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review 2017-12-10 13:38
Kim Stone führt meine Reihenlieblinge ab sofort an
Lost Girls - Angela Marsons

Inhaltsangabe

Als die Freundinnen Charlie und Amy nicht nach Hause kommen, beginnt für ihre Familien ein wahrer Albtraum. Eine SMS lässt wahr werden, was alle befürchteten: Die zwei neunjährigen Mädchen wurden entführt. Nur das Paar, das den höchsten Betrag zahlt, wird seine Tochter wiedersehen. Das andere nicht. Längst tickt die Uhr für Detective Inspector Kim Stone und ihr Team, doch die Täter sind ihr immer einen Schritt voraus. Von Stunde zu Stunde verringert sich die Chance, die beiden unversehrt zu ihren Familien zurückzubringen. Stone gibt ihr Äußerstes, um den Fall zu lösen. Sonst muss eines der Kinder den höchsten Preis für ihr Versagen zahlen – sein Leben.

 

Meine Meinung 

Das Positivste zuerst. Dieses Jahr habe ich mit dieser Reihe begonnen und nun Band 3 gelesen. Nach den ersten beiden Bänden war mir schnell klar, dass ich an Kim Stone nicht vorbeikomme. Umso mehr hat es mich gefreut, dass zum Jahresende noch ein dritter Teil in Deutschland erschienen ist.

 

Pluspunkte der ersten beiden Bände. Eine unheimlich starke und interessante Protagonistin, welche nicht davor zurückschreckt ihre Frau zu stehen und spannende Fälle, die den Leser an das Buch fesseln.

Diesen Standard gilt es also zu halten und eventuell noch zu toppen.

 

Kim Stone kann sich gleich auf den ersten Seiten wieder behaupten und schon da wusste ich, dass ich mit diesem Buch in der Hand wieder sehr richtig liege. Kim nagelt die Reporterin Tracy im Fitnessstudio an die Wand, weil Kim ihrer Schlagzeilengeilheit die Schuld am Tod eines Gangaussteigers gibt.

Der Prolog des Buches wies den Leser aber gleich in die Richtung, in die der hier beschriebene Fall gehen wird. Kindesentführung. Ein interessantes Thema, welches aber nicht zum ersten Mal in einem Buch besprochen wird.

 

Aber ich würde nicht so viel von der Autorin halten, wenn ich nicht gewusst hätte, dass Angela Marsons aus diesem Thema etwas Besonderes macht.

Als die beiden neunjährigen Mädchen Charlie und Amy entführt werden, ist es Kim, die diese Ermittlungen leiten soll, denn Charlies Mutter ist ein Schatten aus Kims prägender Vergangenheit und weiß, dass nur Kim Stone ihre Tochter unversehrt zurückbringen wird.

 

Zwei entführte Mädchen, zwei befreundete Familien, zwei Täter und diese eine SMS, in der die Entführer den Eltern mitteilen, dass nur diejenigen ihr Kind wiederbekommen, welche die höchste Summe für ihr Kind bieten.

Diese Idee, welche die Autorin meiner Meinung nach super in die Geschichte eingebaut und umgesetzt hat, war unheimlich interessant zu verfolgen. Denn hier kommen nicht nur die Emotionen und Reaktionen der beiden Elternpaare durch. Nein, auch das eigene Gewissen wird angeregt.

Wie würde man selbst in so einer Lage reagieren?

Kann eine Freundschaft zwischen den Elternpaaren so eine Situation überhaupt überleben?

Und das i-Tüpfelchen ist, dass es vor einem Jahr bereits einen sehr ähnlichen Entführungsfall gab und nur eines der Mädchen zu ihrer Familie zurückgekehrt ist.

Für Kim und ihr Team läuft ein erschreckender Countdown ab.

 

Wer einen Spannungsbogen erwartet, der bekommt ihn hier in mehrfacher Hinsicht. Durch den häufigen Perspektivwechsel zwischen Kim, den Tätern und den Opfern schafft Marsons eine fesselnde Atmosphäre. Ihr Schreibstil tut das Übrige.

Absoluter Pageturner!

 

Mein Fazit

Angela Marsons schafft es wieder mich total zu begeistern. Für mich ist dieser Fall mit seinem expliziten Thema sogar der bisher beste Band der Reihe.

Man konnte miträtseln, mitfiebern und vor allem mithoffen.

Meiner Meinung nach hätte nichts besser gemacht werden können.

Ich mag die besonderen Fälle und ich mag Kim Stone wie zur ersten Stunde!

Absolute Leseempfehlung des Buches bzw. der Reihe.

Wer das mehr zu Kim und ihrer Vergangenheit erfahren möchte, sollte meiner Meinung mit dem ersten Band der Reihe beginnen. Ruck zuck seid ihr dann bei Band 3.

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review 2017-11-26 20:42
The Lost City of the Monkey God
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston

Should a bunch of middle aged men invite me on an expedition into the South American jungle, I will politely say "no, thank you". Chances are that these men are complete idiots, not being aware of the fact that everything in the jungle might kill you. Plus they are lugging so many people into the jungle with all the snakes, spiders, tropical diseases and what not, I had to shake my head several times because of the stupidity of these people.

 

So this audiobook was a mixed bag for me. I liked the parts about the history of Honduras and the banana trade, the tropical diseases and the fer-de-lance snake. The rest of the book didn´t capture my attention quite as much. I´m simply not interested in archaeology and anthropolgy, so there were whole parts of the book I was incredibly bored by.

 

The Lost City of the Monkey God is not my favorite work of non-fiction.

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-26 03:57
The Lost Letter
The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance - Mimi Matthews

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews is a sweet Victorian romance novella. I was really intrigued by the blurb so I gave it a try. This being the author’s debut, I had no idea what I was getting into, yet was pleasantly surprised by the story and the characters. However, in the end, it did feel like the story had not been delivered to its full potentials.

The Lost Letter opens up as we’re introduced to our h, Sylvia. Once a shining star on the Ton’s sky as the glorious “Miss Stafford”, she’s now serving as a governess to a merchant family who are decidedly down the social ladder. The family is kind to her but her fall from grace had been no less painful when her over-the-top gambler father committed suicide to escape the tremendous debt he’d amassed. He was a selfish SOB, didn’t even think of his only child. He left her to the buzzards to pick at her. Sylvia had a rough year trying to come to terms with both her peer of the realm father’s sudden demise and her diminished social status, which meant she had no prospect of marriage any longer. Which also meant she’d be living out her life as a spinster, and the most honorable job would be of the position of a governess. That too, if anyone deigns to give her a job. Sylvia is grateful to her employers for taking her in when she thought there was no one to help her.

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text 2017-11-24 15:49
Lost Lords Box Set: Books 1–5 By Mary Jo Putney $2.99!
Mary Jo Putney's Lost Lords Bundle: Loving a Lost Lord, Never Less Than A Lady, Nowhere Near Respectable, No Longer a Gentleman & Sometimes A Rogue - Mary Jo Putney

Loving a Lost Lord

In the first of a dazzling series, Mary Jo Putney introduces the Lost Lords—maverick childhood friends with a flair for defying convention. Each is about to discover the woman who is his perfect match—but perfection doesn't come easily, even for the noble Duke of Ashton. . .

Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor of the shipwreck that almost claimed his life. However, he's delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds is his wife. Mariah's name and face may not be familiar, but her touch, her warmth, feel deliciously right. . .

When Mariah Clarke prayed for a way to deter a bullying suitor, she didn't imagine she'd find the answer washed ashore on a desolate beach. Convincing Adam that he is her husband is surprisingly easy. Resisting the temptation to act his wife, in every way, will prove anything but. And now a passion begun in fantasy has become dangerously real—and completely irresistible. . .

Never Less Than A Lady


New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney continues her stunning Lost Lords series with this stirring, sensual story of a rebellious nobleman drawn to a lovely widow with a shocking past.

As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son of his own. The perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding. But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft—a village midwife with a dark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protection. 

Nowhere Near Respectable

Mary Jo Putney's riveting Lost Lords series unleashes a high stakes royal plot—which may prove easier for Damian Mackenzie to handle than his own unruly desire. . .

He's a bastard and a gambler and society's favorite reprobate. But to Lady Kiri Lawford he's a hero—braver than the smugglers he rescues her from, more honorable than any lord she's ever met, and far more attractive than any man has a right to be. How can she not fall in love. . .?

No Longer a Gentleman

Grey Sommers, Lord Wyndham, never met a predicament he couldn't charm his way out of. Then a tryst with a government official's wife during a bit of casual espionage in France condemns him to a decade in a dungeon, leaving him a shadow of his former self. Yet his greatest challenge may be the enigmatic spy sent to free his body--the only woman who might heal his soul.

Cassie Fox lost everything in the chaos of revolution, leaving only a determination to help destroy Napoleon's empire through her perilous calling. Rescuing Grey is merely one more mission. She hadn't counted on a man with the stark beauty of a ravaged angel, whose desperate courage and vulnerability thaw her frozen heart. But a spy and a lord are divided by an impassable gulf even if they manage to survive one last, terrifying mission. . ..

Sometimes A Rogue. . .

Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they've abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life. . .

Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn.

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review 2017-11-22 18:44
Easy reading kids-with-powers thriller.
The Lost Causes - Alyssa Embree Schwartz,Jessica Koosed Etting

Disclaimer: reviewing eARC via NetGalley. 

Pretty standard thriller fare; if you love kids with ESP, telekinesis etc., murder mysteries, shadowy government organizations/conspiracies etc. this may be right up your alley. In my opinion, it reads more like an older MG title than YA, with more of a distant narrative voice than currently in vogue. However, part of the premise is troubled teens getting powers, so MC drug abuse and casual sex (offscreen/nonexplicit) makes it suitable for older audiences. 

It focuses more on moving the plot along than character development, which makes for some awkward info dumps at times when tragic backstory or summarized characteristics are needed to undergird the story. More of a priority on romantic connections and friendships than solving the original problems, character growth, or family reconciliation; the "getting powers" part supposedly overwrites all pre-existing problems by dampening emotional responses or something along those lines. Which is a shame, because there could have been some great stuff there; coming to terms with sibling death after getting the power to talk to ghosts usually gets some more mileage, for instance.

In terms of surprises and plot twists, this fits firmly within genre tropes but pulls off a couple surprises heading into the home stretch. Good for readers who appreciate a quick, easy read. May not satisfy well-read genre fans or literary connoisseurs. 

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