Reading roundup 02/12/20

This week’s post is about two books which I have enjoyed reading. I am also half-way through a third. All this is thanks to our County Library Service – they are really expanding their ebook catalogue.

Absolute Proof by Peter James

The first book was Absolute Proof by Peter James. Here is the blurb:

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

“I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.”

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence…

I enjoyed the book and awarded it three stars on the Goodreads website. Four stars are given to really good books and as for five stars? Well, I only award the full five for a book that makes me go “Wow!” (or even “Aargh!”, or “Eek!). Anyway, this is my Goodreads review:

Absolute ProofAbsolute Proof by Peter James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think that, if I had realised that the book was so very long, I wouldn’t have started it! Whilst I became quite engrossed by some parts of the story, I think the book could have been cut by up to a third. That would have tightened up the pace of the plot considerably.

I am really not a religious person, but that side of the tale was very intriguing even if over-done at times. There were nicely written twists and turns and a good ending.

Last of all: the choice of cover design was poor. It gave the impression that a large chunk of the action would take place in Egypt or that hieroglyphics would be important. That is not so! There was an exciting piece of action, but not enough to use such a misleading image.

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Better to Rest by Dana Stabenow

Those visitors to this blog who follow this weekly reading post, may have noticed that I am enjoying Dana Stabenow’s work. So, this next book won’t come as any surprise. Her fourth book in the Liam Campbell series is Better to Rest and that was my second book of the week. Here we have the blurb:

A party of hunters stumbles upon a desiccated human hand, a feisty grandmother meets an untimely death in her own kitchen, and the broken remains of a World War II-era transport plane emerge from the face of a calving glacier. It’s all in a day’s work for Sergeant Liam Campbell of the Alaska State Troopers. And 60 years ago is like yesterday.

Liam had his hands clenched around the edge of his seat and with every muscle strained upward, keeping that plane in the sky. Oh, God yes, anything but down, please, please. I’ll never get drunk again, I’ll do all of Miranda every single time no matter how the Supreme Court rules, I’ll marry and settle down and live a nice, quiet life, just please don’t let this plane go down with me on board.

But when he risked a glance out the window, down seemed to be coming up very fast indeed, and now he cursed the light of the moon that so clearly illuminated the river beneath them.

I am finding this series perfect for my present mood: exciting enough to keep me reading, well-written and interesting characters, with a great setting. This is what I wrote on Goodreads:

Better To Rest (Liam Campbell, #4)Better To Rest by Dana Stabenow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the book, especially the great opening chapter. Lots of the longer story arcs of the series were resolved – did the author intend to finish it here? I know there is another books, so I suppose she will open up some new avenues for her main characters.

The mysteries at the heart of the book were, however, not quite so well written for me. The resolution came along rather suddenly with some details left open. Although maybe that was either intentional or my own fault with memory issues.

Anyway, I have had a good time with these characters and the amazing setting and hope that I can read more books in this series.

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Platform Seven by Louise Doughty

When I have finished writing this post, I will return to my latest book: Platform Seven by Louise Doughty. It is freaking me out a bit and I will tell you why in next week’s Reading Roundup!

Until then, Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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