Sunday 27 March 2016

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The PassengerThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Identity theft is all very relevant today with the Internet and electronic surveillance and Tanya Dubois is about to find out how difficult it is to do. Her husband dies falling down stairs but rather than stick around and just explain what happens she goes on the run, but why. The book was okay but it struggled to keep my interest about half way through, as there did not seem to be any new development that gave any clues to her reason to run. The main events throughout the book is her change of identity. Some of her background is delivered by the reading of backdated emails which I personally disliked, preferring discovery through events on her journey. Although having problems with retaining interest, the writing style is easy to read and does not indulge in flowery time wasters. This was not so much a thriller but more of a hard luck story and therefore the title is very apt as the Tanya does little to change her own luck and just goes with the flow.

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Wednesday 16 March 2016

The Last Girl by Joe Hart

The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy, #1)The Last Girl by Joe Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not exactly, Zoey is not the last girl but could be. Very slow off the mark, not happening for the first part of the book except describing the daily routine that is Zoey's life. It is only when she begins to question things does it start to come alive. The world is sent into disarray by a mystery virus/bacteria that affects women's ability to produce female babies. Zoey is a "guest" of a government establishment trying to find a solution to this problem and slowly she wonders if she is being mislead about the world outside. The author had a good storyline and failed to get it started quickly enough otherwise I would have rated it higher than three stars. Just be patient it does get going.

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Sunday 6 March 2016

Rough Justice by Brad Smith

Rough JusticeRough Justice by Brad Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All of those who watch daily news will be familiar the Jimmy Saville scandal where a celebrity uses his position to get away multiple sexual crimes. This book mirrors this but based in small town America. The Mayor is tried for four rapes and gets off however he did not reckon for the resolve of Kate one of his victims. This is a very serious subject and highlights how easy it is for people in trusted positions to ignore the law for their own devices believing they are untouchable. Woven into the story is the rehabilitation of Kate's father Carl who has been just released from jail and starts work with his ex-wife's sister. This is a great story with very real issues explored.

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