Pile by the Bed reviews The Invisible by Peter Papathanasiou, follow up to The Stoning, in which he sends his Australian detective to Northern Greece
Pile by the Bed reviews Better the Blood the debut fiction novel by screenwriter and true crime author Michael Bennett dealing directlt with the ongoing impacts of New Zealand’s violent colonial past.
Pile by the Bed reviews Paper Cage by Tom Baragwanath, debut New Zealand crime fiction that deals with the legacy of colonialism through the eyes of a unique protagonist.
Pile by the Bed reviews Drunk on All Your Strange New Worlds by Eddie Robson, a crime novel set in a post-alien contact future New York.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz, a heartfelt and engaging novel full of likeably unlikeable characters that explores and comments on a range of aspects of modern life.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra, a multilayered character and incident filled historical novel set around a small American film studio in World War 2.
Pile by the Bed reviews Maror by Lavie Tidhar an underbelly look at the history of Israel bewteen the mid 1970s and the early 2000s in the vein of James Elroy. Recommended
Pile by the Bed reviews Criminals by James O’Loghlin, drawing on his life as a legal aid lawyer to tell the story of three very different characters in the aftermath of an armed robbery.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Settlement by Jock Serong, the third of his trilogy of historical novels set around the Furneaux Island group in Australian Bass Strait.
Pile by the Bed reviews No Country for Girls by Emma Styles a propulsive debut road trip thriller feturing two young women on the run in northern Western Australia.
Pile by the Bed reviews Dark Music by David Lagercrantz, the start of a new series featuring a Sherlock Holmes style detective duo and exploring the dark consequences of 9/11 and the US invasion of Afghanistan.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara an ambitious and skilful debut novel that charts the rise of a computer mogul from humble beginnings in the coconut industry through to a dystopian future,
Pile by the Bed reviews Stay Awake by Megan Goldin a high concept amnesia thriller set in New York.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Night Ship by Jess Kidd – a story which connects the 17th Century voyage and wreck of the Batavia on the Abrolhos Islands and the crayfishing industry on those islands in the late 1980s through the lives of two children.
Pile by the Bed reviews Ion Curtain by Anya Ow – enjoyable first entry in a new Australian space opera series.
Pile by the Bed reviews Jesustown by Paul Daley which tries to grapple with the ongoing impacts of Australian history.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Unbelieved by Vikki Petraitis – a page turning rural Australian crime fiction debut that deals with very real issues around responses to sexual assualt.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Carnival is Over by Greg Woodland follow up to his debut The Night Whistler – Australian rural crime fiction set in the 1970s.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Partisan by Patrick Worrall – a debut Cold War thriller with chess at its centre and roots back to World War 2.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley, historical fiction set in the 1960s and based on the true story of a Soviet radiation research facility.