Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Every Breath  has been described a smart, sexy and fast-paced……with the reader is hooked from the first page.


download (34)Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.

James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who’s also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He’s even harder to resist when he’s up close and personal – and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.

When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer’s trail, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

Sizzling chemistry and urban intrigue combine in this thriller from a fresh, exciting new talent.

‘I loved this book. It’s quirky and real, fast-paced and full of great characters. Mycroft and Watts are smart, sexy, flawed detectives. The tension between them is electric. I was hooked from the first page.’ – Cath Crowley, author of Graffiti Moon

Every Breath has also been nominated in both the 2014 Davitt Awards for Australian Women’s Crime Writing (Best YA and Best Debut Book categories), and the Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, (First Fiction category).


September 12, 2014 Posted by | Crime, Mystery, Relationships | | Leave a comment

The Killing woods by Lucy Christopher

The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of Stolen…..this book has been described as hard to put down and stunningly gripping!

Dangerous games are played at night………

Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary, the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.


May 5, 2014 Posted by | Mystery, Relationships, Suspense, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt

In Mari Jungstedt’s spine-tingling novel, The Dead of Summer, the most isolated island in the Baltic Sea, Gotska Sandön, north of Gotland, serves as the setting for her perfect crime story!

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The fifth in the Gotland series is not only well up to standard, but it is a good entry-point for those who have not read the earlier books. The main themes of the novels concern Anders Knutas and his colleagues of the Gotland police; and Johann Berg, a reporter for local TV who usually becomes involved in the same cases as Knutas but from the journalist’s perspective, leading to tensions but also to cooperation that has helped to solve crimes on previous occasions. The men’s personal lives also form a significant chunk of the narrative.

THE DEAD OF SUMMER is a classic tale. A family man goes running early one morning and is later found shot dead on the beach. Knutas is on a rare holiday so his deputy, Karin Jacobssen, begins the investigation, as usual enrolling the assistance of the Swedish national crime squad from the mainland. After 24 hours, though, Knutas is back, unable to leave his colleagues to themselves. Karin is not too happy about this apparent vote of no confidence, but is conflicted about Knutas, who has left his wife and children to continue their holiday so is temporarily single.

The police investigation is getting nowhere, but Johann and his photographer Pia are working on the story, too. They seem at first to make more progress than the police, but their efforts also seem to lead nowhere. For quite a long section of the book, we therefore follow the characters’ personal lives: Johann’s failed relationship with Emma and attraction to a colleague, and the strange tensions between Knutas and Karin. I enjoyed these themes, but if you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, this novel is not it. Eventually, the action is kick-started by two events: that of the docking of a Russian tanker whose crew are suspected of various types of illegal activities; but more crucially, a second murder. At this point, Knutas knows that he has to find a link between the two victims and the crime is likely to be solved. Readers, however, have had the opportunity to put the story together long before the police or the journalists, because we have information denied to both of them. Hence, the resolution of the crime plot is not a surprise, but the final chapters are brought to life by Karin and the inadvertent revealing of her own mysterious past that coincides with the denouement.

Review by 

Maxine Clarke http://www.eurocrime.co.uk/reviews/The_Dead_of_Summer.html

October 18, 2013 Posted by | Crime, Mystery, Scandinavian crime | Leave a comment

How to Fall by Jane Casey

The first unputdownable YA crime thriller from bestselling author Jane Casey


Freya is found drowned – but was it suicide or murder? Her cousin, Jess Tennant, is determined to uncover the truth. But asking questions may prove deadly – anyone could be a suspect and everyone is hiding something…

Can Jess unravel a mystery involving secret love, seething jealousy and a cliff-top in the pitch black of night .

This book was totally captivating from the first line to the last. Unlike books with a similar storyline, this book was so unpredictable and had me guessing what was about to happen up until the last page and when I reached it, i was reluctant to finish the book. I do not have a bad word to say about this book! Reviewed by Megan Charvill  GOOD READS

August 2, 2013 Posted by | Mystery, Suspense | | Leave a comment

Velocity by Steve Worland

Do you love reading Matthew Reilly books? Are you looking for a book that will leave you on the edge of your seat and has more thrills than a Mission Impossible movie. Then Velocity is the book for you!

The MAN – an astronaut who has lost his mojo.

The MISSION – to seek and destroy a hijacked space shuttle.

The CARGO – enough weapons grade Uranium-235 to irradiate Manhattan.

The STAKES – the woman he loves and the fate of a city.

Strap in for the ride of your life as Velocity blasts off at mach speed. From NASA’s Cape Canaveral to the Central Australian desert, screenwriter Steve Worland’s debut thriller sets a heart-stopping pace.

A cast of brilliant characters combined with explosive action make this hugely enjoyable novel a genuine blockbuster.

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November 15, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Mystery | | Leave a comment

Red by Libby Gleeson

This gripping story weaves natural disaster with suspenseful thriller, all through a character who doesn’t even remember her full name.

Mud. In her mouth, her nose, her eyes. Mud in her hair and caked on her neck and her arms. Mud filling her shoes and seeping through her clothes. She coughed, spat, tried to clear her throat.
“What’s your name?” the voice said again.
Red can’t answer. She can’t remember the cyclone. She doesn’t remember her name, where she lived, who her family might be. What can she do to find out who she is and where she belongs? Is there anyone she can trust to help her?   Good Reads

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June 1, 2012 Posted by | Mystery, Suspense | | Leave a comment

Revived by Cat Patrick

When the stakes are life and death, someone’s going to get hurt! 


As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.

For readers who enjoyed Kat Patrick’s first novel Forgotten and those who loved reading the intriguing  The Adoration of  Jenna Fox than Revive will be one for you.

May 21, 2012 Posted by | Mystery, Relationships, Science Fiction | | Leave a comment

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

“Utterly engaging. From the very first page it is a hugely involving read ……. a heartbreaker: tragic, funny, intensely moving” Spectator

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is convinced that his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. He embarkes on an urgent secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. 
 Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things  that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet.

This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey. It takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.

Review by Good Reads

April 27, 2012 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Mystery | | Leave a comment

Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt

Ugly People don’t have feelings. They’re not like everyone else. They don’t notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it won’t hurt them. They’re not like real people. or that’s what I used to think.        


After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street, every time she looks in the mirror, makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan.

Ryan’s a traveller. When he and his mother moor their narrow boat on the outskirts of a village, she tells him this time it will be different. He doesn’t believe her; he can’t imagine why this place shouldn’t be as unwelcoming as the rest. Until he meets Jenna.

But as Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found..                                                                                                                                                                                                 review by Good Reads

April 27, 2012 Posted by | Mystery, Relationships | | Leave a comment

Crescent Dawn by Clive and Dirk Cussler

Packed with breathtaking suspense and fired by an extraordinary imagination, Crescent Dawn is a barnstorming read for all fans of action, suspense and intrigue –  Dirk Pitt returns for another  adventure!

In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out, as Roman artifacts discovered in Turkey and Israel unnervingly connect to the rise of a fundamentalist movement determined to restore the glory of the Ottoman Empire, and to the existence of a mysterious “manifest,” lost long ago, which if discovered again…just may change the history of the world as we know it.  Review by Good Reads

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February 23, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Mystery, Suspense | Leave a comment