As long-term readers of this blog know, I like to theme and categorise my TBR pile, so this last holiday season just past, I decided to have an ‘Orenda Books Christmas’!
I love Orenda Books – and NOT just because Orenda is publishing *my* novel, The Other Twin, this year either. I trust Orenda’s output (and even targeted them with mine) because its head honcho Karen Sullivan has the same taste as me, which is:
- Lean, literary-style prose
- Strong structure, with good pace throughout
- Dark and suspenseful tone
- Traditional mysteries, updated for modern times
- Characters & subjects ‘left of the middle’
Basically, I love that Orenda takes risks and will publish books that aren’t a carbon copy of everything else ‘out there’!
So, here’s all the titles I managed to get read and what I thought of them – make sure you click on the titles for my (non-spoilery) reviews in-depth:
1) Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb. This is SO VISUAL, so as a script editor for movies I just loved it. What’s more, Lori Anderson is a fab female lead, so I can’t wait to read more with her in the driving seat!
2) Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski. This is like a traditional whodunnit, very Agatha Christie-like, so of course I lapped it up! I loved the addition of the podcasts, which made it really relevant for today. Inspired!
3) A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone. This is a really strong novel that reminds us domestic abuse doesn’t have be solely a women’s issue. It would have been easy for Malone to get up on his soapbox, but he avoids this and delivers a devastating tale of love gone awry.
4) Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus. They say, ‘Just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean they’re NOT after you’ — this is one BIZARRE novel, that almost defies description in a GOOD way! Everything pays off so perfectly, I’m in awe of the storytelling. Definitely worth a read.
5) The Mine by Antti Tuomainen. This one really captured my imagination. I love a story involving hitmen anyway, but this one has some really intriguing and thought-provoking points about fatherhood. Loved it.
6) Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson. I’ve never been to Iceland, but I tell you: I’m SO going! Jonasson does a brilliant job here, the abandoned fjord is so CREEPY — plus that Agatha Christie ‘feel’ is stamped all over this story, too. Kept me guessing right up until the end. Recommended!
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See you over there!