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May 2020 Releases

The following is a list of books released in May 2020, which was last month.

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June Reads

Ill Wind – Rachel Caine “…fresh ideas no one else seems to be writing about…melding physics with metaphysics to create the ultimate urban fantasy read.” Buy

The Séance – Heather Graham

Countdown – Michelle Maddox “…that very rare kind of book: a thriller that is genuinely thrilling. This is action-packed, non-stop adventure, combining the physiological, psychological and technological in a story that grabbed me immediately and didn’t let go.” Buy

Third Degree – Greg Iles “Greg Iles is a fantastic thriller writer, with complex characterisations, interesting information, and thought-provoking scenarios…An engrossing read set in the timeframe of just one day, Third Degree should not disappointment fans, and will hopefully bring in new readers.” Buy

Sliver of Truth – Lisa Unger: The author’s Beautiful Lies was an interesting novel of a life built on lies. However, this companion novel takes things too far. The FBI, CIA, going from America to the UK, involving the Albanian mafia…it just seemed over the top, and thus didn’t engage me as a reader.

Bound to Love Her – Esri Rose “…social commentary involving the environment and real estate…this novel has something to say – which a lot of stories don’t…Fans of Tate Hallaway’s novels should enjoy this.” Buy

Midnight Brunch at Casa Dracula – Marta Acosta “Mil is sparky, with a sense of adventure, humour and – most importantly – an affable personality…the Casa Dracula series is more than just another vampire tale…plenty of social commentary, with a smart but not toffy intelligence.” Buy

The Action Heroine’s Handbook – Jennifer Worick & Joe Borgenicht

Blood Price – Tanya Huff “Originally published in 1991, Blood Price holds up well 17 years later…the novel has an important role in the history of urban fantasy in fiction.” Buy

Oh My Goth – Gena Showalter “…interesting enough to read it in basically one sitting.” Buy

Red Handed – Gena Showalter “…focuses on what’s dearly missing in teen fiction…and showcases fabulous world-building that I can’t wait to read more about.” Buy

Blacklisted – Gena Showalter “For fabulous world-building, how power corrupts, and thoughtful issues, look no further than Blacklisted for a novel with surprising depth.” Buy

You can still check lists of stuff published in June or will be published in July. And if you want to look further into the future, see my Reading Wishlist.

Thanks for voting in my poll, and keep ’em coming.

[REVIEW] Third Degree – Greg Iles

Greg Iles
Third Degree
US: Simon & Schuster (6th November 2007); UK: Hachette (12th June 2008)
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Note to the publishers: On my copy (UK edition), the back cover says the family’s surname is Fields. It’s not – it’s Shields. Please fix this for future reprints. Thank you.

Greg Iles is a fantastic thriller writer, with complex characterisations, interesting information, and thought-provoking scenarios. Third Degree is no different, and the Mississippi portrayed is one that perpetuates a common Southern stereotype: gun-totin’, trigger-happy citizens. Indeed, it’s the kind of America that we’d like to pretend doesn’t exist.

Dr Warren Shields is usually a cool, calm fellow, popular in the community for not only being a top bloke but an ace doctor too. So it surprises everyone when he completely wigs out, taking his family hostage in a quest for answers that no one can really explain. His wife, Laurel, is desperate to hide the identity of her lover, and lies to Warren again and again. But Warren has secrets of his own, and when they’re revealed have the power to change this entire scenario – and not necessarily for the better.

An engrossing read set in the timeframe of just one day, Third Degree should not disappointment fans, and will hopefully bring in new readers. Greg Iles is one of my favourite authors, and definitely one of the best thriller writers going around.

Library Haul

I only went the library to collect my CD reservation, and unexpectedly came home with 9 books as well. 4 of them are due back in 2 weeks.

Greg Iles’ Third Degree
The Presets’ Apocalypso (CD)
Rachel Caine’s Glass Houses
Jodi Picoult’s Vanishing Acts
Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend