Review: The World More Full of Weeping

The World More Full of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema My rating: 5 of 5 stars This novella by Robert J. Wiersema is one of the most beautiful and haunting things that I have read in recent memory. The prose is so infused with a sense of place that at times I felt like I was reading a fine bit of southern writing. (Which I have always been in love with, of...

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Review: Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I set out to read Arnaldur Indridason’s “Silence of the Grave,” I went into it hoping for something dark and gritty. It did not disappoint. There’s nothing like a strong opening. My eyes scanned over the first paragraph and a wicked smile began to creep over my...

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Review: The Painted Darkness

The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Brian James Freeman’s “The Painted Darkness” is a beautifully written and engaging read that really sinks its claws into you after just a few paragraphs. The narrative of the protagonist, an artist named Henry, alternates between the present and a past childhood experience. It...

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Review: The Snowman

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a great crime thriller novel! Nesbo, who also writes children’s books, can certainly weave a tale that can capture and keep your attention. The protagonist is a damaged individual and Nesbo shows us enough of the character to satisfy the needs of the story while also holding back a little. Everyone...

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Review: The Silent Land

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce My rating: 5 of 5 stars If I had to do a one-word review of this book, it would be this: Wow!Fortunately, I can be a bit more verbose. “The Silent Land” is part mystery, part thriller, part fantasy, part literature, and all heart. The relationship between the two protagonists, Jake and Zoe (husband and wife), is...

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