Pieces of a Lie by Rowena Holloway
An outstanding debut novel
A spate of seemingly random antique robberies turn ugly and a web of egotism, greed and muscle wraps itself around a colourful collection of townsfolk. The story is packed with multi-faceted characters, including friends with ulterior motives, town gossips and a misogynistic cop.
The sustained tension reaches a real crescendo where Mina is all alone fighting for her life. Add a truly disturbing psychopath with a perverse hobby, and a dog with an ethereal element, and you can't lose!
All That's Left Unsaid by Rowena Holloway
An exotic suspense I couldn't put down
The skeleton of Positano is found in a cave, and this is what starts Harriet’s journey, but it is just one of many threads that tangle together and eventually converge in a satisfying ending.
There were plenty of surprises and a very clever twist at the end.The European element gave the story an exotic feel, imbued with rich culture, with the language done to perfection. It seems that everyone is trying to manipulate Harriet for their own purposes, and it’s nice to see her inner strength grow during the story. I particularly identified with the relationship between mother and daughter, and the final scene brought me to tears.
Silent Scream by Angela Marsons
This story is heart-racing and gut-wrenching all the way through. The twisted plot and multitude of suspicious characters kept me guessing, but it was Detective Inspector Kim Stone's brash and tenacious character that I loved the most. She cared deeply for the victims and her tenacious nature pitted her against a chilling killer.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
Must read this master story-teller
From the Cormoran Strike novels. Another brilliantly weaved crime that poses multiple suspects and as many reason they might have as couldn't possibly have, committed the crime.
Strike has more people working against him than for him, and his business starts collapsing, but his secretary, Robin, is always there. Their relationship remains respectful and yet frustrating, but it deepens through shared horrors and triumphs. JK Rowling has a gift for developing a variety of layered and realistic characters.
Frantic by Katherine Howell
Couldn't put it down.
This book sets a cracking pace from start to finish and was full of authentic details. The kidnapping of baby Lachlan sets a series of seemingly unrelated events in motion.
The parents, Sophie and Chris, both blame themselves for different reasons and are prepared to give their own lives to save their baby. But it seems that everyone is lying about something and as the body count escalates, I wasn't having any more luck unravelling the mystery than the police.