What did you read this week?

 By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

The end of another week means it’s time for a roundup of some of the reviews we’ve seen on TheReadingRoom.

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

All Fall DownAll Fall Down is the story of a woman’s slide into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, this tale of empowerment and redemption is Jennifer Weiner’s most poignant, timely, and triumphant story yet.

kathrynsinboxKathrynsinbox says: “A cleverly crafted take on how addiction may happen to anyone, no matter how smart and successful they may be. The novel is written in a way that was easy to read and to relate to. The ending is bittersweet, though realistic and fitting for the characters.”

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial RitesA brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Lauren B DavisLaurenBDavis says: “It’s not a happy, light read, and if that’s the sort of thing you like, best to skip, or at least wait until the snow begins to fly. But if you like your novels smart, well-written, thought-provoking and memorable, this one’s for you.”

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn

EifelheimIn 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and has never been resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend Sharon, become interested. Tom, indeed, becomes obsessed. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn’t and that violates everything Tom knows about history. What’s was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago? Carpe LibrumCarpe Librum says: “This book is best described as science fiction meets historical fiction and I absolutely loved it! I enjoyed pondering the different responses by the towns people to the events occurring and how different the behaviours, beliefs and values were in that time period in Europe. It was also fascinating comparing the technology of the beings to those of the time period, and also to what we know today. The book had a satisfactory and solid conclusion, and I was still thinking about it days after finishing it, which is the mark of any great novel.”

Follow the Money by Peter Corris

Follow the MoneyCliff Hardy may still have the moves but he’s in trouble. The economy’s tanking and he’s been conned by a financial advisor and lost everything he’s got. Cliff only knows one way, and that’s forward, so he’s following the money trail. It’s a twisted road that leads him down deep into Sydney’s underbelly, into the territory of big money, bent deals, big yachts, and bad people.

Cloggie1DownUnderCloggie1Downunder says: “Corris has created a likeable hero in Cliff Hardy. He gives us a clever plot with a few twists, credible dialogue with plenty of chuckles and laugh-out-loud moments, lots of action and a great climax.This was my first Peter Corris novel: it is, without doubt, not my last.”

Harvest by Tess Gerritsen

HarvestAbby DiMatteo, immersed in her second year as a surgical resident at Boston’s Bayside Hospital, is elated when the hospital’s elite cardiac transplant team taps her as a potential recruit. But soon she must make a critical decision that jeopardizes her entire career.

Brenda56Brenda56 says: “I thoroughly enjoyed this dark psychological medical thriller. Tess Gerritsen never disappoints. The plot was fast paced and full of intrigue, with twists and turns until the very end. Gripping, twisted and full of a terror that what was happening in this fictional book could be actually happening out there in the real world.”

Persuader by Lee Child

PersuaderTen years ago, a key investigation went sour and someone got away with murder. Now a chance encounter brings it all back. Now Jack Reacher sees his one last shot. Some would call it vengeance. Some would call it redemption. Reacher would call it justice.

Senator PecheySenator.Pechey says: ” Where some authors might try to keep Reacher on the straight and narrow, Child pulls no proverbial punches when it comes to the lengths to which Reacher will go to end the life of those who stand in the way of peace and tranquility. A no-holds barred thriller with something for everyone.”

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The SilkwormA compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

TrakTrak says: “Galbraith does not treat you like an idiot; all the clues are there, you just have to think outside of the box to find the answer. There is a lot to like about this book and I am looking forward to another well thought out crime mystery.”

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

The Winds of WarAs the war escalates in Europe, the Henry clan, a family of American naval heroes, finds itself drawn into the center of the conflict and must send its patriarch and several sons into the fray.

SuncoastSuncoast says: “This book and War and Remembrance are classic novels about WWII. Wouk devoted “thirteen years of extraordinary research and long, arduous composition” to these two memorable novels. Both of them certainly deserve a place in my Modern Classics Library.”

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