Reviews by Maggie Boyd

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Aftermath

Kelley Armstrong’s Aftermath takes us into the dark world of school shootings, shattered friendships and redemption. It’s an emotional tale that will keep you thinking about it long after you put the book down. There was nothing ordinary about that day; it had been both the most glorious and ...

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Paper Ghosts

Mind blowing. Addictive. Mesmerizing. All those words describe Paper Ghosts, the newest suspense novel from author Julia Haeberlin. With its unique plot and enigmatic characters, this book is one that pulls the reader in – and doesn’t let them back out till they’ve finished the last page. T ...

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An Honorable Seduction

Summer loving will soon be upon us. The days are warming up, the nights are getting hotter and it is at such times that every reader’s mind turns towards the ultimate vacation accessory: the perfect beach read. An Honorable Seduction, with its Florida beachside location, talk of cruise ships and d ...

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Obscura

Fans of fast paced, action-based science fiction novels will find a lot to enjoy in Obscura. The tale of a spooky ship, a creepy mystery and a stalwart heroine, this book is a quick and easy read. It begins with an accident. Gillian Ryan is in the car with her husband when the culmination of the ...

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Dread Nation

If you read only one YA novel this year, make it Dread Nation. Part Zombie Land, part Django Unchained, channeling a bit of The Hunger Games and also something wholly original, this is a tale of what happens when the undead rise while America’s race war rages. The Civil War is over. But not bec ...

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Then She Was Gone

I’ve been looking forward to Ms. Jewell’s Then She Was Gone since I finished the last page of her stellar I Found You. It did not disappoint. A tale of a missing girl, a mother’s shattered life and the gradual rebuilding of a family, this twisting, turning mystery will have you reading into th ...

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Bury What We Cannot Take

Our immigration system is a hot topic in the news lately and it seems like personal accounts of success and failure by people who come to this great land are broadcast by our media on a regular basis. Bury What We Cannot Take is a story of immigration which moves the issue to a historical context; i ...

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The Tea Master and the Detective

The concept of human immortality achieved through combining man and machine has always fascinated me, so when I saw The Tea Master and the Detective, I was eager to read it. The tale of a thinking ship and a young woman solving a crime in outer space, this unique story challenges the perception that ...

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Too Close to Breathe

Fans of police procedurals such as The Killing, The Fall, and most especially Prime Suspect will find a lot to love in Olivia Kiernan’s Too Close to Breathe. A tale of a cat and mouse game between an embattled Detective Chief Superintendent and a clever, psychotic killer it is exactly the kind of ...

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Murder Notes

Cop movies are notorious for not presenting the realities of policing. Instead, they have a tendency to show a misfit loner or two solving cases that procedure would have prevented them from ever clearing and thus triumphing over ‘the system’.  While the American police force has come increasin ...