I’ve read a few of JT Lawrence’s masterpieces: Two of her Sticky Fingers short story anthologies, her debut novel, The Memory of Water, some of her urban fantasy works, The Highfire Crown, The Sigma Surrogate, Why You were Taken, Grey Magic and her pregnancy-journey-memoir, The Underachieving Ovary. I’ve loved every one of them, for different reasons.
When I was younger, I would buy an array of magazines every month. That was before I moved into my The Cave and realized that adulting costs money and that magazines, while made of paper, are not the kind of paper that pays bills or buy a loaf of bread.
I did buy Woman and Home this month. Not because I am interested in bathing suits that would fit my pear-shaped, cross-between-an-hourglass-and-an-apple-shape, or the insert on Andrea McLean but because it contained a handbag-sized novel written by JTL.
I read it from cover to cover in just over four hours, so it would make for a great poolside-, or airplane read. An added bonus for me is that it is set in Johannesburg where I spent a portion of my life, making the story all the more real for me.
I do favour novels that read quickly like those of Jeffrey Deaver or James Patterson. JTL’s Jigsaw captured me immediately because of this. The short chapters build suspense in a staccato fashion and crescendo into a climax that has you wanting more. It’s not easy to avoid spoiler alerts, so all I’m going to say is if you have a penchant for serial killers such as Deaver’s Bone Collector, or Patterson’s Mastermind, then Jigsaw will not disappoint.
Rating 5 out of 5