Tag: Books: Suspense


Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 11 May, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 10 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

Here’s my teaser for this week: “‘In recent times much has been spoken of a changing order in Mainz. That the ancient families who have always administered this city’s liberties should share their burden with new men, craftsmen and shopkeepers.'” – p. 31, The Book of Secrets by Tom Harper.

This book was on my mum’s shelf; was browsing through to read something that was a change of pace from what I have left on my TBR list. This book caught my attention. From what I’ve read so far, there appears to be two storylines: one in the present day following the mystery of someone’s disappearance, the other a story unfolding in 1492 in medieval Germany. Haven’t read too far in but what I’ve read so far is promising. =) The teaser’s pretty interesting, reflecting the slow shift in society with the rise of the merchant class’s contribution to all of society.

Review: The Cemetery of Secrets

Posted 28 February, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Cemetery of Secrets (also published as Lucifer’s Shadow)
By: David Hewson

In the ancient burial ground of San Michele on an island off Venice, a young woman’s casket is prised open, an object wrenched from her hands, and an extraordinary story begins.

Young academic Daniel Forster arrives in Venice working for the summer in the library of a private collector. When his employer sends him to buy a stolen violin from a petty thief, he ignites a chain of violence, deception, intrigue and murder. Daniel is drawn into the police investigation surrounding a beautiful woman, a mysterious palazzo and a lost musical masterpiece dating back to 1733.

Separated by centuries, two tales of passion, betrayal and danger collide transporting the reader from the intrigue of Vivaldi’s Venice to the gritty world of a modern detective. From the genius of prodigy to the greed of a killer, The Cemetery of Secrets builds to a shattering crescendo – and one last, breathtaking surprise.

So the premise of the story was pretty interesting (Venice, Italy + musical instrument from centuries ago + mystery = what’s not to be intrigued about?), which is why I picked it up. I had read another book by David Hewson before (The Garden of Evil, part of his Nic Costa series), which was also set in Italy; I was actually surprised that he had written a standalone novel as I though the only had the Nic Costa series.

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Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Book & Movie)

Posted 9 January, 2010 by Lianne in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
By: Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

I’ve been hearing about this book throughout all of last summer and lots of recommendations for this book came from GoodReads and the bookstores and so forth. So when I noticed that it was out in paperback, I decided to check it out. Read More

Review: God’s Spy

Posted 10 May, 2009 by Li in Books / 1 Comment

God’s Spy
By: Juan Gomez-Jurado

Okay, I admit, I picked this up on a whim. I was strolling along the bargain section of the bookstore looking for a fantastic read (picked up Lax’s The Spanish Bow for only $5.99 in hardcover in that section and Cohen’s Jane Austen in Scarsville: or Love, Death and the SATs was an enjoyable read). I saw God’s Spy and read the premise; it seemed interesting enough. Murder in Rome, crazy psychopath on the loose, intrigue in the Vatican. I thought, Why not? So I picked it up. Kinda wished I didn’t. Read More