Pile by the Bed reviews Rogue by AJ Betts, the conclusion to the tale started in last year’s dystopian YA novel Hive.
Pile by the Bed reviews Fortune by Lenny Bartulin – “an original, vibrant and entertaining historical novel”
Pile by the Bed reviews Shoot Through by JM Green the third, and possibly last, book in her series featuring accidental detective Stella Hardy
Pile by the Bed reviews Crossings by Alex Landragin, a body hopping romp across the centuries.
Pile by the Bed reviews Perihelion Summer, a climate-driven disaster novella by Australian science fiction author Greg Egan.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith, engaging historical fiction that deals with the birth of the movies.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends the new short story collection by Chris Womersley and finds it like a cross between Raymond Carver and Stephen King.
Pile by the Bed reviews Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson – a cautionary tale that tackles climate change and corporatisation
Pile by the Bed reviews Boxed by Richard Anderson and finds it original, atmospheric, idiosyncratic and satisfying
Pile by the Bed reviews Bodies of Men by Nigel Featherstone and finds it “resonant and thematically rich”.
Pile by the Bed reviews Comeback by Lindsay Tanner, the second in his Jack Van Duyn crime series set in inner Melbourne.
Pile by the Bed reviews Eight Lives by Susan Hurley – a medical thriller that looks at the dangerous interface between business and science.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Rip by Mark Brandi – “another assured, powerful piece of crime fiction”.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan, Cormac Reilly #2 – “another great Irish procedural”.
Pile by the Bed reviews Hunter by Jack Heath, Timothy Blake #2 -“another compulsive page turner”
Pile by the Bed reviews Cedar Valley by Holly Throsby
Pile by the Bed reviews Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox, Conkaffey and Pharrell #3
Pile by the Bed reviews The Promised Land by Barry Maitland, Brock and Kolla #12
Pile by the Bed reviews Flight Risk by Michael McGuire
The final book of Corey J White’s Voidwitch trilogy (which started with Killing Gravity) opens in the same vein as the previous two – with an action sequence as protagonist and voidwitch Mariam ‘Mars’ Wu pursues someone through the crowded hallways of a space station. She is trying to find a cure for Pale, the boy who had been turned into a living weapon and who she rescued at the end of the previous book – Void Black Shadow. Once again, before too long her enemies are at the door and she has to dip into her prodigious power set (this is a woman who managed to pull a moon out of the sky in a previous volume) to escape. Static Ruin follows many of the same plot beats as the earlier two books – Mariam searches for something, find bits of the puzzle, then the bad guys arrive and she has to flee, usually leaving behind a large amount of carnage. In this book her quest is to find her father and creator both as a last hope for curing Pale but also to understand her own origins. It allows White to briefly consider issues of family, loyalty and…