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review 2015-10-16 16:55
Disclaimer: A Novel - Renée Knight

A twisty suspense story with plenty of surprises along the way. This is a fast read and entertaining if you like mysteries.

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review 2015-08-03 18:12
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware

I won an ARC of this book from GoodReads.

This was a really good thriller featuring an unreliable narrator.  The first part of the story is told in alternating fashion - going back and forth between the hospital and previous events at the hen do (bachelorette party for Americans).  The final third unravels Nora/Lee's memory holes once she's awoken in the hospital.

This is very well written and it's definitely a page turner.  I had a hard time making myself stop reading to go to sleep last night because I was far enough in that I REALLY wanted to know what was going to happen.

So why does this lose half a star? The ending.  The very. last. sentence. 

WTF with the last sentence! Does Nora delete Matt's email to be forever alone with James' ghost? Does she open it and go out for coffee with him? WE'LL NEVER KNOW!!

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So frustrating.  I'm not the kind of person who needs all of my stories to be wrapped up with a neat little bow, but come on man.  Still, it was very good and I think that anyone who enjoys mystery/thriller novels will enjoy.

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review 2014-12-12 17:15
The Blood-Dimmed Tide - Rennie Airth

Another really good crime mystery featuring John Madden. This installment takes place in 1932, after Madden has retired from Scotland Yard. A young girl goes missing in a neighboring town, and Madden discovers her body when he volunteers as a member of a search party. He's drawn into the investigation, which takes a sinister international turn against the backdrop of the Nazi rise to power in Germany.

Overall another solid book. It's a quick read and very entertaining. I'll definitely be continuing with this series

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review 2014-12-12 16:59
Extraction - Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

A super creepy New Orleans spin on the Tooth Fairy legend, featuring a young A.X.L. Pendergast? Yes, please!

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review 2014-12-12 16:58
Lady of Ashes - Christine Trent

This had some really interesting parts, but the ending went on WAY too long. It felt like there were just too many story lines and by the time you get about 3/4 of the way through, fatigue sets in. I'm willing to suspend a lot of disbelief for a novel, but good lord, no one has this many huge events happen to them in such a short time span.

We have:
1. Violet and Graham's struggling marriage,
2. Violet's mother-in-law is gored to death by a rhino,
3. Graham and his brother involved with running guns to the Confederacy,
4. Violet meeting Prince Albert,
5. a diplomatic incident between England and the U.S.,
6. thieving servants,
7. Violet adopting an orphan,
8. Violet and Susanna (the orphan) surviving a train wreck,
9. Violet assisting with Prince Albert's funeral,
10. Violet's visits with Queen Victoria,
11. Charles Francis Adams, the pseudo-ambassador to England and HIS various schemes,
12. a mysterious murderer running amok,
13. Graham's paranoia and attempted assassination of Mr. Adams,
14. Violet's attraction to Mr. Harper,
15. Graham and his brother going on the run,
16. Violet's questioning by Parliament regarding Graham and his brother's schemes,
17. Graham and his brother's deaths in America (aboard the USS Monitor) when they're running contraband rum to the Confederacy,
18. Susanna's kidnapping,
19. Violet's encounter with Graham's unsavory backers who are attempting to collect on his debts, 20. Violet's suspicions about her friend's new boyfriend,
21. the unmasking of the murderer and their trial, conviction and hanging,
22. Violet falling in love with Mr. Harper,
23. Mr. Harper's death in the Civil War,
24. Prince Albert's re-internment in his new mausoleum,
25. Mr. Harper's return from the dead and finally,
26. Mr. Harper & Violet's decision to move to Colorado with Susanna to live happily ever after. Are you as exhausted as I am by the number of plot threads? I'm sure I'm forgetting some, so this list isn't even all you have to keep track of in this book.

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It wasn't a bad book, it really just felt like it needed some editing. It could be really good if the story was tightened up and focused on fewer of the plot points to shape a more coherent story.

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