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Posted by on 27 Mar, 2022 in Bestseller, Canberra Weekly, Classic PI, Crime, Romance, Thriller | 0 comments



Canberra Weekly, 24 March 2022

This week in the Canberra Weekly I review three books for a good autumn read!

The Match by Harlan Coben (Century)

Harlan Coben is arguably the most entertaining thriller writer currently doing the rounds of popular fiction. His books always unfurl with consummate ease and are guaranteed to produce several good surprises and unexpected twists.

His latest, The Match, is another very enjoyable read. In the Canberra Weekly I said:

“Harlan Coben can always be relied upon to provide good entertainment, whether it is a novel or one of his Netflix adaptations. The Match is a follow-up to his highly successful The Boy From The Woods, and follows Wilde, the titular boy from the woods, as he tries to find out who his family is. A match on a DNA database puts him on the trail of a close relative, but things take a nasty turn when the person disappears, and a murder occurs.

This is another fast paced, enjoyable tale by Coben, with plenty of twists and turns and unexpected detours. Recommended.”

I also did a longer spoiler-free review a couple of weeks ago:

Hideout by Louisa Luna (Text)

Louisa Luna is an under-appreciated author whose work deserves a wider audience. Her latest, Hideout (Text), is a well crafted and powerful crime novel that deals with some serious issues, while also providing a good dose of entertainment. She is certainly well worth a read!

In the Canberra Weekly I said:

“Also offering plenty of surprises and a growing sense of suspense is Hideout by Louisa Luna.

PI Alice Vega is hired to track down Zeb Williams, who famously ran off a football field in 1984 and disappeared. Over the years Zeb has attracted a cult following and Alice heads to the small American town where he was last seen. Once there she becomes caught up in the activities of a white supremacist group who are also after Zeb.

This is a well written and gripping crime novel that entertains while also shining a bright light on the dark underbelly of American society.”

Summer At Kangaroo Ridge by Nicole Hurley-Moore (Allen & Unwin)

Finally, those who like Australian rural romances will keenly appreciate Summer At Kangaroo Ridge by popular author Nicole Hurley-Moore (Allen & Unwin). Set in the Victorian bushland, and featuring an engaging local community, it is a good slice of uplifting fun.

In the Canberra Weekly I said:

“Popular rural author Nicole Hurley-Moore returns with another ‘feel good’ novel set in the Victorian countryside.

As teenagers, twins Sebastian and Tamara Carrington had to step up and look after their younger siblings following their parents’ sudden death. In the eight years since, the twins have grown apart while managing the family pub in the small town of Kangaroo Ridge. Wracked by guilt, and in a secret relationship, Tam is looking for change, but first she has to reconnect with her brother. A good mixture of romance and family drama, Summer At Kangaroo Ridge is sure to appeal to Nicole’s many fans.”

So, some very entertaining books to while away an autumn weekend with.

Thanks to the publishers and the Canberra Weekly for the books.

The weekly reviews can also be seen on the Canberra Weekly site:

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