3rd June 2015 | Books
28th May 2015 | Books
‘Hidden’ is the latest book by former police psychologist Emma Kavanagh (‘Falling’). The story is told from two perspectives, Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy and psychologist Imogen and follows the journey to discover where a gunman is and who his next target will be. Where is he? He’s hidden in plain sight.
Written with knowledge and depth (considering Kavanagh’s background, you would expect that from a book with this plot), ‘Hidden’ starts off with a bang catching the readers attention instantly. Although the book starts at the end (with the gunman ‘randomly’ shooting in a hospital), Kavanagh does a good job to keep the readers guessing through-out the entire book. There are plenty of heart pounding moments drawing you straight into the story, it can easily be read in two days (although, you’ll be so gripped that not much else will happen during those days for you!)
There’s a strong plot, lots of twists and a surprise ending – the perfect mixture for a crime/investigation book of this type. It’s emotive, elegantly constructive and addictive. A must read.
(Written with the assistance of Sophie Tourick)
4th April 2015 | Books
Recently I had the pleasure to attend an interview with Jennifer Niven by W!ZARD Radio Station. It was so interesting to hear how Jennifer came about writing this book. In addition, I also got a signed copy of the book!
All The Bright Places is a book about two suicidal students – Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. They are both depressed, however Finch’s depression is possibly an illness which stemmed from his violent relationship with his father, and Violet’s is more of a side effect of the loss of her sister in a car accident. The catchphrase of the book is “the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die”. I find this particularly interesting as many people have compared this book to things such a The Fault in our Stars and My Sister’s Keeper. However, I find that although there are similarities, this book unlike the others is #veryrealisticYA.
Niven manages to write about teenagers who are facing difficulties very well, and like a good book does, she helps us feel like we’ve known these characters for a long time.
Even the subplots within the book, which I won’t spoil, merge into the book really well, creating a very intricate story. As young adults, depression, suicide and other mental illnesses is very common, with 3 people in every classroom suffering from one. However, there is a stigma surrounding this.
We tend to label and victimise those, who through no fault of their own, have this illness and ultimately push them to the brink, especially as sometimes counsellors and parents may not help.
Jennifer Nivern is a very talented writer as this book would by the end have you crying as well as wishing you knew Theodore Finch.…