A Darker Domain

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Despite being told by umpteen people on several occasions about how amazing Val McDermid books are I’d never read one. I’ve got a lot of them, and have met Val several times, but still never read one. Until now.

She is brilliant. Everything that everyone has ever said. Needless to say I am now on a mission to plough through her back catalogue.

Heart Shaped Bruise

This is the book I didn’t want to put down. This is the book who’s main character grabs you by the shoulders, look you straight in the eye and says watch me unravel. This is the book that made me jealous. This is the book that made me sit down and write again.

GO.

BUY IT.

NAO.

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They say I’m evil.

The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o’clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me.

And everyone believes it. Including you.

But you don’t know. You don’t know who I used to be. Who I could have been.

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever shake off my mistakes or if I’ll just carry them around with me forever like a bunch of red balloons

Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time.

Rivers of London

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I’d never heard of Ben Aaronovitch until a couple of months ago, when I attended a panel on genre crossing crime novels at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival. As he described his novels, I became completely intrigued and as I walked through the bookshop in the hotel after listening to him speak, I made sure to pick up a copy of this, his first novel, and I’m so glad I did.

It’s crime fiction with more than a touch of magic. As a probationary police constable, turned apprentice wizard Peter Grant is a fantastic character, intelligent, warm and funny, and yet a little like the grown up younger brother you just want to keep a look out for.

If you like Neil Gaiman, Robert Rankin, or Christopher Fowler, you’re definitely going to find something you love in this.

Losing you

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This is the first Nicci French book I’ve read and I loved it and will certainly be seeking out more. As a mothers safe world collapses, and she recognises the truth of the changes in the relationships with their children as they become teenagers, this book will quietly keep you reading to find out what happened. The only comment I would have is that I was expecting a slightly darker ending than I got, but that’s just me.