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A Hidden Gem? No, But Not Bad.

Advantages: Scenes & events easy to visualise, reasonably gripping premise
Disadvantages: Fell short on some aspects (predictability, empathy, believability etc) for it to be better

...I came across this in the library recently and whilst I wasn’t familiar with the author the cover caught my attention. It may not have been the most credible of novels, but it was an engaging read that I found enjoyable nonetheless. Hidden falls within ...

gothic_moon 07.04.2016 ·
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Review of Hidden - Casey Hill

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When Justice Isn't

Advantages: A gripping story, thought-provoking impact
Disadvantages: None

We've all read the stories in the papers: children who kill, particularly children who kill children. We've always wondered what went through their minds as they did it. We've also wondered about what happens to them once they're no longer children, whe ...

hiker 10.06.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Humber Boy B - Ruth Dugdall

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Astonishingly Grim 80s Noir

Advantages: Mercifully brief
Disadvantages: Unpleasant, shocking

...First off, ignore Ciao's traditionally idiosyncratic filing of this work. It was written by Derek Raymond, not James Sallis. He Died With His Eyes Open is the first of what became known as the Factory series of detective novels where the Factory is the u ...

danielse 10.04.2013 · Read full review
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Review of He Died with His Eyes Open - James Sallis

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You need Hands

Advantages: Not too long a book
Disadvantages: Too convoluted

This review is about a book not an audio book! For those of you who haven't heard of J.A.Jance, she regularly makes the New York Times Top 10 as a crime fiction author- although whether we should regard this as a literary achievement is a matter for de ...

MarkKerr 28.10.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Hand of Evil - J.A. Jance

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The Great Plague returns...

Advantages: Original story
Disadvantages: A bit contrived, translation occasionally odd

Every day, Joss Le Guern, a self-appointed town crier, makes his announcements in a small Parisian square. The announcements are anonymously prepared for him in envelopes, with five francs included inside. However, Le Guern and one of the listeners, Decam ...

sunmeilan 27.09.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Have Mercy on Us All - Fred Vargas

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