John has three books to add to your winter reading list...
The Woman in The Woods by John Connolly
This latest from Irish writer John Connolly, whose central character is a private detective called Charlie Parker in the US state of Maine, is a combination of thriller and gothic horror, says John. Parker is in contact with the afterworld. John describes sinister dark forces that are waiting to come and take over the world. And he has to keep them at bay.
John says while he does not usually like otherworld horror stories, Connolly is so convincing in the way he combines the two genres makes it a gripping and engaging read. This novel centres around a baby who everyone is searching for.
The Shephard's Hut by Tim Winton
John says this novel is 'absolutely magnificent'. It centres around an at-risk teen who has an abusive father. They live in a small town in Western Australia.
The boy loves his mother but feels he is not protecting her. Then his father dies. And then Winton describes extraordinary violence followed my lyrical prose. The boy then decided to go into the bush and he strikes up an unlikely relationship with an old man. Winton sets up this taut, tense difficult relationship between these two characters as each seeks redemption.
Paul Simon The Life by Robert Hilburn
Finally, John reviews a biography about Paul Simon. He says it is in-depth and chronological but he is not as impressed with this book as he was with Hilburn's biography of Johnny Cash.
He did find the areas that dealt with Simon's songwriting interesting and the way he puts songs together was fascinating. If you are a Paul Simon fan, John says this will be a very enjoyable read.
Take a listen to John's reviews below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : John Maytham's Book Reviews: Murder, music and a boy searching for redemption