Review: The Hundreth Man by J.A Kerley #bookblog #bookreview

Goodreads Blurb

Bizarre messages carved into the flesh of two corpses in Mobile, Alabama, launch a special unit devoted to solving psychotic crimes. They’re also launching Detective Carson Ryder into a nightmare with only one weapon-his own terrifying past.

My Thoughts

This is the first book in the Detective Carson Ryder Series, and unfortunately for me, I can’t say that I really enjoyed it all that much.  It was dreadfully slow. I found it got bogged down in “police office politics” too much.  It also annoyed the heck out of me how Ryder’s partner referred to him as “Cars”. I mean, that just didn’t sound natural to me. It would have made more sense if he had called him Ryder. The twists were missing, and the murderer felt very tame.  Compared with one of Chris Carters books, this was very placid. Wasn’t any real wow factor for me which was a shame because I love series like this. But I think it’s a tricky crowd to write for now because there are some really good authors with similar series so you really have to think above an beyond what everyone else is writing to make yours stand out. Although the writing was simple to read and flowed well, I can’t say anything else positive about this one unfortunately.  However, I will continue on with the series, in hopes that grow on me because there’s always a chance.

I rated The Hundredth Man: 2/5 stars

Happy Reading

Nat

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Review:Look Again by Lisa Scottoline #bookreview #bookblog

Blurb

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops―the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life―and that of the son she loves.

My Thoughts

Unfortunately this one just didn’t grab my attention.  I found it quite difficult to get through until after halfway.  It felt like it dragged a lot, too much background noise.  I couldn’t get close to Ellen, because she annoyed me if I’m honest.  I didn’t come across any twists, anything surprising, I didn’t feel any overwhelming emotions reading it.

Now this isn’t to say the writing wasn’t excellent, because it was.  I just didn’t jel with this one, but you might. Definitely give it a go.

I rated Look Again: 3/4 stars

Happy reading

Nat

#blogblast Review: The Killer In Me by Olivia Kiernan #thekillerinme @LivKiernan @riverrunbooks @millsread11 #bookreview #bookblog

Blurb

A deadly past refuses to stay buried in Olivia Kiernan’s masterful new novel

Death is no stranger to Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan, but she isn’t the only one from her small, coastal suburb to be intimately acquainted with it. Years ago, teenager Seán Hennessey shocked the tight-knit community when he was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents and attempted slaying of his sister, though he always maintained his innocence. Now, Seán is finally being released from prison—but when his newfound freedom coincides with the discovery of two bodies, the alleged connection between the cases only serves to pull Frankie further from answers even as it draws her closer to her town’s hidden darkness. With a television documentary revisiting Seán’s sentence pushing the public’s sympathies into conflict on a weekly basis, a rabid media pressuring the police like never before, and a rising body count, Frankie will need all of her resources if she is not only to catch a killer, but put to rest what really happened all those years ago.

A dark, irresistible cocktail of secrets, murder, and family, Olivia Kiernan’s latest is an impossible-to-put-down triumph.

My Thoughts

Be prepared to wish you could read all day and flag life’s responsibilities!!!! First read, and most definitely not the last, from this author and so happy that I could take part in this book blast. A thoroughly enthralling read, pace was fantastic and the writing felt very natural.  There were a few plot twists I didn’t see coming, one I did, and although there were no WTF moments for me, it certainly did make me think.

The lead character was interesting and likeable, let’s face it, there’s nothing worse that giving us a character who’s the complete opposite! Frankie was fiesty, dedicated, and intelligent and I loved sharing the journey with her.  The secondary characters were also enjoyable, I even “liked” the baddie *laughing* and by that I mean an excellently built character.

If you haven’t read this then I absolutely encourage you to do so and make up your own mind. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed !

I rate The Killer in Me: 4.5/5 stars

Happy reading

Nat

 

Review: The Perfect Child By Lucinda Berry #lucindaberry #ebookreview #bookreview #bookblog

Blurb

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.

Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

My Thoughts

Are you joking! What the hell kind of ending was that?! *insert crying face* What a fantastic read. They really felt like the “perfect” couple. Reading to have children of their own, only to bite off a little more than they could chew. Had a very authentic feel to it, which after learning about the others other job, now makes sense. I’m not going to lie, I find stories where the author has that experience a tad more believable. It was a very riveting read, with a few twists I didn’t see coming. That end though… I don’t know whether I love or hate it *laughing* I do know that I didn’t want it to end!!

I rated The Perfect Child: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy Reading

Nat

Review: Apple of My Eye by Clare Allen #bookblog #bookreview #blogger @claireallen @AvonBooksUK

Goodreads Blurb

Just how far is a mother willing to go?

When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…

My Thoughts

My first read from this author and it certainly won’t be the last! I enjoyed this suspenseful, fast paced read.  I felt like this one was jam packed with story but it didn’t slow the pace down at all.  The first few chapters were surprisingly pacey, there wasn’t the usual background dump that you so often find in a book, so it was quite more-ish, had I not be in semester, I definitely would have finished in one sitting.  There were a few twists, but I did see the main one coming.  But other than that it was a great read.

I rated Apple of My Eye: 4/5 stars

Happy reading!

Nat

Review: Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge #littleboyblue #bookreview #bookblog

Amazon Blurb

In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breached. A killer has struck and a man is dead. 
  
In a world where disguises and discretion are the norm, one admission could unravel a life. No one wants to come forward to say what they saw or what they know—including the woman heading the investigation: Detective Helen Grace. 
  
Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her—better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she’s willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer…

My Thoughts

Well, as usual, Mr Arlidge’s writing was very good. Another easy read due to it’s pace. I enjoyed the fact the DI Grace’s secret was exposed, I found it an interesting secret and I wanted to see other character reactions to to. There was something a bit off to me about this story, although I can’t put my finger on what it was exactly. I just didn’t find myself connecting with this one. Because of that, it was on three stars for most of the read, until I got the the end. That was a fantastic way to leave things, I think. I can’t remember the last time I read a book with that sort of ending. And for that, I gave another star. I’m now really looking forward to the next book in the series!!

I rated Little Boy Blue: 4/5 stars

Happy Reading

Nat

Review: Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks #bookreview #bookblog @GalleryBooks @HeidiPerksBooks

Goodreads Blurb

It all started at the school fair…

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….

This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

My Thoughts

I actually really loved the start of this story. It was a great storyline to begin with, I know my own heart was in my throat with the disappearance of a child. And I felt so awful for poor Charlotte. I felt the writing was great, it flowed nicely, nothing felt rushed, there wasn’t an info dump, and surprisingly I actually enjoyed the first two chapters where it can usually go wrong. However, there was a change in the feel of the story. Without revealing any of the story line, I’ll just say that there was a change with the twist. I can’t say I can put my finger on what exactly it was, but it changed how I read the book after that and I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. I think that adding the DV into the story was great because it’s something that is talked about/experienced quite a lot. But the twist… I wasn’t a fan of it and it really changed the story for me from then on.

I rated Her One Mistake: 3/5 stars

Happy Reading

Nat

Review: One by One by Chris Carter

Goodreads Blurb

‘I need your help, Detective. Fire or water?’ Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD’s Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address – a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn’t want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. Forced to make a sickening choice, Hunter must sit and watch as an unidentified victim is tortured and murdered live over the Internet. The LAPD, together with the FBI, use everything at their disposal to electronically trace the transmission down, but this killer is no amateur, and he has covered his tracks from start to finish. And before Hunter and his partner Garcia are even able to get their investigation going, Hunter receives a new phone call. A new website address. A new victim. But this time the killer has upgraded his game into a live murder reality show, where anyone can cast the deciding vote.

My Review

Book 5 in this series, overall it didn’t disappoint.  This series is an easy read. They’re gorey, and Mr Carter does to a rather splendid job of the description of that gore! The pace of the story in this one was probably the best of the 5, with the ending actually finishing up nicely.  I thought the story line was actually very interesting and reminded me a lot like the Diane Lane movie, Untraceable, especially the first murder method. I did however, have an issue with a few bits of the book. I’m aware that Mr Carter is also a psychologist which is why it was disappointing to read him write to term, ‘committed suicide’.  Suicide is not illegal, and saying/writing that further contributes to the stigmatisation that is already so rampant, encouraging those who may be having suicidal thoughts more guilt and shame, when we should be reaching out to those people. You can read a little more about not using the ‘c’ word with suicide here. Another thing, it was the phrase that went a little along the lines of, “… it was like her brain was hardwired differently from everyone else…”, well of course it is, all of our brains are “hardwired” differently otherwise we’d all be the same. I’ve always said that this series was full of cliche’s, this one being no different, but all that aside, I do enjoy the series which is why I keep reading it and once again look forward to the next in the series.

I rated One by One: 4/5 stars

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Nat

Review: The Sandman by Lars Kelper #larskepler @HarperCollinsAU #bookblog #bookreview #booknerd

Goodreads Blurb

Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek’s capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late–and before he gets inside her head.

My Review

After the second book, I feel in love with this series. It’s my first Swedish set crime series and I’ve been loving it. So I fully expected to love this 4th book in the series, however I did not.  I liked it, but didn’t love it. Why? It was just too slow in the beginning. Not just a chapter or two, but at least 100-150pages.  From there it started picking up and I really enjoy it from there. But the beginning just let it down, resulting in 1.5 stars for me.  However, after I got over that disappointment, I started really enjoying the book. I loved the twist, didn’t see that coming. I found Jurek an interesting character,  however, given his age I wonder the likelihood of the events her was responsible without knowing his health history and current health.  I also really liked Saga’s character, and enjoyed getting to know her more in the story.  Once the slowness picked up, the flow of info, character development, and story made for an awesome read and once again I very much look forward to book 5 in this ‘killer’ series!

I rated The Sandman: 3.75/5 stars

Happy Reading

Nat

Review: The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan #bookreview #bookblog @gillymacmillan @randomhouse

Goodreads Blurb

When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.

Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…

In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.

My Review

I’m always filled with guilt when I have to admit that a book/story for me, was only a 3 stars (average; not terrible but not spectacular).  But this one, just wasn’t it for me.  I found the pace quite slow which made it difficult to want to keep reading.  I couldn’t identify with the characters at all or feel anything for them other than disdain to be honest, especially for Jocelyn, who at first I was starting to like but then she turned into a bit of a twit halfway in. And the twists? Well, there didn’t seem to be many if any for me, and the very small ones that were there were a tad predictable.  I’m sorry to sound so unpleasant about it, there were parts I liked, I did enjoy the mother there were times where I found her relatable.  But The Nanny just didn’t grab me, and I’ve been reading some 5/5’s at the moment so it was obvious to me that this wasn’t one I’d be giving a 5 to.

I do look forward to reading more in the future from the author, just because this one wasn’t my cup of tea, isn’t to say that the next won’t be. Thank you so much to Random House UK for my ebook copy, I very much appreciated the opportunity.

I rated The Nanny: 3/5 stars

Happy Reading

Nat