I am a fan of thrillers and love the nostalgia of notorious gangsters à la The Krays. However, snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan’s debut novel Framed would have probably passed me by unread had it not been for Victoria Sadler’s rave review of Double Kiss (the follow-up to Framed, and second book of the Soho Nights trilogy). “Double Kiss by snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan may well be one of the best commercial crime novels I’ve read this year!”
Set in the nineties, it is lovely to relive the Soho I remember, rather than 1960s gangland London before my time. Framed focusses on Frankie James, and the stitch-up of his little brother Jack. I finished it in a couple of leisurely days by the pool. It is a thoroughly decent thriller, the characters and dal and believable and the story had me guessing and changing my whodunits from chapter to chapter as the drama raced to a climax. I’ll definitely be back for the second instalment of the Soho Nights trilogy.
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a couple of chapters to get into the story. The style of writing reminded me of a true crime book which only added to the suspense of Cate's turbulent life. Just when I felt comfortable with the story and where it was going there was another twist and turn to keep me on my toes. I liked how the story was spread across two continents and the detail to both countries' idiosyncrasies were well presented and engaging. A romp of a read.
The book starts at the death of the pope and the story describes the choosing of a new pope, through the traditional method of the conclave. The thriller is a work of art, with a multitude characters, and the diplomacy and duplicity involved to dictate who should get the top job. I found myself rooting for the protagonist the entire time. And between chapters I researched the history of conclaves. Robert Harris' research was detailed and rich, and this added to the story.
An absolute brilliant read.
This is my first Robert Harris novel, and I will endeavour to look for more of his novels in future.
I am a massive fan of the DC Max Wolfe series. This could make one bias but actually it is the opposite; as a result I have such high expectations of the series. Also as I listened to two DC Max Wolfe books (The Hanging Club - book #3, and Die Last - book #4) on audiobook, it’s now impossible for me to read without hearing Colin Mace’s brilliant voice.
DC Max Wolfe delivers again!
I really enjoyed this book, the first chapter opens in the middle of action and immediately you are along for the ride.
The book covers terrorism, race relations, PTSD, child custody, and proves thought-provoking when dealing with the pressure of armed police officers (doing their job could earn them a medal or a jail sentence). The ending was devastating and stayed with me for days.
I’d recommend starting series with the first book - The Murder Bag - but you could dive in with this one, and easily enjoy it as a stand-alone novel.
Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the Rosie Project, so when I heard Graeme Simsion with his wife Anne Buist (his very own Rosie?) had written a book together I couldn’t wait to read it.
The two storytellers intertwined beautifully with the point of view changing at the beginning of each chapter.
And by chapter seven I was searching the Internet for 90-day Camino pilgrimages. It was hard to put down and I found myself forgoing evening television to continue my journey with Zoe and Martin. It was a delightful book to read.
Many thanks to Two Roads and NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of Two Steps Forward in exchange for my honest review.