Sacred by Dennis Lehane


Sacred is the third novel in Dennis Lehane’s ‘Kenzie & Gennaro’ series. Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are Boston private investigators and have featured in ‘A Drink Before the War’ and ‘Darkness, Take My Hand’ previously. Both of Sacred’s predecessors I enjoyed hugely, Lehane writes with grit, realism (to a degree), and a wit that runs throughout each novel.

At the beginning of Sacred, Kenzie and Gennaro, still reeling from the events that occurred in ‘Darkness, Take my Hand’, are employed by a Billionaire, Trevor Stone, to find his missing daughter. However, they are not the first investigators on this case – Kenzie’s one time mentor was searching for Desiree Stone for a few weeks but is also now missing. As the investigation gathers momentum, Kenzie and Gennaro find themselves embroiled in lies and deceit from every side of the story. Continue reading


All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka


It has been over a month since my last post and I have read a few books since Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – one being All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, a Japanese science-fiction novel set in a futurist war against alien Mimics. The novel follows Keiji Kiriya as he enters battle against the Mimics. The book was adapted for the big screen in 2014 as Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise – it was after seeing this film that I bought the book to read.

This book is not something that I would normally read as I am not a big sci-fi reader (although I enjoy sci-fi films a lot), but there was something about the film that really grabbed my attention and I wanted to know more. I think that the title of the novel was part of this intrigue – All You Need is Kill is very striking.
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson


Having read the four books in Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brody detective series I had high hopes for Life After Life. The Jackson Brody novels are all excellent, and the writing style is a mixture of mystery genre and contemporary fiction; these books are completely different from reading most mystery/thriller novels. Life After Life is a completely different type of novel, yet I found it equally compelling. Continue reading