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Odd Child Out
By Gilly Macmillan
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Dec 12th 2017.
Odd Child Out by Gilly MacmillanGilly Macmillan's Odd Child Out combines a detective story with two very earnest themes: dying children and racism towards immigrants. Detective Jim Clemo works in Bristol, a city in Southwest UK. He is given the case of a 15 year old boy, Noah, who is near death because he fell in a canal, and he already had a very serious illness. He was with his best friend Adbi, who is a Somali refugee, whose family moved to Bristol before he was born. The police want to know what happened but Abdi won't say. He refuses to speak. Through telling the story from the perspectives of most of the main character
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We Are Okay
By Nina LaCour
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Nov 14th 2017.
Slow placed and meditative, We Are Okay has Marin telling her story of grief and disappointment. She is in her first year of college, and, implausibly, she is staying alone in the dorms over the winter break. She is clearly depressed and soaking in misery. She is planning to spend the time mostly alone, in the deep winter cold. She is preparing to read books and to listen to podcasts. But her friend Mabel is visiting and she also prepares for that. Marin isn't sure she can really cope with the visit but they used to be best friends and they used to have a relationship. Marin has lost her grand
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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Under Rose-Tainted Skies
By Louise Gornall
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 17th 2017.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise GornallLouise Gornall tells the story of 17-year-old Nora, who has a major mental illness. She has not been able to leave her house for 4 years, due to a sudden onset of agoraphobia when she was 13. She also has crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder which makes her perform rituals, need activities to be done in even numbers, require symmetry in appearance, and avoid contact with other humans in case of contamination by germs. Surprisingly, it seems that she does not have hand-washing rituals. Nora's anxiety is so severe that she sometimes loses consciousness at moments when it is especially acute.
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I'm Traveling Alone
A Novel
By Samuel Bjork
Review by Christian Perring on Fri, Oct 13th 2017.
Samuel Bjork is a Norwegian writer, and I'm Traveling Alone is his first novel in a series with 2 main characters, Mia and Munch.  They have worked as detectives together for a long time, but at the start Mia has retired and secluded herself. Indeed, she is planning to kill herself, because she sees no point in life and she has no family left. But Munch visits her to explain that they need her back, because they have a serious case. A 6-year-old girl has been found murdered and staged in a doll's dress, hanging from a tree. Munch is a grandfather himself and he needs to find the killer, w
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I'm Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork

The Shark
By Mary Burton
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 10th 2017.
The Shark by Mary BurtonThis grizzly detective mystery about a psychopath murderer on a power trip who likes gambling for the lives of underage prostitutes is bizarrely classified as a romance book. There is indeed a romance, between Riley Tatum, a Virginia state trooper and Clay Bowman, who works for a local security agency. They had hot passionate sex 5 years previously, but then Clay, who had recently lost his wife, didn't pursue the relationship, and Riley was crushed. Now they are working together again on cases of girls who turn up dead not long after disappearing, and the seething passion between them cannot b
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ADHD Nation
Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic
By Alan Schwartz
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Sep 5th 2017.
Alan Schwartz is a journalist who gained a reputation for covering the problem of concussion in football, with high rates of brain injury and dementia among former NFL players. In his latest book he addresses the growth of the diagnosis of ADHD and the use of medication in children and adults. His position is clear and plausible: while ADHD is real, it is massively overdiagnosed in the USA and too many people are taking medication for it. Schwartz does an excellent job covering the history of psychiatric thought about attention deficit and hyperactivity, collecting details that few have covere
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ADHD Nation by Alan Schwartz

Sycamore
A Novel
By Bryn Chancellor
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 29th 2017.
Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor[This review contains spoilers.] Bryn Chancellor's debut novel explores wrongdoing, bad mistakes, tragedy, remorse and forgiveness. About 29 years previously, Jess Winters, 16, had been dragged to live in small town Arizona, a place called Sycamore. Her mother is depressed after her divorce, working for the post office. We find early on that Jess disappears, and the book has narrators from different perspectives telling what happened. There's her mother, a new faculty member at the local college, Jess's best friend, the friend's family, a boyfriend, other high school friends and acquaintances,
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A Falling Knife
By Andrew Case
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 22nd 2017.
A Falling Knife is set in New York City, and focuses on the gentrification of Brooklyn. It combines the real estate market, police corruption, city politics, and detective work. It starts with the murder of a construction worker. Various people get involved with investigating the crime, and the novel has a large caste. Ralph Mulino is the main detective, and he asks Leonard Mitchell to go undercover in a property development business to find out what is going on. Other detectives do the leg work to investigate the murder itself, but Mulino and Mitchell are the main characters. The story m
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A Falling Knife by Andrew Case

 
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