The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit is a nostalgic, quietly
suspenseful read that takes place in 1976 at a falling-out-of-fashion
British working class seaside holiday resort. In his summer job as a
striped-blazer-wearing entertainment staff person, twenty year old
University student David becomes aware of the class and racial
tensions embroiled in the changing British Culture. A dangerous love
affair, illusion, psychological mind games, and haunting sightings of
a man and boy on the beach culminate in a summer of heat, acceptance,
and a swarm of ladybugs.
Though I don’t often read thrillers, I burned through this one. Set in present-day underworld London, a wrongfully-charged murder and the low road of pharmaceutical licensing underpin a suspenseful plot. The characters are well-imagined, and Boyd’s prose style is fabulous. I am on the hunt for all work by this author.
Justin and Angela Kennedy are doing fine. Better than fine-they have wealth, position, love, children, and a limitless future. Into their lives comes Frankie Crowe, an ambitious criminal tired of risking his life for small change. Together with a crew of singularly dangerous men, Frankie decides that a kidnapping could be the first step toward a better life. Set in modern Dublin, Little Criminals is a story that bristles with tension and expectation, a story about what happens to the fragile things-friendship, love, compassion-when all rules are broken. If you like the gritty, working class Dublin crime novels, you’ll love Kerrigan. He has three books. Little Criminals, Midnight Choir, and, most recently, Rage.
Gone Girl is one of those books that manages to be a thrilling mystery as well as a searing comment on our media-driven, reality TV-obsessed society. When Amy Dunne goes missing from her home, the number one suspect is, of course, her husband, Nick. The compelling tale is told in the alternating voices of Amy and Nick, the first half of Amy's narration in the form of diary entries. Gone Girl is the story of a marriage gone horribly wrong, presented to us by characters that have very conflicting points of view, and is also a rarity in the fact that, as more light is shed on the mystery, the suspense only rachets up tighter and tighter until the book's heartstopping ending. If only Hitchcock were still around to film it!