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review 2017-11-22 17:33
hints at paranormal
Playing with Fire - Tess Gerritsen Playing with Fire - Tess Gerritsen

Intellectually I knew that there had been Jewish people in Italy during the Second World War and that the Nazi's had taken over, for all intents and purposes, but it never really occurred to me that Italian Jews were sent to death camps, of course they were, I had just never truly realised it.

 

I'm not normally a huge fan of audiobooks but this was perfect as an audiobook. There was music intertwined in the story, as there was in the story being told, when there's musicians and mystery pieces of music, audio is a useful medium.

 

The story starts with a violinist, Julia Ansdell, discovering a piece of music in a book she finds in a small Roman antiquities shop.  As she starts to play the piece she realises that it has layers.  However strange things seem to be happening around her daughter after she starts to play. She's afraid that the piece is affecting her daughter. Haunted by her mother's insanity she has to try to keep herself together to find the truth behind the piece.  At the same time there's a story of a lutier family and a gifted magician and the tragedy of being Jewish in Italy during World War II.

 

There are some suggestions of paranormal during the story but most of it is simply explained in ways that somewhat left me feeling cheated.

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text 2017-10-31 23:24
My October 2017
Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - Barbara Neeb,Katharina Schmidt
Just One of the Boys - Leah and Kate Rooper
Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle
Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - Barbara Neeb,Katharina Schmidt
Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen
Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - Stacy King,Edgar Allan Poe
Der magische Faden - Tom Llewellyn,Nina Dulleck,Ilse Layer
Süßer Ruf des Todes (Reihenfolge der Eve Dallas-Krimis, Band 29) - J.D. Robb,Uta Hege
Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - 4 stars
Just One of the Boys - 4 stars
Approximately Yours - 5 stars
Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - 5 stars
Blutzeuge - 5 stars
Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - 4 stars
Der magische Faden - 4 stars
Süßer Ruf des Todes - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Just One of the Boys, Approximately Yours, Blutzeuge, Süßer Ruf des Todes

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken, Der Fledermausmann, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

So this month, I decided to just stop being an adult and completely dive into my books. Real life just was way too much these last few months, I needed that mental break. So I just read all the books. All of them. This is an insane number for me. Also, the quality, I seriously enjoyed all these books.


(I'm doing this wrap up super early. Look at me, having my shit together for once!!!)

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-16 15:59
Blutzeuge // I Know a Secret!!!
Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

 Am 20.11.17 ist das Buch bei uns in Deutschland erhältlich.

 

Ach, wie ich diese Bücherserie liebe. Ich war so froh, als ich gesehen hatte, dass es einen weiteren Band geben würde obwohl der Band davor als letzter Teil der Serie angekündigt wurde. Und jetzt wo ich das Buch gelesen habe, freu ich mich um so mehr, dass es den Teil gegeben hat, denn er war einfach wieder großartig.

 

Inhalt: Sie haben das Böse gesehen – und er lässt sie mit ihrem Blut zahlen.

In Boston wird die Leiche einer jungen Frau gefunden – in der offenen Handfläche liegen ihre Augäpfel. Die Verstümmelung geschah post mortem, wie bei der Obduktion eindeutig festgestellt wird. Doch die genaue Todesursache bleibt unklar. Kurze Zeit später taucht die Leiche eines Mannes auf – Pfeile ragen aus seinem Brustkorb, die ebenfalls erst nach seinem Tod dort platziert wurden. Beide wurden Opfer desselben Täters, ansonsten scheint es keine Verbindung zwischen ihnen zu geben. Detective Jane Rizzoli von der Bostoner Polizei steht vor einem Rätsel, bis eine Spur sie zu einem Jahrzehnte zurückliegenden Fall von Misshandlungen in einem katholischen Kinderhort führt ...

 

Ich liebe die Art wie Tess Gerritsen die Welt von Jane Rizzoli und Maura Isles beschreibt. Sie schafft es jedes Mal genau die richtige Balance zu finden, zwischen dem aktuellem Fall an dem gearbeitet wird und dem Privatleben der Charaktere. Deswegen war es auch schon nach den ersten paar Kapiteln richtig einfach wieder in die Welt einzutauchen.

 

Der Fall. Ich werde nicht viel darüber sagen, außer, dass was in der Inhaltsangabe eh schon steht. Aber WOW. Der Fall war wirklich richtig gut erzählt und so unheimlich spannend. Und die Wendungen. All die Wendungen. So verdammt gut.

 

Das Privatleben der Charaktere. Hier werde ich spoilern, ohne Ende. Sorry.
Ach Mensch, hab ich gelitten als ich gelesen habe, dass Angela zurück zu Frank ist. Frank und Frankie. Ich kann die Beiden einfach mal so garnicht ab und hätte am Liebsten ihre Momente übersprungen, einfach weil sie die Art von Männern sind, mit denen ich garnichts anfangen kann und ihre Aussagen einfach nur schrecklich finde. Um so froher war ich, als Angela am Ende ihre Koffer gepackt hat. Richtig so. Und Korsak hat sie auch nur zu gerne wieder mit offenen Armen empfangen. Ich mag die Beiden einfach total gerne zusammen.
Und dann natürlich Maura und Daniel. Die Beiden. Ich weiß, ich sollte es nicht aber ich liebe die Beiden einfach zusammen. Da steht so viel zwischen ihnen aber ich war sooo glücklich, dass sie in dem Teil endlich wieder Kontakt zu einander hatten und alles was später zwischen den Beiden passiert ist, dagegen hatte ich auch absolut nichts einzuwenden. Ich hoffe ja immer noch, dass sie es irgendwie auf die Reihe kriegen und es ein richtiges Happy End für die Beiden geben wird.

 

Also ich kann den Teil wirklich nur sehr empfehlen. Selbst, wenn man nur an dem Fall interessiert ist und einem das drum herum so nicht interessiert. Für den Fall lohnt es sich auf jeden fall.

 

***

 

Oh how I love this book series. I was so happy when I found out, that there was going to be another book, even though they pretty much said, that the book before was going to be the last one. And now that I read the book, I'm even happier, cause everything about this book was pretty much amazing.

 

Summary: The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

But she knows a secret. And it’s a secret she’ll never tell.

 

I love the way how Tess Gerritsen writes the world around Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. She somehow always finds the right balance between the case the are working on and the private life of the characters. That's why, after a few chapters, I'm always completely sucked in.

 

The case. I won't say much about it, other than what's been said in the summary. But WOW. The case was so thrilling told and super super suspenseful. The twists and turns. All of them. So damn good.

 

The private life of the characters. Here is were spoilers will happen. Sorry.
Oh boy, how much I suffered when I read that Angela actually went back to Frank. Frank and Frankie. I just hate these two with a burning passion and was super close to just skipping the few parts they were in. Both are just the type of men, that I can't deal with. Pretty much every word they say offends me. All the happier I was, when Angela packed her bags. YOU GO, GIRL. And Korsak, just welcoming her back with open arms. I love these two a lot.
And of course Maura and Daniel. These two. I know I shouldn't but I love these two together so so much. There is so much standing in their way but I'm sooo happy that they are actually in contact again and I have nothing against everything that happened from there on. I'm still clinging to every bit of hope that they will actually work things out and that they somehow get a real happy end.

 

I really recommend this book. Even if you are just interested in the case and couldn't care less about everything around it. The case is totally worth it.

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text 2017-09-21 19:05
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen

I'm just so happy and so excited for this book. And forever grateful that I actually got an ARC through Netgalley. AAAAH!!!

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text 2017-06-02 14:58
Reading progress update: I've read 270 out of 422 pages.
The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Tess Gerritsen

well, it's quite the ride--I did actually read about fifty pages more late last night, but didn't get here to check in; and a bunch of pages this morning. intense and thrilling, a dastardly killer/tormentor who is obviously very smart and very screwed up. plus--always a bonus for me--we have a hypnotist in the mix! I don't think this is the holiest of holies--an Evil Hypnotist--but I love hypnotists in stories, and hypnotism scenes, and if he doesn't turn out to be Evil, well, someone creeping around in this story obviously is. I have a feeling I'm in for a highly suspenseful and effective finale...please please please. last thought for now: Rizzoli continues to be a wonderful character, maybe more interesting lately since getting herself into a bit of trouble (good for you, Rizzoli!).

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