Book Review - Live Wire

by Harlan Coben (Orion) ISBN 978-1-4091-1253-2

First off, let me admit that I adore Harlan Coben and his books… and this one is no exception.
I feel like I know Myron Bolitar, the quirky sports agent and all-round defender of his clients.  Perhaps because this is the 20th book in the series!

This story takes a very personal look at Myron’s family as his father suffers a severe heart attack and he must find his long lost brother in order to honour his father’s last wish. At the same time, he needs to discover why his client, retired tennis star Suzze T, is being threatened.

As he follows his client’s case and searches for his brother, he uncovers secrets about his client and his family, and is drawn into a web of deceit created by decisions of the past. Certain aspects of the book are slightly fanciful, but in the spirit of the story, I can accept that the gorgeous and proficient multi-billionaire, Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood III) can and will do anything to save his friend Myron.

Like the other books in the series, this is a trip into the world of Bolitar, his family, friends and clients that will keep you turning the page… highly, highly recommended.
Shelley Roe-Berning 

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Book Review - A Private Affair

by Lesley Lokko (Orion) ISBN 978-1-4091-0173-4

I thoroughly enjoyed this book about girls married to army officers, whose lives are ruled by the dictates of the army. The wives can be alone for months on end and the men have to keep quiet about top secret affairs when they come home. 

Samantha is desperate to be married and adores her good looking husband until she finds he is a beast in bed. But in spite of that she still tries to validate her feelings for him. She was an ugly duckling in her past who grew into a lovely swan. She is very insecure in spite of her personal success. 

Meagan is swept off her feet by the dashing officer, Tom and she is glad to escape her loathsome family. Dani suffers in her marriage but hangs in there. And Abbey, the model wife who carries a dark secret threatens to pull her well-ordered life apart. 

I became totally absorbed in all their lives, so well does the writer get your attention. I must admit I couldn't put the book down and in the end all is revealed and you don't know whether to be relieved or not.  

A stunning, well written story. I would recommend it for book clubs. 

Dee Andrew 

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Book Review - Three Seconds

by Roslund and Hellström (Quercus)  R189.00  ISBN: 978-1-84916-151-0 

When selecting this book, two things jump out as possible risks to a good read. One, a novel that has been co-authored can sometimes result in a stumbling story. Two, Scandinavian books translated to English are often infused with a grey undertone that is not to everyone’s liking. 

However, the authors have managed to pull together a gripping, well-paced seamless story that only has one or two gloomy skies. In doing so, this book is elevated from being a book enjoyed by a niche-market reader, to a global best-seller, on a par with the first of Steig Larsson’s works. 

The story is based around the growing drug trade in Sweden and a long-term police informer’s challenges to infiltrate the inner ranks of the Polish mafia. In doing so, he also needs to ensure the continued support from the politically-driven state and police institutions. Interests are not always aligned. The book also deals with his internal strife of having to lie to his beloved family to ensure their safety. 

The novel starts a little haltingly, introducing you to the different players in the story. Once the reader passes these first few chapters they’re pulled into an excellent read, that has one silently admiring and rooting for our protagonist right until the very last page. 

Patrick Duff 

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