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Goodreads Monday!

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

Hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners, this book is a recent addition to my Goodreads “To Read List” and is available at the library.

 4.04 stars 70,952 ratings and 1,270 reviews 

Book Description From Goodreads:

“The beloved and well-renowned novel from the internationally bestselling author Martin Cruz Smith, the original master of the global thriller.

In Soviet Russia, a triple murder in Moscow amusement centre, Gorky Park, leaves three corpses frozen in the snow. But when Senior Investigator in the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office Arkady Renko arrives, he finds that the brutal murder leaves the victims unidentifiable with faces and fingers missing. Renko must battle political and corporate corruption internationally, from the USSR to the USA, to uncover the truth – and he must fight for his own life in doing so. Meanwhile, he is falling in love with a beautiful, headstrong dissident for whom he may risk everything…

‘Cruz Smith not only constructs grittily realistic plots, he also has a gift for characterisation of which most thriller writers can only dream’ Mail on Sunday

‘One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe’ Val McDermid

‘You’ll be engrossed in the atmospheric setting and the complexity of Renko’s pained character’ Observer

‘Smith was among the first of a new generation of writers who made thrillers literary’ Guardian

‘One of those writers that anyone who is serious about their craft views with respect bordering on awe’ Val McDermid

‘Like the luminaries of the genre, Smith is at heart a deeply moral writer, and beneath his wry, cynical tone you can feel his authorial anger twitching a safe distance away. Paired with what reads deceptively like a native’s knowledge of Russia, it makes for a potent brew’ New York Times

‘A true storyteller… Martin Cruz Smith is literate and exciting – think Joseph Conrad on amphetamines’ Newsweek”

This was added to my list because this blub just grabbed me. It is one of my favourite genres and has a nice wintery feel to it. I also love a murder mystery with a bit of darkness to it.

Has anyone else read it? What did you think? Has it now been added to your list?!

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Sunday Post

Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

It’s Sunday again! So what have I been up to this weekend?

Saturday 9 October

My Posts:

Top 5 Saturday!

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Short Story – Mini Review Isn’t Easter All About Eggs?! By Steven J Corner

Other Bloggers Posts:

Books and Me!My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up

My Book World 24The Cozy Autumn Book Tag

Secret Library Book BlogAudiobook Review The Hobbit

Sunday 10 October

My Posts:

Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Origin by Dan Brown

Other Bloggers Posts:

Page TurnersBook Review – My Best Friend’s Wedding
Chonky books reviewSix For Sunday

Next week I hope to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, WWW Wednesday, TBR Thursday and First Line Friday. I will also be reading my Blog Tour book, Shadow Pursuit by Alistair Birch and hopefully starting a new book (yet to be decided!).

Here’s to next week!

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Origin by Dan Brown

Origin by Dan Brown

Book Description from Goodreads:

“Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever.

Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch.

On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us. 

Origin is Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date. “

I love Dan Bown’s books and was appauled to find that I hadn’t yet read this one. I of course needed to buy it, and during my research I found out that it was number one when my son was born, and so I decided to ask for it as a Mother’s Day present.

I was not disappointed. It was easy to read and thoroughly gripping. I love the mixture of fact and fiction and often when I have read a bit I will Google to see which bits were true. The bits that are true often surprise me, and I feel as if I have gained some extra knowledge that I didn’t have before reading. Also after I have read a Dan Brown book I instantly want to visit the place (however unrealistic that expectation is!).

I love his characters and often feel sorry for the main character who seems to want a quiet life, yet gets roped into all sorts of adventures through no fault of his own.

Whilst I have seen that some people say that the Dan Brown books are samey and therefore there is no point in reading them, I have to say that I disagree. I love the formula that he uses and the way that he mixes it up by using different places, and with those new places comes new historical information that I haven’t heard of before.

Dan Brown is one of my favourite authors and so far not one of his books has disappointed me! I highly recommend reading his books.

Rated 5/5

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