Category: Suspense


Wow! The Passage is an EPIC page-turner from beginning to end! Named on the top 10 best post-apocalyptic novels list by Time Magazine, this page-turner is an absolutely riveting read, which manages to put a totally new spin on vampire lore.

My favourite novel from Stephen King is The Stand. (also on Time’s list)  This epic struggle between good and evil impacted me strongly when I first read this book some (gulp!) 30 years ago and The Passage has all of the elements that I loved about the The Stand. This isn’t however, a carbon copy of King.  It is fresh and original with a strong emphasis on the characters to tell the story.

If you want to read an excerpt from The Passage you can do that here. I’m thrilled to discover that this is the first in a trilogy planned by Cronin.  He is already working on The Twelve and I’ll be interested to see what  Fox 2000 does with the movie, apparently due for release in 2013.  You can hear and interview with Cronin here.

I loved this book!  It has pace, it keeps you guessing right up until the last page and you feel completely satisfied at the end.  Thoroughly recommended – a must-read.

Will Lavender is a real find.  In his debut novel Obedience, Lavender has managed to nail that most difficult of genres, the psychological thriller.  It is a particularly well crafted, intriguing tale and you are quickly drawn into the challenge set of the main characters – to solve the hypothetical disappearance of a young woman as their fall assignment in their university course Logic and Reasoning 204.  As the clues are dangled and it becomes obvious that things – and people – aren’t what they seem, three of the students stumble upon a real-life, unsolved disappearance which has strikingly similar facts to the so-called scenario they have been set by their professor.

Just when you think you know what’s happening, Lavender tilts everything on it’s axis and you have to go back to your mental drawing board.  This fast-paced thriller is a stunning read and would easily lend itself to being adapted into a fine movie script.  I could almost visualise it as I read it.  On finishing this novel, I immediately searched for his next and fortunately I wasn’t disappointed.  His second offering was published last month and the synopsis for Dominance holds much promise.  I already have a reserve on the ordered copy at my local public library and I am anticipating the email to tell me it’s ready to collect.  Can’t wait!  In the meantime, get your hands on a copy of Obedience.  You won’t be sorry.

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