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review 2017-10-17 00:59
Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry
Good Girl Bad Girl - Ann Girdharry

What a ride!
I feel like the book took me places, literally and figuratively. We ventured from London to India and back and forth again and again, but also the two story lines that not only went together, but complimented each other, took the reader on a thrilling journey of lies, murder and mystery.
I feel like I need to read London Noir, the next book in the series. I just have a feeling it will be fast-paced and gripping much like this one.
A great debut! Too bad it took me so long to read it!

 

 

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review 2017-10-15 23:46
NetGalley Review: Poison
Poison: A Novel - Galt Niederhoffer

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

 

Man once I started reading this book it was hard for me to put down. I honestly had no clue which way this book was going to go. A couple that seems to be happy yet the wife seems a bit crazy and ends up becoming sick? You know something is going on, especially with the husband telling white lies and it just builds and builds. I didn't put two and two together until Cass started really putting some thought on to what was going on with her. We see how her husband acts and it just slowly starts to click on to what is truly going on.

In this life you can't trust anyone even if that person is close to you, because they could be dangerous. This marriage is not healthy and we slowly see it start to unravel and yet Cass still holds on strong to making sure her children are safe. 

I ended up giving this book a four and not a five because there were some scenes that really didn't seem believable to me. I know, I know this is a book and it is not made to be 100 percent believable, yet when Cass started dealing with her male neighbor just something seemed off. 

We get the past and the present of what is going on in the household of Cass and it is not all butterflies and sparkles. 

I think the author did a good job with bringing up the way law enforcement and others view women who come to them without proof of being hurt. 

I wouldn't really call this book a mystery more like a psychological thriller that will have you wondering how this will end. 

 

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review 2017-10-15 21:06
Chilling
Nerve Damage: A chilling psychological thriller that will have you covering your eyes and turning the pages faster at the same time - J.L. Myers

This is not a happy story. There is no sunshine or rainbows in these pages. Nerve Damage is dark and disturbing to the extreme and there are scenes of abuse, both physical and sexual, that may be triggers to some.
That being said, I was completely consumed by this psychological thriller and could not put it down. I had an idea of where this story was going, but the author threw enough twists at me to keep me second guessing myself. Myers is quite the master at dangling carrots as she builds a tension filled tale of a nightmarish look inside a mind broken by terrors that no one should ever have to suffer. 
The story does jump between past and present and in and out of the killer's mind, sometimes rather abruptly, but as the book progresses, there is a purpose for those jumps and what may seem confusing at first, all comes together to create a chilling tale to rival the early works of King or Koontz.
For me, the evils that men do is always so much scarier than any of the things that go bump in the night. Nerve Damage shows just how terrifying and manipulative an intelligent mind can be when it's completely shattered by unspeakable horrors. From the opening chapter to the mind-blowing ending, I was riveted. This is one that I won't soon forget and will serve to set a high bar for future reads in the genre.

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text 2017-10-14 20:29
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 287 pages.
Peril at End House - Agatha Christie

Poirot and Hastings are adorable in this book:

 

Poirot looked at me and sighed.

"If only - if only, Hastings, you would part your hair in the middle instead of the side! What a difference it would make to the symmetry of your appearance. And your moustache. If you must have a moustache, let it be a real moustache - a thing of beauty, such as mine."

Repressing a shudder at the thought, I took the note firmly from Poirot´s hand and left the room.

 

And I´m a big fan of Poirot´s moustache:

 

We have been slowly ascending the zig-zag path up the cliff. It was at this juncture that we passed throught the little gate into the grounds of End House.

"Pouf!" said Poirot. "That ascent is a steep one. I am hot. My moustaches are limp. [...]"

 

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review 2017-10-14 18:34
Intense, complex and multilayered read
The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen - R.T. Lowe

I'm shelving this as a DNF for now, with the intent to come back to it at a later date. It was a Goodreads Giveaway book, so I'll definitely make the effort to push through and update my review when I make it to the end.

 

It's a highly detailed, complex fantasy (paranormal?) read and I think part of what made it hard for me to get through was just how much was going on. It starts in ancient history with a flashback setup of some kind of conspiracy, then jumps forward to a modern PNW campus with some kids that are probably going to be chased and/or eaten by monsters and also embroiled in a conspiracy...? So lots going on plot-wise, and some good writing especially in the high-action scenes. Tense and fast moving... but then it bogs down in description, or cuts to another aspect of the conspiracy or something and loses my interest.

 

I think this book would be appreciated by readers who really enjoy older or classic literature that has a high degree of description, and would do less well with thriller readers who are used to more streamlined storytelling.

 

The MC and core cast didn't really work for me as well, since he's a college guy with fairly well-represented college guy attitudes and interests. BUT, while that doesn't really hold my interest, I think it's great that there's a paranormal/fantasy out there that targets that audience, as most paranormal entries these days are more along the lines of female wish-fulfillment paranormal romances with hot (insert inhuman here).

 

The book production is high quality, and the author's obviously put a ton of work into a detailed, extensive story world that spans multiple books. There's enough here to intrigue me and make me want to come back and find out where it goes, but it wasn't quite the right fit for me, and there are some rough patches that I'd have liked to see smoothed over in edits as well.

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