Stranger Than Fiction
Cats, Cannoli’s and A
Curious Kidnapping by
Cheryl Denise Bannerman is a contemporary light-hearted suspense that would
make a perfect afternoon movie for channel 5.
The novel surrounds a crime author who accidentally
stumbles into a real life crime. She finds out that fact really is stranger
Told from three alternating points of view, the
reader ‘sees’ the action through the eyes of the author, perpetrator and a cop.
It is an entertaining and unique read.
As a crazy cat lady, I loved the inclusion of
seven cats. My favourite was the black Siamese.
Cats, Cannoli’s and A
was a pleasant story to while away a dismal autumn afternoon.
Hunting For The Conclusion
Traces Of Her by Amanda Brittany is a fabulous
heart racing contemporary psychological suspense. I was intrigued and glued
from the start.
The novel is very cleverly constructed drawing
the reader in immediately. It is set in 2001 and present day, from alternating
points of view in the first person. As we ‘hear’ different voices, we know who
they all are except one. I was gripped and guessing as to who this was, but
failed in my attempts.
A cold case murder comes alive as a daughter
searches to solve who killed her mum when she was young. She travels to
Cornwall and unleashes a can of worms.
Family is important. Love binds members
together. Twisted love blows relationships apart. A mother’s love is fiercely
There is the theme of control. Control may be
exercised in a number of ways but it is never good.
Secrets And Lies
The Lost Ones by Anita Frank is a chilling,
compulsive historical read that had me gripped from the start.
The novel is set in 1917 at the height of World
War I. Already there had been terrible losses in the bloodbath at the Front. A
generation of young men lost forever. Lives were devastated as loss consumed. “You
learn to live with it. We all learn to carry on in the end.”
Females are seen as having weak constitutions
when in reality they were suffering from grief or pregnancy. Their ‘weak’
constitutions meant men tried to dominate and exert their wills. It took strong
females to resist them.
Families are complicated affairs. Some have
strong bonds, other members dictate. A warped sense of loyalty prompts an
unthinkable course of action.
A Warm Welcome Awaits
Coming Home To Cuckoo
Cottage by Heidi
Swain is the most charming contemporary novel about overcoming loss, second
chances and learning to live again.
Grief can threaten to sink us. We need to find
a way through it. The novel shows a great love that reaches beyond the confines
of the grave. It is a love that knows just what is needed for a character to
come to life and begin to live properly for the first time. I loved the
inclusion of a small dog. Dogs can turn a house into a home.
The novel is set in Wynbridge. It is a small
town with a big personality. Your business is never your own for long. “Nothing,
absolutely nothing, stays private around here.” The reader sees the importance
of seeking the truth for themselves as others with agendas may spread rumours
that are not true. The upside to living in a small town is that a warm welcome
awaits. “It felt like I was going home.” The reader ‘feels’ welcomed as the
arms of the community reach beyond the novel.