A Darker State by David Young #BookReview

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The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake. Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People’s Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi. Then, when the son of Müller’s team member goes missing, it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case, one that could fast lead Müller and her young family into real danger. A Darker State indeed. Need I say more? Well, yeah. Couldn’t wait to get my …

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Nomad by James Swallow #BookReview

FIND THE TRUTH BEFORE THEY FIND YOU Marc Dane is an MI6 field agent at home behind a computer screen, one step away from the action. But when a brutal attack on his team leaves Marc as the only survivor – and with the shocking knowledge that there are traitors inside MI6 – he’s forced into the front line. However, the evidence seems to point towards Marc as the perpetrator of the attack. Accused of betraying his country, he must race against time to clear his name. So this book caught my eye on a shelf some while ago. Recently …

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The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell #BookReview

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“2004. As Pope John Paul II’s reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered. The same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator’s research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator’s secret. But just as …

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Stasi Child by David Young #review

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Stasi Child is an interesting thriller from David Young that starts with a body being found in East Berlin. We get in that world along with Karin Müller, the detective in charge of the investigation. And we soon learn it’s a tough world. Not many questions allow, and even fewer answers, as expected. The rhythm of the book is quite fast paced and nice to follow. We have two sides of the story that eventually meet up to reveal a dangerous story. Karin is a very good detective that wants to find the truth no matter what, and that proves …

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth #review

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A very exciting book from the author of the Divergent Series. Carve the Mark is set a new interesting world. We have nine planets, gifts, nations, war. A true page turner indeed. So I was interested to see how this book would turn out. A book filled with politics, diplomacy and murder. Isn’t it riveting? Secrets and oracles guide the characters through their fate. Some bound by it to actions they regret. They all possess gifts from the Universe they live in. Some are useful, some helpful, and some are painful, yet effective. We follow the action from two perspectives: Akos …

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The Other Mrs Walker #review

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A debut novel from Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Other Mrs Walker starts at the beginning of the cold New Year with a death. The book depicts the life of a family that has a complicated relationship. We go along with Margaret looking for clues and trying to understand what happened with Mrs Walker. As she uncovers the past, we re-live it in the flashback chapters and see the bigger picture Margaret doesn’t.   Affected by a cold relationship, in a cold Edinburgh, Margaret tries to escape her own history. But of course, she ends up deep in that history. Without knowing …

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The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor #review

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1666. London is burning. That’s how the book starts. Soon we start investigating a murder. The novel is a slow-paced thriller with lots of twists. I liked it, to be honest. Even if it wasn’t as exciting as I thought. But the way the stories of the characters intertwine makes the book worthwhile. We journey across London and beyond. The ashes and ruin left by the fire haunt the whole action. It’s a story of a young man looking for a murderer. It’s a story of a young woman looking for her father. A story of a young man looking …

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