In the Dark by Chris Patchell
Published in 2015
Publisher: Kindle Press
Source: Review Copy
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.
Skadustemme deur Joanne Macgregor
Gepubliseer in 2015
Uitgewer: Protea Boekhuis
Genre: Sielkundige Riller
Bron: Resensie-kopie van die outeur
Oorspronklike taal: Engels
Vertaal deur Elsa Silke
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.
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
Source: Bought at Exclusive Books warehouse sale
Original Language: Russian
Translated by: George Bird
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.
Last week Saturday was the big day, I finally hosted my first Murder Mystery in celebration of the big 3-0! And it was EPIC! Everyone had so much fun and I just loved that they went all out with not only dressing the part, but playing it as well! Having never been a part of any Murder Mystery evening, either as a guest or host, the first logical step was Google. I ended up buying a kit at Night of Murder which included the invitations, hosting guide, character sheets and objectives, decorations and many more. So which theme did I go for? Well the one that stood out most for me was Murder in Sin City. Who doesn’t enjoy an evening filled with murder, drinking and gambling? Great combination!
This weekend I went on a wonderful adventure to Rosebank to attend my first ever book fair with the giddiness of a little girl in the hope of spotting some famous authors!
In all honesty the fair reminded me a bit of an engineering conference where you have a whole lot of sessions each discussing a particular subject. The only difference: you are surrounded by books, wine, books, food, books, coffee and some more books.
This year I’ve completely given over my reading freedom to the infamous TBR jar (read post here), which chooses my next read. But how do I normally go about this ever increasingly difficult choice? Well, there are primarily five things I consider when deciding, whether it is from my own bookshelf or a book store.
Like Clockwork by Margie Orford
Published in 2010 (Originally published in South Africa, 2006)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Genre: Crime Thriller
Source: Bought as a gift and then borrowed
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?
I’m sorry to report that my absence has not been due to either a kidnapping or my involvement in a murder investigation… Alas, no it has been due to something far worse, something more sinister… WORK… I had a number of deadlines to meet and as a result the boundaries of my life blurred, a lot. But it is not all bad news. The boundaries are slowly coming back into focus and the next few months has a lot in store.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Published in 2012
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Borrowed from The Mystery Corner
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?
Seisoen van Sonde deur Chris Karsten
Gepubliseer in 2009
Uitgewer: Human & Rousseau
Bron: Self aangekoop by Exclusive Books
“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.