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THIS IS SHYNESS by Leanne Hall

At the recommendation of a reliable source, I picked up Leanne Hall’s This is Shyness without quite knowing what to expect. Shyness won Text Publishing’s Text Prize in 2009. The Prize is awarded annually to the best…

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LIAR & SPY by Rebecca Stead

In the Publishers Weekly review of Liar & Spy, the novel is described as “as close to perfect as middle-grade novels come”. I’ll be honest–this almost made me choose not to read it. I was in ‘middle-grade’…

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THE ENGAGEMENT by Chloe Hooper

As part of the Brisbane Writers Festival over the weekend, I sat in on a session with Aussie authors Patrick Holland, Bronwyn Parry and Chloe Hooper. Chaired by fabulous local Brisbane author Trent Jamieson, the…

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XO by Jeffery Deaver

I’ve been indulging in some much-needed crime fiction lately–I realised midway through the year that not only was I embarrassingly behind in my goal to read 50 books by the end of the year, I…

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GONE MISSING by Linda Castillo

Anyone who has been around for a while knows that I am a fan of Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series (I wrote a glowing review of Breaking Silence late in 2011). For those of you…

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GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

I recently struggled to write my review of The Dark Knight Rises for fear that I would say too much and give away crucial plot points. I find myself in a similar situation trying to…

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