The Taking of Annie Thorne

C.J. Tudor ★★★★ Going back is never easy. Joe returns to Arnhill to take up a teaching post at his old school, a post that became available in the most awful circumstances. Tragedy is nothing new to the old mining town, which is something Joe knows all too well. When he was a child, his…… Continue reading The Taking of Annie Thorne

Pieces of Her

Karin Slaughter ★★★ When Andy and her mother, Laura, are caught up in a shooting at a local diner, Laura risks her life to defend her daughter. In the aftermath, Andy tries to reconcile the disturbingly professional manner in which Laura disarmed and killed the gunman with her memories of her mother. When public opinion…… Continue reading Pieces of Her

The Tall Man

Phoebe Locke ★★★ A film crew is shadowing troubled teen Amber Banner following her acquittal in a murder trial. Over the course of the book, and over three timelines, we learn about her family, and their connection to the Tall Man (an urban legend in the mould of the Slender Man). Amber’s motives and actions…… Continue reading The Tall Man

Stoker’s Wilde

Steven Hopstaken & Melissa Prusi ★★★★★ Before I start, I have a confession to make. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of my favourite books of all time. Having read the premise, I was rather dubious about Stoker’s Wilde, and was half expecting to hate it, but I needn’t have worried – it was excellent. A…… Continue reading Stoker’s Wilde

Ararat

Christopher Golden ★★★★ Well-written, fast-moving, and unputdownable; in short, everything I’m come to expect from Christopher Golden. I’ve read pretty much all of his books, apart from the TV/film tie-ins, and this is up there with the best of them. As the title and cover suggest, this is set on Mount Ararat, the fabled landing area…… Continue reading Ararat