I have a type: books with psychological twists (or angles) these days, and I have two this week. However, I am ruthless about them and have no trouble ditching some if they lose my interest. But, I’m getting on my soap box there. This week’s book recommendations also has a historical crime novel in 1930s Australia — I know, how’d that get on there, especially from me?! I’m still trying to figure that out myself to be honest.
The Boy that Never Was: This is a story of the loss of a child, of a father who is so consumed by the loss of his son, he is delusional — again — or, someone kidnapped his son when his parents thought him dead in a building collapse. Good right? Sounds like it’s guaranteed to mess with your perceptions. What is intriguing, is Karen Perry the author is really authors Karen Gillece and Paul Perry.
Touch: This is half sci-fi, half procedural. Kepler jumps bodies — he (or she, because that’s no clear) — is a Ghost: someone with the ability to jump from body to body, inhabiting them for seconds or years. And then, one of the hosts dies, and Kepler decides to investigate the murder. It’s the jumping bodies that gets to me — remember that Denzel Washington movie, Fallen? That creeped me out as does this book. Naturally, I want to read it, lol!
Give the Devil His Due: This is by Australian author Sulari Gentill, and is book 7 of her Rowland Sinclair series. This is why it’s on here though: the series is set in 1930s Australia, and is described as able to be read as part of the series, or as a standalone. So, here’s a series I can legit get hooked on from book 7 and not worry about books 1-6. I hope. I HOPE.
YOLO Shakespeare: Shakespeare for the smartphone generation is the most fantastic thing ever. Don’t get me wrong, I hate textspeak, but the idea of Shakespeare — isn’t that funny? Naturally, people hate it (see link), I just think it’s hilarious.
When we were Romans: Narrated by a young boy, this tells the story of a family’s escape — to Rome — from a father, who the mother believes is spying on them. But, in Rome, Lawrence begins to realise something is amiss. Here we have a kid’s POV, but there’s a psychological twist looming, I think.
Shakespeare in textspeak still cracks me up, and I can’t hate that sort of funny and creativity! Having just finished a book set in 1960s Australia that I surprisingly enjoyed, I am more open to books in the historical genre like Give the Devil his due. Touch is hitting all my sci-fi buttons right now, and The Boy that Never Was looks so promising! Which is your favourite?