Monday, 12 July 2021

Revenge of the TideRevenge of the Tide by Elizabeth Haynes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Full-blown Five stars from me! I love a writing style that's fresh and bright and makes me feel what's happening is 'real', rather than one where it seems the author is trying to make the writing sound original, thereby pulling me away from the immediacy of the action. This story has plenty of energy and drive and plonked me right in the midst of it - sweeping me away into uncertainty and jeopardy.

I loved Into the Darkest Corner by the same author, so I'd highly recommend that book alongside this one. 'Revenge of the Tide' has more atmopshere and colour in the settings (anyone who knows my writing knows I love the otherworldly richness of stories set on canals, lakes and rivers). The dingy night-club contrasts with the open-air homeliness of the canal boat. This book also has less psychological menace, which makes it a Murder Mystery, rather than a Pyschological Thriller. An excellent read.

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Mini Book Review: The Venice Sketchbook: Rhys Bowen

The Venice SketchbookThe Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two great interweaving storylines and I enjoyed swapping from recent past to the run up to WWII, as two women faced similar issues from different angles. Writing style wasn't quite my cup of tea - a lot of 'tell, not show' which lacked dramatic and inventive edge, but the narrative drive held it for me.

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