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The Good Liar

April 5, 2017

A novel by Nicholas Searle that stands out amongst a host of titles that have lie, lying or liar in the title. It's had mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it immensely. Catch up with the detail on

Doctor Foster - second series

I couldn't pass the need to register my disgust at the quality of the second series of a story line which many enjoyed when the first series was released.  Here's the take I posted on the BBC web site.

'Sequels - like Marmite, aren't they? I suffered all five episodes and, quite honestly, you should not have bothered. I found the plot unrealistic in the extreme, the introduction of the new bit characters little more than gratuitous and the script - well, I felt genuinely sorry for the actors having to mouth all that trite nonsense.

You do something really worthwhile and then trash the whole concept with a badly conceived second series. Please don't tell me you are going to write another.'

I guess the BBC listened. There will be no more.

Ginny Moon

I dare you to read this novel as told by a young teenage girl with autism without shedding a tear in sorrow or frustration at the gut-wrenching crisis which Ginny finds herself in as she strives to rediscover the life she knew as a child. It is magnificently drawn by Benjamin Ludwig who deserves all the credit he has received for this debut novel. I am jealous of his extraordinary talent.

Kill The Father

I'm a keen fan of Audible and listening to books whenever the opportunity presents itself. This translation of  Sandrone Dazieri's novel, narrated by Cassandra Campbell. It's a classic thriller in the sense of two dysfunctional individuals struggling against the odds and, often, themselves to solve the case of a double homicide with very personal overtones. The plot is good - a little too long for me and should have finished fifty pages earlier - and gripping. Narration becomes a little grating at times, but it's a novel that's well worth a listen or a read.

The Nowhere Man - Orphan X

I'm a big fan of  Gregg Hurwitz and his tough guy, Orphan X series. The man with a special help line who is always one step ahead of his would-be agressors in his efforts to sort out other people's problems. It's a corny old theme, but Hurfwitz serves it up in a very fresh, easily digestable format and with Scott Brick's excellent narration, easy on the ear and not to challenging for the intellect.

Geoff​ Cook