Femlandia

Christina Dalcher ★★ With the world in a dystopian turmoil following an international economic collapse, Miranda and her teen-aged daughter are forced to make a difficult decision – stay in Maryland and risk starvation or attack by one of the roving gangs of violent, disenfranchised men, or make a dangerous and arduous journey on foot…… Continue reading Femlandia

The Final Girl Support Group

Grady Hendrix ★★★ “Men die because they make mistakes. Women? We die because we’re female.” To the casual observer, the group of women would appear to have little in common. They meet monthly in the church basement, arriving one by one and leaving alone. What the observer cannot know is that this is a meeting…… Continue reading The Final Girl Support Group

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

Celerity

Scott Falcon ★★★ Celerity /sɪˈlɛrɪti/ noun [mass noun] archaic or literarySwiftness of movement.ORIGIN late 15th cent. : from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritas, from celer ‘swift’[Oxford English Dictionary] Celerity is in her first year at UCLA, hoping to earn a track scholarship for her second. She ran track for her school, and now she…… Continue reading Celerity

Cold Spectrum

Craig Schaefer ★★★★★ A fantastic fourth instalment in the Harmony Black series, and the strongest to date, Craig Schaefer has done himself proud with Cold Spectrum. Adrift from their chain of command and not knowing who to trust, Harmony and the rest of her team are desperate to learn more about Cold Spectrum. Betrayed by…… Continue reading Cold Spectrum

The History of Bees

Maja Lunde (Translated by Diane Oatley) ★★★★ I’m always rather dubious of translated books, but this story has flowed seamlessly from the original Norwegian text, published in 2015, into this English version. It follows the lives of three people, spread over a period of 250 years. The accounts are intermingled, but instead being jarring that…… Continue reading The History of Bees

The Silent Wife

Karin Slaughter ★★★★★ A worthy follow-up to The Last Widow, The Silent Wife is the tenth book in Slaughter’s Atlanta GBI series, featuring Will Trent, Faith Mitchell, Sara Linton. The story switches back and forth between two alternate times and places – modern day Atlanta, where we find Sara, Will and Faith investigating a murder…… Continue reading The Silent Wife

The Last Widow

Karin Slaughter ★★★★★ For reasons that I can no longer remember, I originally gave up on Karin Slaughter after her 2004 Grant County series novel, Indelible – this is a mistake which will be quickly remedied. The Last Widow is the ninth book in her Atlanta GBI series, which seems to follow on from Grant…… Continue reading The Last Widow

Survivor Song

Paul Tremblay ★★★★★ “THIS IS NOT a fairy tale. Certainly it is not one that has been sanitized, homogenized, or Disneyfied.”Tremblay warns you right from the beginning that what you are about to read isn’t going to be yet another happily-ever-after fable where the heroes (or in this case heroines) overcome adversity, kill the wicked…… Continue reading Survivor Song

Monstre [Volume One]

Duncan Swan ★★★★ Deep beneath the Switzerland/France border sits the Large Hadron Collider, built in the quest for answers to some of theoretical physics’ most elusive questions. It was supposed to be safe, but when a malfunctioning experiment explodes, all a rag-tag group of scientists can do is flee the facility and try to make…… Continue reading Monstre [Volume One]