Cassie Hobbes can tell you what you will do before you do. She can tell what kind of person you are, how you will react and how you will behave. But s...moreCassie Hobbes can tell you what you will do before you do. She can tell what kind of person you are, how you will react and how you will behave. But she can’t tell you what happened to her mother.
Cassie is recruited by the FBI, identified as a ‘Natural’, one of few who are uniquely gifted in human behaviour, emotional reading, lying or statistics. Cassie is a natural born profiler, and the FBI want her to join it’s team of teenage naturals to solve cold cases and to hone her talents. For Cassie, it is a rare opportunity to perhaps work on the inside and find out what exactly happened to her mother that night in the dressing room that Cassie found drenched in blood.
Pretty soon Cassie is living with four strangers. People who can answer her questions before she’s even asked it, read her feelings off her face, call her out on lies and tell the exact probability of certain situations. Life isn’t easy and Cassie has to figure out the two boys and her feelings for them, all while a serial killer has locked their gaze on Cassie. Pretty soon the case the Naturals focus on aren’t so cold...but active.
Okay, first of all, let me just say that I LOVED The Naturals. I’m a huge fan of movies like The Silence of the Lambs and TV shows like Criminal Minds. This was like an amazing mash up of the two and maybe The. O.C. Boy drama, girl drama, and serial killers.
It was expertly written and very clever. I didn’t get lost in the information or the details, but sunk fully into the story as though it was happening all around me. Dean was probably my favourite character...and more than likely will be for a lot of people. After all, we’re all suckers for the dark, brooding type, aren’t we?
I seriously couldn’t put this book down and very much hope there will be another one to follow on. (less)
Sam and Imogen couldn’t be more different. Sam is the new boy at school, an outsider and loner. Imogen is the perfect girl - popular, good at sports a...moreSam and Imogen couldn’t be more different. Sam is the new boy at school, an outsider and loner. Imogen is the perfect girl - popular, good at sports and school, cute boyfriend. For reasons she can’t explain, Imogen has always been drawn to Sam. So when he seeks her out one night to tell her something important, she can’t ignore him.
Sam never gets the chance to talk to Imogen and she ends up saving his life...and landing herself in a world of trouble. Suddenly nowhere is safe for Sam or Imogen and the only ones they can trust is each other.
I thought Saving Silence was a really interesting, gripping book. Imogen and Sam’s voices are both compelling and drive the book forward. I found my mind racing, trying to stay ahead of the plot and failing miserably to guess what would happen next.
This book is full of intrigue, doubt, betrayal and survival. A very welcome addition to the YA crime genre.(less)
For as long as she can remember, Kami Glass has been in love with Jared. She talks with him whenever she can, shares her feelings...of course, it is a...moreFor as long as she can remember, Kami Glass has been in love with Jared. She talks with him whenever she can, shares her feelings...of course, it is all in her head. Everyone thinks Kami has an imaginary friend and once she realised no one believed her about Jared, the boy she talked to within her mind, she stopped talking about him to most other people.
But then he showed up in real life.
Kami lives in a quiet village in the Cotswalds. And even though they haven’t lived there for more than ten years, the villagers still talk about the Lynburns. The Lynburns return to the village coincides with bizarre happenings and attacks. Kami hears screaming coming from the woods and finds what looks like sacrificial tools. One thing is for sure, Kami is going to find out what is going on...even if it kills her.
Unspoken was a great murder mystery with an old fashioned whodunnit quality, mixed in with a dash of paranormal for good measure. It read well, with more questions asked than answered to keep me guessing all the way until the end. Though it had slapstick comedy tones throughout, the book didn’t get too silly.
The cast of characters surprised me, but in a good way. There were few cliched roles, with most of them breaking the moulds. This in turn made the story leap off the page, and invade my world in technicolour.
Perfect read for anyone looking for their next YA with a twist to devour. (less)
When Rose witnesses the murder of a loud-mouthed boy from her college, she is thrown headfirst into the middle of a mystery. Rose and her stepbrother,...moreWhen Rose witnesses the murder of a loud-mouthed boy from her college, she is thrown headfirst into the middle of a mystery. Rose and her stepbrother, Josh, are no strangers to mysteries. They have wondered for five long years what happened to her mother and his father, when they didn’t come home one night and haven’t been seen or heard from since.
Rose is caught in the middle of trying to help Josh let go when all he wants to do is dig deeper into their parents’ disappearance, and uncovering the truth in the recent murder. But when another body is added to the list, it may be more than Rose can handle.
Dead Time was a great murder mystery book that didn’t clobber its reader over the head with details. Rose was a very likeable character who lead us through the story easily as she flits between new clues in her mother’s disappearance and the spree of murders of her classmates.
I loved the emotional elements to the book. Rose now lives with her cold grandmother who just wants Rose to make something of her life. But Rose knows what she wants and it isn’t what her grandmother has in mind. Especially if that means having anything to do with Josh.
This is a great opening book in what is sure to be an amazing series. I am genuinely looking forward to the next one. (less)
Saint’s Gate was an awesome read of mystery, action and attraction. FBI agent Emma Sharpe is called to the Sisters of the Joyful Heart convent one nig...moreSaint’s Gate was an awesome read of mystery, action and attraction. FBI agent Emma Sharpe is called to the Sisters of the Joyful Heart convent one night by one of the sisters. While Emma is waiting for the gate to open, the sister was murdered.
Emma finds herself in the middle of a complicated plot regarding a mysterious piece of artwork. The Sharpe family are art detectives, and are employed in the cases when artwork is stolen. To Emma and her superior, Yank, it doesn’t feel like coincidence that she was called to the convent when she was.
Yank arranges for the tall, dark and handsome Colin Donovan to keep an eye on Emma as she investigates the crime and it isn’t long before he realises he wants to see a whole lot more of Emma.
But both Emma and Colin have their secrets that may or may not hinder them on the investigation. The book was wonderfully written, engaging the reader so they felt right in the thick of things as the mystery unfolded.
The first in a series, Saint’s Gate is sure to be a hit, especially with the electric tension between Emma and Colin. (less)
Initially, Deviant starts off seeming like a story about an angry kid, forced to move from a neighbourhood he was only just settling into. Danny is an...moreInitially, Deviant starts off seeming like a story about an angry kid, forced to move from a neighbourhood he was only just settling into. Danny is angry about a lot of things – his hippy/posh step-dad Walt, who insists he call him Dad, his Mom who got a new job, the move to a part of the country that can only be described as the polar opposite of what he is used to. Danny grew up in East L.A. before he was moved to Vegas. Now he is in Colorado, replacing desert sand for snow. Lots and lots of snow.
Danny reads like an average fourteen year old boy – angry at the world, becoming interested in the girl across the street, hating his new school. Only when you scratch the surface of this book and delve a little into its pages does its true nature appear. At the heart of it, Deviant is a mystery and a horror story about evil in the world and serial killers. And with correctional institutions after correctional institutions very close by, there isn’t exactly a shortage of them in Danny’s new hometown.
Little does Danny know, there is more to worry about than the weird new school rules he has to abide by, or how he is going to adjust to the bitter cold of Colorado. Something weird is going on in his new town. Someone is taking cats. And sacrificing them.
At his new school, Danny is quickly targeted. He is protected by an elite group who manage to find ways around the strictly enforced school rules. And his new friends are very interested in what is going on with all the neighbourhood cats.
Deviant is primarily a mystery story but it has so many other elements thrown in. Great suspense, the blossoms of first love, the acceptance of the hand that fate has dealt us. What struck me as the greatest surprise was how much Danny himself grew on me. In the beginning he seemed like any other petulant teen boy – rude to everyone and never apologising for his passive aggressive attitude. But as the story and the mystery unfolds, so does Danny. He becomes a sympathetic character who only wants to have his old home life back, and when it is clear that isn’t going to happen, he fiercely protects the new one he has. Danny is a selfless character, with a brave heart and a very likeable nature.
Deviant is left wide open for a sequel – and I sincerely hope there will be one! This is a great book for anyone who wants a good mystery or who enjoys YA. (less)
I went into Merciless thinking it would be another romance novel. Colour me surprised when I found out it was so much more than that. Merciless is a c...moreI went into Merciless thinking it would be another romance novel. Colour me surprised when I found out it was so much more than that. Merciless is a crime novel, a mystery, a thriller with a romantic twist.
When a criminal with an appetite for vengeance is released, he doesn’t waste time making his intentions clear. Both Jon and Jocelyn receive threatening phone calls, putting all their families at risk.
Merciless is full of secrets and revenge and double-crossing…not to mention the achingly sweet romance at the heart of it.
The characters of Jocelyn and Jon are at times beautiful to read, at others incredibly frustrating. They are both well written and complex characters, easily carrying the storyline and the reader along with it. For comic relief there is the ever-loveable Markie. There’s nothing like a tell-it-like-it-is child to bring a laugh to the story. And every story needs a villain in the shape of Mother Dearest.
Merciless delivers a steady thump of fear throughout, adding to the mystery and the whodunit quality. But always on the periphery, is the growing attraction between the leading characters.
This story will get under your skin and stay there long after the book is finished. My mind constantly drifted back to it whenever I wasn’t reading, wondering what would happen next and how the pieces of the puzzle would all slot together.
Merciless is one book not to be missed this summer. (less)
Once again, Mo Hayder had me by the throat with this novel. She pulled me in with the crimes, and held me with the emotion.
In this novel it felt like...moreOnce again, Mo Hayder had me by the throat with this novel. She pulled me in with the crimes, and held me with the emotion.
In this novel it felt like the brutal murders took a back seat to the humanity side of the story. I found myself caring for Flea and keeping my fingers crossed for her almost the entire way. And wanting to give someone a punch on her behalf. Okay, maybe two.
While there was a resolve at the end of the book, it was left wide open for interpretation and the starting of the next novel. Whilst I was reading 'Skin' my attention was frequently brought back to 'Ritual', and made me want to read it again to refresh my memory.
I cannot say enough good things about this book, I absolutely loved. One thing I will say is, don't read it too late.(less)
Alone in Berlin is a book everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.
Centred around the Quangel couple, Alone in Berlin is the story of sub...moreAlone in Berlin is a book everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.
Centred around the Quangel couple, Alone in Berlin is the story of subtle heroism in the midst of Nazi Germany, and the lives it alters along the way.
Beautifully written, satirical and hopeful even in the grimmest of circumstances, Hans Fallada will always be remembered for this literary masterpiece.
It took a few chapters for me to get into it, but once I was it held my attention and I couldn't wait until I got the time to read it. I thought about it all day, wondering about Otto and Anna and their postcards, wondering if that would be the day their luck ran out.
Redemptive and bittersweet, it is a definite must read.(less)
I absolutely loved Roadside Crosses, and am a huge fan of Jeffrey Deaver.
The characters are so interesting, you can't help but devour every word of t...moreI absolutely loved Roadside Crosses, and am a huge fan of Jeffrey Deaver.
The characters are so interesting, you can't help but devour every word of this book and try (in vain) to figure out whodunit before the end. Jeffrey Deaver creates a world that freaks you out, has you looking over your shoulder just in case, even when you're reading in bed. I'm confident Katherine Dance will be just as hugely popular as Lincoln Rhyme. (less)
This was my first Mo Hayder book, and thanks to Ritual, it will not be my last!
A friend gave it to me to read, and am ever grateful that she did! Ritu...moreThis was my first Mo Hayder book, and thanks to Ritual, it will not be my last!
A friend gave it to me to read, and am ever grateful that she did! Ritual has a little bit of everything - a mystery you will never solve, but try nonetheless, super cool characters, hardcore tension between said characters and my personal favourite - creepy rituals that will send a chill down your spine!(less)
The second instalment of the Millennium trilogy certainly did not disappoint.
A year has passed since Salander and Blomkvist solved the Vanger family...moreThe second instalment of the Millennium trilogy certainly did not disappoint.
A year has passed since Salander and Blomkvist solved the Vanger family mystery and the author skims over the details of that year in a way you feel you know everything that has happened without being logged down with details or rushed. Salander, after realising she is in love with Blomkvist, runs off and spends her year jetting around the world. Blomkvist learns how to deal with his new found fame.
When Salander returns to Sweden, she sets about making a new life for herself. She just never expected it would involve being on the run from the police after she is accused of a triple murder.
Only Blomkvist thinks she is innocent, and like the previous book, he attempts to untangle the web and determine what is truth and what is lies.
With a corker of an ending, and an intriguing plot, you will be reading this book every spare second you get.(less)
I can't believe I've only just started reading this trilogy. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a book I've looked at and walked past in the bookshops...moreI can't believe I've only just started reading this trilogy. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a book I've looked at and walked past in the bookshops so many times, and only just got around to snapping up. And seriously glad I did.
Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist recently charged with libel. Henrik Vanger is a man tormented with loss. Lisbeth Salander is an incredible computer hacker with photographic memory.
After Blomkvist is charged with libel, Vanger approaches him with an offer. Spend a year researching the disappearance of his beloved Harriet, who has been presumed dead for almost forty years. Shaken and a bit lost after his recent accusation, Blomkvist thinks Vanger's offer could be just what he needs. Inadvertently, Blomkvist finds himself in the middle of something he really doesn't want to be in the middle of and has two choices - flee, or push the truth to the surface.
Blomkvist enlists the help of Salander as his research assistant, and together the pair dig deep into the mystery that has haunted the Vanger family.
The characters are very likeable, and definitely amusing at times. This story will keep you guessing every page and will force you to read slow so you don't miss a single word, detail, anything. I felt like I was holding my breath for half the book.
Definitely the best crime book I have read in a long, long time.(less)