Tag: Books: Suspense

Review: The Impossible Dead

Posted 6 December, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Impossible Dead (Malcolm Fox #2)
By: Ian Rankin
Format/Source: Paperback; won a copy via a Twitter contest held by Hatchette UK Canada

Malcolm Fox and his team are back, investigating whether fellow cops covered up for Detective Paul Carter. Carter has been found guilty of misconduct, but what should be a simple job is soon complicated by a brutal murder and a weapon that should not even exist.

A trail of revelations leads Fox back to 1985, a year of desperate unrest when letter-bombs and poisonous spores were sent to government offices, and kidnappings and murders were plotted. But while the body count rises the clock starts ticking, and a dramatic turn of events sees Fox in mortal danger.

I’m not sure when I first came across Ian Rankin’s books–probably during one of my many strolls on GoodReads–but can I just say that the book covers to his novels are really striking? I love their use of bright colours to contrast the black and white images featured in the background (at least, in some of the editions I’ve seen). Anyways, I had been curious about his books since first hearing about him but never got aorund to actually reading one of his novels until now. Many thanks again to Hatchette UK Canada for hosting that awesome Ian Rankin giveaway contest on Twitter 🙂 May contain some minor spoilers ahead!

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Review: Red Joan

Posted 9 November, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Red Joan
By: Jennie Rooney
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Joan’s voice is almost a whisper. ‘Nobody talked about what they did during the war. We all knew we weren’t allowed to.’

Joan Stanley has a secret.

For fifty years she has been a loving mother, a doting grandmother and an occasional visitor to ballroom dancing and watercolour classes. Then one sunlit spring morning there is a knock on the door.

lol talk about a way to draw a reader to this novel, eh? I picked this title up on a whim a few months ago when Kobo Books was holding a sale for certain eBook titles. The premise of this novel intrigued me–and apparently it was very loosely based on an actual news piece that happened a few years ago–and involved a lot of elements that I enjoyed in a novel (espionage! World War Two! Set in the UK! character drama!). May contain some spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Mona Lisa Speaks

Posted 1 November, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 3 Comments

The Mona Lisa Speaks
By: Christopher Angel
Format/Source: Paperback courtesy of the author as part of The Mona Lisa Speaks Book Tour

Brilliant and confident Robertson Ross, an outdoorsy Canadian computer expert hired to update the Louvre’s security system, falls in love with Mathilde, a classic beauty and cultured Parisian art dealer. But, when he discovers that she’s deeply in debt to Jacques Renard, a powerful and dangerous lord of the French criminal underground, he has to embark on the risky and thrilling theft of the Mona Lisa to save her – and their unborn child.

Rob’s biggest problems actually begin after he successfully steals the Mona Lisa and replaces her with a perfect copy. Facing betrayals and double-crosses at all turns, he needs every bit of his intelligence, cunning, courage, and computer skills to stay alive and reunite with his true love. This is a story of thrills, danger, and a Canadian from the frozen North falling in love with Paris.

The premise of this novel caught my attention–art, Paris, a caper with high stakes. Oh, and the main character’s Canadian (it’s always nice to see more Canadian characters in fiction). Strangely enough, despite having been to Paris, I actually didn’t get a chance to go to the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa for myself (should’ve read in advance that the museum was closed on Mondays). Nonetheless I thought it was interesting that this novel featured the museum quite prominently.

This book is part of the Books on France Reading Challenge 2013 that I am participating in.

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Review: The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

Posted 30 September, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing
By: P.D. Viner
Format/Source: galley courtesy of Random House via NetGalley

Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found, and the case has long gone cold. Her parents, Patty and Jim, were utterly devastated, their marriage destroyed. While Jim fell apart, Patty was consumed by the unsolved case. She abandoned her journalism career and her marriage to spend every waking hour searching and plotting. She keeps contact with Tom, Dani’s childhood sweetheart, who has become a detective intent on solving murders like Dani’s. When he finds a lead that seems ironclad, he brings Patty in on it. After years of dead ends, her obsession is rekindled, and she will do anything for revenge, even become a killer herself-dragging her whole family into the nightmare once again, as lies and secrets are uncovered.

The premise of this novel sounded intriguing, in particular how Dani Lancing’s death affected her parents and her childhood sweetheart years after. I was approved of an ARC of this novel by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This novel will be available on October 8th.

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Review: The Silent Wife

Posted 1 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Silent Wife
By: A.S.A. Harrison
Format/Source: galley copy courtesy of Penguin Canada via NetGalley

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding this book, likening the book to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. I haven’t read that book (will probably read it at some point) but I thought the premise of this novel was interesting enough so I requested for a galley copy. I was approved of one courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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