Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Riveting Reads

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Riveting Reads

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FEVER OF THE BONE By Val McDermid is published in hardback by Little Brown, priced pounds 18.99. Available now.

TV viewers will know criminal profiler Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan from the popular series Wire In The Blood, but their creator Val McDermid is the woman to turn to if you prefer your crime drama in the written form.

She's written 22 best-selling novels and won a number of awards - and on the evidence of Fever Of The Bone, it's easy to see why.

Changes are afoot at Bradfield, where Carol's new boss is out to cut her budget - and losing the services of Tony is top of the hit-list.

Instead, his skills are required in Worcester, where the discovery of the mutilated body of a teenage girl begins a hair-raising hunt for a serial killer who is choosing his victims via an internet social networking site.

The reader is drawn into a tightly-woven plot which keeps you guessing from the get-go.

If you're already a fan of McDermid, then this is a must-read. If you are new to her work, it is a fine introduction. Highly recommended.

Sandra Mangan A WEEK IN DECEMBER By Sebastian Faulks is published in hardback by Hutchinson, priced pounds 18.99. Available now.

The ambitious new novel from Sebastian Faulks, his 10th fiction release, is a satirical comedy about modern London life, touching on prescient issues concerning the state of the nation.

Set over a seven-day timeframe, Faulks brings together seven characters whose lives give way to explorations on Islamic radicalism, financial collapse, politics, reality TV and technology. The disparate lives of the characters intertwine at a dinner party, to which they were invited by the wife of a recently-elected MP.

Central to the story is anti-hero John Veals, an insufferable hedge-fund manager whose only preoccupation is trading billions.

Other characters include: book reviewer and failed novelist R Tranter, whose churlish ways are both farcical and affecting; Hassan, a disillusioned student on the brink of becoming a suicide bomber; and Gabriel, a bright but otherwise unsuccessful lawyer with too much time on his hands.

A compelling page-turner depicting both the humanity and apathy that permeate contemporary London.

Trisha Andres ORDINARY THUNDERSTORMS By William Boyd is published in hardback by Bloomsbury, priced pounds 18.99. Available now. A chance encounter with a fellow solitary diner turns Adam Kindred's life upside down. Minutes after sitting in a quiet Italian restaurant after a job interview, Kindred is on the run from a hired killer and has to leave all trace of his life as a climatologist behind.

He finds himself living rough on a patch of scrub by the river and angrily vows to discover the reason for his downfall. His quest takes him along the Thames, the pumping artery through the story, from a Chelsea mansion block to a rundown estate in east London. …

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