Guardian book reviews by Laura Wilson

February 2017

The first novel written in English by Romanian author E.O. Chirovici is a sophisticated take, complete with framing devices and plenty of mind games, on a simple whodunit. The Book of Mirrors (Century, £12.99) begins when New York literary agent Peter Katz receives an unfinished manuscript dealing with the events leading up to the unsolved […]

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December 2016

Parched and crackling after a two-year drought, the Australian town of Kiewarra is the highly combustible setting for Jane Harper’s first novel The Dry (Little, Brown, £12.99). Nature isn’t the only thing that’s dangerous in this small town in the middle of nowhere – when policeman Aaron Falk returns from Melbourne to attend the funeral […]

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November 2016

Darktown, by Thomas Mullen (Little, Brown, £16.99) is set in Atlanta, Georgia, which, in 1948, was a place where black lives didn’t matter – at least, not to the white authorities. They have, however, just hired their first black officers. Tasked with policing the ‘coloured’ neighbourhoods, the eight men find themselves in the impossible position […]

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September 2016

Val McDermid’s thirtieth novel, Out of Bounds (Little, Brown, £18.99) is the fourth to feature DCI Karen Pirie, head of Police Scotland’s Historic Cases Unit. When a teenage joyrider ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a close familial match to the perpetrator of an unsolved murder that took place in 1996. […]

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July 2016

American author Alexandra Oliva’s debut novel, The Last One (Michael Joseph, £9.99), is a high-concept, high-octane affair that sets out its stall on the first page: wilderness-survival reality TV meets global pandemic. Eager for one last adventure before settling down to start a family, ‘Zoo’, as she is nicknamed by the producers, joins eleven others […]

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