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The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

If you’re on the hunt for a crime story that’s going to consume every other thought in your head, wring you out like a wet towel, and then deposit you back in the real world with your nerves fried to…

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If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Sometimes, when reading a gripping crime novel, you feel almost paralysed with helplessness as things go terribly wrong for your protagonist and all you can do is read in a panic as the author leads …

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Reviewed by Julia Gorman

After witnessing the murder of their parents, Jude and her sisters have been raised as the only mortals in the world of Faerie by the very man who committed the murders.

Constantly made to feel wea…

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The Whole Bright Year by Debra Oswald

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

Debra Oswald has been writing since she was a teenager and is perhaps best known for her scriptwriting for both stage and screen (she is the creator and main writer of the TV series Offspring). In 20…

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

Stay away from the Hazel Wood was the warning Alice’s mother Ella left before she vanished.

Bad luck isn’t new to Alice and Ella though, and they’ve spent years on the move doing their best to stay…

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

If you knew the date of your death, how would you choose to live the rest of your life? In the late ’60s in New York’s Lower East Side, word spreads of a psychic who can predict the date a person wil…

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The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Julian Barnes’ writing has always dealt with the complicated notions of history and truth. We saw this clearly in his Man Booker Prize-winning title, The Sense of an Ending, which prompts the reader …

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The List by Patricia Forde

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This dystopian middle fiction title is set in a world in the aftermath of great tragedy caused by global warming and human greed. Food and water are heavily rationed, people are not allowed to speak …

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Savages: The Wedding by Sabri Louatah

Reviewed by George Delaney

Savages: The Wedding is the first instalment in Sabri Louatah’s Saint-Etienne Quartet, a cycle of political dramas centring on an Algerian family in that region of central France. The novel opens on …

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Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Her Body & Other Parties is an exhilarating fiction debut – a wild, sprawling collection of stories that explore the reality of being a woman. Carmen Maria Machado draws from fairy tales, science fic…

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