November 12

Guest Review: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

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I picked this one up and just had to buy it. From the moment I read the blurb I was intrigued by Leaving Time. I was hooked before I had even read the first page.

Jenna Metcalf’s mother – Alice Metcalf – mysteriously disappeared in an elephant sanctuary many years ago. Jenna was too young to remember anything but she’s desperate to find out what exactly happened. Many believe that Alice is dead; others believe that there are just too many loose ends concerning the day of the disappearance. As you delve deeper into the story you realise that there was much going on behind the scenes at the sanctuary. The various characters that worked there all had their own secrets and demons. There is a healthy (or shall I say unhealthy) dose of betrayal, mental instability and revenge thrown into the mix.

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October 28

Skrapnel deur Irma Venter

***Waarskuwing: As jy nie die einde van Skoenlapper gelees het nie lees verder op jou eie risiko. ***

Skrapnel

Skrapnel is Irma Venter se tweede roman wat net mooi op tel waar Skoenlapper af geëindig het. Alhoewel ek gehoop het Ranna en Alex kom bymekaar uit het dit nou nie so uitgewerk nie. Ranna het weggehardloop en sit in Indië. Ek kan haar nie blameer nie, sy word tog gesien as ‘n reeksmoordenaar – hoe kan hulle dan ‘n toekoms saam hê? Ten spyte van dit haal die verlede haar in en Alex word in die middel vasgevang. Ons gunstelling rekenaar geek, Sarah Fourie, is op Ranna se spoor aangesien sy die enigste een is wat kan help om Alex terug te kry. Sonder om te veel weg te gee sal ek net sê die soektog na Alex is vol interessante draaie wat elke keer iets van Ranna se verlede ontbloot. Continue reading

September 18

In the Dark by Chris Patchell

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In the Dark by Chris Patchell
Published in 2015
Publisher: Kindle Press
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 426
Source: Review Copy
Summary:

When the worst happens and her daughter goes missing, a mother will do anything to find her…

In the fast-paced suspense novel, In the Dark by Chris Patchell, Marissa Rooney’s daughter, Brooke, has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. Standing in the middle of her daughter’s dorm room with a half-used vial of insulin clenched in her hand, Marissa comes to the terrifying realization that if she has Brooke’s insulin, it means that Brooke does not.
The missing person’s investigation takes a sudden and deadly turn when the police discover the body of another college student who went missing a week before Brooke. Desperate to find her daughter, Marissa fears time is running out.
But she isn’t alone in her terror. A phantom from Marissa’s past is lurking in the shadows, waiting in the night, and holding her family captive…In the dark. 

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July 30

Skadustemme deur Joanne Macgregor

SkadustemmeSkadustemme deur Joanne Macgregor
Gepubliseer in 2015
Uitgewer: Protea Boekhuis
Genre: Sielkundige Riller
Bladsye: 299
Bron: Resensie-kopie van die outeur
Oorspronklike taal: Engels
Vertaal deur Elsa Silke
Samevatting:

Tussen die narkose en die wakkerword is daar die skadustemme.

“Sy is stil, ontspanne, gereed. Haar asemhaling is stadig en reëlmatig, haar blik effens ongefokus. Hy voel hoe sy eie asemhaling versnel, hoe ‘n warm gloed in hom opstyg, soos ‘n vlam van verrukking. Daar is nog net genoeg tyd om ‘n bemoedigende boodskap in haar oor te fluister voor die donker haar geheel en al in sy skeppende hande oorgee. Hy buk en praat in har oor: ‘Ontspan. Ek gaan iets baie spesiaals vir jou doen. En wanneer jy wakker word, gaan jy absoluut perfek wees.’ “

Wanneer een van sielkundige Megan Wright se pasiënte aan haar beskryf hoe sy deur ‘n ginekoloog emosioneel geteister en seksueel geskend is, besluit sy om ondersoek in te stel. Vasberade om die waarheid uit te vind en die mishandeling stop te sit, maar ook tot stilswye gedwing deur haar vertroulikheidseed, moet Megan die skadukant van ‘n gevaarlike, versteurde man ontbloot. 

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July 17

Review: The Case of the General’s Thumb by Andrey Kurkov

photo(2)The Case of the General’s Thumb by Andrey Kurkov
Published in 2012 (First published in Russia, 1999)
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Genre: Crime Thriller
Pages: 184
Source: Bought at Exclusive Books warehouse sale
Original Language: Russian
Translated by: George Bird
Summary:
The corpse of a distinguished general is found attached to an advertising balloon – and minus his thumb. Police Lieutenant Viktro Slutsky is sent to investigate. So, too, is KGB officer Nik Tsensky. Unaware of each other, each quickly finds himself mystified by developments caused by the other. Thus begins a comedy of very dangerous errors as the two criss-cross Europe, Russia, and Ukraine, until they eventually converge to find themselves the catalysts in a bizarre battle between the Russian and Ukrainian secret services.

As usual with the work of Andrey Kurkov, it’s a brilliant, absurdest story that is simultaneously hilarious, tragic, and suspenseful, with a fascinating cast of characters: a larger-than-life hitman, a deaf-and-dumb blonde, and a turtle. And as the two faithful investigators realize they’re pawns in a story of post-Soviet collapse, it becomes – also as usual in the work of this modern Russian master – an inspiring tale of resilience against the dark forces of the day.

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April 28

Like Clockwork by Margie Orford

Like ClockworkLike Clockwork by Margie Orford
Published in 2010 (Originally published in South Africa, 2006)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Genre: Crime Thriller
Pages: 314
Source: Bought as a gift and then borrowed
Summary:
When a beautiful young woman is found murdered on Cape Town’s Sea Point promenade, police profiler Dr. Clare Hart is drawn into the web of a brutal serial killer. As more bodies are discovered, Clare is forced to revisit memories of the horrific rape of her twin sister and the gang ties that bind the city’s crime rings. Are the murders really linked to human trafficking, or is the killer just playing sick games with her?

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March 10

Guest Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published in 2012
Publisher: Phoenix
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 463
Source: Borrowed from The Mystery Corner
Summary:

Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. 

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

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February 21

Seisoen van Sonde deur Chris Karsten

Seisoen van SondeSeisoen van Sonde deur Chris Karsten
Gepubliseer in 2009
Uitgewer: Human & Rousseau
Genre: Spanning
Bladsye: 333
Bron: Self aangekoop by Exclusive Books
Samevatting:
“Op die hakke van die wykende storm dryf aanlandige winde, nou meer bedaard, ’n lae misbank oor die kus. Uit hierdie newels doem twee oesterplukkers vroeg die Saterdagoggend op uit die rigting van Swartvlei se monding. 
Een kom skielik orent, roep na sy maat. Hy wys na die dynsige figuur teen die paal by die duin. Hy meen dit is iemand wat op die vroëe oggend daar rus, met sy rug teen die paal, gesig na die see. Hulle eerste instink is die hasepad. Maar ’n inspekteur kan dit nie wees nie, nie met hare wat so lank en blond in die wind warrel nie. Die stil figuur kan hulle nou uitmaak. ’n Kaal vrou. Haarslierte gekoek van sand en sout en wind. In hoogwater moes die branders oor haar gebreek het. Haar vel het die kleur van lood, asof sy aan erge koue blootgestel, of dood is.”

Die polisie soek na ’n reeksmoordenaar. Die eerste lyk, die van ’n vrou, is na ’n storm op die rotse gevind – vasgebind aan ’n paal en met haar mond toegewerk. Die lyke wat volg, is elk op nog meer bisarre wyse agtergelaat. Die moordenaar, Jack, is sistematies besig om mense te elimineer vir sy enigmatiese meester, Minos. Die laaste slagoffers op Jack se lys is Wim, ’n skoenlapperboer naby Wildernis, en sy assistent, Portis. Albei het in die apartheidsjare te doen gehad met ’n regeringsprojek genaamd Antenor. 

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December 30

Boekklub: Spoor deur Deon Meyer

photo 1Spoor deur Deon Meyer
Gepubliseer in 2010
Uitgewer: Human & Rousseau
Genre: Spanning
Bladsye: 541
Bron: Verjaarsdag geskenk
Samevatting:
“Dit was die rumour. Hy wil weapons inbring. Vir ‘n attack, hier. Vir die eerste keer.
‘n Muslim attack? In Suid-Afrika?
Ja. Hie’. Cape Town. Die mooiste Kaap.”

Net ‘n gerug. Onwaarskynlik.

Maar waarom skarrel die Presidensiële Intelligensie-agentskap dan so om die besending te onderskep? Waarom bring die CIA hul groot kanonne in?

Waarom trap dit alles so ‘n wye bloedspoor? Deur die lewens van Milla Strachan, verloopte huisvrou, wat net so ‘n biejtie gevaarlik wil leef; Lemmer, die lywag – belieg, bedrieg, besteel, vasbeslote om wraak te neem; en Mat Joubert, wat die onmoontlike moet vermag, die ondersoek na ‘n vermiste moet afhandel voor die geld opraak en die leidrade verdwyn. 

Dalk is dit méér as net ‘n gerug. 

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