6 Degrees of Separation: This Book Will Save Your Life

February 7, 2015 | 4 comments


Somehow I managed to miss the last two months of my favourite book meme, 6 Degrees of Separation (hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman). The goal is to construct a chain of 7 books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

For this round, the starting book is AM Homes’ This Book Will Save Your Life, a novel about a man named Richard Novak in Los Angeles and his efforts to bring himself back to life.

Two people who definitely won’t come back to life are the murder victims in PM Newton’s debut novel The Old School about Detective Nhu ‘Ned’ Kelly at the New South Wales police. The case has ties do Ned’s past, and she has to figure out who is truly on her side and who wants her dead.

Another character troubled by questions is Frankie Parsons in The 10 PM Question by Kate De Goldi (who by the way is from New Zealand which used to be a British colony).

If a murder even took place is the question Miss Marple has to answer in 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie. There is no victim, no suspect, and no other witnesses other than Miss Marple’s friend Elspeth McGillicuddy (who normally is very reliable). 4:50 from Paddington was also published as What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw and Murder She Said and I think it is one of the best novels by Agatha Christie (who I consider the queen of British crime).

Sun Storm or Savage Altar (original title ‘Solstorm’) by Åsa Larsson is another great crime novel published with multiple titles. Attorney Rebecca Martinson returns home to Kiruna in northern Sweden after her friend Sanna’s brother is found mutilated and defiled on the floor of a church.

Jordstorm (‘Earth Storm’) by Mons Kallentoft is the latest book in a series about Swedish police detective Malin Fors, whose current case involves a young man found dead in a ditch. Contrary to the murder victim in Sun Storm, this one doesn’t have any visible wounds or traces of violence. I just started reading this series, and I’m over the moon in love with the way Mons Kallentoft presents his plot lines and the characters.

Another author I just discovered who has me under her spell is Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Her book Ashes to Dust was impossible to put down. Like Mons Kallentoft, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is a wonderful storyteller whose books have great plot lines and characters I want to read more about.


This time, my chain took me on a journey visiting 6 countries, starting with a book I haven’t read and ending with one of the best books I’ve read this year. (PS. Did you catch the multiple links?)

See Annabel’s chain here and Emma’s chain here. Or make your own. Starting with This Book Will Save Your Life, where will you end up?


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