I sometimes approach a new crime series with trepidation; I’m sure everyone has read one or two where some crucial evidence appears at just the right time as if by magic, or there’s a confession akin to an episode of Scooby Doo. Derek Thompson’s “Long Shadows” thankfully didn’t fall into either trap…
I enjoy thrillers but this isn’t necessarily the kind of book I would pick up in a store or library, as I prefer to keep politics separate from fiction since I read to relax. I changed my preconceptions as soon as I began to read it though, as it had me riveted from start to finish.
Gilding The Lily
It’s been a while since I’ve read a classic style thriller with manipulative villains, shady motives and webs of deceit…
I think it’s fair to say that action thrillers can be rather typecast and have a poor reputation at times. Take any preconceptions you may have and scrunch them into a ball. Now aim for the nearest bin and throw them away. Ok, now you’re ready to meet Ash Greenslade’s Station Helix.
Have you ever imagined what you would do if you won the jackpot on one of the lotteries? My list would probably go something like help others, books, go on the trip of a lifetime, books, buy a house, books…. you get my drift! Ellen Gibson’s first thought is to use it as her ticket (no pun intended) to fame, to live the life of the celebrities she reads about in her glossy magazines. Unfortunately, this lottery ticket is someone else’s ticket to fortune too, as is her 5 year old son.
The Lie She Told
I started this book thinking I’d dip in and out of it over a few days but ended up reading it into the night as I couldn’t put it down! The characters were well-developed and there were only as many as were actually needed for the plot itself. Too many minor characters is one of my pet peeves when I’m reading a novel so I really enjoyed this aspect of the author’s writing.