Monthly Archives: December 2014

Swimming in the Dark by Paddy Richardson – 2014

I was looking forward to reading Swimming in the dark – having read rave reviews of Richardson’s latest ‘psychological thriller’.  And the premise is great: Alexandra’s troublesome Freeman family is the victim of physical and systemic abuse due to their low … Continue reading

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Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave – 2014

I had feared that this eighth installment in Cleave’s Christchurch Noir series might be the beginning of a decline – but I actually think it is the best so far.  Pushing the boundaries of his thesis of what is good … Continue reading

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The Naturalist by Thom Conroy – 2014

The naturalist is a moving account of the life of Ernst Dieffenbach.  A revolutionary who believed in universal equality, Dieffenbach spent most of his life in exile from his native Giessen, and as an outsider from the various groups and … Continue reading

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