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Book Bites: 2 July 2017

Published in the Sunday Times

Find MeFind Me
JS Monroe (Head of Zeus)
Book thrill
****
Intelligent, fast-paced, and intriguing, Find Me is an excellent thriller in the classic English mould, written by Cambridge graduate and freelance journalist JS Monroe. Dubliner Jarlath Costello is a promising writer who works as a click-bait journalist for an entertainment site. He falls in love with Rosa, a brilliant young student, and he cannot recover from her supposed suicide. Then two things happen to change his life: he starts seeing Rosa, and he receives her encrypted diary – which he has decoded. But her death still makes no sense and since her body was never found, Jarlath is convinced she is still alive. His investigation reveals more than he, or the reader, ever suspected. – Aubrey Paton

A Dangerous CrossingA Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys (Doubleday)
Book fling
***
The Great Gatsby goes to sea in Rhys’s genteel A Dangerous Crossing. On the brink of Britain entering World War 2, Lily Shepherd flees bad memories and sets off to Australia to take up domestic service and begin again. Life at sea is unique; class lines blur and allow people to act out fantasies in a way they’d never dare to while on land. Aboard the ship, Lily is quickly swept up by dashing new friends, brimming with wealth and fabulous clothes. Together, the odd menagerie of pals have grand adventures while guarding many secrets. But with the murder of two passengers, Lily is to discover that there is much tarnish behind the glamour of the upper class. – Tiah Beautement @ms_tiahmarie

Here and GoneHere and Gone
Haylen Beck (Harvill Secker)
Book thrill
****
I love thrillers that have been recommended by Lee Child. He doesn’t praise many, but those he chooses are winners. This is no exception. Audra is running from New York, her abusive husband and the possibility of losing custody of her children to him. She runs before the judge can rule. In Arizona, she is pulled over by a shady sheriff who finds marijuana in her car and arrests her. Her 11-year-old son and three-year-old daughter are taken by a deputy to a “safe place”. So intense, this book never lets up. Like Audra, the reader can only really breathe at the end. – Jennifer Platt @Jenniferdplatt

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