Wolf In White Van [with Audiobook Extract]

This cover’s a bit trippy but I like it.

John Darnielle
Published 28th October 2014

Thank you to the publisher for
providing this book in exchange
for an honest review. This did not
alter my review in any way.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio for providing
the audio clip at the bottom of this review.

scroll down for audiobook extract from ‘wolf of white van’

Wow. This book has just – surprised me. I just – wow. I’ve been reading so many good books and giving out such favourable reviews lately you guys are going to think I’m getting soft. But this one, it is really good.

It is also very different. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, instead it was something much better, something intriguing, suspenseful and unlike anything else I have ever read. And it just left me wondering, trying to turn over such an unfathomable thing in my mind.

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One Kick

One Kick

Author: Chelsea Cain
Series: Kick Lannigan, Book 1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Star Rating: 4/5
Date Read: August 19th to 20th, 2014
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

After spending six years in the care of a criminal, Kick Lannigan is rescued from the paedophilic movie maker at age twelve. She is confused, doesn’t remember much about the time before her kidnapping and worse, she doesn’t know where her loyalties lie. After countless therapy sessions and a multitude of therapists, the cop who rescued her suggests she take up self-defence. Before long, Kick has learnt it all. Then out of the blue, a man appears in her apartment and asks for her assistance in the case of a missing child. He’s not police, but he thinks Kick can help. Soon Kick is plunged back into a world she thought she had left behind.

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The Protected

The Protected

Author: Claire Zorn
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Star Rating: 5/5
Date Read: July 1st to 2nd, 2014
Read Count: 1
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Hannah’s family is broken. Her mum is depressed, her dad injured and her sister? Her sister Katie was killed in the same accident that split the family in little broken parts. Since the accident, once the well-wishers were gone, Hannah has been ignored by everyone, even those who tormented her for years before Katie’s death. The relief at finally being left alone is eating at Hannah as she struggles to remember what happened during the accident. She is struggling by herself, until Josh comes along. Josh sees her as more than just the dead girl’s sister that everyone else tiptoes around. For the first time in years, Hannah may actually have a friend, if only she is willing to open herself up.

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Trust and Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue

Editor: Day Al-Mohamed and Meriah L. Crawford
Publisher: Dark Quest Books
Star Rating: 3/5
Date Read: July 3rd to 7th, 2014
Thank you to the publishers for providing this ebook in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter my review in any way.

Trust and Treachery is an anthology of short stories, showing some of the best and worst of human nature. Stories of betrayal and mislaid trust abound in this collection that spans across a variety of authors, genres and worlds. One moment you are reading about intergalactic space travel between planets and the relations between their inhabitants, the next the double life of a travelling salesman. This book has got it all, providing something for everyone. But individually, it will probably only have a little for you. Continue reading

The Global Suitcase

Author: Mary J. Dinan
Publisher: New Holland
Star Rating: 2/5
Date Read: April 30th to May 5th, 2014
Thank you to Goodreads and New Holland publishers for providing me with a copy of this book.

I love to travel and I love to read about travel in all its forms. I love journeys into the unknown and I love exploring my own backyard. You would think this book, a collection of interviews with people who have done exactly that, would suit me perfectly. You would be wrong.

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Writing Clementine

Author: Kate Gordon
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Star Rating: 5/5
Date Read: April 20th to 21st, 2014
Read Count: 1
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Writing Clementine is the coming-of-age story of Clementine Darcy, who just doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere. She’s not interested in boys and fashion like her friends, and her family does not feel as whole as it did before. In a series of letters to her teacher for a class project, she explores what it’s like to be herself when she doesn’t know who she is.

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13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession

Author: M. Dolon Hickman
Publisher: Rehoboam Press
Star Rating: 4/5
Date Read: March 28th to 31st, 2014
Thank you to LibraryThing and the publishers, Rehoboam Press, for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession is not for the faint of heart. It is gritty, presenting images to the reader that they will never want to see for themselves. It points fingers unashamedly. And reading it, you feel like it speaks a truth that has been covered up for some time, despite the fact that this particular story is fiction.

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