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review 2017-06-22 00:29
The Breakdown - B. A. Paris

I could not wait to start reading this book. I was so happy when I found out that I had been approved to do so.

However, I think this one took way too long letting the reader know that Cass was freaking out over seeing her friend in the woods. I got it, I truly got it, pages and pages ago. And, it was pretty predictable. I was pretty sure what was going on very quickly and detested that character. However, what I thought and how the author ended the book were not exactly quite right. So, I do have to give the author an extra star for that.

That is not to say that I would not read another book by this author. I just think this one really didn't do it for me.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-06-18 21:01
The Paris Spy
The Paris Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal

I cannot get enough of this series so when I saw this latest installment on Netgalley I just had to request it. No matter what is happening in my life I am always up for reading about Maggie Hope. This time Maggie is in Paris trying to find a spy that she believes might have been compromised and also trying to find her half-sister Elise.

 

While this was was not as dark as some previous books in the series this is still pretty dark and filled with heartbreak for Maggie and readers. As with the other books in the series this follows not only Maggie but other characters. You really grow close to the agents in Paris the more that you read and can't help but feel despair at what happens to certain characters.

 

One of my favorite parts of this book was the growing relationship between Maggie and her sister. They were able to really bond in this book and I hope their relationship gets a chance to grow even further in the future.

 

I was not expecting the ending and it has left me dying to know what happens next.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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review 2017-06-06 20:16
Even with the BS, pretty good!
Behind Closed Doors - B. A. Paris

I had a good time reading Behind Closed Doors. Until about 80% in, that is. Then the BS factor jumped and I had a tougher time staying immersed in the story. The very ending, though, helped me feel better about the book again. I walked away feeling mostly good about the experience and still looking forward to reading the author's next book.

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text 2017-06-06 16:45
Reading progress update: I've read 78%.
Behind Closed Doors - B. A. Paris

Calling bullshit on what's going on now. Been enjoying it for the most part throughout. A few spots of me yelling at Grace but stayed entertained. But right now, I have a hard time believing that Jack would be so agreeable right now. Don't want to say more in case of spoiling it for anyone else.

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review 2017-06-05 19:52
Was ist Realität, was Fantasie?
Der Brief: Roman - Carolin Hagebölling Der Brief: Roman - Carolin Hagebölling

Die Prämisse des Romans "Der Brief" hat mich begeistert: Die freie Journalistin Marie wird überraschend aus ihrem Alltag gerissen, als sie einen Brief ihrer alten Schulfreundin Christine erhält. Er ist an Marie adressiert, jedoch steht darauf eine Pariser Adresse, obwohl Marie in Hamburg lebt. Der Inhalt ist ähnlich mysteriös: Laut dem Brief ist Marie mit einem Mann namens Victor liiert, obwohl sie in Wahrheit eine glückliche Beziehung mit ihrer Freundin Johanna führt. Zudem schreibt Christine über eine angebliche Krankheit Maries - doch die ist kerngesund. Kurz darauf erhält Christine einen ähnlich verwirrenden Brief mit falschen Behauptungen, der angeblich von Marie geschrieben wurde. Beide verdächtigen sich zunächst gegenseitig, doch dann begibt sich Marie auf Spurensuche, die sie unter anderem nach Paris, Berlin und in ihren Heimatort führt.

Die zentrale Idee gefällt mir sehr gut. Die beiden Frauen erhalten mehrere Briefe, die immer verwirrender werden. Es gibt verschiedene Erklärungsansätze, doch keiner scheint besonders wahrscheinlich. Dadurch fiebert der Leser mit.

Gleichzeitig handelt es sich bei dem Buch um einen Roman und nicht um einen Thriller. Daher entsteht keine atemlose Spannung. Neben den Briefen und den Untersuchungen zu deren Ursprung widmet sich die Autorin zudem intensiv Maries Beziehung zu ihrer Freundin, zu mehreren Freunden und zu ihren Eltern. Dadurch zeichnet sie ein sehr komplexes und interessantes Bild von Marie und ihrem Umfeld. Allerdings fällt dabei immer wieder die Spannung ab, da zwischen den einzelnen Briefen und dem Fortgang dieses Handlungsstrangs teils große Lücken klaffen. Manchmal wirken die Alltags-Themen neben dem faszinierenden Brief-Mysterium etwas belanglos.

Der Roman hat mich gut unterhalten und ich habe ihn relativ schnell an drei Nachmittagen ausgelesen. Leider ist weder emotional noch intellektuell viel hängen geblieben. Ich habe die Lektüre durchaus genossen, aber sie hat mich nicht besonders tief berührt.

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