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    Hello Darkness – Anthony McGown

    “I was sitting on the can when it all kicked off. Third cubicle from the wall. You could be pretty sure of finding me there at 11.30 on a Tuesday morning. That’s because 11.30 on a Tuesday morning meant double maths, and even the sour tang in the boys’ pissoire beat the heck out of quadratic equations, and the stale pleasure of speculating about whether Mr McHale would be wearing the brown safari jacket with the red food stains, or the red jacket with brown stains.” Johnny Middleton’s school can only be described as a detention centre, you’d call it hell but even hell can’t compare. Run under the dictatorship…

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    Killing Rachel – Anne Cassidy

    ***Please Note, Killing Rachel is the second in the Murder Notebooks series and this review may contain slight spoilers for the previous book, Dead Time***“Rose was hiding. It was dark and cold and she was in a shop doorway staring at two people across the road. The street was busy and a stream of people passed without noticing her, wrapped up against the cold night air.” Rose and Joshua are still looking for their parents. Since their disappearance five years ago they know a number of things, but the police are still telling them that their parents are dead, the case is closed. But when Rose is contacted by a…

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    Crusher – Niall Leonard

    “It was a bit early for someone to be banging on the front door. I hurried down the stairs, hair still dripping from the shower, and turned the latch. ‘Sorry, son, locked myself out,’ said Dad, shivering as he stepped in. He’d been out in his slippers, I noticed. I wondered why, until I saw the TV trade mag folded in his hand, and my heart sank.” Finns father was an out of work actor, trying to write his first screenplay, they had their differences and struggled for money but they were still close. Until Finn comes home from work to find his father at the dining table, murdered. Finn…

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    Dark Eyes – William Richter

    “Valentina stirred awake and found Mrs Ivanova leaning over here bed, gently squeezing her shoulder.  ‘Shh, little one,’ Mrs Ivanova said in her most quiet whisper. Valentina could smeel sweet tea on the old woman’s breath. ‘Come along.’  Valentina smiled, sitll half-asleep, and slid out from beneath the covers as quietly as she could, careful not to wake the other children with the sound of her squeaky bed. With Mrs. Ivanova’s help, Valentina put on her robe and slippers and padded silently out of the room.” Born in Russia and raised in an orphanage for five years, Wallis Stoneman can’t remember much of her life before Claire and Jason adopted…

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    Envy – Gregg Olsen

    “Water gushed out of the corroded faucet into the chipped, porcelain tub, pooling at the bottom with a few tangled strands of long brown hair. The water was easily 120 degrees. So hot that Katelyn Berkley could hardly stand to dip her painted green toenails into it. The scalding water instantly turned her pale skin mottled shades of crimson.” When Katelyn Berkley is found dead in her bathtub the small town of Port Gamble everyone suspects suicide, that’s what the rumour mill carries at least. But twin sisters Hayley and Taylor Ryan believe different, they weren’t close to Katelyn but that’s because she’d pushed them away – they were all…