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We’re back in black!

We've brought our most popular Black Friday offers back for a limited time! Save on popular fiction titles, puzzles and mini books.

This offer is only available in store, so grab those car keys and head on down to your local QBD ASAP!

The deals:

Piece together a great Christmas gift with Landscapes, Harry Potter,
Christmas and Children's puzzles all just $9!

Suitable for ages 3 and above, these adorable mini books are legible and fully recyclable. Some of the titles included are Storm Boy, Do Not Open This Book, Paw Patrol: Jurassic Bark, The Famous Five and more...
HOT TIP: Mini books make perfect stocking stuffers! 

What's better than a new book? 2 new books! For a limited time get 2 great fiction reads for just $15 in store. With authors like Matthew Reilly, David Baldacci, Judy Nunn and Jay Kristoff there's something for everyone!

Sale ends December 13th 2019!

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QBD reviews: The Wife and The Widow

Have you picked up our Book of the Month, Christian White's The Wife and the Widow, yet?

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband's secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she's forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.

What our reviewers thought:

An unsettling and shocking murder mystery set on a small island off the coast of Melbourne, where a Wife hunts for answers about the murder of her husband and discovers things are not as she thought. The twists in this novel were second to none - completely unexpected and skilfully plotted. Easily one of the best crime thrillers I have read all year. One word - Brilliant!

Tricia, QBD Books Bondi

From the author that gave us The Nowhere Child comes another thrilling masterpiece that will leave you questioning if you truly know those close to you. A widow is left unravelling the secrets her husband left behind, while a wife starts to question if her husband could in fact be a murderer. A truly incredible narrative, full of twists and turns. Another amazing Aussie crime author to watch.

Rosie, QBD Books Mandurah

Get your copy of The Wife and The Widow here.

QBD Reviews: Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Author Heather Morris

Happy publication day to Cilka's Journey!

The sequel to Heather Morris' International  Bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is available in stores from today. 

Readers  have wondered what happened to Cilka, and this book answers all their questions (and then some!)

QBD's Quick Synopsis: 

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? She was only a child when she arrived in Auschwitz. 

Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

Some of our readers were lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Cilka's Journey. Here's what they thought: 

"The Tattooist of Auschwitz was one of my favourite books of 2018 and it was where we were first introduced to Cilka. In Heather Morris’ follow up novel, Cilka’s Journey, the war is over. This should mean freedom for Cilka but she is arrested for ‘consorting with the enemy’ and sentenced to 15 years at the Vortuka Gulag in Siberia. The conditions are inhumane and every minute is a battle for survival. Despite all this, we see the light of humanity shine through as Cilka makes friends and we are introduced to some very strong female characters. Cilka’s Story is one of unrivaled strength and a raw determination to never give up and to survive. A truly inspirational read."

Julie, Woodgrove QBD

"When I heard this book was nearing release, I began to count down the days, eagerly awaiting a story I knew would not disappoint. Continuing on from where The Tattooist of Auschwitz ended, Cilka's Journey tells of Cilka's move from accused Nazi collaborator, to Siberian prisoner for an arduous 15 years.

The challenges Cilka faces are a horribly familiar, but begin twisting into something unrecognizable as she mistakenly garners the attention of the self-proclaimed 'head prisoners'. But through her daily encounters with death and terror, Cilka meets a woman doctor, who takes her under her wing, allowing her to try aid the ill and struggling where she can.

Cilka definitely lives up to Lale's assessment as 'One of the strongest women (he has) ever known', and her inspirational story shows that even in your darkest days, there may be a little bit of room for love."

Kirsty, Geelong QBD

"Heather Morris is back with another gut-wrenching masterpiece from one of the darkest periods in human history. We follow Cilka in her journey after Auschwitz, to the Gulag in Siberia. Sentenced to fifteen years hard labour for what she was forced to do to survive Auschwitz, Cilka shivers her way through the harsh conditions, fearing what her fellow hut-mates will do when they find out her secret. Based on true events, this is an incredible story of heartache, uncertainty, and above all, survival. A must read."

Rosie, Mandurah QBD

Cilka's Journey is available in store & online now. Purchase your copy here.

QBD Reviews: Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

An incredible literary thriller for readers of bestsellers such as Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep and Girl on the Train from an exciting new Australian voice.

Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he's hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne.

"Memories will break through, like grass pressing between cracks in the pavement."

In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here. Jim says he's keeping her safe. Evie's not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?

What our QBD Readers thought:

Australian author J.P Pomare has set out to intentionally destabilize, confuse and manipulate your mind with this psychological thriller, and boy does he succeed! Who IS Evie, who IS her captor and why have they fled to New Zealand? Is ANYONE who they say they are? Is ANYTHING what it seems? You think you have it all worked out but you don't, and you won't until it all unfolds in the final chapter. - Joanne, QBD Shellharbour

Gripping you violently from the very first page J.P. Pomare's debut novel dumps you in the shoes of Evie, Scarred, Captive and hiding secrets even from herself. It's dark depths fills with twists turns and chilling revelations Call Me Evie is set to be the best thriller you'll read this year. - Lindsay, QBD Toombul

Long after I had closed the cover and switched off the light my mind was still reeling. The book was like a trip up the mountains- twists and bends all the way. There was spots that I thought I'd figured it out. then poof! Great new talent! - Belinda, QBD Charlestown

Call Me Evie is available in store and online now.

QBD Reviews: Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

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This was an odd but good little story, I love quirky characters and I love quirky story lines but I don't think I can really deal with two of them together.

Jonathan Unleashed is a coming of age story for those just starting out as grown ups. If you feel like you've lost your way, this might be a nice story for you to read.

Essentially, Jonathan misses the point a lot. I actually hated his motives for marrying Julie, and he disliked her as much as everyone around him who was telling him he was making a mistake. Julie is horrid, Jonathan's parents made me angry. Max and Greeley were the stand out characters, loved them both.

An aspect I particularly liked was the kiss between Jonathan and Greeley. It was out of the blue, but perfectly placed and I think plays a pivotal part in Jonathan being able to find himself.

The dogs were a fun way to deliver the story, they were the catalysts (dogalysts?) of the plot and I love them both. Puppiiiiiieeeeesssss!

Not what I expected from Rosoff, but not unwelcome in my reading adventures!