Silence by Natasha Preston

I remember once watching a documentary about teenagers who have chosen not to speak. There are some who are affected by such intense social anxiety that they find it best not to say a word to anyone rather than say the wrong thing. It was a heart-breaking programme where I just hoped that these young…

Elevation by Stephen King

This is, without a doubt, the best Stephen King work I’ve read in a long time. Not in any way a horror story, it’s more a fantastical allegory which can perhaps be read as about a man finding his soul lightens when he gives up on petty concerns and instead focuses on helping others. (Although…

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

It feels like I haven’t read any of magical policeman. Peter Grant’s adventures in quite some time. Too long. And so this slight and pleasing tale works for me a great reintroduction to the series. The stakes feel low (even as our heroes eventually end up investigating a kidnapping), and there’s a nice, unhurried, gentle…

Black Cross by Greg Iles

Did you hear the one about the Zionist and the pacifist who went behind enemy lines? Greg Iles was, until a few weeks ago, an author I’d never come across – which given the cover boasts of ten million sales and has a Stephen King quote to boot, seems like an almost embarrassing admission. Now,…

The Gates by Iain Robb Wright

More than six thousand gates to Hades are opened on Earth and our planet is suddenly over-run by vicious marauding demons. It’s literally Hell on Earth in this superb British horror novel. Taking a page from old 1970’s disaster movies, the book zeroes in on a cast of characters who are clearly set up to…