REVIEW: The Distance by Helen Giltrow

Series: N/A

Book Number: N/A

Read this book for: stand-alone thriller, tense and twisting plot, sharp prose, contemporary near-spy thrillers

Quick Review: An entertaining read; it’s sharp and well-paced with a plotline that (while not being entirely unpredictable) is interesting and cleverly laid out. Take it with you on holiday to lose yourself for a few hours at a time.


Charlotte Alton is a bored London socialite who is struggling to distance herself from her “working” life as Karla, a woman who deals in information (in a not-strictly-legal capacity). She is suddenly pulled back into her old life by a client-turned-accomplice for a seemingly impossible job: an execution of someone inside a new special high-security prison called the Program. Having to abandon many of her usual safeguards, and without so much of the critical information she needs, can she help her accomplice carry out his mission and keep him safe? Can she protect herself at the same time?

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REVIEW: Irene by Pierre LeMaitre (Camille Verhoeven #1)

Series: Camille Verhoeven

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: an interesting serial killer (particularly for crime fiction lovers), a different twist on the crime novel format, French fiction

Quick Review: A bit confusing and overblown, but an interesting concept/idea. Would have wished for a slightly better explanation and execution of the idea.


Camille Verhoeven is a clever detective who has risen far and fast despite the large chip on his shoulder because of his height (he’s under 5’ tall). However, he is one of those rare detectives who has become happy in his personal life. He is drawn into the hunt for a murderer with a particularly grisly – and varied – series of past victims, but is he prepared to become the prey? Continue reading REVIEW: Irene by Pierre LeMaitre (Camille Verhoeven #1)

REVIEW: Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (Kurt Wallander #2)

Series: Kurt Wallander

Book Number: 2

Read this book for: realistic police procedure, beautiful prose, strong atmosphere, straightforward plot, minimalist writing, Scandanavian/Nordic Noir

Quick Review: Absolutely read this; it’s dark and chilling and atmospheric, with many appreciable touches of messy reality and has a fairly satisfying finish. A good introduction to Kurt Wallander.


Kurt Wallander is a detective whose personal life is crumbling around him. At the same time, he is dealing with an incredibly vicious double murder of an elderly couple, and freshly-sparked tensions between local refugee camps and Swedish citizens. Wallander is forced to attempt to solve a mystery with almost no leads, while also trying to prevent suspicion about the refugees from escalating into mass violence.

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