Posts Tagged ‘Thriller’

She Is Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, YA Fiction on October 10th, 2013 by admin – 2 Comments

Published
03/10/2013

Publisher
Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children’s)

My Rating
5 stars

She Is Not Invisible is a gem of a read,  a thought provoking and intelligent thriller which can be read on so many different levels.  On the surface, it’s an adventure story with our heroine, Laureth, accompanying her younger brother, Benjamin, on a quest to discover the whereabouts of their father, famous author, Jack Peak.  Sounds straightforward enough but then Laureth has the extra obstacle of her blindness plus she isn’t really sure that her Dad is officially missing.

There are so many layers to this deceptively simple story.  Jack Peak is obsessed with the nature of coincidence in our daily lives and as you follow Laureth and Benjamin on their journey you find yourself pondering the same issues.  Do we manufacture our own destiny or is it predetermined?  Laureth is certainly determined to make her own mark on the world and is most certainly not invisible.  She and Benjamin make an excellent team with superhero qualities, Batman and Robin  spring to mind.  I loved the way they worked together as one, along with Benjamin’s trusty sidekick, Stan the crow!  So many questions are raised and happily they aren’t all answered and neatly tied up  with a pretty bow.

This is a novel which makes you think, not just about the nature of coincidence but about family relationships, about what it is like to be different, about what influences our path in life.  A highly recommended read for anyone with an inquiring mind.  If you enjoyed The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon you’ll love this.

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The Sacrificial Man – Ruth Dugdall

Posted in Thriller on August 3rd, 2012 by admin – 4 Comments

 

Published
25/06/2011

Publisher
Legend Press Ltd

My Rating – 4 stars

This is Ruth Dugdall’s second psychological thriller featuring Probation Officer, Cate Austin, the first being The Woman Before Me.  Typically, I have got it wrong again and read this one first but I am now looking forward to reading the first book in the series!

Cate Austin’s latest case is a tricky one as she has to recommend a sentence for Alice Mariani, charged with assisted suicide.  Before you sigh, “Oh no, not another euthanasia tale”, this story has very little to do with ethics but more of a reflection on the lengths some folk will go to out of love for another human being, even if that love is born out of a warped sense of loyalty.  Alice is an intriguing character, not the most endearing and often quite chilling in her steely self possession.  As the novel progresses we learn more about Alice’s background, the traumatic events which have made her what she is today and we start to see a chink in her emotional armour.

This thriller will grip you, not letting go until the final page and then you’ll feel quite dazed by the whole experience.  Not for the squeamish, with a dash of cannibalism, this is a dark, bleak, delightfully disturbing read.  It all feels very authentic, testament to Ruth’s previous career as a Probation Officer.   Looking forward to catching up with The Woman Before Me and reading more from this talented author in the future.

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