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Creepy Dolls & Dead Tea Dances

Advantages: Gripping, well written, depth of characters, creepy edge, intriguing premise
Disadvantages: None for me

...reviewed a Montanari novel or two before and rating him highly as an author, I was keen to give this one a go when I came across it in the library. True to form, he didnít disappoint. The Doll Maker kept me riveted and I was sad to reach t ...

gothic_moon 28.07.2015 ∑ Read full review
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Review of The Doll Maker - Richard Montanari

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On The Run In the Wilds of Scotland

Advantages: Great on character
Disadvantages: A slow burn

Justine is running for her life. She's had enough of being someone else's property, of being subjected to the kind of love that has seen her tattooed and owned and beaten and rented out to others to earn her keep. So she's taken what isn't hers, but then ...

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Review of Rise - Karen Campbell

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Nothing But Amazing

Advantages: Fantastic writing style, warm character, engaging, interesting premise, atmospheric
Disadvantages: None for me

I came across this in the library recently and was pretty happy to see it, having read Gardner novels previously and loved them. Fortunately, I wasnít disappointed. I donít get as much time to read these days in long sittings, and yet I got through this p ...

gothic_moon 23.02.2015 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Fear Nothing - Lisa Gardner

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Daddy's Girls

Advantages: A good idea decently plotted
Disadvantages: The different voices aren't distinctive enough

Easter Quilby is twelve years old. She and her sister Ruth are in a children's home. Not so long ago they woke up to find their mother slouched across the bed, dead. Drink and drugs and a hard, sad life had finally got to her, or maybe her body just ga ...

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Review of This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash

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A main dish of noir with a side serving of crime

Advantages: distinctive narrative voice, good example of noir fiction
Disadvantages: not much crime solving, some may dislike style and / or bad language

I like narratives with a distinctive voice. That said, I find narrators with a truly distinctive voice can take a bit of getting used to. My first perusal of the opening pages of Ken Bruen's 'Purgatory' didn't inspire me to read further and I let most of ...

brokenangelkisses 20.10.2013 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Purgatory - Ken Bruen

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