Hello! After last week's Birthday Edition, I just have a couple of books to share this week, picked up from the library. Both of these are contemporary crime thrillers that promise lots of twists and turns - definitely not cosy, and definitely not straightforward.
The first of these is Gillian Flynn's debut novel, Sharp Objects. I saw that this was only £1.99 on Kindle, and I almost bought it before realising that my library had two copies on the shelves.
When two little girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, reporter Camille Preaker is sent to her home town to investigate. Camille has been estranged from her neurotic mother for years. Now she finds herself installed in her family home, reacquainting herself with her half-sister, a precocious thirteen-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. (from the blurb)
The second book was a reservation - The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino, a Japanese thriller and the first in the Detective Galileo series. Although the cover of this one has it marketed up to the eyeballs as the 'Japanese Stieg Larsson' (imaginative), I've heard some great things and I'm looking forward to starting it!
Yasuko lives a quiet life, a good mother to her only child. But when he ex-husband appears at her door without warning one evening, her comfortable world is shattered. When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that night, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense...
This book will also count towards my 2013 Translation Challenge. An update on that challenge is coming soon!
Reviews posted this week
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