Reviews!

Ok! So I’m behind (again!!!!) on reviews, so I’m just going to do some super quick and short ones for the books I’ve read in the past month or so! 

The books I’ll be doing quick reviews for are:

  1. Falling by Emma Kavanagh
  2. Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson
  3. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  4. The Crooked House by Christobel Kent
  5. No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
  6. No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
  7. Judas Child by Carol O’Connell

The joys of a 7 month old a baby and a 6 year old on school holidays means I don’t get to write proper posts 😦 

The Death Box by JA Kerley

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Carson Ryder book 10 in the series.

Another instalment by Kerley featuring one of my favourite characters, Carson Ryder. As with all his books, this one is as enjoyable as the previous ones in the series.

The blurb from Amazon below:

“Detective Carson Ryder faces his most terrifying adversary yet in this nail-biting thriller from the author of Her Last Scream.

Carson Ryder thought he’d seen everything …

A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he’d seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he’s barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.

Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There’s just one problem: Ryder’s not the only one chasing the girl.”

This book is quite pacy, and it keeps you going with thrills and twists, which by now Kerley is extremely adept at writing. As usual I really enjoyed catching up with Ryder. A tried and tested formula, but it works. Nice and easy to read too!

Her by Harriet Lane

 

First of all, I’d like to thank Margaret Madden of  Bleach House Library for sending me this book! You can find her here: http://bleachhouselibrary.blogspot.ie/

I had seen Her around on a few blogs and coming up in my news feed on Facebook so when this was suggested as a swap over on Rick O’Shea’s book swap page, I jumped at the chance to read it! 

The blurb from Amazon is as follows; 

Two women; two different worlds.

Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. 

Nina is sophisticated and independent – entirely in control. 

When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn’t the first time the women’s paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did.

But what exactly does Nina want from her? 

And how far will she go in pursuit of it?

I hadn’t read many reviews of the book (I tend to avoid reviews of books I’m dying to read in case they put me off!!) so I went into it not knowing what to expect!

The book is written in alternate chapters by the main characters Nina and Emma, which I’m guessing is to give both versions of the events that took place, but which only serves to annoy me when I start reading! 

Nina seems well put together; an artist, second marriage but happy, teenage daughter, yada yada! Emma is a mother and portrayed as struggling to be seen as anything other than a mother I think! Married, with 2 kids, left a glamorous job and yearns for something more. Both equally annoying in my opinion.

I didn’t find this book to be a psychological thriller, in parts where this tag was applied, the actions were little more than petty mind games. Maybe it’s that I’ve read so many psych thrillers that I’ve become desensitised to the acts themselves but I really didn’t find this book chilling in any way.

In relation to how the women know each other, this is alluded to maybe three quarters of the way through the book, and even then it is quite vague so it is hard to discern what it was Emma did to make Nina do the things she’s doing. Without spoiling it for you, I will just say I was disappointed with the ending. I looked twice, it was still rubbish.

I gave this book 1* on Goodreads, and even that was too much for it if you ask me! One of those books I wish I didn’t read!

Live and learn.

Happy Reading! 😊📖

What I’ve bought…

The long and the short of this post is I should be denied access to the Internet, or else have my card cut up 😄

Of late, most evenings I find myself browsing Amazon to see if there’s anything good out to read, and needless to say at least one item gets added to the wish list or the basket!!  I decided I’d do a quick post of what I’ve gotten lately, both print and Kindle books, along with a book from Rick O’Shea’s book club swap page!

1- Her by Harriet Lane

 

2- Rules of Prey by John Sandford

 

 

Books 3-8 are by Camilla Lackberg

 

  

  

  

  

  

 

9- RJ Ellory Saints of New York

 

 

10- Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

 

 

11- The Stranger by Harlan Coben

 

 

12- Blood On Snow by Jo Nesbo

 

 

13- The Missing by Chris Mooney

 

 

14- Ash by Jason Brant (Kindle)

 

 

15- Black Wood by SJI Holliday (Kindle)

 

16- The Swimmer by Joakim Zander (Kindle)

  

17- Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

 

18- Normal by Graeme Cameron

 

 

19- Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman

 

 

20- After The Silence by Jake Woodhouse

 

 

21- The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Kindle)

 

 

22- Philomena by Martin Sixsmith (Kindle) 

 

So, there you have it! 22 books, and in a relatively short period of time! 😄 let me know what you have read out of this substantial haul! Fingers crossed you discover a new author for yourself! 

Happy reading! 😊 

  

The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson-Review!

Anyone who follows me over on http://www.facebook.com/bibliophilebookclub knows that I’ve been reading The Disappeared this week!

I was doing a tidy on my shelves and scanning books onto my Goodreads ( https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9841866-kate ) and came upon this in my TBR section so I said I’d give it a go!

The blurb from Amazon is as follows;

‘When the film begins she has no idea what she is about to see. Nor does she realise what devastating consequences this f ilm and the decisions she then makes will have on the rest of her life.’
The body of a young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in an innocuous Swedish suburb. Alex Recht and his team in the Stockholm Police soon identify the body as belonging to missing student, Rebecca Trolle, but as his team continues to excavate the site, they soon find that someone has been returning to the same spot to bury their victims year after year, decade after decade.
Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman is assigned the task of delving into Rebecca’s private life. But little does she know that her enquiries are about to uncover evidence that will put her actions under scrutiny from Internal Affairs, and will throw her private life into turmoil.
And what does the case have to do with the elderly children’s author living in a care home . . . who has never spoken a word to anyone since she arrived years ago?’

I hadn’t heard of Ohlsson but got this in a 3 for £10 offer on Amazon, and I love a good book deal! 🙂

As with most Scandinavian fiction (for me anyway!), it took a while to get going! I found there was a lot of back and forth. The main female, Fredericka, works for the police, has a baby and a partner at home. She finds herself investigating the case of missing student Rebecca Trolle, who’s body is found in a forest after being missing for two years. The investigation takes many directions, and to be honest I don’t want to post any spoilers in the review. Sufficed to say, there are a few twists and turns that were a bit unexpected.

While I enjoyed the book, it really annoyed me as well! The characters who were investigating the case had little communication with each other which led to connections not being made! This really frustrated me, to the point of complaining out loud and hitting my head with the book (not too hard!!!) because I just wanted to shout at them to cop on and talk to each other!!!!

I finished this last night, and I found myself racing through the last 100 pages to find out what was going on! Which is a sign of enjoyment in my eyes really! I gave the book 3* on Goodreads, it would have been 4 only for the irritation I felt at how slowly the plot came together! I would happily recommend it as a good book though, not knock me down fantastic, but a decent read all the same!

Happy reading!

Quick Review : The Nightmare by Lars Kepler *Spoilers*

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I was flipping through a newspaper at the weekend when there was a mention of the new Lars Kepler book (The Sandman) , needless to say I went googling immediately!

If you have read my previous posts, if I find a series/author I like, I tend to want to get ALL the books, yesterday!!! Back in 2012, I joined Cold Water Book Club on Twitter, and The Hypnotist was one of the books we read! I wasn’t gripped by the book, but I didn’t dislike it, so when I saw the snippet in the paper I decided now was as good as any to go back to the Lars Kepler books!

The blurb from Amazon for The Nightmare is as follows:

From the bestselling author of The Hypnotist comes the second high-octane thriller featuring Detective Inspector Joona Linna

Stockholm, Sweden: the lifeless body of a young woman is discovered on an abandoned boat. Later, a man is found hanging alone in his apartment.

Should the deaths be treated as suicide or murder? Only four people know the answer. And one man wants them dead.

Can Detective Inspector Joona Linna keep them alive long enough to find out the truth?

I didn’t know what to expect when I started, as it’s been a while since I’d read Kepler! I have to be honest though, I found the book a bit slow to start! I like to be gripped within the first few chapters, and although I wasn’t totally enthralled by the beginning, I still wanted to keep reading to see how the events would unfold!

Joona Linna is still cool and charismatic, with little to faze him, and he’s still quite a likeable character. The supporting characters are fairly well written and support his character easily!
The plot of the book takes a while to come through, but essentially is is about smuggling weapons and the race to silence the people who know about the deal! There are some adrenalin filled scenes and chases throughout the book, which do well to ramp up the tension as you find yourself willing the detectives (or whoever is in the scene) on in their efforts. I can’t say much more without discussing the actual events in the book, and I am not prone to big spoilers so I won’t mention them!

What it will say about The Nightmare is that it is a tense, edgy thriller with a good plot and fleshed out characters. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to reading the next two books; The Fire witness and The Sandman!

Happy reading 🙂

Mini Review: Jack Kerley No One Will Hear… Her Last Scream

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Product description:

“A serial-killer targets the country’s most vulnerable women in this new thriller featuring Detective Carson Ryder.

They thought they were safe at last…

Across the US, a secret network of crisis centres permanently relocates women in serious danger from domestic abuse. But now someone is killing them before they reach their destinations.

Detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus are having trouble gaining the trust of the volunteers who run the scheme. The only way in is for an undercover police officer to pose as a threatened woman, making herself a target and drawing the killer out.

Reinetta Early is the ideal candidate – but she also happens to be Harry’s niece. He always promised his sister that he would keep Reinetta safe from harm. Suddenly he’s unsure if he can even keep her alive…”

This is book 8 in the Carson Ryder series from Jack Kerley, and it doesn’t disappoint! I’ve already mentioned Kerley in an earlier post!

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I don’t like going into detail as I don’t like spoilers, but I can honestly say that I found myself flying through the book trying to figure out who the killer was, and when the time came, I wasn’t really expecting it! Kerley has a way of ramping up the tension and then flying through the climax in the last few chapters. With other authors, this annoys me but with him, not so much!

If you’ve never read any of Kerley’s books, I would highly recommend them! I find they really hook me after only a few pages!

I’m off to Amazon to do some shopping 😉