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Reviews by Lesley Thomson

Black Ops by Chris Ryan

Danny Black is back with another rip-roaring, action-packed, adventure. This time to find and kill the man thought to have killed three members of the “Regiment”. In true SAS fashion, Black’s trail leads him from the security of England to the bad fields of Syria and the back streets of Beirut.

Despite being able to surmise the identity of the killer early on, probably before Black does, and while the hunter becomes the hunted, there is enough intrigue, gory murders and fighting to question who is your deadliest enemy? Those on the street or the ones at home?

Fans of Chris Ryan will enjoy this, the seventh Danny Black novel – a fast-paced and exciting read.

**ISBN 978 1 473 66810 2 Published by Coronet/Jonathan Ball

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Seven Years of Darkness by You-Jeong Jeong

This is the first time I have read one of You-Jeong Jeong’s books. Acclaimed internationally as an author of physiological thrillers, it is easy to understand why she has such a huge following.

With a tightly woven plot, the author explores the consequences of choices people make, and the effect of their mistakes on others. My only problem was that some of the Korean names appeared to be so similar it was, initially, hard to follow who was who, until their distinctive characters came to light.

A good and tense read with a real twist at the end.

**ISBN 978 1 4087 1206 1 – published by Littlebrown.co.uk/Jonathan Ball

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The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

This is a lovely book. Set in India in the 1950s, portraying the rich cultures and colours of that country, along with people’s aspirations of blending with the post-colonial era, this is an absorbing read of a woman finding her own way in the world.

Forced into an abusive marriage at the age of 15, Lakshmi runs away and becomes a sought-after henna artist. She is on her way to fulfilling her dream of building her own home when her sister, who she has never met, arrives. Her world is turned upside-down.

Unexpected note

It is fascinating to discover the reasons why women have such intricate and beautiful paintings done in henna onto their bodies and who did them? We also learn about the healing properties of natural herbs. We meet different characters, some we soon dislike, others we wish to continue knowing.

The book ends on an unexpected note, leaving one to imagine Lakshmi’s future – a happy one?

**ISBN 978 0 7783 1020 4 – published by HarperCollins/Jonathan Ball

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