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text 2018-08-13 22:07
Reading progress update: I've read 331 out of 436 pages.
Binary Storm (Liege-Killer) - Christopher Hinz

I'd like to start Halloween Bingo with a relatively clean slate (manga, audiobooks, and the nonfiction book I just started don't count), and so I'm working to finish this. I should be done with it fairly soon.

 

In the past 150 or so pages, there's been the revelation that some matchmaking has been going on, which would have been sweet except it was fueled by particularly invasive date rape drugs. Also, Gillian entered the story and has been acting creepy - he likes to sniff Bel's face and neck. I can't recall if the trilogy ever explained how Gillian and Nick came to know each other and how Gillian and Catharine were separated, but I certainly don't recall the details that have come up here. The way this book set things up, it's a wonder Gillian didn't kill Nick after he got his memories back.

 

It's too bad the last two books in the trilogy were so terrible, or I'd be tempted to reread them to see whether everything Hinz wrote then and now actually fits together.

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review 2018-08-12 04:46
The Jekyll Revelation
The Jekyll Revelation - Robert Masello,Christopher Lane

 

This is a historical horror/thriller story revolving around Robert Louis Stevenson, the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Jack the Ripper. It alternates between 1880's London and "present day" California. My favorite parts were in the 1880's where Stevenson creates the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and deals with the consequences. The present-day story revolves around Rafe, an environmental scientist who is working to save the coyotes and stumbles across a mysterious steamer trunk.

 

The part with Stevenson is intriguing and suspenseful and was hard to put down. But, the present day part with Rafe is a bit tedious and took a while to get going. I kept trying to figure out how it connected with the Stevenson story but was more interested in getting back to the 1880's. The narration is well done even though the accent irritated me a bit.

 

This is a brilliant premise for a story but lacks a bit in the execution. Overall I enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of history and horror (as combining the two is a bit unusual).

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quote 2018-08-10 01:58
People who don't live with cats don't know this: that if you know them well, their emotions are written large across their faces, if you only care to look.
The Killer Next Door: A Novel - Alex Marwood

Chapter 47

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review 2018-08-10 01:38
The Killer Next Door
The Killer Next Door - Alex Marwood

 

Sleep is a luxury whose price is security. Those who can shut the world out and leave it at will are usually blessed by a world that doesn't want to shut them up.

- Chapter 20

 

A group of boarders living in a run-down apartment house; they all have secrets, that's why they ended up there. But one of them has a darker and more dangerous secret - one of them is a killer.

 

This is a dark story filled with danger and suspense. The characters are well-developed and engaging. It was easy enough to figure out who was the killer, but the end was a bit unexpected. There is some pretty gruesome stuff in here - if you are squeamish, you might want to avoid it. However, if you liked Wicked Girls by Marwood, you will probably enjoy this one. 

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review 2018-07-31 19:13
Killer Secrets by Katie Reus
Killer Secrets - Katie Reus

Killer Secrets - Katie Reus 

 

Fast paced romantic suspense with lots of action. Eve and Mack have been "friends" for most of their times but it takes Eve's life to be in danger for Mack to make a move. For such a short read this one packed a punch. The villain  was definitely the least person that came to mind. I think it focused more on the suspense aspect and lack a little on the character development but it was still a good story to pass the time.  

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