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La Protégée 3 stars


Bonne lecture de plage pour cet éte

3 stars

Rien de transcendant mais bien écrit avec une intrigue qui se défend bien.  Tous les clichés du genre y sont, y compris la finale pendant l'orage mais on pardonne volontiers à l'auteure car elle nous a fait passer un bon moment.

Birnam Wood (2023, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 4 stars

Five years ago, Mira Bunting founded a guerrilla gardening group: Birnam Wood. An undeclared, unregulated, …

Plain title but surprising book

4 stars

Very good book. It manages to make a good thriller out of an interesting discussion about our present ecological conundrum. We follow 2 female lead characters (good job to portray 2 women in very believable center roles) and get in the process a very good insight of their detailed reflection journey.

reviewed The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

The Twyford Code (Hardcover, 2023, Atria Books) 4 stars

Forty years ago, Steven “Smithy” Smith found a copy of a famous children’s book by …

Astonishing book by astonishing author

4 stars

The author renders the traditional thriller with a very original twist in this novel where the story unfolds be reading one's way though a series of transcriptions of audio files. She plays with the fact that it is a machine transcription where words can easily get misspellt, for instance "mustard" instead of "must have", and all this while the dictator of the files getting transcribed is hunting for something by unraveling a code.

You can already see the complications, transcription mistakes, code to decipher based only on said transcription.

A pleasure to read!

Cutting for Stone (2010, Vintage Books) 3 stars

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful …

Interesting story of how an African Indian ended up a very respected doctor in the US

3 stars

Written by a doctor, this book takes you to Addis Ababa in the early 60's and ends up there as well, not without a long stay in America.

The story certainly brings us out of the usual European or North Ameican settings. Very touching, although the story is claimed to be fictional, being written by a famous doctor, you cannot help but think that there might be quite a few autobiographic elements included. As many books written by technical experts, this one tends to lean heavely on sentimental lyricism but given the nature of the intrigue you easily forgive the author for it.

Glacé (French language, 2012) 3 stars

Dans une vallée encaissée des Pyrénées, au petit matin d'une journée glaciale de décembre, les …

Pour ceux qui aiment les thrillers avec beacoup de descriptions.

3 stars

Pas mal, le décor est grandiose, pour ne pas dire grandiloquent, mais vraiment on a souvent du mal à ne pas s'endormir...

Secret Hours (2023, Murray Press, John) 5 stars

Two years ago, a hostile Prime Minister launched the Monochrome inquiry, investigating "historical over-reaching" by …

Even if you don't like spy stories read this one

5 stars

Even if it was only for the language. The way Herron sets the scene and looks at the world have no equivalents. English is not my native language but it seems to me that he pushes it to its limits to make it say something that normal usage cannot carry.

And for those who do like a spy story this is even better than Le Carre.

Yellowface (Hardcover, 2023, HarperCollins Publishers Limited) 3 stars

What's the harm in a pseudonym? New York Times bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not …

Formula book (written following outline of similar works)

2 stars

Predictable from chapter 2. Well written but boringly following the formula. Read at the beach when it's hot and you feel lazy.

Wellness 4 stars

The New York Times best-selling author of The Nix is back with a poignant and …

Suprisingly superb book!

4 stars

Very long (640 pages) novel and I have to admit that I rarely got bored. All the more surprising to me as the subject matter and the characters do not represent cherished values for me. The main character comes from Kansas (which, sorry to say, for me is more associated with red neck mentality and values), he is married and has a son. The novel is essentially the story of that marriage, another subject that normally would bore me to death. But the writing is vivid, not telling a linear story and goes on to reflect on the nature of art in the 21th Century with considerations on the impacts of social media algorithms on people interactions. But you have to no let yourself be impressed by the wall of text that is each page, very few paragraph breaks give you the chance to take a breath.

Ice Princess (2011) 2 stars

The Ice Princess is a crime novel by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg. As her debut …

Don't waste your time

2 stars

One of the worst book I've ever read. If you want to know a lot of totally meaningless details about each character, then take a look. Absolutely no depth to the characters, they seem taken out of some children book. The novel is long, on top of that. Believe me, read something else.

Tell No One (Paperback, 2002, Orion Publishing Co) 4 stars

Eight years ago David Beck was knocked unconscious and left for dead, and his wife …

Very good thriller

4 stars

Nothing very special about the intrigue itself. It's located, mostly , downtown New York, just an ordinary doctor caught in a strange situation.

But the plot is very good, keeps you on your toes the whole while, no gaping hole that I could find, follows a logical line that carries the story to a satisfying ending.

Adrift in Istanbul 2 stars

In a city perched between East and West, and with the Cold War growing colder …

Good way to explore Istanbul just after WWII

2 stars

One of the cities that have been on my "to see" agenda for a long time but never had to opportunity to concretize.

The novel is reminds one of Philip Kerr but if that was Wake's model he missed the mark by quite a bit. Where Kerr's work reveals a deep knowledge of Berlin and long research on the history of that period, Wake's work remains shallow at best, both in it's description of a city that has the reputation of being one of this planet's jewels and in his depiction of historical circumstances back then.

Easy to read but not very rewarding.