The Swap by Robyn Harding Review

The Swap by Robyn Harding Review
The Swap by Robyn Harding, ISBN 9781760854232, 336pp, out July 2020

The Swap is the first book I’ve read by Robyn Harding, but it won’t be the last. It’s full of disturbing, morally grey characters that make for compulsive reading. I just couldn’t put this book down! If you like domestic fiction with a side of dark and twisted, then this is the book for you.

Low Morrison is a teenage girl who is a bit of a loner. She doesn’t have any friends and was raised by unconventional polyamorous hippie parents in an isolated island hometown in the Pacific Northwest. Low just doesn’t fit in – and neither does newcomer Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer.

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Gathering Dark by Candice Fox Review

Gathering Dark by Candice Fox review
Gathering Dark by Candice Fox, ISBN 9780143789178, 400pp

Gathering Dark is the latest book by Aussie crime writer Candice Fox. I loved Candice’s Crimson Lake series, so I was excited to start this book. Unlike previous Candice Fox books that are set in Australia, Gathering Dark takes place in LA. It tells the story of a young woman’s disappearance and how a bunch of very different women band together to find her.

Blair Harbour was once a respected surgeon until she went to jail for killing a neighbour and lost custody of her child. Now she’s out and trying to keep her nose clean. But then her former cellmate, Sneak, comes crashing back into her life. Sneak’s daughter Dayley is missing and she needs Blair’s help finding her. Their investigation will see them team up with another former prison mate, Ada Maverick, and with the woman who arrested Blair years ago, Detective Jessica Sanchez. Continue reading

Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox Review

Never Never by Candice Fox and James Patterson review
Never Never by Candice Fox and James Patterson, ISBN 9781925324938, 338pp

Regular readers of my blog will know how much I love Candice Fox. I loved the crime fiction series I read of hers this year starting with Crimson Lake, then Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight. So I was excited to pick up Never Never at a recent book sale. It’s co-written by bestselling author James Patterson and Candice. It was also my first time reading a James Patterson novel.

Never Never introduces the character Detective Harriet Blue. She’s a boxing, swearing, tough Sydney cop who works in the sex crimes division. Or she did until her brother gets arrested for a string of brutal murders and her chief decides it’s best that she get out of town so she won’t hamper the investigation. So he sends her to a uranium mine in the West Australian desert where there has been a string of disappearances of young mine workers. Continue reading

The Au Pair by Emma Rous Review

The Au Pair by Emma Rous book review
The Au Pair by Emma Rous, ISBN 9780349419091, 406pp

The Au Pair by Emma Rous is a book I borrowed from my mum. Set in England, it’s a mystery with lots of twists and turns. Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny are known as the summer-born Summerbournes: the first set of summer twins to be born at Summerbourne House. But on the day they are born, their mother throws herself to her death, the au pair of the older sibling Edwin flees from the house, and the village is full of whispers of cloaked figures and a stolen baby.

Now twenty-five and mourning the death of her father, Seraphine uncovers a photo from the day of her birth that shows her parents posing with just one baby. Is it Seraphine or Danny? And where is the other twin? Seraphine becomes fixated with the mystery of her birth and can’t shake the thought that something is not quite right. So she sets off to investigate, opening a whole vault of secrets that someone doesn’t want uncovered. Continue reading

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Review

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Book Review
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, ISBN 9781409181620, 339pp

I borrowed The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides from my mum after seeing it everywhere and reading that it hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s a debut thriller set in England.

It’s about — funnily enough — a silent patient named Alicia Berenson and a forensic psychotherapist called Theo Faber who is determined to get her to talk.

Alicia is an artist, happily married, but not without her issues. Until one day she shoots her husband Gabriel five times for no apparent reason. She refuses to say why and doesn’t utter another word. She ends up being put into a mental care facility called The Grove which is where she meets Theo. Continue reading

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker Review

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker book review
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker, ISBN 9780733641558, 343pp

Whisper Network by lawyer turned author Chandler Baker has been compared to Big Little Lies and I can see why, but it didn’t quite measure up to my expectations. Set in a Dallas law firm, it follows four female characters through the before, during and aftermath of a life-changing experience. Sloane, Grace and Ardie are all attorneys (and friends) dealing with work and personal issues. Rosalita is a cleaner working at the company who will also be affected by what’s about to happen.

At the heart of their work issues is their boss Ames whose past behaviour has impacted them all. When a new female lawyer joins their team, things are about to go downhill fast. Continue reading

Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox Review

Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox review
Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox, ISBN 9780143789154, 372pp

Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox is the third book in a crime series set in far north Queensland. I read the first book Crimson Lake earlier this year and absolutely love it, so went on to read the second book Redemption Point. I recommend that you start with these two books before reading Gone by Midnight. But it can be read as a stand-alone book if you want to. Just realise that there will be spoilers from book one and two in it.

This crime series is set in the fictional far north Queensland town of Crimson Lake near Cairns. It follows disgraced ex-cop and falsely imprisoned Ted Conkaffey, now turned Private Investigator, and his convicted killer and eccentric partner Amanda Pharrell. Amanda is quirky, heavily tattooed, has no filter and is a brilliant investigator. Ted is a more by-the-book investigator, but his life has been changed forever after being jailed for a heinous crime he didn’t commit which turned him into one of the most hated people in Australia. In Gone by Midnight he is trying to live a normal life, do his job, and look after his small daughter on her first approved visit to stay with him. His ex-wife is visiting a wellness retreat nearby. Continue reading

Redemption Point by Candice Fox Review

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Redemption Point by Candice Fox review, ISBN 9780143793366, 410pp

A fellow Australian bookstagrammer introduced me to Candice Fox. My friend kept raving about what a great crime writer Candice is and I finally listened to her advice and read Crimson Lake. I was instantly hooked by this book and author. Redemption Point is the second book in this crime series, though you could read it as a stand-alone book if you want to. But I recommend that you read Crimson Lake first!

I wouldn’t say that I’m a huge crime fiction reader, but I do appreciate reading this genre when it’s well-written, has awesome plot twists that I can’t guess, and characters who are interesting and unique. Candice Fox delivers all this and more. If you like Australian author Jane Harper’s books, and you’re after something a bit grittier but just as good, this is a great series to try. Continue reading