My first thought when closing the final pages of this book was "WOW!” I haven't read a thriller recently that packs quite as much of a punch as this oMy first thought when closing the final pages of this book was "WOW!” I haven't read a thriller recently that packs quite as much of a punch as this one. It tells the story of a group of four friends who decide to go into business together with a new, original idea. They set up an agency to say 'sorry' on behalf of their clients - the idea is that big businesses don't want the embarrassment of having to admit in person that they're wrong, so our protagonists do it for them, for a fee. All is going well, until one unusual request sets them on a spiral that will change all of their lives forever.
The action starts on the first page and doesn’t let up throughout. Reading the blurb I expected this to be an average thriller, but it’s better than many I’ve read. There are many twists and turns and you’re never quite sure where the author is going to take you next. The characters are flawed, but you can’t help but like them and so when things start to turn sour you find yourself rooting for them. The writer also handles multiple narration perspectives surprisingly well – sometimes it’s third person, sometimes first and occasionally even second person, which is a little strange at first but works really well in this novel. It’s not for the faint-hearted – there were plenty of passages that left my heart racing and there’s a fair bit of gore, plus some sensitive subject matter. If that doesn’t bother you though, this is an excellent read....more
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way that the author combined a history of books and printing, alchemy and suspense into a very entertaining noI really enjoyed this book. I loved the way that the author combined a history of books and printing, alchemy and suspense into a very entertaining novel. I found the historical information fascinating and I really felt like I learned something from the book. The author has clearly done his research and I think that’s so important when you’re writing about a specific subject. It’s blatantly obvious when an author hasn’t researched thoroughly enough the subject they’re writing about but this wasn’t the case with Everett. On top of this, there is nothing I love more than a book about books and this one didn’t disappoint.
I really liked the main characters, Keith and Maddie, and enjoyed the chemistry between them. There was something about them that made them instantly likeable and it was interesting to watch their relationship develop throughout the book. The plot was well paced and I liked the way that the chapters were alternated between their story and the story of the people that were plotting against them. I also liked the twists in the story and wasn’t expecting them. This was a fun read that flowed well and kept me interested throughout. I’m looking forward to reading his other books, which I haven’t yet managed to get around to reading, but will be trying to do so soon!...more
Sleeping Kings was a pleasant surprise for me. When I received the email pitch from the author, I wasn't sure if it would be for me, but I decided toSleeping Kings was a pleasant surprise for me. When I received the email pitch from the author, I wasn't sure if it would be for me, but I decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a fantasy, adventure thriller aimed at a YA audience but I believe it can be enjoyed by anyone. It follows Nik, a teenage tomboy who ends up moving to the French Pyranees with her father when her mother decides to emigrate to America with her new boyfriend, whom Nik cannot stand. Whilst out on a mountain with school one day, she ends up meeting an ancient king who tells her that he needs her help to protect a secret that dates back 700 years from a group that are conspiring to uncover the secret and destroy the world. Pretty tough to take when you woke up in the morning thinking you'd just have a normal day at school, right? Nik enlists the help of her schoolmate and new friend, Daan, who knows the mountains and the countryside around them like the back of his hand and together they take on some pretty nasty people...
I liked this book because it combines fast paced adventure with historical information about the Cathar movement. I enjoy learning whilst I'm reading but some authors are unable to pull this off, making it boring to read despite their best efforts. This is certainly not the case with this book and I think that it will appeal to children, teens and adults alike. The characters of Nik and Daan are easy to relate to - Nik is an online-gaming addict who has a difficult relationship with her father and Daan is a friendly, caring boy who really cares about the environment around him (another great message delivered through this book without it feeling forced) and who loves an adventure.
My one issue with the book was the short chapters that were interspersed with the main chapters, telling a kind of side story about a place called 'Somewhere Else'. For me, they added nothing to the book and became more of an annoyance than anything else.
This is book one of a series and I think I will probably read the next book at some point. I would definitely recommend this to people looking for a fun read that is a little different to the books that seem to be dominating the market at the moment....more
When Kit splits up with her boyfriend, Billy, and he enrols in the army, she figures it’s time to leave Providence, Rhode Island to pursue her dream oWhen Kit splits up with her boyfriend, Billy, and he enrols in the army, she figures it’s time to leave Providence, Rhode Island to pursue her dream of performing on Broadway. This story picks up in October 1950 in New York City, where Kit is performing in the chorus line of That Girl from Scranton! so – ok so it isn’t Broadway but she’s doing what she loves, right? Still, Kit is realising that life in New York isn’t quite all she expected and when Billy’s dad, Nate, turns up and offers her a helping hand in the form of a place to live and the possibility of a job she’s always dreamed of, it seems too good to be true. And it is. Nate wants Kit’s help in re-uniting him with his estranged son, and he’ll stop at nothing to make sure that it happens…
The cover of this book drew me to pick it up as soon as I saw it. The fact that it has a singer on the cover has a lot to do with that but I also loved that it immediately took me back in time. I have a lot of love for historical fiction and so when I found this book I was excited to read a historical YA novel. I wasn’t at all disappointed – I took this on holiday with me and it made the perfect beach read.
Blundell has clearly done her research with this book. I felt that she captured the essence of the time-period brilliantly in her book and every time I sat down with it I was transported to the showbiz world of 1950′s Broadway, with its gangsters and showgirls and the post-war atmosphere. It made me want to be there and experience the thrill and the glamour of it all. This was pure escapism and it was just what I needed to help me relax and unwind. The ‘issues’ of the time were addressed too – homosexuality, the Red Scare, mob feuds, attitudes towards women – but with subtlety and a lack of preachiness which makes it really accessible to teens.
The plot was nicely balanced between the character’s current-day and snippets of her past, and it made good variation. I liked the fact that we didn’t know everything that had gotten her to where she was upfront, instead we were drip-fed it throughout the story. It kept it interesting. The plot itself moved at a steady pace. There were some slow parts but these were few and far between and didn’t really impact my enjoyment of the story overall. The story, for the most part, was pretty straight but then in the latter third of the book the action really picked up and it was one twist after another.
Kit herself, was a tricky one for me. Sometimes I liked her and sometimes I wanted to slap her – is anyone really THAT naive? Yet there was something about her that endeared her to me. Nate, on the other hand. irritated me to the point where I felt like throwing the book across the room. I didn’t really feel either way for Billy. There were points where I felt for him and there were points where he annoyed me but mostly I was indifferent. I felt that there could have been more character building where he was concerned.
The only thing that spoiled it for me was that the ending felt a little rushed and a little too neat. All of the loose ends were tied up perfectly in the space of a few paragraphs and, given that this is a 350 page book, I felt like the author could have taken more time over that aspect. Aside from that, this would have earned 5 stars from me....more
Matt is a connoisseur of literature and uses his knowledge to advise clients of his wife’s interior design business of the books they MUST have on theMatt is a connoisseur of literature and uses his knowledge to advise clients of his wife’s interior design business of the books they MUST have on their shelves. He’s working for his wife’s business because he failed as a novelist and this is his way of continuing to interact with literature. This causes friction with his wife, Cee, as he is no longer the carefree artist he was when they married and she now wonders whether it was worth the problems it caused with her parents, who thought Matt had married her for the money. When Matt meets Claudia, the wife of his new client, he quickly falls for her to the point of obsession…
I was torn over whether I liked Matt or not. On the one hand, he's a player. A huge player. Yet somehow that wasn't enough for me to dislike him. I loved his passion - about everything. Let it not be said that he doesn't completely throw himself into a project - whether that be books or a woman. I get the feeling that he's one of those people that will pretty much get away with anything because they have the intelligence and the charm to talk their way out of any situation. Normally, that kind of thing doesn't appeal to me but for some reason I liked it in him.
The thing I love aboout this book is that it combines my love of books with my love of mysteries and thrillers so not only was I interested in the plot, I was also interested in the smaller details of the books that the protagonist was recommending to his clients and the books that he was discussing with other characters. This extra little bit of pull meant that I still found the book interesting, even in the slower parts.
Not that there are many slower parts - the plot continues to push forward at a good pace throughout the book and, as is usual with mysteries and thrillers, once I thought I had the story figured out, it changed again with another twist.
The final paragraph was a great conclusion to the story and, without saying too much for fear of spoilers, I will say that it definitely kept me turning the pages....more
Birdie didn't really have the best start in life - dragged around from town to town by her mother, she doesn't really have anywhere to call home. It iBirdie didn't really have the best start in life - dragged around from town to town by her mother, she doesn't really have anywhere to call home. It isn't really surprising that she has followed in her mother's footsteps and lives life on the road, getting by by stealing whatever she can. When she finds out that there is a family heirloom supposedly hidden in Liberty, Ohio, she sees her way out of the life she's fallen into. She heads to Liberty to search for the heirloom, along the way meeting Hugh, a reporter, with whom she ends up sharing a flat. The story follows her search and her relationship with Hugh, who ends up sticking around for much longer than he anticipated...
The main thing I loved about this book was its pacing. It's not a short book, at 415 pages, but it didn't feel long at all. There weren't any slow parts and I wanted to read the book at any chance I got. The plot is well written, with interesting twists and a nice balance between description and dialogue. The characters were believeable, although at times I did find Hugh to be a little one-dimensional. Nolfi more than made up for that with her characterisation of Birdie, though. Despite the fact that she's a criminal, she's actually pretty loveable. Her 'heart is in the right place' as they say. She does actually want to make a go of her life and live 'normally', but things just never seem to work out that way.
I enjoyed watching Birdie and Hugh's relationship develop, even though it was frustrating at times. I guess the tension makes it more believeable - no relationship is smooth sailing. Her interactions with others in the town were interesting and amusing at times too. Despite only being in town to find the heirloom, and despite trying to convince herself that she hates the locals, Birdie actually begins to care about people more than she'll admit. It's nice to see her begin to build the life she wanted but wasn't sure how to achieve.
So if you're looking for a mystery novel with a little added romance, fun characters and an engaging plot, then I'd recommend this! I read the e-book, but the paperback is out on Amazon today - go grab yourself a copy!...more
I had high hopes for this novel. The premise was interesting and I like mystery and thriller novels. I also love to read about other cultures and so II had high hopes for this novel. The premise was interesting and I like mystery and thriller novels. I also love to read about other cultures and so I was looking forward to reading this story set in India. To be honest I felt a little let down.
The plot started with promise - Inspector Ghote is given a murder case to investigate and is asked to take with him a Swedish criminologist who is there to report on the Bombay police department's functionality. He's also told to investigate the number one priority case of the theft of a rupee (yes one single rupee) from the Minister of Police Affairs' office. Along the way he is met with eccentric characters, unco-operative witnesses and lots of dead ends.
My problem was that all of the characters in this book irritated me in one way or another. I couldn't connect with any of them. There wasn't much characterisation of the protagonist and the unco-operativeness of the witnesses just made me want to scream. The plot moved along at a good pace but I think that the book could have been 100 pages shorter and the author still could have gotten in everything he needed to.
As to the conclusion, I normally love a mystery/thriller where I can try to piece the evidence together to see if I can solve it myself before the revelation, but it just wasn't possible with this book. I can't say too much without revealing spoilers so I will just say that I became very frustrated in the last third of the book.
This book did keep my interest but, ultimately, it was just average....more
It was the cover of this book that initially caught my eye whilst I was browsing the books in my local supermarket. I think it's beautiful. SomethingIt was the cover of this book that initially caught my eye whilst I was browsing the books in my local supermarket. I think it's beautiful. Something about it screamed "pick me up!" so I did.
This book is very much a voyage of discovery and as such I can't really say too much about the plot without giving spoilers. So I won't - the blurb is enough.
This is pretty powerful for a debut novel. It got me so hooked that I read it in two sittings - I would have read it in one but I started it before going to bed and I was so tired that I just had to put it down!
Although this book deals with some serious and sensitive topics, she does so without going into too much detail, which I think is a good thing to do in this novel - she's not preaching, she's not trying to offer answers or theories, she's just writing about it and letting the reader make up their own minds. Grace is pretty damaged, psychologically, and it's a very emotional ride as she tries to remember exactly what happened to get her where she is now.
The writing is brilliant. The author has really managed to get into Grace's head and the book is pretty much a stream of consciousness. The writing reflects how confused Grace is and, as she starts to put the pieces together, the writing gets more consistant and spends less time jumping between the past and present. Grace has many flaws, but the book wouldn't be what it is without them and, as much as I felt like I should hate her, I really couldn't. I guess it's because I related to her in so many ways. I think that's one of the great things about this book - most people reading will be able to relate to some part of her story. At times I wanted to shout at her and ask her what the hell she was thinking, but most of the time I just wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be ok. I was very emotionally involved in this book from start to finish, especially at the finish. It wasn't an easy book to read, by any means, but it was well worth reading and, despite the seriousness of the content, still managed to make me laugh.
I really want to talk about the twist, but I can't without giving spoilers and so I'll just say that I didn't see it coming, but once it was out there it made a lot of sense. This is the kind of twist that makes you think OH! and completely changes your whole take on the preceding story.
Cat Clarke is a talented writer and, after reading this brilliant debut, I can't wait to read more of her work. ...more
This is definitely one of the best thrillers I've read in recent years. The plot is simple enough - Bee finds out that her sister Tess is missing andThis is definitely one of the best thrillers I've read in recent years. The plot is simple enough - Bee finds out that her sister Tess is missing and sets out to find out what happened. Along the way she finds out some things she didn't know about her sister - although they were close, living in different countries had put some distance between them both physically and emotionally. The book follows Bee's journey as she tries to figure out what happened to her sister, especially as the police don't really seem to care much.
This plot was great, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and the twist came out of nowhere and blew my mind. An excellent read....more
I'm kind of torn between giving this a 3 star or a 4 star rating.
On the one hand, it kept me reading and kept me on the edge of my seat. I have to adI'm kind of torn between giving this a 3 star or a 4 star rating.
On the one hand, it kept me reading and kept me on the edge of my seat. I have to admit that I gasped out loud in a few places and there were plenty of 'just one more chapter' moments. I liked the character of Robert Langdon in the first two books and I liked him in this book too (even if all I could see was Tom Hanks. I hate when movies take away my imagination!). I'm a little ashamed to say that I didn't see the first 'twist' (because there's more than one) coming at all, but I liked that because it shocked me and I like it when a thriller can do that. Not many thrillers keep me guessing all the way to the reveal.
So that was the 4 star stuff. But the ending? Ick. It wasn't BAD, per se, but it just felt like it's been done before. It was ok, but a little predictable.
I think I'm going with 4 stars, but may change my mind :)...more
This is definitely one of those books that I class as a guilty pleasure, although I actually don't feel guilty, because I figure everyone should readThis is definitely one of those books that I class as a guilty pleasure, although I actually don't feel guilty, because I figure everyone should read what they like to read. As long as they're reading SOMETHING, it's all good!
The Luxe is set in 1899 in New York City. It's the story of society's elite and their shenanigans - parties, romance, scandal; it's all in here. Elizabeth Holland is the eldest daughter of one of the most influential families in New York. That is, until her father dies. Suddenly her family starts to experience money issues and, in order secure her family's future, her mother arranges for her to marry Henry Schoonmaker. The problem lies in the fact that Elizabeth is not at all attracted to Henry and, in fact, has her sights set on Will - their stable boy. Throw into the mix her best friend Penelope and her sister Diana, both of whom have fallen for Henry, and you have yourself a pretty messed up love pentagon.
I read this book on holiday and it was the perfect beach read. I'd wanted to read it for a while as the cover caught my eye and I was intrigued by the promise of a historical fiction novel for teens. Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and I hadn't read any set in this period so I decided to give it a try.
The plot was fun and engaging and I loved the mystery aspect of it. We know from the first page that Elizabeth dies, but we don't know how. This propels the plot as there is the promise that we will find out and I was interested to see how the author wove the story and built up to this. Plus there are a couple of twists, one of which I was definitely NOT expecting, and this kept it interesting.
I can't say I cared too much about the characters. Normally this would mean that I didn't enjoy the book, but for some reason it actually seemed to compliment the plot. The book is about high society and high-society is, a lot of the time, chock-full of bitches. The fact that none of the characters were particularly likeable, albeit for different reasons - Penelope was a bitch, Elizabeth was a wimp, Lina was spiteful and Diana was selfish, although I did like her more than the others - actually added to the atmosphere of the novel.
If you like period dramas, mysteries and chick-lit, and don't mind them being thrown into the same pot, then you'll love this. I did, and will definitely be reading the others in the series....more
I had mixed feelings about this book. It tells the story of Kenny, who has just been diagnosed with a brain tumour and has been given weeks to live. HI had mixed feelings about this book. It tells the story of Kenny, who has just been diagnosed with a brain tumour and has been given weeks to live. He decides that he wants to make amends with people he's let down in the past, however when he tries to trace an old school friend, he finds she disappeared years earlier and has never been found. He decides that he has to find out what happens before he dies.
This book kept me turning the pages - It moved fast and was an easy read. The writing wasn't great though and the plot, whilst exciting, was far from believable in most parts. That said, I still enjoyed it. There was a little more gore than I was expecting and there some sex scenes which could be considered graphic. Neither of these facts bothered me, however some people may find it offensive. The characterisation wasn't bad, Kenny's brain tumour changed his personality quite a lot, which I believe is reflective of real life, and the author took care to include other symptoms of the tumour and made these integral to the plot.
In all, I liked this and would probably read more of the author's work. ...more
A young girl is murdered and her body is found dumped on an alter stone on a local archeological dig site. There is no apparant motive and no immediatA young girl is murdered and her body is found dumped on an alter stone on a local archeological dig site. There is no apparant motive and no immediately obvious killer. There is, however, a possibility that the murder could be linked to the disappearance of two children twenty years earlier...
This was a pretty mammoth book for a mystery/thriller, coming in at almost 600 pages. For some writers in this genre that would be 200 pages too many, as it gives the opportunity for too much detail and description. That's not the case in this book. The author's use of description is perfect, particularly in the prologue, which immediately captured my attention.
There were no slow parts in this book, no parts that I felt like skimming over. This is a rarity for me and, especially in a thriller, was really refreshing. I didn't find myself wanting to rush ahead to find out whodunnit; I was happy to let the story tell itself and for it all to unravel in its own sweet time - another rarity.
The characters were complex and intriguing and all were nicely built too. I especially liked the sideline friendship between Cassie and Rob, the detectives in charge of Operation Vestel, and how their complex relationship intertwined with that of the other detective on the case, Sam. This is one of a number of complex relationships in the book and I liked how these were brought together into the bigger picture.
The 'whodunnit' aspect of the book kept me guessing right up until the reveal, which I loved as not many books can do this! The only thing wrong with the book, from my point of view, is that there is a loose end that isn't tied up (which I can't say more about as it would be considered a spoiler). Maybe this was for a reason, who knows, but had this been tied up this book would have gotten 5 stars from me....more
This was my first P.D. James and I'll definitely be reading more.
Innocent Blood tells the story of Philippa Palfrey, an 18 year old who was adopted aThis was my first P.D. James and I'll definitely be reading more.
Innocent Blood tells the story of Philippa Palfrey, an 18 year old who was adopted at age 8. She has decided to exercise her right to find out who her birth parents were in an attempt to discover who she really is. It doesn't all go to plan though, when she finds out the truth about her real parents - and it's not the same as the romantic fantasies she's made up in her head.
I loved this book from start to finish. It kept me engrossed throughout and I really didn't want to put it down. This isn't your typical crime/thriller novel, it goes much deeper than that. It's a psychological story of human nature, revenge and relationships. The characters are well built, although not entirely likeable, and the plot is slow-moving, but in a good way. The plot develops well and builds stedily to the climax, which was a great twist. I found the pace moved along nicely and although it was slow, it didn't feel boring at any time. The writing is also brilliant, James is clearly more literary than other authors in this genre. Her command of the English language is excellent and she uses it to perfection in this book.
This is one I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes a good plot and engaging characters.
This book had me hooked from the first page. The action starts in the first chapter and I loved that about it. There was none of the slow build-up thaThis book had me hooked from the first page. The action starts in the first chapter and I loved that about it. There was none of the slow build-up that so many novels seem to have, although there is a LOT of detail. This may put some readers off but it really is essential to the story and the character building of the protagonist, Martin. There was a need to suspend disbelief to some degree, but that's part of the fun of the story! The story moved along at a good pace and there were parts where I held my breath wondering what would happen next and there were parts where I laughed out loud - cue the funny looks from people around me!
I took an instant liking to the protagonist, Martin, although I'm not really sure why. I guess it was because, despite his profession, he's actually a pretty nice guy and it's hard to dislike him. I also think that his methodical, organised approach to life resonated with me because, although I am nowhere near as meticulously organised as he is, I do have a pre-disposition to list making and attention to detail so this appealed to that side of me! The fact that he calls the homeowners 'Clients' rather than victims really endeared him to me - it shows that he cares about them and really does think that he's providing them with a service. I guess he's also using the term to make it sound more acceptable, but he does know that what he's doing is wrong. I don't really want to say anymore about the story as that would give away spoilers, but I will say that the situations he ends up in and the steps he takes to resolve those situations show how caring he is and made me like him even more.
As much as I did like Martin, it did really creep me out to think about how easy it is for someone to get into your house. I was lucky enough to be part of a chat with the author recently and he mentioned that he'd done a lot of research on lock-picking whilst writing the book and that it's surprising how many forums and sites there are on the internet that are dedicated to this. It definitely made me want to up the security on our house. It also made me think about things that I've misplaced in the past. Obviously the reality is that most burglars will go for the big cash items, but still...
A great read and one that I will probably read again. I can't wait to pick up the author's second book, Unexpectedly Milo....more
I loved this quirky little mystery. It shows that mysteries don't need blood and gore to be great reads.
The protagonist is Flavia de Luce who, in 1950I loved this quirky little mystery. It shows that mysteries don't need blood and gore to be great reads.
The protagonist is Flavia de Luce who, in 1950, lives in an old country house with her father, two annoying sisters and their handyman/gardener, Dogger. When she finds a dead man in the cucumber patch and her father is taken in for questionning, she decides that she needs to do some investigating of her own to clear his name.
I read this after hearing Michael talk about it on the Books on the Nightstand podcast. It took me a while to get around to reading it, but now I wish I hadn't waited so long! The writing is good and the pace flows well. I instantly liked Flavia and she seems much wiser than her 11 years. She also doesn't take any crap and I love that about her!
I'm really looking forward to reading the next installment! ...more
I read a couple of the Alex Cross books before I realised that they were part of an ongoing series, so I figured I should go back to the beginning. ClI read a couple of the Alex Cross books before I realised that they were part of an ongoing series, so I figured I should go back to the beginning. Classic Patterson. Never fails to entertain....more
I loved this book. Patterson's pairings with other authors so far have been ok, but not up to the standard of his two series of books - Alex Cross andI loved this book. Patterson's pairings with other authors so far have been ok, but not up to the standard of his two series of books - Alex Cross and Womens Murder Club. This one though, was definitely up there with the best of them.
Kim McDaniels, a swimsuit model, disappears on a shoot in Hawaii and when the police have no leads her parents fly out to try to find their daughter themselves. On arrival they meet Ben, a crime reporter and part time novelist, who has flown in from LA. Ben then gets more involved in the case as he thinks he could get a book deal from it. Problem is, he ends up a little more involved than he bargained for.
The action was non-stop from beginning to end. This was a little more... brutal... than most of his other work but I'm not squeamish and so it really didn't bother me. The characterisation of the psychopathic killer was top notch and made for a heart-thumping read. The plot is fast paced and is a definite page turner - I really didn't want to put this down and I could easily have finished it in one sitting given the chance.
Hmmm... I'm not really sure what I thought of this book. It did keep my interest, but the jumping around between 3 time periods and multiple characterHmmm... I'm not really sure what I thought of this book. It did keep my interest, but the jumping around between 3 time periods and multiple characters got pretty confusing, especially in the first half of the book. The jumping between characters also meant that they were all a little flat. I like to get to know my characters and I don't feel like I did with this book. The plot was good enough... it was interesting, pretty fast paced, and kept the pages turning. The writing was ok, nothing special, but not bad either.
I got this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
This book was interesting. I've read many thrillers, but none of them have been based in SouI got this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
This book was interesting. I've read many thrillers, but none of them have been based in South Africa. The book is a number of stories rolled into one surrounding the Serious and Violent Crimes unit of the South African police service. The unit are investigating a murder when they receive information about a 'protection' group. The turn their attentions to this group, but then a bomb is detonated in Johannesburg. We then follows the stories and the links between them unfold throughout the book. I also learned a few things about South Africa whilst reading this book - a bonus!
The book is pretty action packed, but not all the way through. I found that it took me a while to get into it and the beginning was a little slower than I'm used to in a thriller. I'm glad I stuck with it though, as the latter part makes up for the slowness of the initial third of the book. The plot develops really well and the characterisation gives the book depth. We really get to know the main characters; and the supporting cast is nicely built too.
I would say that this is more crime than thriller. There isn't the suspense that is present in other thrillers; however this isn't a bad thing. The author clearly knows his subject and it shows in his writing. This was an interesting read and I'd recommend it to fans of both the crime and thriller genres....more
This book was brilliant. I couldn’t put it down. The action was there right from the beginning and didn’t let up throughout the whole story. The plotThis book was brilliant. I couldn’t put it down. The action was there right from the beginning and didn’t let up throughout the whole story. The plot was fast paced, which made it a real page turner. The main character is one of those people that you can’t help but like, despite the fact that he’s a killer. The characterisation of Reacher is in-depth and gives the book real integrity. Having read Killing Floor - which introduced Jack Reacher - but nothing in between, I liked how the character has developed between the two books.
I liked the length of the chapters. They were relatively short, which meant that each part of the book could be digested in smaller chunks and it made it easier to come back to after a break. There were a couple of twists in the book that kept my interest, and I thought they added to the plot – sometimes twists can seem contrived, but not in this case. I liked the plot subject - I can't actually say anything about it, as that would give away details, but suffice to say it's very relevant and I liked Child's take on it.
A great book, definitely one I’d recommend to fans of fast-paced thrillers. I’ve only read one other Lee Child book (and enjoyed that one too as it happens), but I’ll definitely be reading the previous books in this series. ...more
I got this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first. I found that this was quite slow in places anI got this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first. I found that this was quite slow in places and there wasn't the character development that I'd been hoping for after the first book.
That said, it was still a decent read, again there were plot twists throughout keeping it interesting (despite the slow parts). I didn't care much for the epilogue if I'm honest (I didn't think it added to the story), but it didn't really affect my enjoyment of the story.
And the book was free - so who am I to complain?! ...more
I got this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
This is a fun look at magic, mysticism and Viking artefacts!
The book flows really well and II got this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
This is a fun look at magic, mysticism and Viking artefacts!
The book flows really well and I read it in a day. I liked the storyline, and there was enough suspense to keep me interested. The characterisation of Beatrice is good, although I would have liked more characterisation of The Newshounds. Overall it was a fun read. One slight issue is that the book cannot be read singularly. In order to conclude the story, you have to read book 2. In a series, most books can stand alone, but this is really one half of a book.
Just as much fun as the first book! Ok so the writing isn't fantastic, but I'm not looking for a literary masterpiece. I'll admit there were some partJust as much fun as the first book! Ok so the writing isn't fantastic, but I'm not looking for a literary masterpiece. I'll admit there were some parts of the book where I rolled my eyes a little, but still, it was an easy, fun read and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I'm definitely hooked for the entire series now!...more
This was my first Ian Rankin and so I wasn't really sure what to expect from the book. I'd had recommendations from friends but had always found sometThis was my first Ian Rankin and so I wasn't really sure what to expect from the book. I'd had recommendations from friends but had always found something I wanted to read more than this.
I'm glad I picked it up. The pace at the beginning was a little slow for me and it took me a while to get into it, however from page 100 or so onwards I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting.
I like the depth in which the central character - Detective Sergeant Rebus - is explored. I felt that I could connect to him as a person and that I knew where he was coming from. A lot of thrillers have one-dimensional characters - preferring to focus on the action instead of the characterisation. This was not the case with this book. Rebus is very much a multi-faceted character and it really adds to the book.
The book also kept me guessing throughout and I didn't figure out the killer until it was revealed in the book. This for me is a sign of a good thriller. Either that, or I'm losing my touch!
The scenes towards the end of the book were fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the likes of James Patterson and David Baldacci....more
This book has the right mix of everything - supernatural, mystery, humour, romance and not to mention a kick-ass protagonist!
Sookie is a waitress in aThis book has the right mix of everything - supernatural, mystery, humour, romance and not to mention a kick-ass protagonist!
Sookie is a waitress in a small town in Louisiana. She's friendly, but quiet... She doesn't date, but not because she's unattractive. She has a 'disability' (as she calls it). She can read minds. It's actually more of a problem than you'd think... can you imagine hearing every little detail of a person's thought process? Not really much fun. Imagine Sookie's delight, then, when she meets Bill, a handsome vampire (vampires are legal now dontcha know?), and realises that she can't read his mind. Finally, a guy she can date. Then things start to unravel when she meets Bill's friends - who are a little... creepy. When a colleague is murdered, Sookie starts to wonder if she'll be next.
I loved this book. I wish I hadn't waited so long to pick it up. I couldn't get enough of it and had problems putting it down. Whilst I did enjoy the Twilight books, this is in another leage completely. It's more witty and has a much better plotline. The romance was a smaller part of the book and was pleasant rather than sick-making. The sex scenes mean this is definitely a book for adults rather than teens. I loved the crime aspect of the story and it definitely kept me guessing right to the end. The characters were pretty well fleshed out and I'm looking forward to seeing them develop over the subsequent books.
I can't wait to pick up the next in the series....more