Book Review: The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner - Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner is November’s Criminally Good Book Club pick – with all the hype surrounding the TV series, I was so excited to read this one!

Book Description:

Cora Bender killed a man on a sunny summer afternoon by the lake and in full view of her family and friends.

But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body?

For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and started his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unravelling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell.

Hailed as Germany’s Patricia Highsmith for her bittersweet thrillers where the innocence of childhood collides with horrors enacted by adults, Petra Hammesfahr has written a dark, spellbinding novel which stayed at the top of the nation’s bestseller list for fifteen months. Continue reading “Book Review: The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr”

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Blog Tour | Book Review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates)

SNARE new front cover

Reading an Orenda Books publication brings such feelings of comfort because I know I’m guaranteed a good read! Welcome to my stop on the Snare blog tour, an exciting new crime thriller from Icelandic crime writer, Lilja Sigurðardóttir.

Book Description:

After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonja is struggling to provide for herself and win sole custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies.

Things become even more complicated by the fact that Sonja is in a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath the Icelandic financial crash.

Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a nail-bitingly fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates)”

Book Review: Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan

Beauty is a Wound - Eka Kurniawan

Beauty is a Wound was September’s Babbling Book Club selection; drawn in completely by the cover, I decided to read along.

Book Description:

The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Kurniawan’s gleefully grotesque hyperbole functions as a scathing critique of his young nation’s troubled past: the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism; the chaotic struggle for independence; the 1965 mass murders of perhaps a million “Communists,” followed by three decades of Suharto’s despotic rule.

Beauty Is a Wound astonishes from its opening line: “One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years…” Drawing on local sources—folk tales and the all-night shadow puppet plays, with their bawdy wit and epic scope—and inspired by Melville and Gogol, Kurniawan’s distinctive voice brings something luscious yet astringent to contemporary literature. Continue reading “Book Review: Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan”

Book Review: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (Millennium #5)

Eye for an Eye - David Lagercrantz

I very rarely pre-order books, in fact, I have only pre-ordered two this year – The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye was one of them, that should give you an indication of my excitement for this book. Oh, and look at that beautiful cover!

Book Description:

Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force: Sentenced to two months in Flodberga women’s prison for saving a young boy’s life by any means necessary, Salander refuses to say anything in her own defence. She has more important things on her mind.

Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week – and receives a lead to follow for his pains. For him, it looks to be an important expose for Millennium. For her, it could unlock the facts of her childhood.

Even from a corrupt prison system run largely by the inmates, Salander will stand up for what she believes in, whatever the cost. And she will seek the truth that is somehow connected with her childhood memory, of a woman with a blazing birthmark on her neck – that looked as if it had been burned by a dragon’s fire . . .

The tension, power and unstoppable force of The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye are inspired by Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, as Salander and Blomkvist continue the fight for justice that has thrilled millions of readers across the world.

Translated from the Swedish by George Goulding Continue reading “Book Review: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (Millennium #5)”

Book Review: Confessions by Kanae Minato

Confessions - Kanae Minato

Confessions is Criminally Good Book Club’s August selection and wow…. just wow – I loved this book! I can see how it easily became a #1 international bestseller.

From the back cover:

When Yuko Moriguchi’s four-year-old daughter died at the middle school where she teaches, everyone thought it was a tragic accident.

Now it’s the last day of term, and Yuko’s last day at work. She tells her students that she has resigned because of what happened – but not for the reasons they think.

Her daughter didn’t die in an accident. Her daughter was killed by two pupils in the class. And before she leaves, she has a lesson to teach…

But revenge has a way of spinning out of control, and Yuko’s last lecture is only the start of the story.

In this bestselling Japanese thriller of love, despair and murder, everyone has a confession to make, and no one will escape unharmed. Continue reading “Book Review: Confessions by Kanae Minato”