Pick up a crime novel

Book Hook draft

If you’re looking for something new to read that gives you a bit of relief from your studies….

In this Book Hook post, our Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student and Staff Experience, Anne-Marie Kilday, offers some suggestions. Her role as  Professor of Criminal History informs her choices…

The Dry by Jane Harper

Although I read this book quite recently, it has shot into the list of my favourite books because I just couldn’t put it down and read the whole thing in a couple of hours. The story is great and the characters are so well formed throughout. It was a nail-biting, cliff-hanger of a story and I loved it!

The Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

This is a fantastically thrilling crime novel and I was so impressed to learn that this was Bauer’s debut novel. A real page turner which takes you through a whole range of emotions reading it. Some of the subject matter makes for uncomfortable reading but it was a gripping read right until the end!

Smonk by Tom Franklin

I love Tom Franklin and have read all of his books several times. It is a pity that he doesn’t write more, but quality over quantity works for me! I could have chosen any of his books as the others would probably make my top ten, but I chose Smonk because it is the only book I have read where when I got to the end, I immediately started reading it again the whole thing all over again right away. The content and plot is certainly not for the faint-hearted though, and probably should come with some sort of health-warning!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I was a bit of an emotional wreck after reading this but I thoroughly revelled in the beautiful writing which completely pulled me in to this story set in South Carolina in the 1960s. It isn’t a complicated plot as such, but it is a book that makes me laugh out loud and it makes me cry. p.s. It is not a book about bees!

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

A classic. Great characters and a great plot with a horrible ending you won’t forget. What’s not to like?!

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