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review 2017-04-08 20:33
The Lucky Ones.
The Lucky Ones - Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards gives good psychological thriller. Its been true since he started writing them but each book has been better than the last and The Lucky Ones was really excellent, with that genuine addictive quality and a clever, fast moving, considered plot that keeps things nicely unpredictable.

 

The Lucky Ones is kind of a hybrid serial killer/psychological thriller, as ever the author has created some memorable characters – then thrown them into untenable situations and messed with their happy place (in this case literally) It is gripping stuff, as bodies pile up and nobody can get a handle on anything – in the meantime we follow along with Ben and son Ollie as they both come to terms with a marital split, but suddenly find themselves caught up in something much worse.

 

I loved the setting here – so beautifully tranquil which made the odd dead body suddenly lying around all the more real – I also thought the police procedural elements were beautifully layered into the wider plot so it all read perfectly, as the story twists and turns towards its ultimate solution you’ll be hanging off every page.

 

Look to be honest I’m a bit numbed to this genre now reading so  widely in it as I do, but whilst there are occasional good ones and many more enjoyable ones and the very very odd incredible one, I know that with this author I’m in safe hands. I never do anything less than bang through them, completely engaged, immersed into whatever story is being told, the characters never fail to stay with me and I’m never quite sure what I’m going to get. Quality writing, quality storytelling, imaginative plotting and a damn fine read, that I know but as for the rest, well its a mystery.

 

Whilst I think that “The Magpies” will remain definitively my favourite novel from Mark Edwards (is that somewhat of a challenge? Absolutely!) The Lucky Ones is without doubt one of the best. So yes. Highly Recommended.

 

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review 2017-03-13 00:00
Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe
Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe - Sann... Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe - Sanna Hines One girl's disappearance sends a group of people on a journey to save the secret Dannan world from being destroyed. The Irish legends are true, and the Dannan, a race of super beings have powers untold, but their ancient enemies, the Formorians, are trying to break their cycle of renewal and bring the world into the order they so crave.

I loved the premise. When I started reading, I got excited, recognizing the Tuatha de Dannan from another book loosely based on their legends ([book:Shearwater|28628533] by [author:Derek Murphy|4590842]). What starts as a search and rescue party turns into a quest to save Dannan-kind, and quickly escalates the stakes as they're swept from America to Ireland.

I love the feel of the book (one complaint I had of Shearwater was that it was set in Ireland but it didn't feel like any of the characters were Irish). There are plenty of colorful characters to fill the pages, and the way the stories intertwine is quite interesting.

I ended up with the 4-star review because I couldn't put my full excitement behind the book. Between the vast cast of characters, each with two or three names apiece (or so it seemed), and the intense legendary reliance, I got lost a few times along the way. I kept going, "who?" and "what happened?". While the main story line was relatively straightforward, I found those extra elements a little much for my poor sleep-addled brain to process.

That being said, I do recommend the book, and think others should give it a try. It's a good story line with a lot of intrigue, a splash of romance, and plenty of mystery to uncover.
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review 2017-02-19 02:51
The Night Before Christmas, Melinda Curtis
Once Upon a Christmas: Just Like the Ones We Used to Know/The Night Before Christmas/All the Christmases to Come - Brenda Novak,Melinda Curtis,Anna Adams

I enjoyed this clean Christmas Romance and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* review it. Although not a long story, this did pull you in quickly and introduced lots of characters quickly. I read this in one evening. Lots of little messages layered throughout and it left me with a good feeling at the end. This was a part of the "All I Want For Christmas" Bundle of 14.

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review 2017-02-17 14:35
The Missing Ones
The Missing Ones: An absolutely gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 1) - Patricia Gibney

They were watching out of the window, watching as the adults buried something underneath the apple tree that grew out of their yard. Suddenly, one of the three young children spoke, their innocent voice breaking the silence, speaking what they all three felt, who would be next?

 

It is now more than thirty years later and the novel begins at Day One of a murder investigation. Susan Sullivan has been found dead at a church by the woman who came to clean it. Susan was supposed to meet someone there but who and what they were meeting over is not given and the detectives assigned to the case are just as lost as I am. It isn’t long before another body is found and this time it is James Brown and he is found hung from an apple tree. Inspector Lottie and her partner Boyd try to find a connection with these two bodies while their Superintendent breathes down their necks. The story starts to get interesting as the pathologist discovers a similarity with the two bodies and I am connecting them to the children staring out the window. Where is this third child and will they be the next victim? As Lottie is working on the case, she realizes they are connected to St. Angela’s, a group home that existed years ago, which is now being redeveloped into a multi-million-dollar project. This information blew the story wide open. Filled with lies, deceits, missing individuals and just a bit of romance, this novel had a full cast of characters who gave Lottie and her department a case they will be talking about for years.

 

I found that I liked the character of Lottie. She was real. There were times when she was over her head and she knew it, she was balancing her career with being a single parent. She was dealing with her relationship with her mother and a relationship with Boyd, which he wanted and I think she wanted to some extent but she knew she had enough to handle at the moment. I liked that she stuck herself out at times, she pushed the envelope when she knew she shouldn’t, and in the back of her mind she was always thinking of her children. I liked that the novel started out strong and it ended strong. I liked how everything was confusing, how there were different stories taking place throughout the novel and how they were all yet connected. I thought it had a climactic ending. It was almost too perfect how it all came together on those last pages. I enjoyed this novel and I am looking forward to reading more about Lottie in her upcoming novels.

I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-15 02:22
We Were the Lucky Ones
We Were the Lucky Ones - Georgia Lyn Hunter

What sets We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter apart from other books I have read about the Holocaust is its simultaneously narrow and expansive scope. Amazingly, this is the story of one family. Yet, it reaches across Poland, Siberia, France, Northern Africa, Italy, South America, and even the United States of America. This is a remarkable story of survival in war. It paints not only a horrific image of the war but also a beautiful picture of family, love, and hope.

 

Read my complete review at Memories From Books - We Were the Lucky Ones.

 

Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

 

 

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/02/we-were-lucky-ones.html
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