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The Bat by Jo Nesbo

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The Bat is the first novel in the Detective Harry Hole series, for some reason however it is one of the last ones to be translated into english. I don’t think that it matters if you read them in order as my first taste of Nesbo was The Redbreast, which I have previously blogged about. I will probably read the series in order now though as it gives me as a reader a better sense of the main character.

The Bat is about an Australian murder which Harry has been sent from Norway to help investigate. The reason he has been sent to help is that the victim is a young Norwegian girl who was staying in Australia at the time of her unfortunate demise. Unfortunately for Harry things are never quite as they seem and the story twists and turns in every direction, one minute you think the murderer has been identified, only to find he hasn’t but people close to the investigation and Harry may know more than they have originally said!

Considering this book wasn’t originally written in english I think it holds up well to being translated and it doesn’t seem to affect the flow of the story at all. Also for a first book in general it is very well written, I personally enjoyed the little aboriginal stories that the book was peppered with, they gave it a nice touch.

I have to say for any avid crime fiction reader Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series are worth checking out!

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The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

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A fantastic read, even though I had seen the film long before I read the book it still managed to wrap me in suspense and cold shivers late at night. There is also a television series called Hannibal now which is actually quite good but for me Lecter will always have the face of Anthony Hopkins.

The film is very good and is a close approximation of the book which I like as usually the film is nothing close to the story thought up by the original writer. Silence of the Lambs is the second in the series but is a great standalone book, it is about psychologist turned cannibal Hannibal Lecter. In this book the FBI want to interview him in the asylum so that they can try to figure out different behavioural patterns within serial killers, however Lecter has other ideas and decides FBI trainee Clarice Starling will be perfect as a sounding board. Lecter is helping her with another serial killer “Buffalo Bill” but is his information correct or is Lecter leading the entire FBI on a wild goose chase as is often Lecter’s want.

A great read from start to finish, I think I also need to re-watch the film just so it is fresh in my mind.

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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

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Well, I’m not one hundred percent sure where to start with this review. This is the first ever Iain Banks book that I have ever read and lets just say that it wasn’t my cup of tea, I was glad it was quite a short story as it just didn’t make sense to me and For some unknown reason I am not keen of books I do not understand.

The book didn’t seem to have a direction either, being told through first person narrative I thought it would have some depth but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The book as far as I can make out is about one family that are completely delusional and crazy, although it never really rounds out any one character so you just assume that they are all crazy from the various heinous acts that are described throughout the book.

I can’t even say that the books where hugely well written either as it kept jumping around from one piece of narrative to another. In all it made me feel like the mad one trying to decifer this book! I truly hate to give bad reviews but I am not going to give a good review to a book I didn’t enjoy, however this is just my opinion so feel free to read The Wasp Factory and let me know what your opinions are. I have never read any other Iain Banks novels so maybe they are not all like this!

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The Doll’s House by Tania Carver

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Tania Carver is fast becoming my favorite thriller writer, this series of books has me sitting on the edge of my seat in suspense. Just when you think you know the who, the what and the why the story takes a drastic turn and you find you where completely wrong. I cannot read these books fast enough, and once I have read them I find myself impatiently waiting for the next in the series to be released.

The Doll’s House is the fifth book in the DI Phil Brennan series and I must say these book are best read in the order they were intended. Each of the previous books relate to the same characters so not only does reading them in order develop relationships with them, it also helps the newer books flow together for the reader as they refer back to past events.

This Tania Carver book is spine chillingly thrilling and is full of suspense, danger and the odd bit of dislike and deceit. This book is about DI Brennan catching another sick and twisted killer before more victims are found, the case kicks off with a murdered woman made to look like a doll inside a doll’s house. As the story goes on it becomes apparent that things may not be quite as they seem, and as the case gets closer to home can Brennan figure the case out before it’s too late?

Such a great read, thriller and horror fans alike would love this book. I know I say this about everything I read but what can I say I have great taste in books!!

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Well what can I say, this book is labelled as a thriller and it certainly lives up to the title. The book was suggested to me by my mum and my sister who throughly enjoyed the book so I thought I would give it a try, I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed. My only criticism of the book would be the ending, after building up all the drama and suspense the conclusion seemed to fall a bit flat.

I cannot say much in the way of what happens without giving too much away, which is something I promised my readers I would never do. Anyway the story is about Nick and his wife Amy who disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, naturally the police suspect the husband but things may not be as they seem, after all there is always two sides to every story.

The story is told from both Nick and Amy’s point of view which gives the book a different feel to it. This is a great read for all thriller fans.

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The 12th Victim by Katia Lief

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Another great book from Katia Lief, from start to finish it was a great read. The 12th Victim is part of the Karin Schaeffer series which is a great read as a series but I myself have read them in the wrong order and they still make great reads so don’t be put off by the mention of a series.

The 12th Victim is about the police’s investigation into the notorious ‘working girl killer’, who has managed to evade capture for many years. The characters involved in the story have all had a bad past to deal with but they need to put it all aside in order to beat the killer.

unfortunately the past is sometimes harder to put aside than people think leading to good friends mistrusting each other, partners suspecting the other and retired cops getting dragged unwittingly into the case. Between all these hazards can the ‘working girl killer’ be caught!

A great read, not an overly long book but filled with great plot twists and a good story line.

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