#ukcrime https://www.austcrimefiction.org/taxonomy/term/4581 en The Perfect Wife, J.P. Delaney https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/perfect-wife-jp-delaney <div data-history-node-id="14719" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Perfect Wife, J.P. Delaney </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, August 6, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Upon awakening in what she first thinks is a hospital bed, Abbie’s immediate thoughts are of her husband and young child.  Abbie knows that there has been a terrible accident. The memories that Abbie brings forth though are not recent ones, as it has been five years since the car crash which resulted in a death. That death was her own, and Abbie’s memories of before are in fact the result of an upload.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It takes time for fragments of Abbie’s life as a wife and mother to begin to trickle back into her (re-created) mind.  Abbie’s newly created physical self is mostly like it once was but there’s gaps in the uploaded recollection of what Abbie’s life had been like before her death.  Abbie’s tech wizard husband obviously loved his wife very much, to the extent that he created a bot in which to house Abbie’s consciousness, so that Abbie’s ‘self’ would always live on.  Abbie’s new life is restricted mostly to the house, as her appearance is rather challenging to those who knew her when she was still a living breathing human.  Also, hurtful to Abbie’s other family members who believe that any robotic existence of their deceased loved one is an abomination.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Yowzas <strong>THE PERFECT WIFE</strong> was such a fast and absorbing read. Perhaps you are the sort of reader who actually does read book blurbs so had a heads up on the subject matter, but if you came in blind perhaps on the name of the author alone … wow, right?  Considering bots, housed in a physical form or not, as sentient beings is always going to be the main issue at hand as technological advancements in artificial intelligence (or autonomous intelligence, which the author references in his novel) continue to astound.  They’re here, they’re not going anywhere, and our interactions with them are only going to increase.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There could be hardly be any other topic more interesting than the rise of ‘intelligent’ machines (service, shop, personal, you name it) that are more present in our lives than perhaps we are cognizant to.  (Attend any careers expo and you will rapidly be told that more than forty percent of the job roles we occupy right now won’t be around when our kids graduate).  There are so many moral and ethical issues around the subject that are ripe for the picking as potential topics for our fictional reads.  Hats off to the author for making us care about a character that is not human, but who possesses more empathetic qualities than the humans that she interacts with.  (Not a spoiler).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Okay, so we were all there on THE GIRL BEFORE train when it rolled out of the publicity station years ago but we weren’t perhaps quite as blindly committed to the second book, BELIEVE ME, by J.P, Delaney (yes, not technically a third work by author Mark Strong, as he writes here under his pseudonym).  <strong>THE PERFECT WIFE</strong> is like an open door to all the fictional goodies that must be around the corner in an upcoming new era of ethical dilemmas generated by the rise of artificial intelligence.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>THE PERFECT WIFE</strong> is a highly original and clever work that manages to take a scorchingly hot topic and turn it completely on its head. There’s so much to unpack that the challenges the book poses to its readers will likely stay with them for some time. Our ethical responsibilities to what we are now able to create in our own image is no light subject to tackle, and it’s a surprisingly heavy take home from such a highly entertaining read. <strong>THE PERFECT WIFE</strong> is thought provoking, punchy fiction that delivers an escapist thriller ride right up until its gut-wrenching conclusion.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14655" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/perfect-wife-jp-delaney"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/the%20perfect%20wife_0.jpg?itok=SlbwPF9T" width="142" height="220" alt="The Perfect Wife" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/jp-delaney" hreflang="en">J.P. Delaney</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781786488534</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong><em>"There's something I have to explain, my love," he says, taking your hand in his. "That wasn't a dream. It was an upload."</em> </strong>Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he's her husband. He's a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley's most innovative startups. He tells Abbie she's a gifted artist, a doting mother to their young son, and the perfect wife.</p> <p>Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve.</p> <p>But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband's motives - and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together for ever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4581" hreflang="en">#ukcrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4719" hreflang="en">#thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4759" hreflang="en">#speculative</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--3--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--3--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--3--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-6181d7568c6ea0f19692edb0e76bb1fa020d2f0f680f62b068bc61a74c7a07dc"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/perfect-wife-jp-delaney" hreflang="en">The Perfect Wife, J.P. Delaney</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, August 6, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14719&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="XpLtKRTBYFGaC0UNlaquaZjZvF0_u_kKjn8WfXEctmw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 07:55:09 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14719 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/perfect-wife-jp-delaney#comments Their Little Secret, Mark Billingham https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/their-little-secret-mark-billingham <div data-history-node-id="14650" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Their Little Secret, Mark Billingham </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Sunday, June 16, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Called out to confirm a suicide, Thorne feels there is a need to look further into the life of the deceased, Phillipa Goodwin. Death by train was a horrific way to go, and according to Goodwin’s sister, there had been someone new in Phillipa’s life who may have driven her to end it all. Someone who had made a fool of Phillipa, and that humiliation may have been too much for a lonely woman to bear. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Two can keep a secret, right, if one of them is dead?  Or if one of them hasn’t yet been royally p*ssed off by the other.  The romantic swindler who has now come across Detective Inspector Tom Thorne’s radar does not seem to be acting alone, and may have himself just become the swindled.  Regardless of the poetic justice at play, Thorne soon has two killers to find rather than the usual solo operator.  Game on.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There’s always the hopeful possibility in a crime investigation that the bonds of a shared secret may begin to fray as the risk of discovery increases. Detective Inspector Tom Thorne for one has his fingers crossed for that hopeful eventuality.  It would be preferable though that it not apply to the threeway shared secret that he himself is party to.  Tom Throne is rattling around a bit after the events of THE KILLING KIND forced him in a triad of secrecy with D.I. Nicola Tanner and forensic examiner Phil Hendricks.  Tom Thorne loves these two people in his own way, so it is their shared knowledge about an event that occurred in the previous year that continues to simmer away in the background of their interactions in <strong>THEIR LITTLE SECRET</strong>.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Don’t you just love it when the suspicions you had whilst reading a series prior do turn out to be spot on?<strong> THEIR LITTLE SECRET </strong>has lots of rewarding little goodies for the regular reader of the Tom Thorne novels.   Don’t get too comfy thinking you know Tom Thorne inside and out, as he is an ever-changing creature.  Definitely not fickle or the type to endlessly ‘fanny about’, and absolutely still able to surprise his regular readers so many novels into this best-selling series. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>THEIR LITTLE SECRET</strong> takes us to new and dark places with a new kind of criminal.  As always, mandatory reading for the lovers of UK police procedural, this deliciously twisty ride into what lurks beneath in the suburbs is disturbing and revealing.  The local café, the local primary school, the local shops.  Who knows what prowls the everyday of our lives unseen.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14649" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--5"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/their-little-secret-mark-billingham"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/their%20little%20secret.jpg?itok=GFob8u3t" width="147" height="220" alt="Their Little Secret" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/mark-billingham" hreflang="en">Mark Billingham</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780802147370</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2487" hreflang="en">Tom Thorne</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">16</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--6"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When DI Tom Thorne is called to conduct a routine assessment at the site of a suicide, he expects to be in and out in no time. But when he arrives at the metro station, where a woman named Philippa Goodwin threw herself in front of an underground train, Thorne inexplicably senses something awry and feels copelled to dig deeper. He soon discovers that she was the victim of a callous con-man whose deception plunged Philippa to her end.</p> <p>Enraged that one man’s trickery caused an innocent death, Thorne enlists DI Nicola Tanner to help him track down the swindler and bring him to justice. But the detective duo gets more than they bargained for when a young man’s lifeless, bludgeoned body turns up on the shore of a nearby seaside town: it appears that very con artist they’re searching for is connected to the murder.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4686" hreflang="en">#policeprocedural</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4581" hreflang="en">#ukcrime</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--8--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--8--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--8--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-8b0b5983a378bace394d15f1cbceb9a7b54779650e73c0b4f59167d56010751e"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/their-little-secret-mark-billingham" hreflang="en">Their Little Secret, Mark Billingham</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Sunday, June 16, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14650&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="jmCf1mXZ3UPZQjAuCBLj0LmTx8tCFfo0ZlIEqKhYLlA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:42:24 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14650 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/their-little-secret-mark-billingham#comments The Killing Habit, Mark Billingham https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/killing-habit-mark-billingham <div data-history-node-id="14644" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--9"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Killing Habit, Mark Billingham </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, June 11, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>A new drug called ‘spice’ is wreaking havoc in the UK prison system and the authorities have no clue as to how the prisoners are getting hold of it. As with all drug addictions, it’s a present from the inside to the outside when prisoners who have served their time are released with expensive new drug habits that need to be funded in any way possible.  Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner has made an arrest in relation to a murder that occurs during the collection of a drug debt on the outside and it seems that the police finally have a win on the board.   If only it were that simple.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is happy to rope Tanner into his new inquiry as she appears to be winding up with her own.  A cat mutilator is on a spree in the area, which is disturbing enough without considering what else the killer might be up to when he or she is not out there taking innocent furry little lives under the cover of darkness.  Thorne’s experience has introduced him before to the theory that pet killings can escalate to killings of the human kind, and something about this recent spate is niggling a tile loose at the edge of his investigator’s mind. What if the recent escalation in pet killings represents not the start of a cycle, but more of a cooling off from something else?</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As cat people and other sensible types have been saying for centuries (we’re sure…), a person with a violent and irrational hatred for cats must be ticking a box somewhere on a list of what personality traits might indicate a psychopath, right?  Today cats, tomorrow… you get the picture.  This as a lead-in plotline to <strong>THE KILLING HABIT</strong> was a sure-fire hook and there is an author’s afterword on this; please make sure you don’t skip the last few pages of the book once you’ve finished your novel.  Cat lovers out there, don’t worry, your no-go zone of animal cruelty in your crime fiction reading has not been fully breached in <strong>THE KILLING HABIT</strong> with there being no overly gory descriptions of the pet slayings included.  Mass cat killings are true enough occurrences though in the UK (and elsewhere we presume, for the escalation theory to continue to hold water).  Now, enough about the poor cats.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>British author Mark Billingham has been writing crime novels now for eighteen years and the first of these was our introduction to the mate-we-wish-we-had which is Detective Inspector Tom Thorne.  Find him on the page, find him on the small screen.  Thorne’s character thankfully has not been one to stay fixed in the irascible but lovable detective mould and we’re now fifteen novels into his satisfyingly complex character study.  THE KILLING HABIT confirms to us once again that Thorne is a fictional work in progress as in this outing Thorne needs to react immediately and pragmatically to protect the welfare of a colleague.  His loyalties do not change but what he is prepared to do will always adapt to the current circumstance. He remains a very believable character with very relatable  reactions. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The inclusion of a new character in consulting psychiatrist Melita Perera is intriguing, and all of our series favourites appear in <strong>THE KILLING HABIT</strong> also. It’s a bit of a mind trap that a regular reader can be just so darn delighted to just find out what everyone is up to, that they can be more forgiving of a just an okay plot.  Not the case in this 2018 outing of Tom Thorne which is chock full of future plot threads that this solid fan can’t wait to read about.  <strong>THE KILLING HABIT</strong> scoots along with great speed, spins out the intrigue and spits the exhilarated reader out at the end, shocked when things go the way that they do. No spoilers, but if you are one of those people who sits around to the end of the credits, you’ll like this last-minute insertion of danger when you think the bad times have passed.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mark Billingham is not afraid to introduce doubt in the reader and write of scenarios where the police sometimes can get things wrong and also that the right person is not always in the dock.  If you are after a series that constant delivers engaging and tightly written crime fiction, you can’t go wrong with these bestselling UK police procedurals.  <strong>THE KILLING HABIT</strong> is a harrowing novel about cruelty, deflection and confronting the dangers that are all around us, unaddressed.  If you are playing catch up like this reviewer, the next novel in the DI Tom Thorne series, THEIR LITTLE SECRET, is out now. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--10"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14642" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/killing-habit-mark-billingham"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/the%20killing%20habit.jpg?itok=FWnJjWHD" width="140" height="220" alt="The Killing Habit" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/mark-billingham" hreflang="en">Mark Billingham</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780751566963</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2487" hreflang="en">Tom Thorne</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">15</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill?</strong></p> <p>We've all heard about the signs: coldness, cruelty, lack of empathy. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of a psychopath all too well, so when pets start disappearing on suburban London streets, he sees a chance to stop a future murderer.</p> <p>Others are less convinced, so Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. The journey brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3611" hreflang="en">#2018</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4581" hreflang="en">#ukcrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4686" hreflang="en">#policeprocedural</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--11"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--11--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--11--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--11--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-35b3680c1355fb04a1664a61a8bbfd9005fcfd59c54c3cb827551f50bc4f63f7"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/killing-habit-mark-billingham" hreflang="en">The Killing Habit, Mark Billingham</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, June 11, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14644&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="8GJ0VDP1799i1H_KyGhfBkbeu-jH9cppMQmqqA5s-Gc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 05:58:14 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14644 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/killing-habit-mark-billingham#comments Losing Leah, Sue Welfare https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/losing-leah-sue-welfare <div data-history-node-id="14624" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--12"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Losing Leah, Sue Welfare </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, May 29, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Where LOSING LEAH begins is a country mile from where it ends up and that is all to the good.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Causing a disturbance at a truck stop is a distressed traveller, Chris Hills, who claims that his wife Leah has vanished. It was planned to be only a brief stop for the couple who regularly used the location as a pause in their journeys to their holiday cottage in Wales. There was nothing unusual about Chris and Leah Hills quickly pulling their car in to buy coffee and use the rest rooms before continuing on with the rest of their trip.  However, plenty of discrepancies soon crop up in the account that Chris gives to the police tasked to investigate his wife’s disappearance. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>DS Baker and DS Baley are at first concerned with finding the missing woman and as time slips away, work on the premise that Leah is now not likely to be found alive. There is nothing on CCTV, no witnesses, and no contact made from a possible kidnapper who could have struck just at the time that Leah was separated from her protective husband.  What is the correct demeanour for a husband who has just lost his spouse? What is the correct way to investigate a possible abduction in a location that sees hundreds of people pass through each and every day? Leah has seemingly disappeared without reason or trace.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There is much to like about LOSING LEAH.  This work cannily slots into a recently re-emerged sub-genre of crime fiction that is now very much on point again at this current point in our lived experience – but it is tricky to reveal what that re-emergence is exactly without giving out major plot spoilers!  Let’s say if you like female driven thrillers that are written with a great understanding of what cornered women sometimes need to do, you will enjoy this read.  It may not be too long before your hackles are raised in discovery as Chris and Leah are of course not the happily married couple that those who know them might consider them to be.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A sub plot tracking some regrettable hook ups made by the younger of the two police officers is a welcome little diversion from the investigation. Some solid work has been put into writing true and believable characters, and it has absolutely paid off.  LOSING LEAH is a fast read because it is very engaging, not because it skimps on details and rushes the reader through to the finish line.  Whilst you might figure out what actually happened fairly soon into the piece you won’t necessarily have an understanding of the why, and this will propel you forward in discovery. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Future works featuring the two police officers of LOSING LEAH would be welcomed as DS Baley in particular has arrived to the page fully formed and brimming with explorative promise. All the right ingredients have been included in LOSING LEAH for the hopeful continuation of a credible and absorbing police procedural series. All that would be required would be a little more focus on the insights on the investigators and fans of series crime fiction would be totally satisfied with their new find.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em>LOSING LEAH is the first work of crime fiction written by British author Sue Welfare. </em></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--13"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14623" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/losing-leah-sue-welfare"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/losing%20leah.jpg?itok=pY_qfL7X" width="143" height="220" alt="Losing Leah" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/sue-welfare" hreflang="en">Sue Welfare</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781907324888</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>On a cold, dark February morning, Chris and Leah Hills stop for coffee at an isolated service station a stone's throw from the Welsh Borders. While Leah heads inside, Chris locks the car and goes in to order their drinks. Minutes pass. Chris waits and waits, but Leah doesn't come back.<br /><br /> When Sergeant Mel Daley and her boss, Detective Inspector Harry Baker, arrive to begin a search for the missing woman, their investigation calls everything into question. Is she alive? Did she leave the service station with someone else? Did Leah ever even leave Norfolk? While her husband becomes more frantic, the pair begin to unravel a tangle of dark secrets from the past.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4581" hreflang="en">#ukcrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4686" hreflang="en">#policeprocedural</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3611" hreflang="en">#2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--14"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--14--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--14--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--14--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-70c6c75bf256ab653b6bff1987b7fea168e9afe7c2a3920a517ea87bb33fc29f"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/losing-leah-sue-welfare" hreflang="en">Losing Leah, Sue Welfare</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, May 29, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14624&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="AxF4z27--bJhHPs4Cbrknrc84M5MLtpi-CDMeGg9Wu4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 29 May 2019 05:58:49 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14624 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/losing-leah-sue-welfare#comments The Day She Disappeared, Christobel Kent https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/day-she-disappeared-christobel-kent <div data-history-node-id="14616" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--15"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Day She Disappeared, Christobel Kent </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, May 14, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>After a messy breakup, Nat is ready to move on with her life and to figure out what might come next.  Her miserable ex, Jim, might be stubbornly refusing to accept the new reality and let her go but Nat is keen to put it all firmly behind her, maybe even have a bit of a laugh over it with her mate Beth. Beth has always been a different operator to Nat – outgoing and determinedly pragmatic when it comes to enjoying the company of men as they take her eye.  Beth has always been the good time friend, but Nat has always trusted the substance of Beth behind the bright and bubbly front that her fellow bar worker puts on for the world. It’s not terribly unusual for Beth to disappear sometimes, which is more than annoying to their employer and workmates when it happens. This time though it seems quite different.  What is most alarming is that everyone around Nat seems convinced that Beth is just off to see family and will eventually crawl back into the pub with her usual fervent apologies. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Living and working in a small village means encountering in the street the array of customers that all come into the pub where the two women work.  Nat knows that the charms of Beth have never hurt the custom of which is quite an isolated little place, even for a holiday destination. As the days tick over Nat is more and more certain that someone is watching her, perhaps even watching her searching in despair as the days tick over with no sign of Beth.   It must be someone very close to them both who is leaving disturbing little clues that Beth won’t be coming back.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>THE DAY SHE DISAPPEARED </strong>is one of those slow moving crime novels that you <em>need to commit to,</em> and then your reward will come. There are complex relationships at play and the modern issues that are raised include the treatment of the aged, misogyny, family violence and the closed shop realities of village life.  A murder in such a setting is not unusual but it does serve as a catalyst for action amongst the cast of characters that otherwise might seem to be stoically enduring their daily grind.  Stay with them and the submerged part of their personalities eventually will rise to the surface for your closest inspection.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It can a little difficult with an ebook read to immediately grasp whom we are reading about, as there are a few passages from the point of view of the killer, who is obviously close and observing the aftermath of his or her acts.  This needed to be better delineated as the reader could find themselves backtracking to see exactly who thoughts they were just privy to.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you have a hankering for English mysteries, <strong>THE DAY SHE DISAPPEARED </strong>will set you up nicely for the duration, immersing its readers in the somewhat dream location of a holiday park located near the water (as all the best ones are). Author Christobel Kent structures her narrative here in such a fashion that the reader feels they are drifting along with the protagonist, absorbing her insecurities, becoming increasingly tense with each new suspicion.  </span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14615" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--16"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/day-she-disappeared"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/the%20day%20she%20disappeared.png?itok=wfiobhk7" width="146" height="220" alt="The Day She Disappeared" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/christobel-kent" hreflang="en">Christobel Kent</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780374279554</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When Beth disappears, everyone says she’s run off with another man. She’s just a fly-by-night party girl who can’t be trusted. But Natalie, her best friend, doesn’t believe it, not at all. She’s sure something more sinister is going on. So sure that proving it just might kill her . . .</p> <p>Meanwhile, Victor, one of Beth’s and Nat’s favorite bar patrons, has fallen and ended up in the hospital. When he hears that Beth is gone, he doesn’t buy it either. And slowly, a hazy memory comes back to him. Something menacing . . . something important . . . something just out of his grasp . . .</p> <p>As Nat tries to piece together the events—and people—in Beth’s life, it becomes more difficult to discern who can and can’t be trusted. The little town in the English countryside takes on an ominous air, with a threat behind every corner, outside every window. And someone is always watching . . .</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4581" hreflang="en">#ukcrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4681" hreflang="en">#mystery</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3611" hreflang="en">#2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--19"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--19--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--19--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--19--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-08a525a62c4a758e85c26607abf376a698cc3e85d1de5ee149f0432c8a81e6c1"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/day-she-disappeared-christobel-kent" hreflang="en">The Day She Disappeared, Christobel Kent</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, May 14, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14616&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="x-TIc6jgVnzn2SygBONUcIyNVRZ_bo5pBheHSCiBtgo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 14 May 2019 02:34:44 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14616 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/day-she-disappeared-christobel-kent#comments The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/silent-patient-alex-michaelides <div data-history-node-id="14481" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, February 28, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Alicia and Gabriel were once <em>that</em> sparkling young couple who appeared to be dazzlingly in love with life and totally bedazzled by each other. The envy of all who knew them, the darlings of the art world to boot. Such charmed lives some couples seem to lead.  It is often said that with romantic entanglements there is always one who loves more than the other; that it is a good thing to have a partner who is just that little bit more obsessed with you than you are with them.  Or perhaps all of that focus on one person never actually results in happy endings for anyone.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>After seven years of marriage, Gabriel is murdered by his wife Alicia. There was no doubt that was Alicia was guilty but the reasons why she decided to kill her husband were not disclosed to the police at the time, or afterwards, to her medical caregivers.  Now, the infamous Alicia Berenson is a live-in patient at a high care psychiatric facility and her secrets have remained her own to keep.  Alicia has not spoken a word since the day of the murder, and this presents a challenge to those tasked to care for her. Psychotherapist Theo Faber is so determined to be the one who ‘frees’ Alicia from her past trauma that he applies for a job at her care facility.  Theo is absolutely convinced that he will be the one to successfully connect with Alicia and to earn her trust so that she will, indeed, finally speak.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Don’t fight it, this book is everywhere and has the siren call of ‘buzz book’ singing out loudly from every elegantly constructed page. UK based author Alex Michaelides has set the 2019 debut author bar high with his carefully nuanced and hypnotic thriller THE SILENT PATIENT.  As we are introduced to forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber after the murder has already occurred, we readers are privy to only his thoughts and impressions.  What bliss it is not to be dragged through backstory in which we have to piece together our kit of clues – there is only the NOW.  Yes, there is the necessity of a few literary props such as a diary (don’t groan) but primarily we are in the mind of just one person, seeing the world through his eyes only.  We trust that the assured young doctor is a reliable narrator, being a man of science.  Perhaps our trust is misplaced.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you thought you were heading into a melodrama where the dashing young doctor saves the beautiful, trapped young psych patient… well you weren’t entirely wrong.  There is a little of that but of course you know that romanticism is going to be dashed to the rocks soon enough.  What THE SILENT PATIENT does so very well is to take the reader along with Theo as he incrementally discovers more and more details of Alicia’s life that don’t necessarily marry up with what he has read or has been told by his employers.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The inclusion of a little Greek mythology was welcomed – you can’t go wrong with such rich source material now can you – and this may even result in the reader trotting off to do some happy googling.  THE SILENT PATIENT is, dare I say it, another one day read as in you might as well let things pile up as you have important work to do, such as getting to the end of this book and finding out the answers to all of your questions.  Why does she not speak? Why did she kill?</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--21"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14406" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/silent-patient"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/silent-patient.jpg?itok=X02ENuHg" width="144" height="220" alt="The Silent Patient" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/alex-michaelides" hreflang="en">Alex Michaelides</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781409181620</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span id="freeText6085654221378928130" style="">Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.<br /><br /> Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.<br /><br /> Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4573" hreflang="en">#ukthriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4581" hreflang="en">#ukcrime</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--22"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--22--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--22--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--22--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-7b182289b72affe4df72d0546a517b36c4791519ac27290afdcc296ed4d3e1dc"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/silent-patient-alex-michaelides" hreflang="en">The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, February 28, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/silent-patient-alex-michaelides" hreflang="en">The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, February 26, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14481&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="JMWUyPgBoS1O9XYqGPC9vOVlmlHSari8u_WZI3yE9c0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 05:27:07 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14481 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/silent-patient-alex-michaelides#comments