Monday, July 27, 2015

Wayward Pines TV series

OK, so I'm a bit of a latecomer to this. I loved the trailer. The first episode left me undecided, but inclining towards taking a further look. The second episode gave me nightmares (literally) but I'm keen to see episode 3.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Girl On The Train

Bought it. Read it. Loved it.

It's addictive. Depressing at times. You won't love the protagonist. And yet you won't be able to put it down.

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Titanic Murders by Max Allan Collins

I had to double-check this one was fiction. It read like a fictionalised account of a true story. The writing style was a little archaic at times (probably to fit in with the time period), but I'm really glad I read it.

Oh, and by "read" it, I mean listened to it. I love audio books.

From the blurb:

When a passenger is found dead inside a locked cabin aboard the opulent Titanic, it’s a crime worthy of “the Thinking Machine,” the popular fictional investigator who solves mysteries using formidable logic. So who better to crack this real-life case than author Jacques Futrelle, the man behind America’s favorite detective?
On board for a romantic getaway with his wife, Futrelle agrees to conduct a stealth inquiry. The list of suspects on the Titanic’s first-class deck is long and includes the brightest lights from high society, each with no shortage of dark secrets. As the mammoth ship speeds across the Atlantic toward its doom, Futrelle races to uncover which passenger has a secret worth killing for—before the murderer strikes again.
Set in the days leading up to the luxury liner’s tragic sinking, this historical thriller is a dazzling blend of fact and fiction that will enthrall readers with page-turning revelations and Titanic lore.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith takes place in Scandinavia, but don't think Jo Nesbo or Stieg Larsson. Think Gone Girl. Think Before I Go To Sleep.

It's a fast psychological thriller, with an underlying note of nostalgia, a hint of the mystical, and an aftertaste of the lyrical. It's unusual. It's fun.

If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son.

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. 

Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. 

Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow.

Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

Monday, June 22, 2015

South Africa in the news

With South Africa so much in the news lately, what with Oscar Pistorius and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, it's a good time to plug OPERATION: GENOCIDE, a truly South African thriller.

Friday, June 12, 2015

What's on my to-read pile?

On my physical to-read pile, in other words, the books I've actually bought paper copies of, you will find the following:
The girl on the train
Lost And Found
Love is....
When To Rob A Bank

(Hope I get time to read them soon!)

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran is a humorous biography of a woman who had 9 siblings and always got peanut butter with grape jelly sandwiches for lunch. I loved the author’s voice, and while I’m too risk-averse to ever start my own business, I couldn’t put the book down.


The inspiring true story of Shark Tank star --and her best advice for anyone starting a business. After failing at twenty-two jobs, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 from a boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real estate office in New York City. Using the unconventional lessons she learned from her homemaker mom, she gradually built it into a $6 billion dollar business. Now Barbara's even more famous for the no-nonsense wisdom she offers to entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, ABC's hit reality TV show.