Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


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FICTION Trading Futures by Jim Powell Publisher: Picador Price: PS12.99 Hardback (ebook PS6.49) MATTHEW OXENHAY leads a 2.5 kids kind of life. He has a nice house in north London, a devoted wife, two children and a well-paid job.

There's just one problem - this isn't the life he wanted. As a student who dreamed of rebelling against the system, he took a city job as a drunken bet - or did he? Everything has seemed a little hazy since he lost his job and started devoting more time to his favourite pastime - drinking. Indeed, Matthew is feeling pretty lost, until he bumps into a childhood sweetheart and the hopes and dreams of his younger self come flooding back.

Matthew is a selfish and often unlikeable character, but by the end of the book, you feel a great affection for this angry and confused man.

That's testament to author Jim Powell - whose previous careers include advertising, pottery and politics. Key to this book though, and the thing that makes it impossible to put down, is its strong and constant dark humour. It's a short read, but entertaining, thoughtful and witty. Rating ....

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben Publisher: Century Price: PS18.99 Hardback (ebook PS9.99) THE bestselling author of Tell No One, returns with a new thriller.

Former Special Ops pilot, Maya has just buried her husband just months after her sister was murdered.

With her loved ones gone, Maya tries to hold it together for the sake of her young daughter Lily.

As the police investigate the murder of her husband, Maya is told that both her sister and husband were killed with the same gun. The former pilot then uses her military skills to investigate the connection.

As she begins to piece it together, the fall-out of her last mission plagues her; she learns her sister frequented a strip club prior to her death; and her dead husband is caught on camera playing with Lily.

Will Maya discover the truth or is she losing her mind? Gripping. …

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