Review: Cold-Blooded

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Source: GoodReads

Title: Cold-Blooded

Author: Lisa Regan

Year of Publication: 2015

Rating: 3 and half stars

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Summary (from GoodReads):

Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney’s killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live, he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all.

Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing-off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.

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Fourteen years after the murder of senior student and track star Sydney Adams’ murder, the disgraced (and alcoholic) detective who was responsible for the investigation haven’t given up on proving Sydney’s tracking couch was the person responsible.

With new evidence in hand, he hires Jocelyn Rush – a former police detective, now private investigator – to solve the mystery once and for all. He only has a few months to live and he’d like to see the case closed and justice being served.

This book started slow and a little bit different – we supposedly know who the killer is but nobody was able to prove it.

The story takes a while to find its rhythm, but once it does, it’s a fun, exciting ride.

The characters – Jocelyn, her friend and business associate, her friends from the force, her boyfriend – they are all interesting and enjoyable, adding charm and warmth to the story.

This was a great read and I look forward to read more from the author.

I’d like to thank NetGalley author Lisa Regan for providing me an ARC of Cold-Blooded in exchange for an honest review.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

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OT note: My vacation is sadly over and I’m back at the office, which means I’ll have less time to read *sad face*. I’ll try to update here as often as I can. Hugs!

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Review: The Girl In The Ice

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Title:The Girl In The Ice

Author:Robert Bryndza

Year of publication: 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Amazon):

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

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4 stars.

That was an exciting, addictive novel. I had trouble putting it down (I’m human and not that young, I need to sleep). This books is fast paced, surprising and very well written.

I really liked the MC, DCI Erica Foster, but sometimes I wanted to grab her, shake her and scream What the hell are you doing?!?! She’s intelligent, but sometimes she doesn’t make the right choices.

The clues to who the murderer is are smart and well placed. I figured out who the person was (the author made a choice to not make it clear if it was a man or a woman) but there was a twist related to it that I did not see coming.

I loved this book, I love how real and human the MC is, and I can’t wait to read more on this series.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and author Robert Bryndza for proving me with an ARC of The Girl In The Ice in exchange for an honest review.

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Review also posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Dead Wrong

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Title: Dead Wrong (Calladine & Bayliss, #1)

Author: Helen H. Durrant

Rating: 4 stars

I love how the books from this series are quick reads.

Okay, so I started this series by book 4 ( Dead Lost) but it didn’t ruin my enjoyment of this at all. If anything, it made me feel like reading an origin story.

This is a great detective thriller with all the elements that makes the genre fun: it’s fast paced, intriguing, well plotted and well developed.

Calladine and Bayliss are great characters, smart and human, relatable in their doubts, wins and failures.

The hints for who was the perpetrator were well placed and it all came together making complete sense.

I already have the second book of the series waiting for me and I can’t wait to read it.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Blacklands

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Title: Blacklands (Exmoor Triloby #1)

Author: Belinda Bauer

Rating: 5 stars

I thought about giving it 4, maybe 4 and half stars but this book deserves a 5 star rating.

The writing in this book is beautiful. It’s impossible not to understand and feel Steven’s pain. It’s heartbreaking to realize he’s doing such extraordinary thing – find the body of his murdered uncle – to fix his little broken family. All he wants is to be normal and happy. It’s so simple and so poignant.

On the other side of the equation is Arnold Avery, the serial killer who murdered Steven’s uncle Billy Peters when he was a kid. Arnold is very honest about who he is, he doesn’t try to justify himself or believes he has a right to do what he does.

This book is a mix of character study and mystery, it is engaging, breathtaking and heartbreaking. It was hard to put it down – I only did because I was falling asleep but picked it up right after getting up.

This is a fast, fantastic reading. It deals tragedy and how it affects the lives of the survivors in the long term. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

 

Review: Dead Lost

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Title: Dead Lost

Author: Helen H. Durrant

Expected publication: February 29, 2016.

Rating: 4 stars

It’s Summer here right now and I needed a light, fast read, DEAD LOST a gripping detective thriller full of suspense provided me just that.

That’s the first book of this series I’ve read and now I want to read the other ones (although I know I’ve spoiled myself with plot points from some of the previous books).

One thing I really love is when characters feel real, relatable, and both D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss are just that. They’re not sherlockian, higher than thou genius people, they are hard working police officers trying to do their best and who care for the people they are trying to protect.

Dead Lost was fast fun read, one that can easily be read in one weekend.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Joffe Books and author Helen H. Durrant for providing me with an ARC of DEAD LOST a gripping detective thriller full of suspense in exchange for an honest review.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Evil Games

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Title: Evil Games (D.I. Stone #2)

Author: Angela Marsons

Rating: 3.7 stars (almost 4!)

After reading Silent Scream, I couldn’t wait to read Angela Marson’s next book, Evil Games. Luckily, Malia Zaidi, my December buddy reader agreed that this would be our December read.

Kim Stone continues to evolve as a character, becoming more and more enjoyable, despite her cold exterior.

There are, like in Silent Scream, two cases to be investigated, but this time they are unrelated. They were both interesting and painful in their own ways.

I just found that there was something lacking, something I found in the first book and couldn’t find it here.

Evil Games is a great read, though, fast paced and inspired, definitely a must read.

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My review of the first book of the series, Silent Scream, can be found here.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Silent Scream

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Title: Silent Scream

Author: Angela Marsons

Rating: 4 and half stars

What can I say about this book other than I loved it to pieces?

Silent Scream is easily one of the best crime/mystery novels I’ve read in quite some time. Well rounded characters, with qualities and flaws, deeply human are my favorite, and this book has them in spades. I cared for the main characters, I understood their journeys, their struggle. I really appreciated that the author added a few genuinely good people to counterbalance so much darkness. Sometimes, some writers, in their urge to present the reader with a bleak world, forget that there are few good hearts out there.

I figured both mystery solutions before they were revealed, but that doesn’t take away from the book in the slightest. Actually, it’s a testament of how good and well thought it was. The hints were not obvious, but they were pieces of a puzzle that gained form as the story progressed. You never get the where the heck did this come from? feeling here. Everything makes sense, and almost everything is explained

Angela Marsons created fantastic characters that I want to meet again and again. She wrote a fast paced, well thought and well structured story that left me hungry for more.

Oh, and you’re right Angela, I’d love to have Kim on my corner.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link Here.