This book will be released in the UK on May 16 2019
Jeffery Deaver is an American author. He has written a lot of books, including three which have been made into films.
The Never Game is the first book in a new series, and follows Colter Shaw as he gets embroiled in a game he didn’t expect.
Colter Shaw finds people. He’s not a cop or a bounty hunter, but he earns money by looking for people who are missing and there is a reward to find them. He’s good at what he does.
Shaw had a different upbringing. Brought up on ‘the compound’ he was home schooled and alongside that was taught hunting and survivor training.
As soon as you start reading this you’re pulled into the action. Shaw is desperately trying to rescue a woman in a sinking boat. Then we go back to the beginning and you find out how he got there.
I found the story engrossing from the start. I wanted to know more about Shaw, I wanted to understand what was happening. Deaver is very good, he regularly drip feeds you information and answers, but leaves enough out to keep you wanting to read more.
I really enjoyed this book, and I’m pleased that I got a chance to read the first in a new series before there are too many books to catch up with. I will definitely be reading the next book, there is so much about Shaw I want to know and a very important unanswered question from his childhood.
If you like crime and mystery then I strongly recommend that you read this book!
Thank you to LoveReading and HarperCollins for sending me the book to review.
The Altered Wake is the first book in a series of four. It follows Cameron Kardell as she discovers more about the herself and those around her.
This is very different to any of the books I have read recently, being a fantasy/sci-fi book.
Megan Morgan is an Indie author living in Baltimore and the book is published by an indie publisher in Baltimore called Clickworks Press. Because it is an indie book by an author in America, it is only available as an ebook, so on Kindle and iBook etc for those of us in the UK, but at (currently) £2.99 (on Kindle) I think it’s a bargain for such a good book.
Cameron Kardell is a woman in her early twenties, she’s strong, determined and focused. Working for the Sentinels (the organisation responsible for protecting the political leader and ensuring order across society) she is on a patrol of the outlying villages and towns with her Captain when she notices a lot of posters for missing children. Deciding to stop in this town to investigate Kardell comes across something out of the ordinary and almost unbelievable. Upon returning home she is introduced to the possibility of people having powers and her world changes.
To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, I read it to review on the suggestion of someone on Twitter and I was a bit nervous that I would be disappointed. I have to say though, I wasn’t. This book is really well written and I was completely captivated by the story from start to finish.
It’s nothing like The Hunger Games trilogy (other than the strong woman being the lead), but left me with the same sense of being invested in the characters and wanting more.
If you enjoy fantasy/sci-fi and strong women then I would recommend this book. I’m eager for the second book of the series to be released and may have already pestered the author to find out when this will be.
The Bone Garden is written by Tess Gerritsen. It wasn’t what I expected at all. I had assumed that it would be in the series that the TV show Rizzoli and Isles was based on but it was only very loosely linked.
The Bone Garden follows the story of, you guessed it, some bones found in a garden. It flits between the present and the early 19th-century. Sometimes moving between eras can be confusing and cause the reader problems following the story, but in this case I actually found it very easy to move from the present to the past and back again.
There were lots of characters to keep track of but I found that this wasn’t too difficult. I felt a connection to the four main characters (two in the past and two in the present), and although some of the more peripheral characters were rather two dimensional, the main ones had different facets to their personality and were complicated as all humans are. The characters were described well, both their physical appearance and also their personality.
The handling of the different classes in Boston in the early 19th-century was also interesting. Nowadays it seems Americans are proud of their Irish ancestry and I was quite surprised to see how Irish immigrants were treated and looked on back then. Although unfortunately this is not dissimilar to how immigrants are treated now in many countries, no matter where they’re from. It was interesting to see how things have changed, yet not changed at the same time.
It was quite graphic in parts, the autopsy training scene and various descriptions, however it felt as though it was required and a natural part of the story.
I found the details around how medicine was in the early 19th-century really interesting, the things that we take for granted now had not even being thought of then. I also really liked the inclusion of a real-life person, Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes. It has sparked an interest for me and I will be researching him and his impact on how medicine is practiced now.
Overall this was a great introduction to Tess Gerritsen and I am eager to read more of her books.
Thirteen year old Joe Coutt’s life is thrown in to turmoil when his mother is attacked and raped on their reservation. Devastated by the attack and not wanting to talk to anyone, she simply goes to bed and remains there. His father, a tribal judge, does his best to help her and seek justice, but it seems to be out of his reach. Joe decides to take matters into his own hands and, along with his friends, he sets out to investigate the attack and find out the truth – hoping that life will go back to normal once his goal has been achieved.
This is the first book that I have read by Louise Erdrich, and despite the terrible events that set everything in motion, it is a beautiful book. The descriptions were incredible and the storyline was engaging, resulting me in truly caring about the characters. Whilst reading I laughed, empathised, was shocked, and heartbroken.
Erdrich has taken a devastating subject and written about it in an incredibly thought-provoking way. Strangely enough, although it was based on a terrible ordeal, with more bad things to come, the book wasn’t depressing or negative, in fact I found it quite uplifting in many places.
The back story of the characters was fantastic, the explanation of tribal life was detailed and descriptive – but not so much that you got bored.
Simply put, this story was about a family and community, who have their lives turned upside down and struggle to make sense of it all, and was a wonderful read.
(Reviewed 15 March 2013)
(Thanks to Corsair and Love Reading for my pre-released copy of the book.)