Book Review - The Couple Next Door

by Shari Lapena (Bantam Press) ISBN: 9780593077399
 

How well do you really know the people close to you? 

The couple next door seems riveting. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. Anne suffers from postpartum depression and she has a teenage secret that only her mom knows. She comes from a wealthy family who helps Marco with his business, but there is certainly no love lost between Anne’s stepdad and Marco. 

Their friends, who live next door, invite them to dinner, but they are not allowed to bring the baby as Cynthia can’t stand the baby’s crying. Anne is reluctant to leave the baby on her own but Marco convinces her that the baby will be fine and they will check in on her every hour. At dinner, Anne is uncomfortable and her irritation increases as Cynthia openly flirts with Marco. Things only get worse when it’s Anne’s turn to check on her baby. She is gone. 

What unfolds next is twist after twist and all the secrets are slowly revealed. I felt like I was right there in the midst of all the characters. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. 

Shari Lapena writes beautifully. Absolutely brilliant! 

Tracy-Ann Damons
www.writerswrite.co.za
5/5

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Book Review - Blue

by Danielle Steel (Penguin) ISBN: 9780593069059 


Disillusioned and about to end her life, Ginny Carter hears a noise and goes to investigate. She meets a thirteen-year-old boy named Blue who will set her on a journey she never planned or expected. This night marks the anniversary of the death of her husband and three-year-old son. Blue is alone and has been living on the streets and is not going to school. 

Ginny connects with Blue in a way that she thought she never could again. They become the family they both lost. But as they start building a life together Ginny discovers that Blue has been harbouring an awful and shocking secret. Once again they both embark on a journey of retribution, trust and healing. 

Ginny finds a lawyer to represent Blue in the hope of bringing the accused to justice and to give Blue a new start in life. Ginny also discovers that Blue is a talented pianist and she pushes him to audition for a place in school for the gifted. Blue is a hopeful story of healing, and finding peace and love again. 

Tracy-Ann Damons
www.writerswrite.co.za
4/5

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Book Review - The Road to Rangoon

by Lucy Cruickshanks (Heron) ISBN 978-1-84866-531-6

Lucy Cruickshanks writes about the truly exotic Rubyland, Myanmar and the Burmese civil war in the 1980s. 

An 11-year-old girl named Thuza Win watches her ruby-smuggling parents being tortured and taken captive. As Thuza Win tries to save her parents from the Shan State Army, a soldier takes her grandmother’s dagger and slashes her tongue in half and leaves her for dead. 

Thuza Win believing that her parents are alive, recovers and grows up, and becomes a ruby smuggler to free her parents. Her path crosses with Michael, the British Ambassador who goes missing, and Than, a local ambitious military officer. They help each other in this war-stricken land in their search for freedom and hope. 

The captivating and mesmerizing writing made me feel like I was right there walking in the forest with Thuza Win with the rich and beautiful rubies hidden in her shoulder bags dodging the landmines and the rebels. 

This is a beautifully written and gripping story. 

Tracy-Ann Damons
Www.writerswrite.co.za
4/5

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Book Review - The Death Of Rex Nhongo

by C.B George (Quercus) ISBN: 9781784292348
 

This story starts out with the mysterious death of General Solomon Mujuru also known as Rex Nhongo, General Solomon Mujuru was a powerful man and a hero of the Zimbabwean War of Independence. He was also the husband of Vice President Joice Mujuru. 

The story unfolds shortly after Rex Nhongo’s death and the questions around how he died. The story continues with the daily lives of five families in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2011. Patson, a local and poor taxi driver finds a gun in the back seat of his taxi and hides it. From there on his life becomes intertwined with another four families living in Harare and their fight for survival, happiness and hope in the midst of lies and betrayal in a corrupt world. 

C.B George does a good job with describing the characters with humour. The dialogue by the eight year old troubled daughter of one of the families is brilliantly executed. This is a great read. It is my first C.B. George book but certainly not the last one. 

Tracy-Ann Damons
www.writerswrite.co.za
3/5

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