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review 2018-06-20 20:32
Review: Look for Me
Look for Me (D. D. Warren) - Lisa Gardner

Review - Look For Me


I received a copy from Netgalley 


This was something I received from one of those read it now for the first 100 members or so. Is usually like murder mysteries and police procedurals so this one caught my eye and I was lucky and quick enough to get in on the read it now. 


However, I didn't realise at the time it was book 9 in an on going detective series. I did flit through some of the mixed reviews on Goodreads and it looks like each book can be read as a stand alone, but of course, coming in on book 9 there's background history to the characters and things about on going relationships you're just not going to know. 


And frankly, the whole thing was kind of bland. The mystery itself was intriguing enough, a family is found murdered, working mom and her boyfriend, and two young children, the teenage daughter and the family dogs are missing. Is the daughter a victim for is she the suspect? And as the investigation continues the narrative is twisted so it could be either one. 


It's a tough case, and the family and the teen girl in question were the only characters I really felt anything for. The mom was a recovering alcoholic who lost her children and worked really hard to get them back. The oldest daughter was the one who took care of the family until CPS got involved and the kids were forced into care. The two sisters stayed together but they were separated from the youngest child, a new kind of hell to deal with. The girls went through a nightmare in the foster care group home they were assigned to. The mom pulled herself together met the legal requirements for having her kids returned to her. Life wasn't easy but it was getting better. They moved and started fresh. 


Then mom met a new boyfriend. A decent guy, but he lived in the area where the nightmare group home was. 


And now there is a tragedy. The two detectives have to piece together what happened to the family. I didn't get much feeling for either of the two detectives, everything felt - at least to me -  two dimensional, boring and wooden. The emotion came from the family drama, and some of the history of what happened to them learned through a series of essays written by the missing teenager about what family means to her. 


There's a second non-official investigator on the case, a woman called Flora, who seems to be some sort of victims' advocate. She survived a horrible tragedy herself (the plot of a previous book in the series) linking her with the detectives. She's struggling to cope but getting on with her life by running a support group for other victims. She was an interesting character, I am actually kind of interested in knowing more about Flora. She became a key part in solving the mystery and helping unravel the case.


The end was a bit eye rolling and over dramatic for my tastes . I'm not interested in going out and get all the other books in this series. I may try this author again in a different series. While the characters were a little dull, there was enough intrigue in the case itself to keep reading to know what happened. And I didn't actually guess what happened.


Thank you Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for the opportunity to view the title.

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text 2018-06-20 14:07
The Cypress House - 29/415 pg
The Cypress House - Michael Koryta

This is just not grabbing me. I don't know if it's the writing (I've never read Koryta before) or the story, but it's not a good sign that I'd rather watch and read about my last place Rangers playing mediocre baseball than read this book. I'll put some effort into it later today and power through to my minimum 50 pages before I decide whether or not to DNF. 

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“If he did,” I say, “Coop’s too much of a gentleman to make a big deal out of it.” “Gentleman?” Sam says. “He’s a cop. From my experience, they fuck like jackhammers
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review 2018-06-18 19:44
"Rozproszenie" Kimberly McCreight [OUTLIERSI #2]
Autor: Kimberly McCreight
Tytuł: Rozproszenie
Cykl: Outliersi, tom 2
Po przeczytaniu pierwszego tomu długo wyczekiwałam drugiego. Jednak pod natłokiem innych książek totalnie zapomniałam o tej serii. Dopiero kiedy natrafiłam na nią w Empiku, przypomniałam sobie o niej. Miałam duże wymagania co do kolejnej części. Oczekiwałam czegoś mocnego, równie dobrego, jednak trochę się zawiodłam. 
Po wydarzeniach w Maine życie Wylie nadal się nie układa. Jedyne, co pomaga jej przetrwać, to poznawanie swojego talentu - umiejętności czytania uczuć. Nie jest to łatwe dla kogoś, kto od zawsze ignorował własne. Jednak nie tylko ona ma problemy. Jasper ciągle obwinia się za to, co się stało z Cassie. Po otrzymaniu wiadomości od niego dziewczyna próbuje uciec. Dowiaduje się, że agenci przyszli tylko ją przesłuchać. Ojciec bohaterki odmawia rozmowy bez obecności prawnika, dzięki temu pozbywa się niemile widzianych gości. 
Nie lubię wymieniać, co mi się nie podoba, ale w tym wypadku nie mam wyjścia. W recenzji pierwszego tomu napisałam, że główna bohaterka przypadła mi do gustu, w tej części jednak totalnie zmieniam zdanie. Irytowała mnie do granic możliwości swoim zachowaniem (atakowanie ludzi bez powodu, przez co drugi raz została nafaszerowana lekami). Uwaga była poświęcona głównie jej, co mnie również denerwowało. Kurczę, przecież jest tu też Jasper, który również przeżył drastyczne wydarzenia. Za to, by nie krytykować cały czas, mogę pochwalić autorkę za postacie drugoplanowe pojawiające się w dalszych rozdziałach. Do plusów zalicza się również okładka, która nadaje tajemniczego klimatu i zachęca do czytania. Zapomniałabym o zakończeniu - zaskoczyło mnie totalnie i sprawiło, że mam tysiące pytań w głowie. Dzięki niemu mogę zapomnieć o minusach książki 
Podsumowując, książka jest naprawdę okay. Wciąga i potrafi zaskoczyć. Teraz pozostaje mi tylko czekać na trzeci tom. Polecam ją fanom serii oraz wszystkim tym, którzy lubią zaskakujące zakończenia. 
Source: ogrodksiazek.blogspot.com/2018/06/rozproszenie-kimberly-mccreight.html
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review 2018-06-18 09:16
The Lumberjack- Erik Martin Willén

    Willén, in his first departure from sf space adventure/opera, has written a present-day thriller set in a generic northern forest reserve territory of the USA. Once begun the book is hard to put down, as one is driven on by the pace and tension in the story. The character elements of the evil antagonist bound along the edge of implausibility, on a tightrope between impossible and just about conceavible human physicality. In contrast, the rest of the cast of good, bad and pretty are within a more normal range of observable humanity. The plot is just about conceivable, except for the behaviour of a pack of wolves. We note that the author is Scandinavian, so of a population that has been responsible, more than any other, for demonising the wolf. The author also seems keen to exaggerate the danger from the cougar, or mountain lion as many Americans choose to call the creature. Both the cougar and wolf can on rare occasions be a genuine threat to even uninjured, but isolated, humans, especially if an animal feels cornered. But neither is exactly the danger to man in the way that brown bears are. The wild life, non-human and human is extraordinarily dangerous in this neck of the woods. The book is certainly both great entertainment and the provider of a good adrenaline rush. Anyway, for the cause, thriller writers have never been frightened to claim that some maligned animal or other is almost as dangerous a predator of humans as is another human.

    The idea of the eco-warrior, that so loves nature that he would rather see the devastation of mankind than nature is certainly not new. As our greedy species slowly destroys the planet on which we live, there will be many more examples not just in fiction but in our real lives. I have a great deal of sympathy for the ‘evil killer’ in this story, and that probably caused me to be less bothered about some of the often self-absorbed and shallow victims than I should. I would far rather live with a few billion less people and a more natural balance of wildlife. From the Earth’s point of view, we are very far short of describable as a gift from God. Perhaps in the next instalment, if Willén writes one, the lycanthrope will have a substantial degree of ‘normal’ human support. The flip-side of my reluctance to condemn the killer will surely mean that the more humanist reader, with greater empathy for the main characters, will probably enjoy the chase even more than I did.

    This book would benefit from a good edit, as a few sloppy sentences and typos take away some of the shine of quality. Despite that, I feel no hesitation in giving five stars as an entertainment. Willén generates constant interest and, in crucial scenes, real tension. There are a couple of plot weaknesses, stretch marks rather than holes, as events in different locations run in rough parallel, but not ones that detract seriously from the page turning rush. This is a great holiday read, that can be put down between bus journeys or swims, as enjoyment doesn’t require a very deep concentrate on plot detail. This is anything but an over-complicated whodunit type of thriller. But for a stronger attention to the detail of sentence structure and perhaps the inclusion of a few deeper nuances of plot, ‘the lumberjack’ could be a modern equal of any Alistair Maclean thriller. I am sure I will read other books by this author to add to this, and to the first of the Nastragall space operas that I read and reviewed a couple of year ago.


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