Archive of: 2017

Getting Locked into Research

Getting Locked into Research

Guest post from author GB Williams on how she researched for her latest book Locked Up.


And the Birds Kept On Singing

And the Birds Kept On Singing

Simon Bourke

Pregnant at seventeen in 1980s Ireland. Do you keep your baby and be a single mum, or would your boy have a better life if he was adopted by an English couple? This book shows two ways this dilemma could pan out. It is funny, poignant, heart-breaking and insightful. The writing from the points of view of the main characters is outstandingly good.


Enter The Dark

Enter The Dark

Chris Thomas

A gripping thriller involving the dark web. Well plotted and an enjoyable read, but not for the faint-hearted (some quite graphic violence). It could have done with another editing pass, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the story.


The Black Hornet

The Black Hornet

Rob Sinclair

Second in the James Ryker series. Another good read, slightly less fast-paced than book one. Some of the writing is a little cumbersome and would have benefitted from some cutting. The author's strength lies in writing about the settings – the scenes in the prison are particularly vivid.


The Red Cobra

The Red Cobra

Rob Sinclair

First in the James Ryker series. An enjoyable and pacey read for readers of action thrillers. Could do with tightening up the writing a bit, but an easy read.


Red Dirt

Red Dirt

E. M. Reapy

An ‘easy’ but uncomfortable read. This is a tale about three people: how they came together and caused mainly harm to each other and those around them. Wonderfully crafted writing.


They All Fall Down

They All Fall Down

Cat Hogan

An easy but frustrating read. Slow to start with but picks up pace towards the end. Lovely setting on the coast of Ireland. Some interesting characterisation and relationships between the people, but some clunky writing, especially the dialogue.