The only downside to Joshua Cooper’s investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friends, nineteen-year-old twins, Aster and Ivy Redd. However, when Ivy sells...more
Brook is part of the tv show ‘The Masterpiecers’. I remember that while reading The Masterpiecers, I was constantly wondering if Brook was a bad guy or not. He sho ...more
Meanwhile, Brook Jackson is a judge on the Masterpiecers’s art competition that Ivy was accepted as a contestant. Brook has done his share of questionab ...more
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Josh Cooper is involved in an investigation that tests his moral lines, he wishes he could share it with the twins, Ivy and Astrid, but the worry of him chasing a known mobster would only be more on top of their already full plates. He's determined to catch the bad guy, even more so when the mobster's death starts to tie back to the twins and the reality TV show one of them is participating in. He'll do anything to disprove the crime, breakin ...more
After reading Masterkey in the Murder and Mayhem boxed set, I was so enthralled by the first book, that I purchased the second, then found the third on Kindle Unlimited. This one took me through the ringer - they all did! An emotional rollercoaster that will leave you breathless with anticipation. It's action-packed, full of suspense, and it pulls at your heart strings.
The characters are well fleshed out. The series is simply fantastic! I was hooked from book one. Highly r ...more
The only downside to Joshua cooper's investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friend’s nineteen-year-old twins, aster and ivy redd.
Absolutely fantastic series. Loved it. Full of twists and plots. Great story and great characters. Highly recommended. 5*. Thanks to tbc and the author for the arc.
It was refreshing to be in Brook's mind and be able to know what he was thinking throughout the show. His interaction with Ivy and what he thought of her during those interactions. It ...more
Brook Jackson is one of the Judges for THE MASTERPIECERS, ...more
I really don't know how I feel about this. On one hand, I love the story (see my previous review!) but on the other, I don't think this second volume was capitalized upon enough.
1. The characters. This is the part that I really enjoy. We spend an extensive amount of time with each of the main characters (there are three notable ones) in their POV's and their characters are developed nicel ...more
The Masterminds by Olivia Wildenstein has blown me away.
Before I write about anything else, I’d like to rave about my experience while reading The Masterminds.
This novel is fine and prime example of how one book can be more powerful than reading a dragged-out story in parts (read series) and the painful time every reader dreads to kill while waiting for the next installment. I have nothing against series, but when something as dominant as The Master ...more
**** 4.5 Cranky Stars ****
When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be a hard sell. We already know what happens in Masterpiecers. I worried it would be the same story, but from a different angle. This was not the case. The author does a wonderful job of giving different perspectives without repetition.
Told from the dual perspectives of Josh and Brook: one hero and one villain. Issues of family bonds and friendship, and at times, rivalry are portrayed in this work.
Joshua is the ...more
The Masterminds by Olivia Wilderstein.
In the interests of duality and balance, this book was inevitable, this is the story of the menfolk first introduced in book one The Masterpiecers. Josh and Brook are seemingly adversaries as the truth of Brook's involvement in events that have left Aster in a coma and Ivy looking over her shoulder indefinitely for the mobsters who seek to kill both sisters over the loss of some valuable diamonds and their knowledge that will leave all of the guilty incarcer ...more
The Masterminds are a group of three very bright boys who were at college together, but then their lives head in different directions.
It revisits the events in The Masterpiecers, but this time through the eyes of two male characters. They are Brook, one of the judges, and older brother of Chase, a contestant, and Josh, a police officer, and childhood friend of A ...more
From prisons and reality TV to mansions and safe houses, THE MASTERMINDS revisits THE MASTERPIECERS and closes the twins’ story. It is a tale of imperfect love and imperfect people.
The only downside to Joshua Cooper’s investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friends, nineteen-year-old twins, Aster and Ivy Redd. However, when Ivy sells one of her quilts to the mob runner, and Aster hits him with her car in a motel parking lot, they become entangled ...more
The Masterminds by Olivia Wildenstein is a thrilling and suspenseful read. It is a follow up to book one, The Masterpiecers. This book takes place at the same time as the first but from different points of view.
Wow what an incredible read! I REALLY enjoyed this one. Reading this book answered a lot of my questions from the first one. You see another side to Brook, who was in the first book. I understand his actions a little more n ...more
The Masterminds is an enjoyable thriller, fast paced, and populated with interesting and fleshed out characters. I did not read the first book in the series, an alternate POV of roughly the same events, but that did not interfere with my understanding or enjoyment of the book. Things I liked most about the Masterminds:
I love the premise of art-based reality TV, and now I'm wondering why someone hasn't done thi ...more
What a great series these 2 books was outstanding what a great mystery story didn't ended perfect for all but that's what happens in the real world not all perfect tears at the end. But yet a good ending anyhow not just the way it would end 50 50 so to say
Rating: 4 stars
Mind blowing and unique but a little boring at times. That's how I would describe The Masterminds, the sequel to The Masterpiecers.
This second installment is written in the POVs of Brook and Josh, which was GREAT. I loved the different intake of the whole situation, of all the drama and I feel like this was the best choice Wildenstein could've made.
Brook's POV was interesting becau ...more
While others found the story interesting I found it almost mundane and not what I expected at all. This book isn't a stand alone and others might recommend. The authors writing style caused this reader to have to reread sentences to make sure I was reading i ...more
When she’s not sitting at her computer, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eaves ...more