Book Reviews February 2013

The Killing
David Hewson
Pan Macmillan
The Killing is a crime novel written by British author David Hewson, based upon the first series of the critically acclaimed Danish TV drama of the same name. The story follows Detective Inspector Sarah Lund as she investigates the brutal rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman. Author David Hewson researched the project by travelling to Copenhagen and consulting with The Killing writer and creator Søren Sveistrup. The result is a novelisation that offers a rich retelling of the hit TV series and includes an explosive final plot twist all of its own.

Three Letters
Josephine Cox
HarperCollins
Eight-year-old Casey’s mother Ruth is a cruel woman, with a weakness for other women’s husbands. Casey’s father is gentle and hard-working and, though Tom Denton has long suspected his wife of having sordid affairs, he has chosen to turn a blind eye to keep the peace. But then, out of the blue, Tom’s world is cruelly shattered when he receives two bits of devastating news. Because of this, Tom realises that from now on their lives must change forever. A broken man, Tom is made to fight for his son, determined to keep him safe. But, when fate takes a hand, life can be unbearably cruel, and Casey is made to remember his father’s prophetic words…‘It’s done. The dice is thrown, and nobody wins’. But, unbeknown to Casey, there are three letters penned by his father, that may just change his destiny forever.

The Thread
Victoria Hislop
Headline
Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou’s home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri’s, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.
Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears his grandparents’ life story for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of the people who were forced to leave. Should he become their next custodian and make this city his home?

From Notting Hill to New York
Ali McNamara
Sphere
Scarlett O’Brien, utterly addicted to romantic films, has found her leading man. She’s convinced Sean is Mr Right, but the day-to-day reality of a relationship isn’t quite like the movies. With Sean constantly away on business Scarlett and her new best friend Oscar visit New York for the holiday of a lifetime.?
From one famous landmark to the next, Scarlett and Oscar make many new friends in NYC – including sailors in town for Fleet Week, a famous film star, and Jamie and Max, a TV reporter and cameraman. Scarlett finds herself strangely drawn to Jamie but has to ask herself why she is reacting to another man like this when she’s so in love with Sean.