Here are my reads in October.
“One needs saving. The other needs justice.
Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half-starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity.
Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift – she knows when someone is lying. And nobody is telling the truth.”
This is a crime/police-procedural story that introduces Cyrus Haven, a psychologist with a disturbing and heart-breaking past and the two cases that Cyrus is dealing with, come together in an explosive ending.
This one kept me guessing. I would recommend this to fans of crime fiction that enjoy a gritty subplot.
The reat World by David Malouf This is a Miles Franklin Award winner 1990
“Every city, town and village has its memorial to war. Nowhere are these more eloquent than in Australia, generations of whose young men have enlisted to fight other people’s battles – from Gallipoli and the Somme to Malaya and Vietnam. In The Great World, his finest novel yet, David Malouf gives a voice to that experience. But it is more than a novel of war. Ranging over seventy years of Australian life, from Sydney’s teeming King’s Cross to the tranquil backwaters of the Hawkesbury River, it is a remarkable novel of self-knowledge and lost innocence, of survival and witness.”
This book is probably not for everyone. It was fairly slow-paced but the descriptive writing is beautiful.
“This WW2 saga, following the lives of some very colourful characters at the Ritz in Paris, during German occupation, was a long, complex but ultimately satisfying experience. Woven around the tale of young Australian orphan Polly, her three guardians’ convoluted story lines add drama and chaos to an already gripping read. The women of Paris won’t be squashed, the occupying forces will be humoured, but ultimately defeated, and the years will pass rapidly moving towards a final thrilling finale.”
Coco’s Secret by Niame Greene
“The story begins with the eponymous Coco at home and her mother in France, tragically being killed. It then jumps ahead 20 years to Coco as an adult and we pick up the story with her discovery of a Chanel bag, featured on the gorgeous cover and her hunt to reunite the bag (and it’s contents) with its opener. The wonderful thing about this book is that, whilst Coco is searching for the bag’s owner, and anyone connected with the bag, she actually discovers herself.”
A wonderful joyous read. This was a gripping story and yet a totally easy read.
Extraordinary People by Peter May
“This is the first book in a six-part series with Enzo MacLeod the main character. He grew up in Scotland, son of an Italian mother and a Scottish father and had a successful career as a Forensic Scientist with a wife and young daughter. A series of events led him to France where he was Professor of Biology in an institute in Cahors, near Paris.
Twenty years later, a wager throws him head first into a 10-year-old mystery involving the disappearance of a well-known, highly intelligent, and very popular man with connections in high places in government.”
Another book by Peter May, one of my favourite authors. This book is set entirely in France and I loved all the references and place names used in the storyline. The plot of this book reminded me a little of the Da Vinci Code in that there are lots of puzzles to solve in order to solve the mystery.
This book I borrowed from the library but I have managed to get my hands on the next two books in the series, one from the second-hand bookshop and the other on Kobo.
“After the violent death of her husband, Callie Jones retreats to a cottage in the grounds of an old mansion in Tasmania. The relative remoteness of the place and the wild beauty of the Tasmanian landscape are a balm to her shattered nerves and the locals seem friendly, particularly horseman Connor Atherton and his siblings at the nearby property, Calico Lodge.
But all is not well: the old mansion has a sinister past, one associated with witchcraft and murder. As Callie is threatened by odd events in the night and strange dreams overtake her sleep, she begins to doubt her own sanity. What’s really going on beneath the surface of this apparently peaceful town? Are her friends and neighbours really who they seem? As events escalate, Callie starts to realise that the mansion may hold the key to unlocking the mystery, but the truth might have as much power to destroy as it does to save.”
A gripping and suspenseful tale. It leaves you guessing until the very end, even when you think you have it all figured out she throws in a curve ball. I love that there is the romantic element in there too. A good read.
Interesting that this month three of my books had links to France and the one I am reading at the moment, The Critic by Peter May, is also set in France.