Book Review The Other Wife by Michael Robotham

The Other Wife 

Michael Robotham

Book Summary

A secret wife. A secret life. A killer who knows. The new bestseller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its shocking climax, by multi-million-copy selling author Michael Robotham.

William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both are strong believers in right and wrong.

William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded.

Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father’s hospital bed after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Is it possible his father, the upstanding citizen, was leading a double life?

And who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood – a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer?

A confronting psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps.

Comments

We enjoyed this book. While this is apparently book no. 9 in this series, it’s the first one we have read and we don’t think you need to have read any of the previous novels.  This can be read as a standalone. We loved the main character, Joe O’Loughlin and the backstory with his girls, Charlie and Emma.  It was a compelling storyline that sparked our interest immediately and short sharp chapters that kept us moving along.  There were lots of twists and turns which kept us guessing to the end.  None of our readers picked ‘whodunit’.  We got a lost a little towards the end with a flurry of turns but overall, we found this a good book that would make a good holiday read.

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Cutcha Club – 7/10

Paper Chains – Book Review

 

PAPER CHAINS

Nicola Moriarty

About the Book

A heart-warming story of family, friendship and forgiveness – and the crazy twists of fate that shape our lives…

Hannah and India are new best friends. Although true friendship means always telling each other the truth, doesn’t it…?

Hannah, you see, is running from her life back in Sydney. Now in London, she’s trying to put the past behind her, and finding this amazing new friend is a positive step forward. If only she could stop punishing herself for what she did.

India knows Hannah is hiding something big, and she’s determined to figure it out. Fast.

Because India has a secret of her own… One that is currently sealed in a love letter that’s making its journey across Europe in the most unconventional way.

Before it reaches its destination, can India help Hannah learn to forgive herself? And will Hannah wake up and realise that India needs rescuing too …?

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/paper-chains-9781742752624

Comments

As the rating (4/10) indicates, Paper Chains is ok. A vanilla romance about two young Australian women, India and Hannah who meet by chance in London. Both are running away from a traumatic event in their lives which they don’t wish to reveal.

Paper Chains is a competently written, perfectly adequate book. Would prefer a more challenging read for a book club title. Will be interested in reading the comments of other book clubs.

An enjoyable ‘light’ read.

4/10

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Dundas Readers

 

 

Book Review: Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Summary

It all begins with a correspondence between two quite different women: 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden, and 65-year-old Amy from Broken Wheel, Iowa. After two years of exchanging books, letters and thoughts on the meaning of literature and life, Sara, who has never been anywhere in her life, decides it’s time to visit Amy. But when she gets there, she finds her friend’s house empty, Amy’s funeral guests just heading home…So, Sara finds herself all alone. But what choice do the inhabitants of Broken Wheel have but to take care of their bewildered tourist? And what choice does Sara have, faced with a growing desire to honour her friend and her beloved little town, but to set up her perfect bookshop with all the books she and Amy shared – from Joyce Carol Oates and Iris Murdoch to Bridget Jones and Little House on the Prairie?

 

Comments

As our first read together the “Dundas Readers” had a mixed response to Swedish author Katarina Bivald’s first novel, “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend”. In our initial meeting in July we had selected this novel because of its quirky title and its suggested study of relationships.

Most of us felt we could recommend it as a light read although the characters were not fully developed and the small USA town of Broken Wheel and its neighbouring town of Hope were in some ways unrealistic.

The author’s style in using letters from Amy to her Swedish pen pal Sara was successful in introducing Amy to us, who otherwise is not alive at the time of the story.

On a scale of 1-10 we gave it a 6.

 

Read by – Dundas Readers

Book Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Summary

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor reveals they could live another 68 years together… and panic sets in. They never expected ‘until death do us part’ to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring.

But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakeable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that questions some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all…

Comments

We had some mixed reviews from within our group with this one.  While some didn’t like, others LOVED it.  It was a slow starter, but definitely improved as it went along.  We really enjoyed the ending.  It surprised us, after we felt some parts of the story were a little predictable.  The book gave us a few laughs, with the ‘surprises’ the couple cooked up for each other.  We really loved the next-door neighbour, Tilda’s character and her scenes with Sylvie.  All-in-all, while it wasn’t our favourite Sophie Kinsella read, we did enjoy it.  Another good, easy read.  A perfect book for a holiday read.

6.5/10

Read by – Cultcha Club