Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason | Bodies in the Back Yard

Three Graves Full is an inventive and well-written thriller with plenty of surprising twists, some humor and a good dash of horror. There is almost a Gothic element as the drama unfolds while bodies are excavated from Jason Getty’s garden.

There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.”

Three Graves Full grabs the reader from the first sentence,

Mason’s characters are well drawn. The plot is good and for the most part the pace and drama of the story holds the reader’s interest.

Be warned that it gets a little gory now and then. And the writing style makes is easy to imagine the scenes being depicted.

Interestingly, Mason also explores  ideas such as  “the liar’s margin” — that space where memories are stored that is delineated not by what happened, or how or where it happened — but by why. It is interesting ideas like this that, for me, make Mason one to watch out for in the future.

Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason is published by Gallery Books. ISBN9781451685039 Price US$24.99 (hardback). (Disclosure: a free review copy was made available via

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl , Gillian Flynn’s latest novel, has been one of the hits of summer 2012. A dark psychological thriller, Gone Girl tells the story of Nick and Amy — a married couple celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy mysteriously disappears.

Alternate chapters reveal the story from the point of view of each of the two main characters and the challenge for the reader of Gone Girl lies in working out who and what to believe since it soon becomes clear that one or other — probably both — of the narrators is unreliable.

Gillian Flynn draws strong, believable characters and spins an intricate and engrossing tale built around age-old themes of revenge, manipulation and the battle of the sexes.

Gone Girl is a nicely structured novel with satisfying short chapters and great chapter endings. This is an engrossing read that should appeal to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was first published in 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson / Orion Publishing. I purchased the Kindle edition on ISBN: 978 0 297 85940 6.

If you like Gone Girl, you might also like The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.


Fear the worst by Linwood Barclay

Fear the Worst is a thriller by the international best selling author, Linwood Barclay.

If you like a pacy page turner then Linwood Barclay’s novels are worth a look. His earlier books include No Time for Goodbye and Too Close to Home which are both good reads and this one, Fear the Worst, is up to the same standard.

Father’s quest to find daughter

Barclay’s characters are well drawn and his plots are complex and interesting. Fear the Worst is the story of a father’s quest to find his 17-year-old daughter who goes missing one morning after they had an argument about a pair of sunglasses. The father is particularly well drawn and we get a lot of insight into his relationships with the daughter, his former wife and his work colleagues. Peripheral characters like his paranoid girlfriend are also well drawn. As he searches, he learns more about his daughter’s life and the quest becomes more dangerous.

The story is gripping right up to the last. In the final pages the pace quickens and the action becomes perhaps a little less credible but overall this is an enjoyable read. Perfect for a long flight or to take on holiday.