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review 2017-04-24 22:48
First class techno thriller
Want You Gone - Chris Brookmyre

I read and review a lot of traditional UK and USA based crime and it is always a pleasure to read something that is just that little bit different. Chris Brookmyre brings a real freshness and punch to this highly entertaining cybercrime novel "Want You Gone"

 

Samantha Morpeth  is the heroine of the moment. She has inherited the responsibility of caring for her younger sister Lilly (who suffers from down's syndrome), as her mother is unfortunately serving a prison sentence. Life is tough, she works in a lowly paid job, worries that the local social services will soon visit, and socializes on the web as alter ego "Buzzkill". Jack Parlabane is an out of work reporter hoping to scoop the big job opportunity with an innovative company called Broadwave. What appears to be a simple data breach at an electronics giant Synergis results in Sam and Jack forming an uneasy alliance and investigating the controversy surrounding a new product  soon to be launched to global acclaim.

 

This is an edge of the seat thriller that I consumed in two sittings. I enjoyed the dialogue between Sam and Jack and the downright audacity that so called hackers use to introduce themselves, gain trust and ultimately infiltrate and destroy a business. It is a story that is frightening in both its possibilities and scope and demands the reader to keep pace with the breathtaking action. I particularly loved the character of Sam, the struggle and obstacles that she encountered on a daily basis, and hoped that the author would seem fit to grant her some reprieve and reward in the closing chapters.

 

Many thanks to the good people of netgalley for sending me a gratis copy of this first rate thriller in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-04-24 17:59
First class techno thriller
Want You Gone - Chris Brookmyre

I read and review a lot of traditional UK and USA based crime and it is always a pleasure to read something that is just that little bit different. Chris Brookmyre brings a real freshness and punch to this highly entertaining cybercrime novel "Want You Gone"

Samantha Morpeth is the heroine of the moment. She has inherited the responsibility of caring for her younger sister Lilly (who suffers from down's syndrome), as her mother is unfortunately serving a prison sentence. Life is tough, she works in a lowly paid job, worries that the local social services will soon visit, and socializes on the web as alter ego "Buzzkill". Jack Parlabane is an out of work reporter hoping to scoop the big job opportunity with an innovative company called Broadwave. What appears to be a simple data breach at an electronics giant Synergis results in Sam and Jack forming an uneasy alliance and investigating the controversy surrounding a new product soon to be launched to global acclaim.

This is an edge of the seat thriller that I consumed in two sittings. I enjoyed the dialogue between Sam and Jack and the downright audacity that so called hackers use to introduce themselves, gain trust and ultimately infiltrate and destroy a business. It is a story that is frightening in both its possibilities and scope and demands the reader to keep pace with the breathtaking action. I particularly loved the character of Sam, the struggle and obstacles that she encountered on a daily basis, and hoped that the author would seem fit to grant her some reprieve and reward in the closing chapters.

Many thanks to the good people of netgalley for sending me a gratis copy of this first rate thriller in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-04-23 11:29
Gone With the Twins (League of Literary Ladies, #5)
Gone with the Twins - Kylie Logan

I'm not going to lie, I liked this book a lot in spite of knowing how it was going to end, and I might have bumped it up a 1/2 star because that title... I love that title!

 

Logan does such a great job with the characters and setting that even though the mystery plotting wasn't as intricate or clever as it could have been, I still did not want to put the book down.  I was less concerned about clues (probably because my confidence as to whodunnit was high) and way more concerned about Bea, her friends, her Inn and her love life.

 

This book reads like it could be the final one and if it is I feel like it's ending in a good place.  If it's not, I look forward to the next one!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-22 20:10
Good as Gone
Good as Gone - Amy Gentry Palmer

 

 

€ 12,99 [D] inkl. MwSt. 

 

€ 13,40 [A] |  CHF 17,90* 

(* empf. VK-Preis) 

 

Paperback, KlappenbroschurISBN: 978-3-570-10323-4

Erschienen: 27.02.2017 

 

 

Tom und Anna haben das Schlimmste erlebt, was sich Eltern vorstellen können: Ihre 13-jährige Tochter Julie wurde entführt, alle Suchaktionen waren vergebens, die Polizei hat den Fall längst zu den Akten gelegt. Acht Jahre später taucht plötzlich eine junge Frau auf und behauptet, die vermisste Tochter zu sein. Die Familie kann ihr Glück kaum fassen. Doch schon bald spüren alle, dass die Geschichte der Verschwundenen nicht aufgeht. Anna hegt einen furchtbaren Verdacht. Sie macht sich auf die Suche nach der Wahrheit über die junge Frau, von der sie inständig hofft, dass es ihre Tochter ist, die ihr gleichzeitig aber auch fremd erscheint und das gesamte Familiengefüge gefährlich ins Wanken bringt …

 

 

Good as Gone ist ein von Anfang an atemberaubend spannendes Buch darüber, wie wenig wir die kennen, die wir lieben. Amy Gentry spielt grandios mit verschiedenen Erzählperspektiven und führt die Leser auf zahlreiche falsche Fährten – bis zum fulminanten Finale.

 

Meine Meinung:

Ich bin durch das Cover und den darin enthaltenen Satz, der mich sehr neugierig gemacht hat, auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden. Freundlicherweise ist mir dieses vom Verlag zur Verfügung gestellt worden. 

 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir auch sehr gut gelungen, der Schreibstil war schön flüssig und ich fand es anfangs auch durchaus spannend. Ich muss aber sagen, je weiter das Buch vorangeschritten ist, umso weniger konnte es mich noch begeistern und ich fand es ab einer gewissen Zeit auch eher verwirrend als fesselnd. 

 

Auch würde ich das Buch eher als Familiendrama sehen und nicht als Psychothriller. 

 

Was mir an dem Buch gut gefallen hat, sind die Schilderungen, wie sich die Familie und das Familienleben durch die tragische Entführung verändert hat und auch, wie groß die Unsicherheit nach dem Auftauchen der verlorenen Tochter/Schwester ist. 

 

Alles in allem war dies ein Buch mit einer sehr interessanten Grundstory, bei der die Spannung für mich aber leider nicht gehalten werden konnte. Daher konnte mich das Buch nicht ganz so begeistern, wie ich es mir gewünscht hätte. Von mir bekommt das Buch 3,5 Sterne. 

 
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review 2017-04-21 02:39
Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen
Gone Without a Trace - Mary Torjussen

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This book and me did not get along. I was so excited to read this novel because the story sounded exactly like the kind of book that I enjoy. I thought it started out okay but then I found myself wanting to put it down. I would set this book aside and read another book and go back to it and quickly find that I was bored again. I actually ended up reading a couple of other books in the middle of this one which is something that I rarely do. I considered not finishing this book but I pushed myself to finish it instead. After finishing the book, I do wish that I had just stopped as soon as I realized that it wasn't working for me.

Hannah comes home from work to find her boyfriend, Matt, gone from their home. Matt has taken absolutely everything that he had in their home. It is like Matt never lived there. Photos are gone. He even erased all of the phone records, texts, and emails. Hannah is stunned and has no idea where Matt has gone or why he left. She can't get his loss out of her mind and starts working to figure out where he has gone.

After the initial shock of Matt's leaving, there didn't seem to be a whole lot going on in this book. Hannah does not deal with his leaving well at all and her spiral downward is detailed in the story but it seemed to me that the story needed something to keep things moving forward. I found that I spent most of the book rather bored.

The story does have a big twist and the last quarter of the book does pick up the pace. I would imagine that most people will really appreciate this giant twist but by the time it was revealed, I had really lost any investment in the story that I had ever had. I did find that the last section of the book did seem to move faster and was more entertaining.

I think that this is a book that some readers will love but it will not work well for others. Unfortunately, I was in the later group. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it that really thinks that they would enjoy it based on the description but I won't be encouraging readers to pick it up either.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
This is a generous 2 stars. I didn't enjoy this book at all. There was a little bit of excitement towards the end but I found most of the book to be quite dull.

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