What did you read this week?

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

A slew of books were read and reviewed on TheReadingRoom this week. Here are some of the highlights.

Thankless in DeathThankless in Death by J.D. Robb

“JD Robb’s 37th ‘In Death’ novel, Thankless in Death, felt like a bit of a departure and while I initially struggled, it ended up being one of my favorites in the series.” – deborah.cook.18 Read more about Thankless in Death.  

The Long HalloweenBatman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale

Hailed as one of the finest Batman stories of all times – high praise indeed, but deserved. Loeb and Sale strip the character down to his fundamental elements – a superhero detective – and weave a fascinating mystery with a satisfying ending.”  – Simon McDonald Read more about Batman: The Long Halloween  

Luna TangoLuna Tango by Alli Sinclair

“I inhaled Luna Tango within a few hours and basically ignored everybody else in the house. It was a precious few peaceful hours well spent in the company of tango.” – Tienh Read more about Luna Tango.  

Life or DeathLife or Death by Michael Robotham

“What an absolutely brilliant thriller! This would have to be one of the best books I have read in a long while. The incredible twists and turns were breathtaking – at one stage I gasped and said ‘Oh no, no!'” – Brenda56 Read more about Life or Death.  

Coal CreekCoal Creek by Alex Miller

“It gives a graphic description of the Australian landscape and the at times ambiguous relationship with indigenous people. It is a story of love but also of betrayal and prejudice. ” – sydneygirl Read more about Coal Creek.  

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

“Oh what a decadent and dangerously addictive book this is! It is your every guilty pleasure between two covers. I warn you, you will not be able to put it down. Thanks to Liane Moriarty I lost hours of much needed sleep and woke up cranky but still wanting more.” – tashlast Read more about Big Little Lies.  

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

“This is a gem of a feel-good debut novel by Swedish author and blogger Fredrik Backman. It will make you laugh and make you cry and you will remember Ove for a long time.” – Suncoast Read more about A Man Called Ove.  

Frog MusicFrog Music by Emma Donoghue

“An atmospheric, perfect novel to read if you live or have visited San Francisco for its fascinating history and vividness – and magnificently written and intriguing novel.” – MishF Read more about Frog Music.