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text 2019-03-20 12:47
Reading progress update: DNF at 79%.
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters,Barbara Rosenblat

I haven´t been particularly fond of this book the first time I read it, but I thought I would give it another chance on audio. And I´m afraid, I just can´t do it anymore.

 

This book is just so boring and plotwise there is not enough going on for 9 hours of an audiobook. What a snoozefest.

And I cannot stand the grandmotherly tone of the narrative. It feels like Amelia is telling her grandchildren how she has met good old grandpa. Due to some skimreading I have found out that Amelia is 34 when she recounts her story to "the dear reader" ... yeah, whatever.

 

Next!

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review 2019-03-19 19:55
Review: While You Sleep
While You Sleep - Stephanie Merritt

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

This one came to me in one of those “read it now for the first 200 members” emails. I love gothic thrillers when they’re movies, particularly ones with a Scottish setting. So why not give it a go? I really liked what I read enough to buy a finished hardback.

 

Not my usual type of read, but this one caught my interest right away. I was intrigued with the mystery surrounding the main character, Zoe. She seemed quite cold and standoffish. She comes to a remote Scottish island to rent a manor with a foreboding location and gloomy history looking to get away from a tragedy and a failing marriage. The writing is delicious and the whole thing has a delightfully creepy and murky atmosphere to it.

 

Like with any small town, I would imagine, a community where people have known each other forever, Zoe is an anomaly and the subject of curiosity. The locals obviously know a lot more about the manor she is renting than they do. A strange history and the sight of recent traumatic event as well. Nosy neighbours galore, and unwanted attention from creepy men, Zoe does her best to keep to herself and deal with her own drama.

 

Doesn’t happen, of course. She finds herself drawn into the mysteries of the manor, the history and starts to get to know some of the locals pretty well. There was a surprising and well written erotic element to the mystery side of things as well. The characters were well fleshed out and believable,  even the unlikeable ones.

 

There were quite a few surprising twists, one or two of them I worked out, but some of them managed to surprise me. The tension was exceptionally well built throughout. The imagery was really vivid and the writing made it very easy to picture what was going on. I would love to see this book made into a movie.

 

Highly recommended and really, really good.

 

Definitely an author I will read again.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for the review copy.

 

 

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text 2019-03-19 03:59
Paradise Valley by C.J. Box
Paradise Valley: A Novel (Highway Quartet) - C.J. Box

First, about the series. Paradise Valley is in a series that has 2 different names, or to me, it has two different names.  Actually, it has three different names. So I really don't think this has any spoilers in it but it could so read at your own risk.

 

The First book, Back of the Beyond was a good enough book and the series was called Cody Hoyt series.  It was about an alcoholic detective that had lots of faults but took his job seriously.  Because of his demons, he was sort of a lone wolf and he became a mentor to Cassie Dewey.

 

The second book, The Highway, is the only book I've ever been pissed at.  Only George R.R. Martin can kill off one of the main characters but how do you kill off the character the series is named for.  Cassie Dewey comes in and finishes out the book as the protagonist.  I think this is where the Highway Quartet series comes in.

 

The third book, Badlands, took me a while to read.  I still hadn't forgiven box for killing off Hoyt, but Cassie Dewey really comes on strong in this book and makes this the 2nd book of the Cassie Dewey series.

 

Now we're at the fourth book in the Highway Quartet and a 5th Highway quartet is coming out later this year, so how is this a quartet. So let's get started.

 

Paradise Valley starts our really good for Detective Cassie Dewey when Cassie gets a lead on the serial killer she's been chasing, but things go really bad.  Not only does the serial killer have it out for her but the County District Attorney and the FBI want s her hide.  Now she has to go back to relying on what Cody Hoyt taught her on being a lone wolf.  This takes her back to the beginning.  To the Lizard Kings old stomping grounds.  Cassie is always one step behind the Lizard King and finally gets help and support from people she has never met.  Will this be the end of the Lizard King or the end of her.  Since there's another book coming out this year I think we can figure the answer out, but this book is a really hard journey.

 

This is by far the best of the series and worth reading the series.  Paradise Valley brings Cassie Dewey up to par with C.J. Box's breadwinner, Joe Pickett.  It is well worth the read.

 

4 stars for me.

 

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box

Book 4 in the Cassie Dewey series (to heck with the Highway Quartet, Cassie deserves her name on it.)

 

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review 2019-03-18 16:57
Review: "The Crucifix Killer" (Robert Hunter, #1) by Chris Carter
The Crucifix Killer - Chris Carter

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

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text 2019-03-17 20:09
Reading progress update: I've read 76 out of 380 pages.
Force of Nature: A Novel - Jane Harper

I love how Jane Harper uses two time lines and shifting perspectives to create an incredibly tension, which slowly builds up with each passing chapter.

 

And Force of Nature seems to be equally as good or even better than The Dry, which I really loved when I read it. 

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