Publication: The Sun Herald

A Fortunate Life

Affleck says he is a hands-on dad. His family was fractured by his mechanic, bartender and janitor father’s alcoholism when Affleck was just 12, and he seems determined to be everything to his children that his own dad wasn’t – he’s often spotted taking a clearly excited Violet and Seraphina to flea markets or activities. … Continue readingA Fortunate Life

11.22.63

You might not think Stephen King is the greatest writer in the world, but here’s what he does well, if nothing else. When you pick up 11.22.63 (another doorstop the size of It and The Stand) you might emit a small groan about how long it will probably take to get through it. … Continue reading11.22.63

Where Spirits Dwell

A young Petersham mother wakes in bed in the small hours to hear the toys in her son’s room, and when Machado reveals the toddler was actually in bed with his mother at the time you’ll feel a tingle down your spine the likes of which you expect from a good horror novel. … Continue readingWhere Spirits Dwell

Paranormality

The style is lively and engaging, but the biggest surprise is how funny it is, with more laugh-out-loud lines than you ever thought you’d read in a book about psychology (other than that did you enjoy the play, Mrs Lincoln?’). … Continue readingParanormality

Lucky 13 from the King

So Just After Sunset is really a tale of two Kings. The first is from before the accident when he was content to talk about possessed machinery and monsters like he does in Gingerbread Girl, about a woman’s desperate bid to escape the clutches of a sexual predator and killer. … Continue readingLucky 13 from the King