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July Meeting

life_or_death_australia_lgEnjoying the wood fire and Horace’s antics: Ros, Gabrielle, Katie, Lynette, Sandra, Heather & Heidi

Missing Out: Catherine, Trish, Sharon, Mary and Ann

Discussion : Those of us who had read the book in its entirety (2) or partially (3) found it an easy read and quite amusing and compelling if cheesy and formulaic.  The repetition of the diminutive size of FBI Agent, Desiree, got annoying and seemed to have no significance in the end.

We found it a competent enough thriller but wondered at the author being the recipient of at least two prestigious awards.  Ros has read a few books by this author and says his Joseph O’Loughlin series, set in the UK is better.

As for Michael Robotham’s own 5 Rules for writing thrillers – we agreed he fulfilled all except perhaps No. 5 A sense of place.

We also agreed it was quite filmic and played a game we haven’t played for a while, who would play who in the movie:

Audie – Ryan Reynolds, Andrew Garfield or James McAvoy


Carl – Dougray Scott


Moss – Michael Clark Duncan or Chiwetel Ejiofor


Desiree – Melissa Fumero


Detective Valdez – Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

Score: Life or Death by Michael Robotham scored 3.2.

Next meeting : Friday 5 August at 7:30pm | Catherine’s house | My Place by Sally Morgan


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