Balcony/Garden/Park Reads: Sharp Objects By: Gillian Flynn, Bellevue Square By: Michael Redhill and Resurrection Bay By: Emma Viskic

If you are feeling hard pressed to pick up a thriller of sorts from your local bookstore for the weekend, I recommend the following delicious reads to sink your teeth into.

Sharp Objects By:  Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/50613/sharp-objects-by-gillian-flynn/9780525575740/

Review:

I had high hopes for Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – especially after the dessert of ‘Gone Girl’ is still on my palate. Flynn has an impeccable way of drawing you in as a reader and delivering the most finite detail.  You can’t help but begin to put together the puzzle of the crime and its characters instantly within the first chapter of the novel.  Murky, dark and small town vibes with big town crimes – a quick read if you need a suspense filled kick.

Bellevue Square By: Michael Redhill

*Winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize*

Jean Mason has a doppelganger. She’s never seen her, but others swear they have. Apparently, her identical twin hangs out in Kensington Market, where she sometimes buys churros and drags an empty shopping cart down the streets, like she’s looking for something to put in it. Jean’s a grown woman with a husband and two kids, as well as a thriving bookstore in downtown Toronto, and she doesn’t rattle easily—not like she used to. But after two customers insist they’ve seen her double, Jean decides to investigate.

She begins at the crossroads of Kensington Market: a city park called Bellevue Square. Although she sees no one who looks like her, it only takes a few visits to the park for her to become obsessed with the possibility of encountering her twin in the flesh. With the aid of a small army of locals who hang around in the park, she expands her surveillance, making it known she’ll pay for information or sightings. A peculiar collection of drug addicts, scam artists, philanthropists, philosophers and vagrants—the regulars of Bellevue Square—are eager to contribute to Jean’s investigation. But when some of them start disappearing, she fears her alleged double has a sinister agenda. Unless Jean stops her, she and everyone she cares about will face a fate much stranger than death.

Review:

Dive into Bellevue Square and let it take you on a tour of Trinity Bellwood’s, Kensington Market and several of your favourite chill Toronto haunts. You will also be tasked to unravel a nail biting tale that is sure to keep you wondering who Jean’s doppelganger, Ingrid Fox, is and where this wicked caper is truly leading us.

As clinicians our spidey senses will go up as we encounter themes of confusion, science fiction and some deep seeded mental health issues/clues. Keep your chin up – it only gets worse as we start to slide down the rabbit hole with Jean all within a familiar cityscape that is the 6ix.

Bellevue Square is an easy read and will be sure to make you question if what you are reading is based in reality or indeed a ghost story.

Pick up this first of a planned triptych by Michael Redhill and try out a different type of creepy story to enjoy on your dinner break in the quiet room of your choosing. Boo!

https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/

9781782273622

Resurrection Bay By: Emma Viskic

The acclaimed debut thriller from Australia’s most exciting new crime writing talent.

The 2nd Caleb Zelic title, AND FIRE CAME DOWN, will be published October, 2018, and the author is already writing a 3rd installment.

Caleb Zelic can’t hear you but he sees everything.

CALEB ZELIC IS ON THE HUNT FOR HIS FRIEND’S KILLER

Caleb Zelic’s childhood friend has been brutally murdered – fingers broken, throat slit – at his home in Melbourne. Tortured by guilt, Caleb vows to track down the killer. But he’s profoundly deaf; missed words and misread lips can lead to confusion, and trouble.

HE NEVER FORGETS A FACE

Fortunately, Caleb knows how to read people; a sideways glance, an unconvincing smile, speak volumes. When his friend Frankie, a former cop, offers to help, they soon discover the killer is on their tail.

IT MIGHT JUST SAVE HIS LIFE

Sensing that his ex-wife may also be in danger, Caleb insists they return to their hometown of Resurrection Bay. But here he learns that everyone – including his murdered friend – is hiding something. And the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets…?

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/562499/resurrection-bay-by-emma-viskic/9781782273622/

Review:

A different kind of crime fiction told with a true Aussie lens. Resurrection Bay reads like The Wire television series.  It is brimming with those ‘duh duh duh’ moments while also slowly unveiling clues to riddles at the end of every chapter like an old school crime thriller would.  Play close attention – Resurrection Bay can quickly be digested but also has some interesting layers to it that may require you to go back and re-read if you aren’t careful.

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