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Review by LallaGatta – The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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I loved it!

I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good noir with a modern twist to it.

The most amazing aspect of this book wasn't the disappearance of Adèle Bedeau.

It was everything else!

From the setting to the characters, from the plot to the investigative techniques, this book smells and tastes like the great French noir classics but reads with the pace and beat of a modern book. This is probably the reason why I was plunged into another time and place from page one without any resistance on my part. And I enjoyed every minute of it!

Even more fascinating, there seems to be no clear-cut line between the policeman and the villain, as though one was the mirror image of the other. Both men appear to have the same quirks and insecurities, so that it's hard for readers to identify with one but not the other. And that's quite a unique experience for me who have read several crime novels in my 50+ years, also because it adds to the intrigues uncovered in the novel.

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Review by LallaGatta – Secrecy World by Jake Bernstein

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Concise, fast-paced, the Secrecy World reads like a Grisham bestseller, but sadly none of it is fiction.

I'm not sure what makes me angrier: discovering the length the rich will go to hide their wealth or knowing that there's no stopping them despite all the investigations. Either way, this book airs all the dirty laundry that the extremely wealthy have tried to conceal in the most crooked schemes possible over the past 35 years.

Tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax denial, tax obliteration: you name it, they've done it!

And the sad thing is that no nationality seems exempt from such fraudulent behavior, as if there exists no country and no allegiance when you're rich, only the commitment to protect and increase your money at all costs. No wonder the rich have become richer and the poor poorer, while nations can't afford any kind of social benefits!

Mr. Bernstein explains how, where and why these people care about nothing except themselves and their growing fortunes. He tells it all with a clear and compelling style that I usually associate with bestselling fiction authors. But when you realize this is no fiction, the awareness of how selfish and self-centered these wealthy people …

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Review by LallaGatta – Milkman by Anna Burns

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What a waste of my time!

I admit it. I picked up this book by mistake, so I guess it's my fault in a way. Still, the result has been disastrous!

I can't begin to list the bad things, but I'll start with the writing style, which is convoluted, pompous, undecipherable at times. Sentences are way too long to be understandable, so that often you have to go back to the beginning to try to unravel some sense from them.

This of course would have muddled the plot, any plot actually. Good thing that the storyline here is non existent as far as I can tell. Hard as I try, I can't make heads or tails of it. And believe me, I tried hard, sfjcking to this book until the last page just to see where it lead. And it leads to a variety of characters that pop in and out without seeming to grow, to a fastidiously exaggerated religious feeling, to an unstable but extremely vague political scene, to a confusing exposition of events going back and forth on time, from past to present to sometimes future, which confounds readers. What is the author trying to tell us? What …

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