By Marty Mulrooney
Shelter is the first instalment in a new series of books aimed at young adults, written by best-selling author Harlan Coben (Tell No One). Coben has previously written several books based around former basketball player turned sports agent Myron Bolitar – in Shelter, the focus shifts to Myron’s estranged nephew Mickey Bolitar, whose father Brad has recently died in a mysterious car accident. A standalone story that is accessible both to newcomers and those familiar with Coben’s work, Shelter follows Mickey as he struggles to make friends, find his missing girlfriend and discover the truth behind his father’s death…
By Elena Cresci
A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom is the debut offering from author James Howell. Touted on the official website as “a harrowing, savage and sexual exploration of a broken mind”, this thriller explores the world of a girl willing to go to extreme lengths to appease the boredom of her life. With her job as a regional reporter providing nothing but tedium for our ‘disturbed’ protagonist, Hannah’s attempts to appease her boredom lead her down a twisted path as her sanity quickly slips away.
By Elena Cresci
Salt sees Angelina Jolie reprise the action genre with a Russian twist. Directed by Phillip Noyce, the film shows the titular character accused of being a mole for the Russians. Claiming concern for her husband, Salt goes on the run, leaving the audience and the authorities chasing her, questioning who Salt truly is.
By Joseph Viney
Following on directly from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009), the second film in the trilogy of adaptations of Steig Larsson’s best-selling juggernaut Millennium tries to recapture the magic of the first film. Unfortunately, The Girl Who Played With Fire has many apparent short falls that will only serve to leave audiences distinctly unfulfilled. However, the appetite for the imminent third part of the trilogy will have not been affected whatsoever.