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Hats off to the author for working so well within the constraints that would have been present when writing NOT A SOUND.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Your reviewer is new to this (incredibly popular) author so it was a reading requirement to find out (reasonably quickly) why it is that author Mary Kubica is in the ‘must read’ stable of so many crime and mystery readers. It didn’t take long.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
This is one that's definitely going to come down to personal taste, connection with characters (and maybe place / events).
Posted by Karen
This is a beautifully written, truthfully observed and engaging novel about families, friendship, love and loss.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Bailey is part of a vanguard of new, female Australian crime authors, and a signal that the Australian crime scene continues to flourish.
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There's nary a hitch in MARLBOROUGH MAN. The characters work, the plot is cleverly executed and the sense of place is visceral.
Posted by Karen
There's something especially sobering about crime fiction that is obviously set in such a real, contemporary and frightening scenario.
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Australian author Megan Goldin’s debut does tick off on some of the aspects of the domestic noir sub-genre indicated by the title: strained domestic relationship, creepy controlling male character and an unreliable narrator. And she does so in a way that brings something new and a little chilling to the genre.
Posted by Robert Goodman

Recommendations

Hats off to the author for working so well within the constraints that would have been present when writing NOT A SOUND.
Your reviewer is new to this (incredibly popular) author so it was a reading requirement to find out (reasonably quickly) why it is that author Mary Kubica is in the ‘must read’ stable of so many crime and mystery readers. It didn’t take long.
Eddie Flynn continues to be one of the great thriller protagonists of recent years. He has the skills of a conman when he needs them, the tactical brain and silk tongue of a trail lawyer and every now and then goes all action hero.
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING is a perfect example of the lighter, tongue in cheek style of true-blue Aussie Crime Fiction that is increasingly being done particularly well.
Looks like this might be the first novel in an ongoing series which frankly is excellent news. Eva Destruction can only get better with age, wisdom and a litre or ten more of dodgy wine with her mates.
FULL BORE, as is with the other works by this author, does leave you feeling a little bit melancholic about our shared Australian past but reassures us that life goes on and that there will always be much more to experience.
A very clever and absorbing book, THE GIRL BEFORE is a psychological thriller that delivers.
Read without guilt! A SIMPLE FAVOUR scoots along at a breakneck space and is anything but predictable.

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