Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: Dark Secret

Dark Secret Dark Secret by Janice Frost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At this rate, if I keep finding authors/series/books I love, I'll hace to read 20 hours a day for the next 6 years just to make my TBR pile a bit lighter.

This is the second book in a series, and I already have books 1 and 3 lined up. I like it when you can read a book and both get an insight of previous books, and can understand all the events and characters in the one you're reading.

DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal have a strained relationship at times. He's collected and professional, she's the kind of person that acts before she processes the consequences. But they make a great investigating pair, and when a man falls from the top of the Cathedral, they quickly suspect it's not a suicide.

This book has the feel of a traditional mystery, but in a modern way: a couple of detectives, a closed group of people who are the suspects, an ending that is unexpected but very clearly described and logical.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Second Stage of Grief

The Second Stage of Grief The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ngaire Blakes is in trouble again. Somehow, she managed to leave the force (even if it's just temporary) and is working in a law office. After two books, I still don't know what makes this character act as she does, but I like her quite a lot.

In the meantime, terrible crimes are being committed and they seem to be linked to her. What is more, she's a suspect. Someone is trying to frame her. Instead of seeking help from her former colleagues, she leaves town and goes into hiding in a remote village where her estranged father lives. This complicates the whole investigation as she has completely vanished.

I like the series and the characters, but lately I seem to be reading about women that continually make the wrong decisions. There's not an ounce of common sense in them and Ngaire Blakes is not the exception.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review: The Fire Child

The Fire Child The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great book!
I'm not one for scary-horror books, but this one has just the right touch, the one that keeps me reading and reading and reading, just wanting to see what happens in the end.

The plot, basically, is the following: rich, handsome widower with a child marries young, pretty penniless girl 10 years his junior. He takes her to live to the crumbling family home , in the middle of nowhere, and leaves her there with his mother, son and the housekeeper.

The house is old, scary and the ghost of his first wife, who died in "mysterious circumstances" appears now and then. The little boy predicts terrible things are going to happen and the new marriage starts to fall apart.
This book has a gothic-Rebecca feel, and it's a page turner, the I-can't-put-down kind of book.

Great book, great author.

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Review: If I Forget You

If I Forget You If I Forget You by Thomas Christopher Greene
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story has been told many times before: young boy meets young girl. They're from different social backgrounds, her father intervenes and separates them. Twenty years later they meet each other in a chance encounter. This is the love story of Henry Gold, a poet and Margo Fuller, an heiress.

This could be a lovely story. My problem is that I'm just too pragmatic and have an intense dislike for characters that spend their whole life dwelling in the past, like the main character in this book, and Henry spends 20 years of his life "remembering" and just that. Margot doesn't have it better. She marries a rich man, has 2 children and lives in the suburbs.
I think I can say both their lives are kind of boring.

When they meet again 20 years later, nothing much happens either. I mean there's not much drama or action or thrill

But don't get me wrong. I did enjoy this book. It's light, well written, hopeful. You read it easily and happily. And maybe that's the whole point.

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Review: The Angel of History

The Angel of History The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's always difficult to review a book that was not so great for me, from an author I like. More than that, from a great writer.

I read "An Unnecessary Woman" by Rabih Alameddine a couple of years ago and was swept away by how good it was. It was the first book I read by this author, so I thought I knew what to expect from another of his books.

Big, big mistake! This book was just too "verbal" for me. We have Jacob/ Yak'Ub, a gay writer who has seen half his friends and partner die of AIDS. He's on the brink of a mental breakdown and is in the waiting room of a psych hospital waiting to be admitted. We also have Jacob's life story, and Death and Satan discussing in Jacob's living room.
We also have a string of saints and martyrs appearing at all times.

For me, the best part is almost at the end of the book, when the author describes a party where they have caged men "decorating" the house. The theme terrible and at the same time hilarious.

So, for me, a book marvelously written but with a complex and sometimes dull story.

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Review: e-Murderer

e-Murderer e-Murderer by Joan C. Curtis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First book in a new series, and a very pleasant surprise.

Jenna Scali is a part time office admin and graduate student living in Athens, Georgia. When she starts receiving strange and violent e-mails describing murders, in her office computer, she thinks they might be related to the psych practice she works for. When her boss refuses to go to the police, she takes matters in her own hands, which gets her into quite a lot of trouble.

Though the characters/descriptions sometimes lack depth, the plot is quite good and the end is unexpected, but in line with what happens in the book.

I'm always happy when I find new authors, and I hope the next book in the series is as antertaining as this one.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Review: Sister Dear

Sister Dear Sister Dear by Laura McNeill
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm in a minority here, as most readers have given the book 4-5 stars. But I just didn't think it was that great.

For me, it was very predictable, and if you read it, you'll see that the author gives us clues and answers all the time.
After spending 10 years in a jail for a crime she didn't commit, Allie Marshall returns to her small hometown decided to renew her relationship with her daughter, sister and family. But she just can't put the past behind and starts investigating, as she believes the killer is still at large.

The characters are not very likable. And while Allie is great, her parents are zeroes, her sister is a brat and her daughter is a typical shallow teenager.

Also, everything gets resolved (for the best) in a few pages.

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