Reviews & Ramblings

Review: When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins

When I Was Ten, draws you in from the first page, from the get-go, it is filled with characters that you are unsure if you can trust, all with their own agenda and secrets.

Immediately, I am intrigued by Brinley and her story, how she fits and what her role is. She has such a strong personality, she is inquisitive and has a need to know everything, which is what makes her an amazing journalist, her role is fantastic.

Part 2 brings us a world of emotion, neglect, malnourishment and abuse. It is almost hard to read from the girls young points of view. It is so powerful, gritty and raw.

Twist after twist, this book will have you reeling. It is a roller-coaster of twists and turns that you won’t see coming, that will bring you to your knees. The fact that these girls were 12 and younger is chilling but also heartbreaking. Cummins writes them so well but also writes from their point of views perfectly. It is mesmerising to read.

The final twist is something so left of field, something I didn’t see coming and it shocked me so much that I had to put the book down for ten minutes to process it.
Cummins is a master suspense writer, this is the first of her novels I have read, but it certainty won’t be the last.

Well written from the first to the last, engaging, captivating, thrilling and packed full of suspense, When I Was Ten is a masterpiece. This leaves no room for doubt or wonder, is it fast paced, full of action and it is psychologically gripping. If crime fiction, thriller or psychological thrillers are your thing, then you need this book in your life.

Thank you so much to the team at Macmillan Australia for sending me a review copy of this title. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Reviews & Ramblings

Review & Ramblings: Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

Publication 11th April, 2020. Hachette Australia

From the first page, Fifty Fifty draws you in. It is easy to read, fast paced, meticulously detailed and filled with complex characters. This is a book that will have you teetering on the edge of your seat, trying to piece together the evidence from this chilling murder.

As the book progresses the plot twists keep coming and trust me, you won’t see them coming. Cavanagh writes in such a suspenseful way, you won’t be able to guess what comes next. Even when you turn the last page, you will still be trying to work out how you, Eddie and Kate were blindsided by the Avellino sisters.

I love the female characters in this book. They are strong and confident, powerful and brave. But they are also gentle and concerned and have their own demons to face.

Fifty Fifty is well written, fast paced, well researched and legal savvy. It is rough and gritty and raw. It is a fantastic work of crime fiction and will not be the last Cavanagh book I read. Cavanagh has created a world within the legal system that is engaging and has one foot in the darker side of things. The characters are fantastic and the plot is completely original. This is one crime fiction novel, you do not want to miss.

Thank you to Hachette for sending me out a review copy of this book!

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Crime Fiction – Passing love or a lifetime commitment?

Crime Fiction, a genre that I fell totally and completely in love with during my teenage years. Mainly, I think due to the show Bones – Inspired by the Bones books by Kathy Reichs. And let me tell you a thing.. I have the entire collection of Kathy’s books…

image_17520.jpgall of which¬† have their own shelf on my book case. I had to have them brand new, in hard covers. My collection needed to match, they had to be the same height and be in order of their release date. And in all honesty, I didn’t even read them, and still to this day, I haven’t read them all. My obsession told me I needed them. because I loved the TV show so much.

When I did get around to reading them, I discovered something, that I wasn’t all that surprised about, about myself. I love the science surrounding crime-fiction. The forensics, the anthropology, the criminology, all of it, attracts me like flies to a bad smell. And when I started, I needed more. So of course I started reading Val Mcdermid and Alex Kava, both who have incredibly cheap books at the local book stores, often in the $5.00 bin near the counter (this doesn’t mean they are bad reads, it means they are mass-produced). So obviously, I had to have them all… and so my obsession with collecting all of the crime fiction books continued.

But, I never read any of them, not until recently, they just sat on my shelf, and I called myself a crime-fiction fan, simply because I had them. I think that says a lot about bookworms in general, we read a few books from a certain genre and suddenly that genre is life and we need to have all the things pertaining to that genre. Just recently, I went through my books and decided that I didn’t want to have shelves full of books that I bought, didn’t like or read, but kept because, you know… books. So guess what was the first to go? You guessed it, most of the crime-fiction. Not because I don’t enjoy it, I actually think, I enjoy it now, more than I did when I was younger, but because it isn’t my favourite genre and I don’t think it ever was.

I guess the point I am trying to make with this post, is that crime-fiction is a genre that will last the test of time, it will have fads where it is the top of the genre food chain, and then it will drop off again for a few years. Why you ask? Because humans are obsessed with death, with criminology, with understanding about dying, murder and the science behind it. We are morbid, creatures of habit, who need to be told what horror can look like, so we can confirm that we are okay, that we have good and safe lives.

Crime-fiction will always be one of those genres that people read, want to read, hate to read, etc. It will always be talked about and discussed, it is reality turned into fiction and that speaks to us as humans on a ‘hits too close to home’ level, but isn’t that the entire point? To be scared, to be psychologically thrilled?

Crime-fiction, for me will always be a large part of my bookworm growth, it showed me that just because you love one author from one genre, doesn’t mean you will love them all. It also showed me that just because you are into a specific genre ‘now’, doesn’t mean you always will be. For me, Crime-Fiction was definitely a passing love.

How do you feel about Crime-Fiction? Passing love or lifetime commitment?

 

Julie