Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Sister, the début novel by Rosamund Lupton is a gripping story about two sisters. When Tess (the younger sister) goes missing Beatrice her older sister drops everything to find her. When Tess is eventually found only Beatrice knows that not all is what it seems. In her search to uncover the terrifying truth about her sisters disappearance against the wishes of her family, friends and fiancé Beatrice is also forced to confront issues of her own.

This is a fasted paced gripping story that I flew through, think of it as a cross between Lee Child and Jodi Picoult.

I just did a quick google search to see what others out there thought of this book and it turns out that Richard and Judy choose it for their latest book club check out what they thought below…



Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Pillars of the Earth is a monster of a book (400,000 words) and to be honest this has always put me off tackeling the story, however after one of the other girls at work read it and just raved so I decided, rather than take 6 months to read this story I would listen to the audio book.

Pillars of the Earth is an intergenerational saga set in England in the 1100’s. It tells of love, lust, family and famine set in a time of twisted plots of revenge and political gains between and within the church and the crown. It is a beautifully written epic story that although published in 1989 is still one of the best historical fiction stories I have had the pleasure to reed (well actually listen to).

Pillars of the Earth is followed by World Without End (1998). Follett also has a new book out on the 28th of September and is the first in his ‘Century’ trilogy; The Fall of Giants. It follows the destinies of five interrelated families – one American, one Russian, one German, one English and one Welsh – through the earth-shaking events of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. I am looking forward to this!

The Passage Justin Cronin

Although I was only halfway through this book when I had to give it up,  it had me on the edge of my seat…

Check out Kerre Woodham’s Review of what she calls the book of the year

The Passage, by Justin Cronin

The Passage, by Justin Cronin

Room By Emma Donoghue

Unfortunately I finished Room By Emma Donoghue. Is say unfortunately because this was the best book I have read this year. Room is the story of a 5-year-old boy and his Mum who are held captive in a room (think Josef Fritzl). The book is narrated by Jack they five-year old boy who was born in the 12 x 12 foot room (fathered by their captor) and has never left. It examines the issues he has with trying to figure out what is happening in the ‘space’ outside the room and how other things such as cars and people (but not Dora) exist in places other than just the T.V.

Keep a look out for this book due out in-store in September. Now the question is what to read next…?

Room Emma Donoghue Cover

Room Emma Donoghue Cover

Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

I have just finished Beautiful Malice (Rebecca James). This book captured the media’s attention after it sparked an international bidding war for its publishing rights. This book is targeted at the young adult/ adult cross over market (think twilight) and possibly for this reason I found it really easy to read.
This gripping psychological thrill is James’s debut novel and examines grief, friendship and love with some interesting twists. It follows Katherine Patterson, a 16 years old girl who is trying to escape the  realities of her sisters murder by moving cities and changing her name. Katherine, to her surprise, quickly becomes close friends with Alice, who has other motives for their relationship apart from friendship.
I flew through this novel, and enjoyed the simplicity of the writing. I would recommend this to anyone wanting an easy to read but gripping thriller.

Beautiful Malice Cover

Precious (originally titled Push) by Sapphire

Precious (originally titled Push) by Sapphire is set in the 1980s in Harlem, America. The story has just reached movie theatres here and is getting rave reviews. As with most books I decided that it was probably better to read the book than watch the movie.

This book is set in Harlem, America in the 1980’s and is the story of Precious, a young African-American girl. The story captures your attention right from the start with Precious reflecting on when she was 12 and was pregnant with her father’s child. The book continues as precious shares her life story as well as the stories of those around her. There is some pretty horrific scenes (rapes and beatings) and there was many times i was just completely shocked at what happened.

The book ends very abruptly without the typical fairytale ending which is very fitting to the story line however I wish it could have elaborated a little more on what happened. This book is shocking, horrific and at times very raw and hard to read (it does do justice to the story) but it is an incredible story and well worth the read.

Hunting Blind by Paddy Richardson

I am a slow reader, it takes me about a month (or two) to read a book. Hunting Blind however I finished in a week. It probably helps that this thriller is set in my home town which makes the events that unfold and the eventual resolution even more chilling.

The novel starts out like most thrillers. A ‘normal’ town with ‘average’ people until something sinister occurs. I will not spoil the story but the plot unfolds in a unique manner with lots of twists (although some a little predictable) a little romance and an interesting ending which will make you wonder… ‘What would I do in that situation?’  Overall an enjoying read

Hunting Blind

Hunting Blind

About the Author:

Paddy Richardson has written two collections of short stories, Choices and If We Were Lebanese, many of which have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand. Richardson’s work has also been highly commended in the Katherine Mansfield and Sunday Star-Times awards. Her first novel, The Company of a Daughter, was written during her year as the Burns Fellow at Otago University, Dunedin, 1997, and Penguin published her second novel, A Year to Learn a Woman, in 2008. Paddy lives in Dunedin, where she writes and teaches part-time courses in creative writing.

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