Gone Astray is at the higher end quality speaking of this popular genre, with an addictive fast moving plot focusing on the family and their family liaison officer — a slightly different take on things that worked very well and kept me engaged and intrigued throughout. Michelle Davis builds an addictive and cleverly written plot around a hugely life changing event, there is a lot of the darker side of human nature in this novel and we all know I like a walk on the dark side. It was also a plus that the police officer involved was specifically a family liaison officer — this gave a different edge to the investigation threads of the plot and Maggie Neville was a beautifully drawn character who with any luck is about to be part of a series.
Overall I would definitely recommend this.
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Broken Promise was an excellent start to this trilogy, a twisty turny delight of a tale and Far From True continues along that path, answering some questions, asking others and embedding the reader further into the secrets and lies that hide beneath Promise Falls…. This is set in the immediate aftermath of the events of Broken Promise, as such it works really well, despite the length of time since I read the previous story it kicked right back in. Cal and Barry are both great characters within a large cast, Linwood Barclay having a knack for creating flawed and fascinating people to pepper his pages — and what I have been really enjoying about this trilogy so far is the layers that he has been adding slowly but surely — giving a snapshot of the events within one community and managing to BAM hit you with unexpected twists when you are just not looking in that direction.
Or for that matter with any of this authors previous books. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what? You have totally old school writing and atmosphere — think Christie and indeed Ms Sayers and you will probably get a sense of what this novel is like.
The characters are beautifully drawn, they feel like old souls in new bodies — all of them are intriguing, engaging and the author weaves some wonderfully quirky interactions into the narrative, some of the set scenes so to speak are a joy to behold. Add to that a great mystery, that twists and turns and misdirects you the entire time, the centre of the story has an unconventional heart and soul that will totally absorb you.
It is a bizarre tale in a lot of ways but GOOD bizarre, a little gem of difference within a genre of brilliant but similar stories and one that I would highly recommend.
Alex Delaware first meets beautiful and emotionally fragile actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her five-year-old son. Years later, Alex is unexpectedly reunited with Zelda when she is involuntarily committed after a bizarre psychotic episode. But tragedy strikes and shortly after her release, Zelda is discovered dead in the grounds of a palatial L. And when other victims vanish from the same upscale neighborhood, worry turns to terror.
This is Alex Delaware 31 now — that is an incredible body of work especially when you look at the standard throughout — ok there has been the occasional dip but for the most part these have been engaging, intriguing and brilliant reads, Breakdown being no exception. And each different mystery brought to the doorstep of our dynamic duo has its own dark underbelly and different way of getting to the reader. In the case of Breakdown a child is missing, a child who is already vulnerable by virtue of having a disturbed mother — but as ever there is a lot more to it than that.
I like Jonathan Kellermans own unique writing style very much — he uses what I call pragmatic prose to draw you in and keep you turning the pages. He still manages to surprise, he still manages to add layers to characters you would think to know off by heart by now. Not everyone could pull off a series of this length and keep it at such a high calibre but somehow he does.
You can pick up any of them and enjoy it in case you are gulping at the thought of 31 books and have not yet started, just pick one and dive in if you fancy giving them a go.
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Twenty years ago she ruined his life. The only question is, who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why? For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets and absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this.
But what if she never really knew him? I was immediately on board with Olivia Randall, a strong and independant female lead, as she agrees to help an ex boyfriend navigate a triple murder charge — years ago Olivia disposed of her relationship with Jack Harris in a very brutal and definitive way, sending him into a downward spiral and making Olivia truly regret her actions.
Now, 20 years later, Jack is a widower, in the wrong place at the wrong time when the wrong victim died, he is caught up in a system determined to convict him. Olivia believes that he is incapable of such action but how well does she really know him? There was a beautiful flow to this one and a great storyline — the author drip feeds the information, we discover as Olivia does and the legal wranglings are brilliantly addictive and really keep you engaged. Is Jack a cold blooded murderer? Overall excellent reading.
Helplessly drawn like moths to the light, two girls go missing in an evocative and gripping tale. They called them the Moth Girls because they were attracted to the house. They were drawn to it. Or at least that is what is written in the newspapers that Mandy reads on the anniversary of when her two best friends went missing. Five years have passed since Petra and Tina were determined to explore the dilapidated house on Princess Street.
But what started off as a dare ended with the two girls vanishing. The Moth Girls is a tense and atmospheric character fuelled novel that is beautifully written and very compelling. Mandy is watching a house being demolished — years earlier that house swallowed up her two best friends. They went in, they never came out. As the memories of that time begin to surface, she realises that she may know more than she thought as seemingly obscure events take on new meaning.. Often surprising and with an authentic feeling throughout, the ending too matched the rest, not necessarily expected yet realistic.
I liked the dynamic between the three girls as Mandy looks back over their friendship — their mixed and matched personalities — Mandy herself is a mess of contradiction at times, obviously affected deeply she just wants to know the truth and move on.kinun-houju.com/wp-content/gobizoqyv/26.php
You can purchase The Moth Girls here and follow the author on Twitter here. Delivering a tour de force of a crime story with our favourite characters heading back into normal territory and being those we love to read about. Plus the trademark construction is back at its finest — where the crime in question is explored from many angles, giving us a picture of all those caught up in it, from the before during and after. What this author does incredibly well are people.
From all walks of life, those who end up on the radar of Lynley and Havers are always fascinating whatever their background. In this case we have an author, a publicist, a mother who has lost a child to suicide and those that surround them — the sheer intricacies of all the interpersonal relationships make for some great reading and it is utterly compelling throughout.
As an entirety this series is simply stunning in its complexity, gorgeous prose, character building and addictive reading quality. Michael Hendricks is not a good man. But he is very good at his job. And he never kills civilians. He only hits hitters.
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Wow but this one hits the ground running and doesnt let up — an intriguing thrill ride of a novel, fast paced, brutal with that touch of insanity that makes a read a breathtaking one. So Michael Hendricks is a skilled killer. He has his own moral code and is intensely loyal to the very few people he cares about.
So the scene is set for a desperate struggle to be the winner in a war of violence — and the author takes us on a shockingly savage at times yet so addictively readable road to the final solution without giving much room to stop along the way. I liked the way that this was set from several viewpoints, I adored the pure energy of it — duelling assassins, blurring moral codes, some intricate plotting to keep things interesting and a genius pitch perfect ending.
Overall a fabulously fun read. Is to love someone really to leave them behind?
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When Simone first met Mack, he was that guy. Too charming for his own good, and way too sure of himself. But just as they are about to get serious, Mack disappears without a trace. I enjoyed this one — there were some good characters and an intriguing plot as Simone tries to track down her boyfriend Mack when he suddenly disappears — despite him leaving a note saying not to, of course she does…. Books like this are great for when you want a fun mystery story that keeps you turning the pages despite being pretty certain what you are going to find. Well written, engaging, I would call this a perfect coffee break crime story, one of those for a long train ride.
Loving the spate of new Crime Fiction that is around at the moment and Dead Eyed is a perfect example of what I mean — fast paced, full of twisty goodness, a well drawn and intriguing main protagonist and a well constructed and horrifically addictive storyline. A really excellent debut — presumably of a series — a series I shall be looking out for in the future.
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There, row after row of tumbledown houses hide dark secrets — none darker than Billy, the youngest Farren. And when your life has bled away, he takes a final, gruesome picture for his wall. But what is the meaning of the horrific ritual Billy enacts with every murder? He faces a dilemma and some tough moral judgements and this, for me, made this one of my favourites of the series so far. But she does not have it all….
Things shaken up anyway by the fact that they are no longer partners, the relationship between our two main protagonists is still a highly intriguing one, the ongoing portions of Shutter Man were terrific. On top of that, I was fascinated by the concept of not being able to recognise faces. In fact I could not really get my head around it — imagine not being able to identify those closest to you by looking at them.
Of course this being a Richard Montanari novel that concept is all wrapped up in blood and death…. Overall a really great read again from a series that so far has not hit a downturn. Clever descriptive writing, involving and dark mystery elements and engaging and often brutal characters mean that these come highly recommended by me. Happy Reading Folks! Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case — because there is always a next one.
Milo of course. As Alex is his go to guy for the weird and horrific, they start to try and make some sense of it all. But as ever these things are never easy and before we know it BAM things are getting darker.. The characters have grown so beautifully over time, with all the ups and downs, you know them so well — and yet every time you have something new and even after all this time those we know best can act in an unpredictable manner — it keeps things fresh and never fails to keep you intrigued.