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review 2018-02-03 16:00
Überraschendes Thriller-Highlight
The Fourth Monkey - Geboren, um zu töten: Thriller - Clive Barker,Leena Flegler

Der Fourth-Monkey-Killer schneidet zuerst ein Ohr ab, dann sticht er seinem Opfer die Augen aus, im Anschluss wird die Zunge entfernt, um es zuletzt von seinem Elend zu befreien. Er packt Ohr, Augen und Zunge hübsch in Geschenkkartons ein, um diese kleinen Präsente an einem lieben Menschen des Opfers zu schicken. Und bisher konnte niemand den Fourth-Monkey-Killer aufhalten … 

„The Fourth Monkey. Geboren, um zu töten“ ist ein besonderer Thriller mit hohem Überraschungseffekt. Er ist blutig, hart und spielt mit seinen Opfern.

In Chicago hat der berüchtigte Fourth-Monkey-Killer erneut zugeschlagen. Allerdings sind die Umstände diesmal äußerst ungewöhnlich und die Polizei ist sofort dran. Immerhin haben sie bisher nur ein Ohr in den Händen, was bedeutet, dass das Opfer noch am Leben ist.

Es geht also wieder einmal darum, einen Serienkiller zu schnappen. Zuerst habe ich gezögert, doch dann wollte ich der Geschichte unbedingt eine Chance geben und habe sogar ein wahres Highlight entdeckt!

Die ersten hundert Seiten meint man, dass man alles schon in dieser Art gelesen hat. Ein Opfer ist in Gefahr, die Polizei tut sich mit ihren Ermittlungen schwer und der Bürgermeister schiebt manchen Ermittlungstätigkeiten einen Riegel vor. An dieser Stelle habe ich mir gedacht, das ist langweilig, das kennt man schon - und genau in diesem Moment beginnt das Buch seinen überraschenden Charme auszubreiten.

Die Story wird in unterschiedlichen Strängen erzählt. Die wichtigste Perspektive nimmt Ermittler und Protagonist Nash Porter ein. Er ist ein typischer Cop ohne zu typisch zu sein. Obwohl er richtiggehend kaputt ist, zeigt er keine unnötige Heldentendenz oder diesen unausstehlichen Übermut, sondern ist ein angenehmer Charakter, den man gerne mit den Ermittlungen zum Fourth-Monkey-Killer betraut. Nash und sein Team sind ihm schon jahrelang auf der Spur und wissen, dass es nun für den Killer zu Ende sein wird.

Zudem ist Nash an das Tagebuch des Fourth-Monkey-Killers gekommen und begibt sich darin in dessen Abartigkeit. Diese Tagebucheinträge nehmen den zweiten Strang der Erzählung ein und erinnern etwas an einen Coming-of-Age-Roman, der nur auf den ersten Blick entzückend ist. 

Außerdem ist man auch beim aktuellen Opfer des Fourth-Monkey-Killers live dabei. Diesen Teil empfand ich als besonders brutal und er ist mir ordentlich an die Nieren gegangen.

Durch die unterschiedlichen Stränge entsteht eine Sogwirkung auf den Leser. Sobald ein Abschnitt zu Ende war, konnte ich kaum abwarten, wieder weiterzulesen. Sei es jetzt das Tagebuch oder Nashs Ermittlungen, ich musste unbedingt wissen was als nächstes passiert!

Die Handlung an sich ist bestimmt nicht neu und auch die gewählten Perspektiven sorgen sicher für keinen Wow-Effekt. Trotzdem schafft es J. D. Barker das ganze Genre aus den Angeln zu heben, indem er auf vielerlei Weise überraschen kann. Es ist nichts, wie es scheint und damit sind keine überkonstruierten Entwicklungen gemeint. Es werden Spielchen gespielt und bewusst Missverständnisse geschaffen, die die Cops, den Killer und natürlich mich als Leser immer wieder vor Überraschungen stellen. Mehr als einmal ist mir der Mund offen stehen geblieben, weil mich Barker überrumpelt hat ohne dabei an Glaubwürdigkeit zu verlieren.

Ich bin von „The Fourth Monkey. Geboren, um zu töten“ absolut begeistert. Es ist für mich ein überraschendes Thriller-Highlight in diesem Jahr, das ich an Genre-Freunde weiterempfehlen kann.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-12-12 04:40
Fun story with some action
The Calling Birds: The Fourth Day (The 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides Book 4) - Jacqui Nelson,The Twelve Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides
Part of a series based on a single town with characters that exist in the other stories, but the story itself stands alone. Birdie is on the run, looking to hide, and Jack needs a wife. She is a strong independent woman, wanting to live peacefully, and I loved how she took on protecting those around her from her past. Jack does not trust her but once I learned his past, I rooted for him to come around. This is a quick read, and I look forward to reading the rest in this series.

This is my unsolicited review.
 
 

 

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review 2017-12-08 22:37
Audio Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda Jones
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

Charley Davidson #4
Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
Macmillan Audio
October 30th, 2012
Audiobook
9 hours and 28 minutes
Library

 

The fourth in this fun and sexy New York Times best-selling paranormal series.

 

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley's last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she's insane. The more they refute the woman's story, the more Charley believes it.

 

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley's life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.

 

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Yes, you do need to read or listen to the series in order. Each installment builds off the other.

 

Holy Moly a lot happens in the Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet in the Charley Davidson series. We get more insight into Charley and what she is capable of. It also sheds more light on what is going on with the reaper side, ghosts, and people surrounding Charley.

 

Cookie continues to be a great side-character. She’s Charley’s best friend and always their for her no mater how much she tries to push her away or feels it’s too dangers, Cookie is their to support and kick Charley out of her slumps when need be. I just love Cookie.

 

Charley’s family. I liked that we got to see the love between Charley and her sister. I felt it was extremely important especially after the events in Third Grave Dead Ahead with what her dad did. I’m still made at her dad.

 

Reyes… What can I say about this bad boy? Their are still so many questions surrounding him. Will he end the world or be it’s salvation? And, the chemistry between Charley and him is combustable. It continues to be strong even though Charley’s a little fed-up with him and on how he treats her. I was extremely happy to finally see them have the physical sexy times instead of in the dreams or what ever place it was.

 

The Narration: Ms. King continues to deliver a superb listen. Her witty tone and colorful reading add to the listeners enjoyment and brings the world and characters to life. I’m very much enjoying the audio for the Charley Davidson series.

 

This series continues to entertain and intrigue. If you enjoy snarky humor and a good mystery then I recommend giving the Charley Davidson series a try. I also recommend the audio version for this series.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

 

 

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Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (PNR/UF) | Backlist ReaderLibrary Love (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/12/audio-review-fourth-grave-beneath-my-feet-charley-davidson-4-by-darynda-jones-narrator-lorelei-king
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review 2017-11-27 00:00
The Fourth Law of Kanaloa
The Fourth Law of Kanaloa - Johan Twiss Maris thought she had escaped the worst of things when she came to live in Hawaii, using her music to make a life for herself. But her world changes when she's caught by the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a mysterious man comes from the depths to save her.

I was expecting something interesting, probably good, maybe even great. What I got blew my mind.

This story packs a novel worth of emotion into a novelette worth of space. I love Maris's journey, the splash of Hawaiian mythology, and the touches of fantasy and history. It's a beautiful tale for anyone short on time or big on short stories and appropriate for a wide range of audiences. A timeless tale that will transport you through time without eating all your time. :)

Okay, I'll stop now.

But seriously, if you're on the fence, just go ahead and pick this book up. You won't regret it.
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review 2017-11-24 18:25
St. Peter's Fair / Ellis Peters
St. Peter's Fair: The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael - Ellis Peters

The great annual Fair of Saint Peter at Shrewsbury, a high point in the citys calendar, attracts merchants from far and wide to do business. But when an unseemly quarrel breaks out between the local burghers and the monks from the Benedictine monastery as to who shall benefit from the levies the fair provides, a riot ensues. Afterwards a merchant is found dead, and Brother Cadfael is summoned from his peaceful herb garden to test his detective skills once more.

 

What a pleasure it is to find a character and a series that I consistently enjoy. Four books into the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, and I am well and truly hooked. So I am well pleased to see that I still have 16 books ahead of me. The trick will be not to read them too quickly!

Brother Cadfael is a wonderful medieval sleuth—he’s participated in the Crusades, he’s had love affairs, he’s a man of the world, but he has chosen “retirement” in Shrewsbury Abbey. I think his philosophy would be that God helps those who help themselves, although in this installment he receives one of his greatest breakthroughs by withdrawing to the chapel to pray. Abbey politics also feature in these books and Cadfael is getting used to a new leader (and they seem to see eye to eye).

People are people, regardless of time period. Young people are going to have strong opinions, occasionally drink too much and embarrass themselves, fall in love, and generally do the things that young people do. Including getting implicated in crimes. Cadfael is wonderfully non-judgmental for a monk and full of quiet wisdom. A person who notices small details and can put them together quickly & accurately, he is an excellent forensic investigator before such a thing was considered.

A joy to read this comfortable, entertaining series.

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