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review 2021-10-14 04:08
Babes In The Wood - Graham Bartlett & Peter James
This is another loaner from a friend and coworker. We share a love for reading true crime. This was a story I had no familiarity with, so I was eager to learn what happened.
It was a sad story of injustice for over three decades. Those poor little girls. It was slow-paced, the writing. But the story itself, I was so mad at the police and the justice system that I had to walk away from the book a few times. I have children. I couldn't imagine what those people went through for 31 years because of this monster.
I think I need a break from true crime for a minute. It's always tough when the stories involve kids.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/10/babes-in-wood-graham-bartlett-w-peter.html
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review 2021-09-27 13:13
Missing From The Village - Justin Ling
A friend lent me this book knowing I like to read true crime, and this one was sort of local to me. I live 40 minutes from Toronto, so when this happened it was all over the news. I was definitely curious to learn more about this case and the killer.
I thought I knew about the cases against Bruce McArthur, but after reading this book and learning the gruesome details I am floored and shocked. I will never understand how someone can do such indignities to another human.
Let's discuss the writing though.... Easy to read because the author knows how to put the story out there for the reader. However, I felt like the ending had stuff in it that not only wasn't relevant to the story but highly unneccesary to be included. If it has nothing to do with the crime at hand or connected in any way, why include it in the book? 
Other than that it was a good read. True Crime fans will devour this book.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/09/missing-from-village-justin-ling-40.html
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review 2021-08-24 15:29
The Missing Girls - Linda O'Neal
The Missing Girls: A Shocking True Story of Abduction and Murder - Linda O'Neal,Rick Watson,Philip Tennyson
A friend and co-worker of mine lent me this book. I love true crime, and had not heard of this particular case before.
What a sad, tragic story about two girls murdered in Oregon. Unfortunately if it wasn't for a third teen being raped, the murderer wouldn't have been discovered. I cried a couple of times. As a mom, it was tough to read about. The abuse and savage murders were too much for me. The manipulation and head games disgusted me to my soul. I had to put the book aside so many times.
The writing felt like reading a news report at times. Not throughout, but enough to sometimes be a snooze fest. It was the only downside to reading it. It also added to me taking a bit to read it.
I love true crime though. Reading facts and real stories excite me like reading a horror novel. I'm sure I'm not alone either, so pick his one up.
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/08/the-missing-girls-linda-oneal-32.html
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text 2021-08-24 08:02
99¢ BOOK OF THE WEEK. FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend



FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend

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Matthew and Raminder are young, idealistic and in love.

As soon as they can they plan to leave behind the small town and small minds of Pitt Landing. They will embrace life and experience the world, maybe even change it.

Man plans, God laughs. Raminder’s father has a stroke and her commitment to her family means she must postpone her plans and stay in Pitt Lake. It’s just the opposite for Matt. A family tragedy leaves irreconcilable differences between him and his father and forces him to leave.

They promise to reunite, but life happens.

Twelve years later, Matt is an acclaimed war correspondent. He’s seen it all and it’s left him with post-traumatic stress, a gastric ulcer, and an enlarged liver. He’s never been back to Pitt Landing though the memory of Raminder and their love has more than once kept him sane.

He’s at his desk in the newsroom, recuperating from his last assignment and current hangover and reading a letter from his father, the first contact they’ve had in over a decade. It talks about a legendary lost gold mine, a map leading to it, and proof in a safety deposit box back in Pitt Lake. He’s sent it to Matt in case something happens to him and cautions his son to keep it a secret.

Matt is about to dismiss the letter when the telephone rings. It’s Raminder telling him his father has disappeared somewhere in the wilderness that surrounds Pitt Lake.

Lost gold, lost love and lost hope compels Matt to return home to a dying town on the edge of the wilderness.

The forest is waiting.



★★★★ FOREST...neatly encapsulates the battleground of humanity’s greed for natural resources versus the cost to the environment... a compelling story, studded with evocative detail and under laid by a very real question – definitely worth the read.

- Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews



★★★★ Definitely worth reading!

“Intriguing story about a man's quest. Searching for a father, gold, peace of mind, love”
- e.memelink, reader review



★★★★★ Wow! A very well written mystery, suspense book.

 Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great foreign film adventure movie, or mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
- Tony Parsons, reader review



★★★★★ A search for true love and meaning in life

I truly enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it. If you are looking for something meaningful, you'll certainly get a lot of true love, trust, relationships, friendship, childhood memories, and a lot more in this excellent book.



★★★★★ A fantastic nature adventure. The author has a great writing style that is easy to read and very enjoyable.

- Jack Anderson



★★★★ A strong character driven novel

“… a snapshot into so many lives and somehow the author was able to create a believable story behind all this was spot on. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a deep character driven novel.”



★★★★ “The author did a wonderful job of pulling me in and caring about these people. This is the second book I have read of Rod Raglin. Both times I have been impressed with his work. I'm happy I came across this one.”

- Bryan Fagan, author of Dempsey’s Grill




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review SPOILER ALERT! 2021-08-06 19:36
Totenrausch von Bernhard Aichner, Blum #3
Totenrausch: Thriller (Die Totenfrau-Trilogie, Band 3) - Bernhard Aichner

Blum ist weiter auf der Flucht mit ihren beiden Töchtern. Da geht sie einen Deal mit einem Hamburger Zuhälter namens Schiele ein: ein Mord gegen gefälschte Papiere. Monate später fordert er die Schuld ein.

Totenrausch ist leider eine ziemliche Enttäuschung.

Da wäre einerseits mal die Handlung für sich genommen, die mal wieder jenseits der Grenze des Glaubwürdigen spielt. Klar, Deals werden jeden Tag gemacht... aber es ist nicht so, dass Blum vollkommen am Ende war und nirgends anders untergekommen wäre. Schließlich hat sie's ja auch geschafft, schwarz bei einem Bestatter zu arbeiten. Und der hat sicher nicht ihre Papiere gecheckt. Dafür kriegt man seitenlang zu lesen, wie entsetzt Blum doch ist, dass der Unterweltkönig von Hamburg ihre Schuld einfordert. Und man soll auch noch glauben, dass sie, die Menschen grausamst getötet hat, plötzlich Gewissensbisse bekommt - in einer Situation, in der es (auch) um das Wohl ihrer Kinder geht? Und dass sie irgendeinen dahergelaufenen Nachbarn/Pseudofreund quasi über ihre Kinder stellt, indem sie versucht, seinen Tod zu fingieren, während die Mädchen in der Gewalt von Schiele sind? Das passt nicht zusammen. Dann ist da noch der Polizist, der sie morden lässt, weil er selbst eine Vorgeschichte mit Schiele hat...

Dazu kommen die Details, die kaum Sinn machen. So ist Blums Bestattungshelfer (und Geliebter) Reza in Totenhaus unter Mordverdacht verhaftet worden. Jetzt taucht er zum besten Zeitpunkt auf und meint, die Verdächtigung sei fallengelassen worden... Überhaupt ist der fehlende Zusammenhalt innerhalb der Trilogie ein Riesenproblem besonders in Totenrausch. Ich habe nämlich nicht den Eindruck gewonnen, dass mit diesem Teil die Geschichte fertig erzählt ist. Weder Blums noch die Situation der Mädchen hat sich einen Deut geändert (außer geographisch) vom Prolog zum Epilog. Ja, Reza ist an ihrer Seite, die Bande zu Innsbruck in Form ihres Schwiegervaters zerbrochen, da er angenehmerweise einfach mal so stirbt. Und kein Ermittler kommt auf die Idee, die Onlinegedenkkerzen nachzuverfolgen - nur Reza, der sie so recht schnell findet. Toll. Aber sonst? Was passiert, wenn im nächsten Hafen wieder jemand Blum erkennt? Fängt das Morden von Neuem an?

Ich hege ja den Verdacht, dass Totenfrau ursprünglich nicht auf eine Trilogie ausgelegt war, Totenfrau aber so einen Erfolg einfuhr, dass halt mal 2 Teile hinten nach gelegt wurden. Zum Schaden der Charaktere, besonders Blums, die irgendwie ohne Männer gar nichts mehr hinkriegt und naiv bis zum geht nicht mehr ist, und auch der Einzigartigkeit des Erzählstils. Totenfrau jedenfalls ließ mich noch gefesselt zurück - Totenrausch nur mehr enttäuscht und desillusioniert. Schade. Von wegen "Alles ist gut".


PS: Warum zu jedem Kapitelwechsel mindestens 2, manchmal 4 Leerseiten sein müssen, ist nicht ganz ersichtlich, zieht sich aber auch schon durch die gesamte Trilogie. Und warum Blums Schwiegervater Blum mit Nachnamen heißt, erschließt sich mir auch nicht. Aber das sind mal Nitpicks am Rande.

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