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review 2018-08-15 09:23
Kastrierte Priester und eine verliebte Katie
Gequälte Engel: Thriller - Graham Masterton

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Welches Geheimnis verbirgt die katholische Kirche von Irland?

An einem kalten Frühlingsmorgen in der Grafschaft Cork finden zwei Fischer im Blackwater River den aufgeblähten Körper von Father Heaney. Hände und Füße sind gefesselt und um den Hals trägt er die Würgemale einer Garrotte. Zudem ist er kastriert worden. 
Kurz darauf wird ein zweiter Priester auf die gleiche Weise zu Tode gefoltert. 
Katie Maguire befürchtet, dass ein Serienmörder gerade erst mit seinen Taten begonnen hat… 

 

Meine Meinung 

Wer Katie Maguire bereits aus „Bleiche Knochen“ kennt, der weiß, dass ihr tote und kastrierte Priester deutlich besser stehen, als eine verliebte Blindheit.

Man gönnt der Frau als Leser ja so einiges an Glück, aber hier hat Graham ein wenig zu sehr auf rosarotes Papier gesetzt, aber dazu später mehr.

 

Nach dem Lesen des Klappentextes war ich mir noch nicht ganz sicher, ob mir die Thematik Kirche zusagt. Denn eigentlich ist das nicht mein Thema, aber der FESTA Verlag konnte mich bei „BIGHEAD“ schon einmal umstimmen.

Denn nach dem Auffinden des ersten toten Priesters und kurze Zeit später Opfer Nummer 2, wird schnell klar, dass der Autor hier weniger Wert auf die Kirche an sich legt, sondern die Story in eine blutige und von Rache getränkte Richtung fließen lässt.

 

Das erste WARUM und WER kommt einem beim Lesen sehr schnell in den Sinn, aber das stört hier nicht weiter, denn Masterton schreibt toll. Der Perspektivwechsel zwischen der ermittelnden Katie, dem Opfer und dem Täter bringt immer frischen Wind in die Geschichte. Vor 7 Jahren wurde gegen 12 Priestern wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs ermittelt. Kein neues Thema, ich weiß, aber der Autor bestätigt diesen Missbrauch nicht einfach, sondern lässt es offen.

Fakt ist, dass sich jemand an diesen Priestern rächt. Und Graham Masterton bringt hier für mich ein paar neue Foltermethoden ein, die ich mir auf meinem privaten Zettelchen vermerke. Falls es mal zum Äußersten kommen sollte, legt euch lieber mit jemand anderem an, denn ich lese FESTA- Bücher und bin zu allem bereit.

 

Der Fall hat es in sich und die Antwort auf die gequälten Engel wird recht lang zurückgehalten, kommt dann aber mit Blitz und Donner.

 

Und dann komme ich noch mal kurz auf Katie zu sprechen. Eigentlich darf ich sie hier gar nicht allein nennen, denn da fehlt noch die zweite Hälfte des Gefühlsübels. John, den einige noch aus dem ersten Band der Reihe kennen sollten, geht Katie nicht mehr aus dem Kopf und es bahnt sich was an. Vielen stößt allein dieser Part in dem Genre schon negativ auf. Ich muss sagen, dass ich eigentlich recht menschlich auf solche Szenen reagiere, ABER womit ich ein großes Problem habe, sind starke Frauen, die sich zu Mimosen verwandeln. Eigentlich verwende ich das Wort Mimosen lediglich für Männer, aber hier muss Katie auch mal dran glauben. Sie lässt ihre starken und selbstbewussten Charakterzüge hier durch einen Mann unterbinden und das finde ich schade.

Schreiend an Katie:

„Katie zieh den Finger und sei wieder die Alte!“

 

Denn ein kleiner Hoffnungsschimmer lässt mich sehnsüchtig auf Band 3 freuen.

 

Mein Fazit

Mit dem Fall an sich und seinem exzellenten Schreibstils kann mich Graham Masterton wieder für sich gewinnen. Lediglich Katie schwächelt mir hier zu sehr. Nicht so sehr bei den Ermittlungen, sondern es ist der Privatbereich, der mir hier ein Dorn im Auge ist.

Ansonsten lässt der KT zu Band 3 hoffen, also an alle Katie-Fans, verpasst diesen Fall nicht und Amen den armen Priestern!

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review 2018-08-14 12:48
"Bearskin" by James A. McLaughlin - Highly Recommended
Bearskin - James McLaughlin

"Bearskin" is a rare find: a literary thriller that is as lyrical as it is muscular.

 

Instead of choosing between writing a literary book about how a man can surrender himself to the dark sentience of an ancient forest and walk out more himself than he was before or a thriller about a man deeply maimed by violence who, although living an almost invisible life in the wilds, knows his past will catch up with him, James McLaughlinhas written a book that is both a literary achievement and a page-turning, viscerally realistic thriller.

 

Two things caught and kept my attention throughout this book: the development of Rice Moore, the man at the heart of the story and the sometimes total immersion into the ancient Appalachian forest. Either one would have been reason enough to read this book. Together they became compelling.

 

Rice Moore is a great creation. Recent acts of extreme violence against him and by him have left him emotionally scarred and subject to fugues states and hallucinations. A solitary man who no longer entirely trusts himself to play well with others, he seeks isolation, partly to hide from his enemies and partly to avoid people. Alone in the forest, feeling its pulse next to his own, his inability to let go of his territoriality or his instinct for violence, repeatedly draws him into conflict with the people around him.

 

Yet this isn't a one-man-triumphs-against-the-world sort of story. Moore is losing his mind. His fugue states, his obsession with protecting the black bears on the estate he is warden of and his personal ghosts, lead him down a path where he literally puts on another skin and enters a different kind of consciousness. James McLaughlin's ability to help me experience this altering of states as something real and raw was deeply impressive.

 

Even though "Bearskin" is as fast-paced and propulsive as a thriller needs to be, McLaughlin is able to incorporate the forest and its fauna and fauna as a deeply experienced part of the story. Ecology is more than a plot device or a scientific concept here, it is about understanding our place in the world and its rhythms.

 

In addition to these two strong themes, McLaughlin gives us an insight into the poaching of black bears, the vengeance of the Mexican drug cartels and the rules and rituals of outlaw motorcycle clubs and an up-close experience of violence that is hard to look away from.

 

I recommend the audiobook version of "Bearskin" as MacLeod Andrews' narration enhanced my experience of the book.

 

Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.

 

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text 2018-08-14 09:30
► ► ►NEW JOHN MEFFORD THRILLER◄ ◄ ◄
AT Every Turn (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 10) (Redemption Thriller Series 22) - John W. Mefford
► ► ►NEW JOHN MEFFORD THRILLER◄ ◄ ◄
AT Every Turn (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 10) (Redemption Thriller Series 22) by John W. Mefford | Author

"AT Every Turn had me gasping and literally crying at one part in particular!? You are in for a ride as once again Alex is faced with catching a serial killer." reviews E Book Addicts

"This is another one of John W Mefford's novels that will keep you sitting at the edge of your chair until the last page is turned. The twists and turns are many and varied. All I can say is this author did it again--another winner!!" reviews Miki's Hope

Available in Kindle and paperback
https://www.amazon.com/Every-Turn-Troutt-Thriller-Redemption-ebook/dp/B07D5GNMDN

When obsession crosses that thin line…

The crime scene was similar to the others -- but was Alex staring at something even more disturbing than the work of a noted serial killer?

Alex and her partner, Nick, piece together a convoluted puzzle. But how many pieces are missing?

Threats hit from all directions, including the legal kind. Just what Alex needs.

The deaths, brutal and violent beyond belief, show a pattern. And then another pattern. Is this the work of a copycat killer? If only it were that easy to figure out.

The video hits. It rocks Alex's core -- her future forever altered. She pushes forward…only because the dead have no voice.

And just when Alex can take no more, her world is shattered like never before. It just can't be. But it is, and she's all alone.

Nothing will stop her from ending this obsession. No matter who gets in her way, there will be one final death.

Will Alex live to see the next day? 

Get AT Every Turn now! 

Read more on the #book, series and author here....
https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2018/06/at-every-turn-alex-troutt-thriller-book.html

 

 
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text SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-13 17:54
Reading progress update: DNF at page 154
The Mitford Murders - Jessica Fellowes

I´m calling it quits with this book.

 

There was something off about the murder mystery, which is based on a real crime. So I went and read Jessica Fellowes´ historical notes in the back of the book:

 

Florence Nightingale Shore was attacked on the Brighton line on Monday 12 January, 1920, and died a few days later in hospital. There was public outrage at her death and money was raised to fund the Florence Nightingale Shore Memorial Hospital (destroyed by bombing in World War Two), of which her long-term friend, Mabel Rogers, became the superintendent. Mabel Rogers was never suspected or charged with the murder of Florence Shore, and all conversations with her outside of the inquest have been completely invented by me.

 

A murder, which has never been solved. This doesn´t make a very compelling crime story, does it? So I skimread the solution to the murder mystery and, I am not kidding you, Mabel Rogers is the murderer of Florence Nightingale Shore in the book.

 

It´s not enough that this author is exploiting the brutal death of an innocent woman. But then she has the audacity and blames the  murder on a perfectly innocent woman, a person who once has lived and breathed on this very earth. How many readers don´t read the historical notes in the back of the book and don´t look up the real murder case? How many people believe in the end that poor Mabel Rogers has killed Florence Shore?

 

[Source]

 

I´m speechless. And if you wonder what Jessica Fellowes reasoning is behind her story, here it comes:

 

First and foremost, this is a novel. It´s my hope, however, that in blending fact with fiction, we come closer to understanding the people of the past, as well as remember and commemorate them.

 

Yeah, whatever .... NEXT!

 

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text 2018-08-12 20:09
Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 420 pages.
The Mitford Murders - Jessica Fellowes

The "man in the brown suit" had apparently vanished into thin air [...]

 

There really isn´t an original thought in this novel. This is a lame mishmash of Agatha Christie, the Mitford sisters and true crime. And the last 60 pages were incredibly boring.

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