Much needed book catchup

The books I have read since I last posted an entry which was in August.

August

The Catch by T.M. Logan

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. by Matthew Desmond

Scary Monsters by Michelle de Krester

The Curfew by T. M. Logan

The Chancellor: The remarkable odyssey of Angela Merkel byKati Marton

The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves

The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

September

It Wasn’t Meant to be Like This by Lisa Wilkinson

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

October

The Second-Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

The English Spy by Daniel Silva

November

Catch Us the Foxes by Nicola West

A Silent Death by Peter May

V2 by Robert Harris

The one I have chosen to review for this post is

Catch Us the Foxes by Nicola West

IMG_0522This book was lent to me by one of the women in my bookclub and I am so glad she did.

The story is set in the town of Kiama on the New South Wales east coast of Australia.  I was particularly keen to read the story as my younger brother had lived in Kiama for many years with his two daughters.

From the book jacket:

“Some secrets you try to hide. Others you don’t dare let out … Twin Peaks meets The Dry in a deliciously dark and twisted tale that unravels a small Australian country town

Ambitious young journalist Marlowe “Lo” Robertson would do anything to escape the suffocating confines of her small home town. While begrudgingly covering the annual show for the local newspaper, Lo is horrified to discover the mutilated corpse of her best friend – the town’s reigning showgirl, Lily Williams.

Seven strange symbols have been ruthlessly carved into Lily’s back. But when Lo reports her grisly find to the town’s police chief, he makes her promise not to tell anyone about the symbols. Lo obliges, though it’s not like she has much of a choice – after all, he is also her father.

When Lily’s murder makes headlines around the country and the town is invaded by the media, Lo seizes the opportunity to track down the killer and make a name for herself by breaking the biggest story of her life.

What Lo uncovers is that her sleepy home town has been harbouring a deadly secret, one so shocking that it will captivate the entire nation. Lo’s story will change the course of her life forever, but in a way she could never have dreamed of.”

I enjoyed the story but I have to admit that if I was a resident of Kiama I would have been a bit upset at how the townsfolk were portrayed.  Certainly the descriptions of the actual locale are accurate but It would have been better if it had been given a fictitious name.

The story certainly kept me guessing throughout and I kept changing my mind about who was responsible for the murders.

Have you read any of the books I have listed?

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