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review 2018-05-18 01:29
The Want-Ad Killer
The Want-Ad Killer (True Crime) - Ann Rule

As far as true crime goes, this is a great one. I really enjoy how in-depth Ann Rule goes into the cases she decides to cover. This was a fascinating and INCREDIBLY frustrating case. At so many points I wanted to throttle someone because the detectives were SO close to solving the case but lacked that one key clue to do so. 

 

In particular, I love how much detail Rule gives about the victims in the cases. When the story is done, I remember them just as much as the killer she covers, which is important. You finish the story knowing who these people were and why it's important they get justice and recognition. 

 

The biggest con I have about this book is I felt too much time was spent on Kathy Miller's death and story. Perhaps it's because that case never got full closure, which I can understand, but I did wonder if this guy had any other victims or if she was the only one. It's a tough call. 

 

Final rating: 4 out of 5. Highly recommend. 

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text 2018-05-17 03:07
Reading progress update: I've read 250 out of 304 pages.
The Want-Ad Killer (True Crime) - Ann Rule

Okay, technically I'm listening to the audiobook, but still counts. This case is so twisted, I'm loving it. 

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review 2018-05-08 17:50
Find You In The Dark by Nathan Ripley
Find You in the Dark: A Novel - Nathan Ripley

Martin is a family guy who has what some may consider a very creepy hobby. No, he doesn’t collect Living Dead Dolls or horror movies like the rest of weirdos, he digs up the corpses of people murdered by serial killers and taunts the police with his ghastly finds. His wife and daughter have no idea what he’s doing on the side even though he comes home dirty and smelly after a long day of playing with old bones. The police also haven’t a clue.

 

Find You In The Dark has a twisted and unique to me story. On his last dig, something goes awry that may expose Martin’s strange little hobby to the world and put he and his family in danger. Martin will do anything to keep his family safe (even though one member doesn’t deserve his loyalty, if you ask me) and that is all I am going to say about the plot.

 

I love being in the head of messed up people rather than being stuck reading a story from the lead investigators POV the entire time. Martin, a serial killer and the police officer who gets involved in the case all share page space and I enjoyed that. I see a lot of people taking issue with the female officer but she didn’t bug me at all. The person I didn’t like was Martin’s wife. She was spoiled and selfish and every conversation with her was insufferable and I kept hoping bad things would happen to her. If my spouse took off for a few days and came home smelling of anything foreign, never mind death (frigging death, people!), you can bet he’d be answering questions until his lips fell off. This woman? All she cared about was helicoptering her teenager and getting her boutique ready for opening day. Not a nosy bone in that one’s body. How is she even a wife?!

 

This wasn’t a fast paced book and it took me longer to finish than I had hoped. Something about the pace was just a wee bit off but I liked the strange turns the story took. There aren’t fifty shocking twists but it walks down some dark and unexpected paths. If you don’t mind a slower pace and like to spend a little time with deviants this one is for you!

 

 

Thank you Atria Mystery Bus for surprising me with a copy of the ARC!

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review 2018-05-03 20:48
A Killer Plot
A Killer Plot - Ellery Adams

Book one of the series. I had inadvertently read a book farther into the series and had enjoyed the story. I have been combining reading with audio for awhile so that I can knit/crochet/drive, etc and finishing a book, but I still enjoy the delights of reading a book.

Olivia returned to her hometown, that she had been taken from after the death of both her parents, by her grandmother. She has come back wealthy and has become a landowner with many businesses and some view her as being haughty. They gossip behind her back and make comments. One day, she is eating at her friend's cafe, Grumpy's, and makes comments on a group's author readings and afterward is invited to come join them. She is also asked if she has a place that the group can meet to discuss their writing and help each other. She becomes friends with the leader, a flamboyant gay man who also writes a gossip column. After the last meeting, at Olivia's restaurant, they listen to a couple who are famous (an actress and a bad boy band member). He then follows them to the bar where the young man is going to meet someone for something. Later, Olivia's friend is found murdered. This starts the group on trying to figure out who would murder their leader and friend.

The story was okay and while I did finish it, it was not as interesting as the later story. I know that I will probably read a few more (hopefully in order) to see if it gets better.

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review 2018-05-03 16:25
Told From the Dark Side
Mr. Midnight - Allan Leverone

Great thriller story revealing the dark side's perspective, Mr Midnight is a winner for horror readers. The paranormal ability between twins is an interesting twist that is the making of a monster. 

 

This story isn't for anyone squeamish, there's blood and guts involved as one would expect when describing the acts of a serial killer. But the gore isn't the main event.

 

~ The psychological suspense is what will keep you on the edge of your seat. Winner of horror awards, this is definitely a horror fan's great read. A page turner for sure.

 

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