Category Archives: Book Review

From the Ashes by Deborah Challinor – 2018

Challinor’s historical novels are usually cram-packed with female characters who are the books’ main agents, and From the ashes is no exception.  Set in the 1950s, it is one of the titles published recently about this interesting era of New … Continue reading

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A Greater God by Brian Stoddart – 2018

It is 1925 and Superintendent Chris Le Fanu has returned to Madras from the Straits Settlement, fending off multiple job offers while trying to work out who is on a killing spree targeting Muslims, and which romantic relationship to pursue. … Continue reading

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Fishing for Māui by Isa Pearl Ritchie – 2018

Covering spring, summer and autumn of 2001-2012, various voices from an extended New Zealand family talk us through their family dynamics, their crises, their obsessions and their aspirations. Hamilton, NZ – Elena is expecting her first baby with her ethics … Continue reading

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – 2018

Lale was a bit of a lad in Slovakia, fond of women and fine clothes: “Always dress to impress”, but when he ends up in Auschwitz/Birkenau in 1942 he must use all his charm and cunning to survive – and … Continue reading

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Heaven Sent by Alan Carter – 2018

Cato Kwong and his new wife Sharon Wang are blissfully married, if not a bit sleep deprived, with an infant daughter, Ella.  But when Kwong starts working on a series of murders among the Fremantle homeless community, he gets more … Continue reading

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The Man Who Would Not See by Rajorshi Chakraborti – 2018

Abhay is a writer and primary caregiver to his daughter, Mira.  He lives a comfortable life in Wellington with his wife, Lena – “… simply the daily opportunity to play. That’s one of the biggest things I owe New Zealand … Continue reading

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The Sound of Breaking Glass by Kirsten Warner – 2018

Christel is married to Ted and they have two children, Jim and Maisie. Christel works in TV – making reality TV shows that emphasise people’s suffering.  Christel is a rape survivor. Christel was taken advantage of when a teenager. Christel’s … Continue reading

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