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Between a Mother and Her Child – Elizabeth Noble

I’m a fan of Elizabeth Noble’s work, and have read a couple of her books before. Her writing style may not be to everybody’s taste, but for me, the story she writes about ticks along nicely and you find yourself wrapped up in the characters.

This story follows a family who have split following the death of their eldest son. Each family member has dealt with their grief in their own way (or not dealt with it) and each is moving on in their own way.

Bill & Maggie, the parents have split following the death and different manner in which they dealt with their grief. Ally, their daughter is confused and troubled and the youngest son almost became a project to sort for Maggie.

This book is a good lesson in how events can change people. Maggie and Bill still love each other but there was already a thread of doubt in their marriage which became too big a chasm when their son died.  It does make you think about your own marriage and if it could survive such an event.

Noble writes beautifully and this book made me cry in a few places, it is superbly written and very poignant in places. For me, another winner by Elizabeth Noble.

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A Reason to Live (A Marty Singer Mystery) by Matthew Iden

My Rating                    5 / 5

Format                         Kindle

 

Reviewed for and on behalf of the Kindle Book Review

 

A Reason to Live is the brilliant debut novel by Matthew Iden. It follows retired DC cop Marty Singer as he battles his cancer diagnoses and a past case that has haunted him throughout his career.

 

The story combines corrupt police, old friendships and good old detective work and begins when Singer is approached by the daughter of a woman murdered some 12 years earlier.

 

I’ll admit that I found the first couple of chapters a little slow going, but this story soon kicked into gear and I found myself riveted and I tried to work out the connections and who was after Amanda.

 

The detective work is interspersed with other information too, including a short romance, the wonderful cat Pierre and Singer’s cancer treatments, all bringing a human element to the detective character. All too often Detectives in such novels can seem one dimensional with no life other than that derived from their casework. Iden does a fantastic job of bringing warmth to his main character, and you really are supporting him as he unravels the case.

 

The book ends well, tieing up all loose ends and providing a clear explanation for what happened 12 years earlier, what happened in the intervening period and how it lead to the present day; I genuinely felt satisfied by the ending, again in these types of novels it is easy to feel short changed. Iden doesn’t rush his story and doesn’t leave any details to the imagination.

 

A solid 5 /5 from me, and I look forward to reading more about Marty Singer in the future.

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The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Read                24 – 27th March 2012

My rating          5 / 5

Format             Kindle

 

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to so called blockbuster books. I’m not one to follow a crowd and would much rather discover a book myself, rather than pick up the next big thing.

 

So, it was with a slight reluctance that I downloaded the hunger games last weekend. Despite all my reservations I was immediately hooked. It’s a gripping book with likeable characters and enough twists and turns to keep me interested.

 

This is, on the surface, quite a depressing book. Essentially 12 districts and suppressed citizens must each provide two tributes to participate in the Hunger Games, leaving almost certainly to their death. Sounds a bit grim eh? In truth, it’s not. I don’t want to spoil the book, but there is a hope that comes through this book, and I cant wait to read the next in the trilogy…. The book ends in just the right way – enough closure to satisfy the reader but enough intrigue to make reading the next instalment a must.

What this book does is make you think…. especially if you’re sat in the comfort of your western home with a full stomach. There is a mirror being held up here that we’d all do well to look at. An obsession with material wealth and celebrity status and image are portrayed well, and you can’t help at times but think of those nations that are less fortunate than us, and have been oppressed by the rich western states.

This is billed as a young adult book but it is the best of the YA crossovers I’ve read – it’ll have huge market appeal (as has already been proven) but that said, I don’t want to see the film…. I don’t think it can live up to the characters I’ve created in my imagination.

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