TheReadingRoom community is an eclectic bunch, underscored again this week as we saw a deluge of reviews for a range of titles. Here’s a snapshot of what you’ve been reading this week.
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway A spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity, LaurenB Davis calls The Cellist of Sarajevo “a splendid examination of what happens the human spirit in the midst of dehumanizing horror.” She found herself “thinking of Erich Maria Remarque’s masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front while reading.”
Skinjob by Bruce McCabe Skinjob “is an entertaining techno-action thriller” according to one of our most prolific reviewers, Shelleyrae. Federal agent Daniel Madsen is plunged headlong into a sleazy, unsettling world where reality and fantasy are indistinguishable, exploitation is business as usual and the web of corruption he finds him caught in extends all the way to Washington. “An engaging thriller exploring a provocative near future reality,” says Shelleyrae. “With this impressive debut, I look forward to McCabe’s next novel.”
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Everything I Never Told You is “a stunning debut, and a heart-breaking, gorgeous love story,” according to Shannon Blue Christensen. A page page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, the novel explores the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta “Simply brilliant,” according to atticusfinch1048, praising Koryta as “an outstanding crime thriller author who will literally blow your socks off with the story and leave you with a tear at the end.” In Those Who Wish Me Dead, fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder and is plunged into a new life and identity in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. But the killers are hunting for Jace… “A brilliantly stunning fast paced novel that is outstanding from the writing, the imagery and the will to be a survivor.”
Every Word by Ellie Marney “Brilliant characters, intriguing plot and a setting which could not have been more perfect for the story, this book has been one of my favourite reads of 2014.” That’s high praise from WhYAnot for Every Word, the second thriller about the teen crime-fighting pair. “Full of suspense, drama and a dash of romance, Every Word is a sensational follow-up in Ellie Marney’s Every trilogy.” What did you read this week? Write your review at TheReadingRoom and let us know in the comments!