The Next Time I Die

Reeling from the sudden news that his wife wants a divorce, Steven Blitz is thrown out of his house and told to stay with his brother. On his drive over, with deteriorating road conditions, Steven narrowly avoids a head-on collision. Rattled, Steven pulls over to gather himself and calm his nerves when he notices an…

The Island

Tom, Heather and their two children are visiting Australia as a part of a business trip. Desperate to see some native wildlife, the family of four decide to take an off-the-beaten-path tour of an island off the coast. Upon arrival, things quickly go pear-shaped as the foursome find themselves on the run from the island’s…

City On Fire

With the recent announcement by Don Winslow that he will be retiring from writing to fully focus on his political activism, I panicked in thinking that maybe he had abandoned his new trilogy. Don was quick to assure his readers that not only have the next two novels already been written, but they’re scheduled to…

East of Eden

Last year, I was listening to Frank Turner’s live album, Live In Newcastle, where in introducing his song “Redemption”, he discussed reading John Steinbeck’s EAST OF EDEN as a young man. Frank relayed how it spoke to him of moral responsibility and how each of us are responsible for the choices and the decisions that…

Upgrade

As an employee of the GPA (Gene Protection Agency), Logan Ramsay is tasked with tracking down and eliminating rogue gene labs that are being used to either alter human DNA or even create new species. However, when a raid goes wrong, Ramsay awakens in a hospital bed days later in unimaginable pain. Following a barrage…

Scarborough

Scarborough centers around a publicly funded literacy program in Southern Ontario. The educators, the parents and the children attending are the focus of the story as the author shifts perspectives from each family in an effort to dig deeper into a struggling low-income community. This was a tough read. It’s not a long book, but…

Washington Black

Washington Black – or Wash as he comes to be known – is an eleven year old slave at a plantation in Barbados. Wash is discovered by Christopher “Titch” Wilde – the younger brother of the plantation’s owner – to be a gifted illustrator. Spending years developing a flying machine he’s dubbed “The Cloud Cutter”,…

The Dead of Winter (Luc Vanier #1)

It’s Christmas Eve and the Montreal police are dealing with the discovery of five corpses from the city’s homeless population.  Inspector Luc Vanier doesn’t believe in coincidences and is ruling the deaths as suspicious.  When reports come back that the deceased were poisoned, Luc must race to find the guilty party before more bodies pile…