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review 2017-11-05 22:53
Pretty Girls
Pretty Girls - Karin Slaughter,Kathleen Early

 

 

I almost knocked this down to two stars because of some fairly graphic depictions of sadistic torture and the implausibility of certain nefarious goings-on that involved a wide-ranging conspiracy of well-connected people being involved in something very disturbing and complicit in covering that thing up.

 

However--I kept wanting to move forward to find out how the story resolved, and I cared about the main characters.  Proceed with caution, though, especially if the first part of my opening sentence sounds like something you feel you need to avoid.

 

More than 20 years before, a 19-year-old college student named Julia Carroll disappeared.  Her case was never solved, and local law enforcement seemed to be satisfied with the assumption that she left of her own accord, to quietly begin a life in some other part of the world, without notifying her parents, sisters, or friends.

 

Julia's disappearance shattered her family.  Her father Sam became entirely focused on solving the case, while her mother Helen moved between checking out altogether and deciding that moving on was the only way to fulfill the needs of their surviving daughters, Lydia and Claire.  Lydia drifted into drug addiction, while Claire became a people pleaser, focused on being popular but not standing out too much.  Lydia has been estranged from Helen and Claire since she made an accusation about Claire's then-boyfriend (later husband), Paul Scott.

 

As the book opens, Claire has just had removed the ankle monitor she has had to wear following an assault charge and plea bargain.  She and Paul, a ridiculously successful architect, are meeting in a bar to celebrate, but after he is uncharacteristically late, they are attacked in an alley, where he has exhibited unfamiliar behavior, and they experience an attack that leaves Paul dying as Claire watches helplessly.

 

Soon after the incident, Claire begins to discover clues that Paul had another side she'd been unaware of, and which aligns with Lydia's accusations years before.  As she begins to rethink everything she thought she knew, she contacts Lydia, who has a teenage daughter of her own, and has turned her life around since her drug-using days.  Neither is initially sure they can trust the other, but soon their sibling loyalty is reestablished. 

 

What might Julia's disappearance have to do with the recent disappearance of 16-year-old Anna Kilpatrick?  Are there clues to be found in the journals that Sam Carroll left behind?  What secrets about Paul will the sisters uncover?

 

As suggested above, this book had me hooked on finding out what happens.  Although I started with the audiobook, I ended up switching to the Kindle version to progress faster.  I will say there is a twist I didn't see coming, and then I almost smacked myself on the head, because I've read enough thrillers where that kind of twist occurs.  But I won't say anything further about that (working to keep this spoiler-free).

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-29 09:07
Finster ist die Nacht: Kriminalroman (Ei... Finster ist die Nacht: Kriminalroman (Ein Macy-Greeley-Krimi, Band 3) - Karin Salvalaggio,Sophie Zeitz
  • Kriminalroman 
  • Hardcover
  • Klappenbroschur
  • 384 Seiten
  • Walleye Junction
  • Aus dem Englischen übersetzt von Sophie Zeitz.
  • ISBN-13 9783471351574
  • Erschienen: 11.08.2017

Detective Macy Greeley ist nachts unterwegs im einsamen Montana. Plötzlich läuft ihr ein Mann direkt ins Auto und sie verliert die Kontrolle darüber. Verletzt und im Wrack festgeklemmt kann sie nur hilflos mit ansehen, wie ein Motorradfahrer bremst und den Mann vor ihren Augen erschießt. Das Opfer ist Philip Long, ein bekannter Radiomoderator. Trotz ihrer Blessuren arbeitet Macy verbissen daran, den kaltblütigen Mord zu klären. Wer kann ein Interesse daran haben, den beliebten Moderator zu töten? Bei den Ermittlungen trifft sie Emma, die Tochter des Opfers. Nach vielen Jahren ist sie zum ersten Mal in die ungeliebte Heimat zurückgekehrt. Emma kennt das größte Geheimnis ihres Vaters: Akribisch notierte er sich jeden Fehltritt, jede düstere Wahrheit der verschwiegenen Dorfgemeinschaft. In den falschen Händen würde das Buch viele Menschen ins Gefängnis bringen ...

 

Meine Meinung: 

Ich habe schon die ersten beiden Teile dieser Reihe gelesen, die mir sehr gut gefallen hatten. Daher habe ich sehr gefreut, dass nun vor einiger Zeit ein 3. Teil erschienen ist. Dieser wurde mir freundlicherweise vom Verlag als Rezensionsexemplar zur Verfügung gestellt. 

 

Hier geht es natürlich wieder um Detective Macy Greeley, die nachts in Montana alleine unterwegs ist. Ihr läuft ein Mann vor ihr Auto und verliert die Kontrolle über ihr Auto. Als sie im Auto fest sitzt, muss sie zusehen, wie der Mann von einem herankommenden Motorradfahrer erschossen wird. 

 

Es stellt sich dann schnell heraus, dass es sich bei dem Opfer um einen bekannten Radiomoderator handelt, der entführt worden war und sich befreien konnte.

 

Man lernt dann auch die Tochter des Opfers, Emma, kennen, die nach längerer Zeit nach Hause zurückkehrt. 

 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir anfangs sehr gut gelungen aufgrund der spannenden Anfangssituation, aber ich hatte später immer wieder Schwierigkeiten, richtig in die Geschichte reinzukommen. Auch wurde das Buch leider erst zum Ende wirklich spannend. 

 

Mir haben die ersten beiden Bände auf jeden Fall wesentlich besser gefallen, vor allem der 2. Band war für mich bisher der beste Teil dieser Reihe. 

 

Alles in allem hat mich dieser Teil etwas enttäuscht zurückgelassen. Ich werde die Reihe dennoch weiter verfolgen. Von mir bekommt dieses Buch 3,5 Sterne. 

 
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review 2017-10-25 19:20
The Water's Edge
The Water's Edge - Karin Fossum Genre fiction is all about escapism, said no crime fiction fan ever.

A young boy's body is found in a remote park. It is clear he has been abused and then dumped. The only lead Inspector Sejer has to go on is the man a young couple passed before discovering the boy. And then a second boy goes missing.

This was an incredibly hard book to read. There's nothing quite like the lurid details of crimes against children to really make you squirm. Karin Fossum doesn't just make you squirm from the crime itself, either, she seems to want you to be disgusted with humans, as she peels back the layers on all of the characters. Goal achieved.

While this was a tough read, it was still a good solid crime novel. Unlike many other crime authors, Fossum seems to be able to poke at the reader. This is both a good and a bad thing, as it makes The Water's Edge hard to recommend to others - especially if you have kids - and to give 5 stars to. One for hardened crime fiction fans I'd say.
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review 2017-10-24 08:00
Blocket
Blocket - Karin Wahlberg

This was the first book I read by Karin Wahlberg, another Swedish writer, and I liked it, but didn't think it to be really special. The story was okay, but nothing really imaginative or something you won't forget quite easily. Unfortunately.

I read this book when I was not really experienced reading suspense novels and therefor rewarded this book three stars, I'm not sure whether I would still do that, after I've read many more books. Think my standards are a bit higher nowadays!

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review 2017-10-23 20:31
The Kept Woman (De fÄngade) by Karin Slaughter (SWE/ENG)
The Kept Woman: A Novel - Karin Slaughter

SWEDISH REVIEW

 

Män och fruar. Mödrar och döttrar.

Hemligheter binder dem samman. Hemligheter som kan bli deras död.

En före detta polis med tvivelaktigt rykte hittas mördad. Blodiga spår på brottsplatsen avslöjar att det finns ytterligare ett offer: en kvinna. Men nu är hon försvunnen. När Will Trent börjar nysta i fallet leder frågorna till hans eget förflutna. Snart inser Will att hans tillvaro är ett korthus som kan fall sönder vilken sekund som helst.

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Jag var lite osäker på om jag skulle läsa De fångade utan att ha läst någon av de tidigare Will Trent böckerna. Jag har läst bokrecensioner som varnat för att det är svårt att förstå boken utan att ha läst de tidigare böckerna och jag ville inte att läsa denna och känna att jag inte förstod hälften av vad som hände. Lyckligtvis tog jag risken  och jag måste säga att boken är fullständigt lysande.
 
De fångade anspelar på tidigare händelser, men jag kände aldrig att jag inte hängde med när jag läste boken. I stället sögs jag in i historien och det är en bok som jag knappt kunde lägga ner. Jag fann berättelsen redan från början mycket spännande. Boken började starkt med fyndet av den döda kroppen och hur allting ledde till Angie, Wills hustru. Boken har sådan fantastiska vändningar och det var svårt att räknade ut vart allting skulle leda till. Vem är den döda mannen, vad har han med Angie att göra? Vad är det som pågår?  Det är en fantastisk bok och jag gillar verkligen Will Trent, denna trasiga karaktärer som Angie inte kan sluta plåga.
 
På tal om Angie. Hon är en intressant kvinna, en av de värsta karaktärer jag någonsin har stött på. Hon är den typ av kvinna som går genom livet och förstör allt som är bra. Och Will, på grund av deras förflutna, tyvärr, den som får ta den värsta stöten av det. Jag är nyfiken på Will och Angie och det ska blir intressant att gå tillbaka och läsa tidigare böcker i serien.
 

Tack till HarperCollins Nordic för recensionexemplaret!

 
ENGLISH REVIEW
 

Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.


The author of the acclaimed standalone Pretty Girls returns with this long-awaited new novel in her bestselling Will Trent series—an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges the Georgia detective into the darkest depths of a case that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found. 

 
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I was a bit unsure whether I should read The Kept Woman without having read any of the previous Will Trent books. I've seen reviewers warn that it's hard to get the book without having read the previous books and I did not want to be reading this one and feel that I didn't understand half of what's going on. Fortunately, did I risk it and I have to say that the book is bloody brilliant.

The Kept Woman may allude to past events, but I never felt that I was lost when I read the book. Instead, was I sucked into the story and it's a book that I hardly could put down. I found the story to be very engrossing, with the finding of the dead body and Angie, Will Trent's wife role in it and all the twist and turns kept my interest up until the end. Who is the dead man, what has he to do with Angie? What is going on? It's just such a marvelous book and I really came to like Will Trent, this broken characters that Angie keep tormenting.

 

Now, speaking of Angie. She is an interesting woman, one of the worst character I have ever encountered. She is the kind of woman that goes through life destroying everything that's good. And, Will is because of their past, unfortunately, the one that has to take the brunt of it. It will be interesting going back and read the previous books to get to know Will more and learn more about his past.

Thanks to HarperCollins Nordic for the review copy!

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