In 5th Floor Below, Israeli scientists involved in space research accidentally stumbled upon the possible secret to eternal life. Dr. Naama Kashti, a beautiful physicist was exposed to an unknown subtance that made her body undergo very lengthy life cycles during a short period of time. While science can’t explain what’s happening, this doesn’t stop them from experimenting with what might happen next.
Of course, this news shakes the foundation of the government and when the media gets hold of the news, things get even worse. The Vatican is horrified that eternal life could exist. Intelligence agencies from all over the world are travelling to Mount Carmel to find out more about the scientific miracle that has occured. And it turns out that finding the secret to eternal life might not just be a miracle… It might also be extremely dangerous.
A futuristic thriller about the implications of a discovery so magnificent yet so terrifying it would rattle the world to its core. The characters are endaring, in particular Dr. Naama Kashti herself. Sometimes, the book gets a little science-y, explaining things in a rather lengthy way, but one can easily look over that and instead embrace the fast-paced writing and thrilling twists.
A solid read for fans of futuristic thrillers....more
Life in a Box was far from what I expected it to be, but I didn’t like it any less because of that. Eva, a young girl, receives traumatic news on a dark and rainy night: both her parents died in a car crash. With no relatives left to take care of her, Eva has to learn how to live on her own. After the accident, however, strange incidents begin to occur. Odd phone calls, mysterious documents, a check delivered by a person she doesn’t know… Aided by her high school friend, Roy, she begins to explore the secrets of her past, and the key to who she truly is, who her family is, and the truth that’s been hidden for so long.
I thought the book would be a ghost story at first, and I absolutely love ghost stories. With the odd phone calls, mysterious documents, I really expected it to go into that direction. It didn’t, and at first, I was a little dissapointed but then I realized this was actually a good thing. I actually preferred the thriller / mystery elements over the rest of the story. I mean, there’s also some romance and it wasn’t bad, I liked it and it added tension and drama, but I liked the mystery elements a lot more.
Eva is an interesting character, and I enjoyed watching her grow and become less insecure, and more confident. An entertaining read for fans of mysteries and thrillers....more
In Missing, Sammy and Dikla are two private detectives in Israel. After finding and securing a young runaway named Daria, they’re shocked upon discovering Daria’s dead body. Local police determine the case is a suicide, but neither Sammy nor Dikla is convinced. Revealing the truth won’t be easy though, and they’ll have to put themselves in harm’s way and take a lot of risks for the truth to be unveiled.
Both Sammy and Dikla are likeable characters, although Dikla was my favorite. The book offers a fair share of unexpected twists and turns, and the mystery isn’t cut and clear from the get-go; readers are left guessing for a good while as to what is going on.
The book reads like watching a TV show, like following the characters on NCSI or Criminal Minds, or something along those lines. The action is non-stop, the pacing relentlessly fast, and you get sucked in before you even finish the first chapter.
Recommended to fans of mysteries and thrillers....more
The Lucky Ones is the latest thriller by Mark Edwards, and this book pleasantly surprised me. It’s not my first review of a book by this particular author. In the past, I reviewed Follow You Home, the book that turned the author into a #1 bestselling author, and “only” rated it 3 stars. I remember enjoying the book but that it wasn’t suspenseful enough. Then I read The Devil’s Work and rated it 4 stars, because I really enjoyed it, although my number one complaint was the plot was slightly unrealistic and too much was happening.
I’m giving The Lucky Ones 4 stars. The mystery intrigued me, and the writing was excellent. The author has really mastered the art of writing compelling books. The descriptions of the scenes are very realistic and I loved that it’s set in a small town. I liked the characters, in particular Ben Hofland and Imogen Evans, our detective in charge of the case.
What I didn’t like was that for the reader, the major plot point (the killer murders victims on their happiest day) is giving away almost right from the beginning to the reader, while it takes the detectives ages to figure this out. I wish it wouldn’t be so easy to decipher for the reader so we could be kept guessing for a while too. I also thought the ending wrapped up things a little too fast, with the “sudden twist” that seemed to come out of nowhere. I suspected this character from the moment we met him, so that wasn’t a real surprise, but how it was all connected was slightly far-fetched. However, I still liked the book enough that I would recommend it to fans of thrillers and mystery novels, because everything else but the two things mentioned here, I liked.
The crime procedural element was excellent too, and Mark Edwards obviously understand how police officers work and how a case is investigated. The characters were realistic and flawed, and as I said, the writing was excellent. This is an intriguing murder mystery / thriller that fans of the genre (and in particular, fans of Mark Edwars) will love....more
In Double Interest, three young scientists are developing a genetic formula that can alter the world – for btter or worse. But they receive threats because of this formula, and have to find their way out of a chain of plots, lies and schemes. They get targeted by armed drug lords, and the dark side of politics alike. These three unlikely heroes can only trust themselves, and each has to face tough choices and difficult decisions.
Spanning three continents and three different point of views, this was an interesting novel that played with the question: do you release a formula that can help millions of people, when it can also cause significant harm? These questions and other ethical dilemmas are asked and answered in the background of the story, while the fast-paced plot shows our scientists targeted from all sides by people out to steal their discovery.
The writing wasn’t 100% my cup of tea, but I can forgive that in light of the strong plot and interesting characters. Recommended to fans of technothrillers...more
In A Kind of Woman, Jacob Barder is a successful New York attorney who has returned home after being trapped in Europe during World War II, and miraculously surviving the Holocaust. With him is his new wife, Rachel, a beautiful woman he met in Warsaw shortly after the war, a Jewish survivor who lost her entire family.
One evening in a Broadway theater, Rachel is attacked by a woman who accuses her of being Matilda Krause – a German SS officer who served at th Nazi concentration camps. Rachel is arrested, and the police open an investigation. When the evidence against Rachel rises, and no attorney is willing to defend her, Jacob Barder takes the stand himself, to defend his beloved wife in the most impossible case he’s ever worked on.
This book completely blew me away. From the moment I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Then upon reading that the author is a survivor of World War II herself, makes this book all the more raw and real.
Helen Burko does an amazing job crafting the characters of both Rachel and Jacob. The trial just about borke my heart. This is an astonishing, honest, view of war and its consequences, and of humanity....more
In Ernie and the Evils of Insurance, experienced logger Ernie loses his job when the operation he works for is shut down. He goes to apply for unemployment, but is persuaded to take an out of state job as a temporary insurance adjuster in Los Angeles.
Ernie, a simple, honest man, isn’t prepared for the corruption that runs in the insurance industry. Soon enough, Ernie finds himself in trouble with his job…And worse, on top of an assasisn’s hit list. It will take all of Ernie’s wits, humor and common sense to survive and give his enemies a run for their money.
The book is quite long, 440 pages, but it reads quite fast, and it’s an enjoyable, at times suspenseful, at times hilarious read. There are a lot of secondary characters that appear on scene, and most of them are fleshed out, and are three-dimensional. Ernie was my favorite character though, partly because we got to know him best since he’s the protaognist, but also because his sense of humor just cracked me up.
If you like mysteries with a humorous tone woven in admist the suspense, I would recommend this book.I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review....more
In The Convenient Escape, the story starts off with a bang. Veronica Baird manages to escape from an underground dungeon. Racing through the woods, desperate to outrun her captor who is in hot pursuit of her, she’s relieved when she can get help. Even if that help comes in the form of Pete Nealey.
Pete is one of her former classmates, now drinking the night away at a bar. The bottle has become his eternal companion after a tour in Iraq destroyed him, and still gives him the occasional flashback to that horrible time. When he sees Veronica, it’s like a trip down memory lane. But Veronica isn’t sure if she can trust him, and he’s not sure if her reapparance is a good thing for him, as it might bring back feelings he thought he’d long managed to bury.
And then there’s also the question: who is after Veronica, and why? And can they escape from the people who want to kill her?
I really enjoyed the writing style, and the plot. Veronica’s personality took some time to get used to, though. Although I felt sympathy for her in regards to what she’d gone through and having to escape such horrible circumstances, I didn’t like her much at first. I did grow to like her as the story progressed.
The book had a lot of suspense, and an intriguing plot. If you like thrillers, it won’t hurt to give this one a try....more
The Operator is the second book in a series. I didn’t get around to reading the first book yet, but I really enjoyed this one. It didn’t take too long before I got the hang of it, though, figured out all the connections between the characters, and once I did, I really enjoyed this book.
Peri Reed, our main character, is a special task agent in hiding. She also has a special, rather uncanny ability: she’s a drafter, and can rewrite short period of times. This causes memory / sanity issues for her, though, and she has to rely on other people to anchor her to reality. But she was betrayed by the very people she thought she could trust, and now she has major gaps in her memory that she’s trying to fill.
I loved Peri. She’s an excellent main character, with a solid intuition but unfortunately with some very real struggles, and issues on who she can trust. Her old boss wants her back, but she vowed never to work for them again. Then they come with a tempting offer, making Peri’s struggle all the more dire.
This was an excellent, well-written, suspenseful book with a great premise. If you enjoy thrillers with some supernatural element, I recommend this book....more
In Missing, Ami, a little girl of Senegalese origin, goes to school one morning, and never comes back. CCTV reveals her walking to the bus stop, missing the bus… and then she vanishes into thin air. Months go by, with a frantic police team trying to find her, but all trails end up dead. Even worse, more girls are found dead, killed over the course of many years, all of them similar of age and ethnicity, all of them missing their pinky finger.
Sensi, the police commander in charge of the case, asks the help of his old friend, Dr. Claps, who used to be a renowned criminologist before a run-in with a serial killer made him lose the ability to speak in proper sentences. Now, he’s revalidating, but when Sensi confronts him with the case, Claps has no choice but to do what his heart and soul tell him – help find whoever did this to those little girls, and make them pay.
The books is told from multiple POVs, but it works quite well. I didn’t really feel like I could crawl into Sensi’s mind, but I understood Claps’ actions just fine. The chapters about Elaji were the weakest in my opinion. The killer’s POV could’ve been left out too for me – I didn’t feel like it added much, and actually diminished the action.
I liked the twists, how it all connected, and how well all loose ends were tied up in the end. For a debut, this was a remarkable, stunning book. However, I couldn’t give it a 5 star rating – the characters were just too difficult to connect to (I only ever really could connect to Claps, none of the others) and the writing was a little choppy here and there (which could be due to it being a translation). Nevertheless, it was an intriguing read, and if you enjoy police procedurals, thrillers or mysteries, I recommend you check this one out....more
War Town reminded me of the Hunger Games, as in it’s about a bunch of youngsters who are participating in a game in an arena. It’s supposed to be paintball, but it’s not – it’s far more sinister. There’s real ammunition, and even a time out. Contrary to the Hunger Games, this game is played in teams, though, so instead of a sole survivor, you get one winning team. The goal, naturally, is to eliminate the oppossing team.
Despite having some similarities to the Hunger Games, this book is a very different beast. The story quickly progresses into something different altogether, and the characters stand out, especially Olly. The writing flows well, and the reader is immediately sucked into the story, which has quite a few original twists and turns....more
In The Twilight Tsunami, Grey is a social worker determined to help children, and remove them from dangerous situations in their homes. He is unstoppable, and lives for his job. But then a new social worker shows up, hungry for power and position, and she challenges Grey, and everything he stands for. At the same time, he’s slowly unraveling, falling apart. The stress is too much, and he behaves unruly toward his co-workers, crossing the line more than once.
A lot of the focus is on the social work cases, and Grey’s job is, admittingly, very hard. Taking babies away from their cocaine-addicted mothers. Getting puched in the face when trying to take a boy away form his abusive father. Then there’s also the storyline of the co-worker threat, and of Grey’s fall into despair and his struggle to hold onto who he is as he’s slowly losing himself.
The book packs a lot of different topics, but delivers them well. The writing is fast-paced and easy to follow, making it a quick read, the kind of book you can read in one sitting. There’s also some romance, and a lot of suspense....more
Girl Within Girl is an intriguing, dark, erotic read about a woman sharing her mind with many other women. Katrina is never alone in her mind. She’s managed to keep the other personalities at bay, or at least from the center stage for most of her life, but now she’s unraveling, and fast. Her sole hope is Dr. Sean Paisley, a handsome doctor, and the only one who can make her whole again.
The book was a fast read, but an intriguing one nevertheless. Katrina is an alluring protagonist. Nothing is as it seems, and her search for what is real, and what can be attributed to her insanity, is fascinating. Her whole life starts to unravel, and what follows, is a rollercoaster ride of one unexpected twist after another.
If you enjoyed psychological thrillers, I definitely recommend this book....more
Let me start by saying that something was up with the formatting of the review copy I got through Netgalley. Some pages appeared twice throughout the book, others simply vanished, making me jump from one paragraph to the other and missing vital info. Maybe because of that I couldn’t give it a five star rating – I did enjoy it, but the missing pages were frustrating, and they made me feel like I missed vital parts of the book.
Either way, back to the story. Ryann is fifteen years old, and she wants to commit a murder. More than wanting to, she actually goes ahead with it. This starts a game of cat and mouse between Ryann and her father, a police detective, and the rest of the police squad. But Ryann has spent most her life studying from the Greats, so she knows how to cover up her tracks, and how to make it difficult for the police to catch her.
This is an unique plot, and the story worked well. Ryann is a believable character, despite her many, many flaws, and I could even understand why she acted the way she did – I would never condone murder, of course, but Ryann didn’t do it out of the blue. She’s an incredibly intriguing protagonist, the kind that haunts you longer after you finished reading. For someone so far removed from what society considers “normal”, it’s creepy how relatable Ryann is.
She did make some fatal flaws, and errors that made her look amateurish – but what can you expect from a fifteen-year-old? I also liked her diverse cast of friends. Interesting to read a slasher book from the POV of the killer.
If you enjoyed a thrilling, creepy YA thriller, I recommend Pretty Wicked....more
I quite enjoyed Mark Edwards’ writing style in the previous book I read by him, Follow You Home. While I thought the plot in that book was slightly exaggerated, I did enjoy the author’s fluent writing style, and found his ability to craft believable, realistic characters impressive.
The Devil’s Work is another intriguing thriller in which Mark Edwards once again, proves that he knows how to write. The book reads fast, and despite being just below 400 pages, I had to finish this one in a single setting. Sophie is a realistic, easy to connect with character. She’s a Mom to four-year-old Daisy, married to Guy, a freelance writer, and she’s dreamt of working in publishing all her life.
I have to say that one of the parts I enjoyed the most about the book was no doubt the publishing angle. As an author / publicist, Sophie’s job is just about my dream job, and all the talk about children’s books, marketing plans, really made me feel at home. Sophie’s marital struggles, and her increasing anxiety as someone starts stalking her and strange accidents start happening is very believable.
The trips down memory lane to Sophie’s past at university were interesting too, and helped turn her into a more rounded, fleshed out character. I instantly had an idea who was behind it, but that didn’t make the book any less suspenseful.
So what’s keeping me from rating this a five? Again, the sheer over the top level of everything that’s happening. A stalker at work I can buy, easily. Someone from Sophie’s past coming back to haunt her, sure. But everything mixed in (I don’t want to give out spoilers, but there’s a lot more to it than that) and it just seems unrealistic. Enjoyable and engaging, sure, but not very credible.
Despite that, this is an excellent read, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers....more
What a nailbiting pageturner. Aubrye Lynd’s 6-year-old nephew goes missing while under the care of his grandmother. The grandmother receives a ransom note that she chooses not to share with the FBI, with a terrifying ultimatum. Aubrey doesn’t know who to believe, or who to trust, and the key to solving the mystery of who is behind the abduction is buried in the past – her parents’ past. A thrilling, suspenseful, well-written book....more
The plot was decent, but I didn’t care that much about the characters. Not all of the characters were as developed as they could’ve been, the relationship between Sarah and Jack was weird, they didn’t act like a married couple at all, and Sarah’s behavior was often unrealistic. The ending was worth it, though, and it was a pleasant read nonetheless. ...more
An original, fast-paced novel about the past, the secrets of the past, and how they can come back to destroy everything else. Olivia is searching for answers, but those answers might put her life in danger. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you’re looking for a spine-chilling thriller, then I recommend this book....more
Gin’s little sister went missing years ago. Now she’s called back home because Lily’s body was found. She’s confronted with the past, with secrets guarded for years, and with Jake, who was the prime suspect in Lily’s disappearance. Amazing writing, and I had no trouble understanding Gin and her thoughts and actions. While some twists were predictable, overall I really enjoyed the book....more
A slow start, but gradually grows into a thrilling, suspenseful read. The character dynamics were very intriguing, and the character themselves were complex and engaging. The story had some amazing twists. Also loved the focus on the girl’s friendship rather than romance for once. However, the ending was a bit of a let down....more
A fast-paced thriller about a girl coming to terms with the death of her parents just when all hell breaks loose, and everyone in town seems to suffer from schizophrenia. Clare must make a horrible choice. Took me a while to warm up to Clare, but I enjoyed up enjoying this book, and liked her more once I got to know her better. Fast-paced and suspenseful....more
Would be an engaging novel, were it not for how the plot dragged, and the narrative was long and dull. It took forever before anything happened. The plot was extremely slow, the characters were flat, and there was not an ounce of suspense. When all was wrapped up, it was at least somewhat intriguing, so it certainly had potential. Had the sentences not been so weird, drawn out, and the author not gone to such lengths to just keep sounding poetic and lyrical, maybe I would’ve enjoyed it more....more
What would you do if your child, who went missing at only six months old, turned up on your doorstep? Simone and her husband Matt have to figure out if Grace, the woman who says she’s their long-missing daughter, is in fact telling the truth. The writing was all right, but you have to suspend credibility a bit – no one calls the cops at the appropriate times, and the characters didn’t always seem realistic....more
In The X-Cure, Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, has teamed up with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, and together they’ve discovered a revolutionary cure for cancer. Although quite a technical topic, the author did a great job of explaining it in terms regular human beings, with no medical background, can understand as well. Alex and his team have to work in secret, to prevent their cure from being discovered by Tando Pharmaceuticals, a corporate giant, and the world’s largest and richest drug producer. Tando Pharmaceuticals are ruthless, and would stop at nothing to dominate the world drug market.
When it turns out the treatment is flawed as patients start dying after four months, Tando Pharmaceuticals enlist their ‘Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine’, putting the lives of Alex and his team in severe danger.
While the idea of a pharmaceutical company employing hit men might seem farfetched, it actually works under the circumstances set out in this book, and it’s not all that unbelievable once you start diving into the story.
This is a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller with just the right balance between story and characterization....more
I’m not quite sure where Hannah Holborn gets her inspiration from for her books, but it’s a dark, menacing and utterly fascinating place that I want to visit too. Last week, I read and reviewed All That Remains, and mentioned how much I enjoyed the book. I was eager to get started on the sequel, Strange Lineup, and well… I liked the first book. I enjoyed it a lot. But book two? That book totally blew me away.
Harvey Sam, our detective in charge, is back to solve another case. Well, hopefully solve another case, because this case is complicated, filled with twists and surprises, and he’ll need all his wit and intelligence to figure this one out, and get everyone out alvie.
We also get some scenes from Harvey’s personal life, with his wife Romy and stepdaughter Helena, and I really enjoyed those scenes. They show a softer side to detective Sam, a loving, caring side, which is a stark contrast to the gruesome reality he often finds himself in while working.
The case at hand isn’t straightforward at all. A woman, Gillian, mother and wife, commits suicide on the operating table, a plan long hatched in her mind. While her plan is for this to provide for her husband, Frank, and son, Anatole, reality is quite different. Frank and Anatole have to run for their lives, pursued by the lover who drove Gillian to her death.
The writing is fast-paced, throwing us from one scene into another flawlessly. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. A truly enjoyable mystery / thriller....more
All That Remains is the first book in the Missing & Exploited Series by Hannah Holborn, and it’s a strong introduction to this series. Gabriel, age eight, is abducted from school. On top of that, his mother prefers to shoot up some drugs rather than alert the police about the boy’s disappearance. Harvey Sam is the detective on the case, and although he wants to solve the case more than anything else, he’s dealing with some personal troubles too – his girlfriend left him, and took her daughter with her, knowing how much Harvey adores the little girl.
Harvey’s own emotional heartbreak causes him to miss some clues that could help find Gabriel, and Gabriel’s only chance to escape from the man holding him captive comes from an unlikely source.
The characters, especially Harvey, are quite interesting. Harvey is a flawed but realistic character, and the turmoil he goes through in his own life adds an extra layer to his personality. Gabriel too was an interesting character, and the book does a good job portraying his resilience and strength, even as such a young boy.
The book is fast-paced, but never feels rushed. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a solid suspense story....more
In Mercy Row Retribution, Gerry Amota is the grandson of Jacob Byrne, head of a powerful North Philadelphia Irish crime family. Some of the family businesses are legitimate, others not so much. While serving the airforce during the Vietnam war, Gerry sees a way of making money by creating a marijuana smuggling cooperation. His organization soon sends ten of thousands of pounds of marijuana to Philadelphia a month. When a rival Paris gang tries to force Gerry to buy their product, this triggers a war between the Byrne family and the Paris mob.
I quite enjoyed reading about the exploits of the Byrne family. It surprised me how they could be so “good” on the one hand, and still be quite evil on the other, running orphanages while at the same time not hesitating to kill people. It was quite the contradiction, and you’d think it wouldn’t work well, but it did. The crooked standards made for an interesting read, and it was very engaging to dive into the minds of people like Gerry Amota, who have their own, although slightly off, code of moral conduct.
The book reads like an action movie. Gun fights, kidnapping, the mob, violence, and most of all revenge. It’s a fast-paced, thrilling read and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys action movies, thrillers and crime fiction....more
In Genesis, tech icon Aiden Markusson has the seemingly perfect life. He’s wealthy, he’s engaged to the love of his life, his company is growing extremely fast. But then, his perfect life starts to unravel when he begins to experience terrible headaches, that come with sensory distortions and strange bursts of strengths. As he grows more worried about what is going on, and who or what is behind it, he is plunged nito a world of mercenaries, body modification and bio-engineering, hackers, and conspiracies.
Facing the truth might be tougher than Aiden ever imagined, as he’s faced with the possibility that perhaps he isn’t entirely human. While strugglign with that, he also has to race against time to learn to control his newfound abilities, for the future of humanity depends on him.
I really liked the slow set up, where we’re introduced to Aiden and spend some time in his mind before the story really takes off. Genesis was very suspenseful, and after the first few slower chapters, I found myself engaged in the story, and I couldn’t stop reading. Despite focusing on some complicated matters, the book never trailed off into difficult scientific explanations (as I’ve found is often the case in scifi) and instead offers an enjoyable, suspenseful rollercoaster of a plot with realistic characters and a few very surprising twists....more
In The Girl in the Road Coat, while at a storytelling festival, Beth loses her daughter, Carmel Wakeford. Carmel soon finds herself living with strangers in a foreign country, with a man who claims to be her “grandfather”, while Beth desperately keeps looking for her daughter.
I thought the book would be a rather intense thriller – it isn’t, but it’s an equally interesting book all the same. Eight-year-old Carmel is anything but ordinary, and the chapters from her POV are really the most interesting ones. She’s highly intelligent especiallly for her age, and she’s one of the most unique characters I’ve ever read about.
More than about Carmel’s disappearance, it’s really about her connection with her mother. I found that a tad dissapointing – there is no real struggle in the book. Sure, Carmel is away from home, but no one is threatening her life, or even her well being. And it’s horrible for Beth, but I felt too distanced from her to really “get” how she felt. There’s no tension, as it’s pretty obvious what will happen to Carmel once she’s abducted.
Without tension, the book is an okay read at best. The writing is haunting and lyrical, which ups the rating from 3 to 3,5 stars, but I didn’t feel as engrossed inthe sotry as I could’ve been had the book been more tense....more
When I saw White Bones for only 2 euros at a book fair, I couldn’t say no to it. First of all, I usually enjoy Graham Masterton’s writing style, and secondly, the plot sounded great. Well, the book definitely was no dissapointment, even if the plot was a little too over the top toward the end.
Katie Maguire is Irelan’s first female detective of her rank, so she needs to overcome a lot of prejudices. When a farmer on Meagher’s Farm discovers the dismembered bones of 11 women, all of them dating back to around 1915, the case is breaking news. The pathologist is clear: the victims were strippe off their flesh, skinned alive, before dying. Katie wants to solve the murders, but the matter becomes even more pressing when a young American tourist goes missing, and her bones are discovered, stripped of flesh, on the same farm.
A thorough investigation occurs. Anyone could’ve done it, and the murders are ritualistic and seem to be connected to an ancient ritual to raise a fairy witch who could grant a wish. The murderer is intent of making the thirteenth and final sacrifice, and won’t be stopped by some meddling detectives. Meanwhile, Katie has to deal with trouble in her personal life too, and when the case becomes a little too personal, she has to figure out who, if anyone, she can trust.
Bonus points to the author for the clever use of Irish folklore and adding it into the story. The police talk was also spot on, and Katie Maguire is a complex albeit likeable character. Her personal troubles added extra depth to her as a character. The whole mystery part was done really well, and it took a while for me to figure out who was involved, but even then, I enjoyed the rest of the book still, and it didn’t bother me.
The gruesome parts were done really well – I almost got physically sick thinking about what those poor women were put through – and the author did a tremendous job establishing the setting and characters. The writing was excellent, and I also enjoyed the supernatural parts.
The only part that didn’t work for me was the big reveal. Spoilers ahead, by the way, but the reveal annoyed me. I had a feeling this person was involved, but I didn’t buy it, not the way it was presented here. I don’t want to spoil it, but it just seemed too random for me.
Nevertheless, this was a very intriguing read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it....more