhile the boy twin is a jihadi in Syria.
This was quite an interesting book, looking at family relationships and why someone would do something like go to Syria.