“I know, right?” Dex held back a smile. “I mean, I don’t understand how that bullet didn’t bounce off you, what with you being indestructible and all.”
The year is almost over, so it is time for my worst reads of 2017.
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett:
Just reading this book must have made me drunk, because I don´t remember a whole lot of the plot. Some things I do remember, though. The amount of beverages in this book is insane. Nick is a douche, an ass and an alcoholic (whose favorite drink is the one he is drinking at breakfast). Nora is good at pouring drinks and carrying them over to her husband. One of the suspects is a real lunatic. Oh, but I loved the dog. Asta was the best thing about this book.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer:
I still think this book is completely mistitled. "The Uninterestings" would have been a better fitting title. I learned from this book, that the biggest and most insufferable Mary Sue character is the one, who is loved by everyone. And I´m so glad that I don´t belong to the upperclass. Because in my opinion, based purely on this novel, they suck.
Jaws by Peter Bletchley:
Secretly I´m still cheering the shark on to eat all these horrible characters. But I get why the shark is hesistant about doing it. Even a shark has its standards and he doesn´t want to have a stomach ache (these people can´t be easily digestable).
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin:
The beginning was so good, the main character wonderfully independent and headstrong and then she ... fell in looooovvvveeeee. No, just no.
The Big Four by Agatha Christie:
There aren´t enough words to explain, how ridiculously bad this book is. The members of the secret criminal organization are freaking idiots and Poirot is horrible, especially towards Hastings. I would say this is Agatha Christie at its worst, but I have the slight suspicion that another one of her novels might be even worse. We had a fun buddy read for this one, though. And I just can´t resist, sorry:
What a weird book.
This doesn't even read like a Tami Hoag book. The main plot is a mess (investigating assault and murders of women) with multiple character POVs. I don't get the romance between Annie Broussard or Nick Fourcade. The setting of Louisiana could have been interesting, but ultimately fell flat. I just couldn't get behind Nick being an abusive police officer and Annie getting harassed by her fellow officers for daring to do the right thing.
I forgot I had "A Thin Dark Line" until I started rummaging through my bookshelves. I honestly didn't recall a thing about this book either so even though I had this book for years, nothing came back to me as I reread this.
Annie Broussard is a deputy looking to eventually become a detective. She finds herself fascinated by Nick Fourcade who is a loose cannon on the force. When Nick lashes out at a suspect, Annie steps on to stop the assault. This leaves Annie with a man who becomes obsessed with her. Nick also becomes obsessed with Annie initially thinking she is part of some conspiracy to ruin him.
I didn't really like any male in this book. Annie deserved better than Nick. In the end I think we're supposed to think Annie will keep Nick on the straight and narrow. Annie is put in danger repeatedly by her fellow officers and gets crapped on. She has an old flame try to tell her what to do and push his feelings on her. Maybe if Annie had a strong female relationship it would have helped balanced the overly masculine POVs.
I didn't believe the person who ended up being the suspect. It just read as false and something to throw out there. And I hated how things ultimately got wrapped up.
The writing was so so since we had multiple POVs. And we had Annie investigating and being harassed and Nick barely doing a thing it felt like. The flow was off. I found myself getting bored at parts. There were so many red herrings in this I just didn't even care at the end who was responsible for what.
I read this cause Hoag has a new book coming out that is a continuance of this series. Hopefully it's better than this.
Good grief this book is nuts.
Deputy Annie Broussard is having a bad time. Wanting in on a murder case she runs into Detective Nick Fourcade getting into a nice drunk. When she comes across Nick besting a suspect she arrests him. Everyone on the force turns on Annie and now Nick has broken into her home and accused her of being part of some conspiracy against him. Oh and he acts like he's going to kiss her and she's attracted to him. Girl no!
Annie is dealing with a childhood friend who was the to rekindle their relationship, another detective angry she wants nothing to do with him, and a murder suspect that is obsessed with her.
Why Annie is even trying to keep working while being threatened by her fellow officers baffles me. And her being attracted to a man who broke into her home and threatened her?
Right now don't see how the rapes tie into this.