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review 2017-11-24 17:56
Skeletons in the Closet – Blood Loss by Ashley Fontainne @AshleyFontainne
Blood Loss - Ashley Fontainne,Lillian Hansen

Bloss Loss by Ashley Fontainne has one of those covers that makes me realize…I must go into the forest. I love covers with trees, forests, and woods, so this makes me want to enter another of Ashley’s fantastic stories, jumping and skipping down the trail. I must follow that path, no matter that I am alone and there is danger.

 

Ashley has been writing this series with her mother Lillian Hansen. It is the second Magnolia novel and it is based on a true story. You can see my review for the first story by following the Blood Ties link at the end of the post.

 

Cover and Interior book design by One of a Kind Covers

 

Blood Loss - A Magnolia Novel

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MY REVIEW

 

I am so happy to be back with some familiar friends and am looking for another mystery to solve. Blood Loss by Ashley Fontainne and her mother, Lillian Hansen, is the second Magnolia story, based on a true one, and I don’t want to miss a thing.

 

We pick up where Blood Ties ended, but I believe you can read this as a stand alone. If this is your first foray into the Magnolia series, I do recommend starting at the beginning.

 

The Magnolia has become Karina’s home. She and her mother inherited the home for the elderly and it seems like mysteries and danger arise from the house itself.

 

Karina’s nightmare awakens her, but it’s nice having her hunkie boyfriend at her side. Bo tells her the nightmares will pass.

 

“They’re all dead thanks to you, so that makes you the predator, not the prey.”

 

Karina is a strong, determined ex cop, as is her mother. They have put that behind them, but it’s a good thing they have those skills to draw on.

 

She’s tough, snarky and has a potty mouth. Pull a gun on her and she’ll blow your head off, but she has a big heart and guards it well.

 

Death by dick wouldn’t fly anyway, though it would be a memorable obituary for sure, going viral in hours. (Karina’s thoughts about Bo’s insatiable libido).

 

I laughed out loud when I read her version of the song You Don’t Own Me.

 

Karina has me cracking up throughout the pages and I love being inside her head.

 

It is that kind of writing that gives Ashley’s stories a fun and humorous bent and keeps me coming back for more. I think humor goes hand in hand with romance and mystery.

 

My first big surprise I never saw coming. No warning, but at least it’s all good.

 

“Like the Good Book says, the love of money is the root of all evil. And it’s a thick root that runs deep into bloodstained dirt.”

 

Government conspiracies? Never underestimate the power of greed. Some will stop at nothing. 

 

A home for old folks…not surprising there are skeletons in the closet and secrets hidden. In 1957 two women vanished without a trace and the game is afoot.

 

Karina misses the rush of the hunt, so when the mystery appears, she jumps on it, regardless of being warned off. It’s just not in her nature. She cannot resist the mystery and I know she will find danger.

 

I’m onto you Ashley. The second surprise is about Karina. I didn’t see this one either and I love when the author can surprise me. Ashley Fontainne has that ability, and so much more. She draws me into the story quickly and easily. The characters become my friends. I worry about them, want the best for them, and if I could climb into the pages of the book, I would help them. As it is, all I can do is read…

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Blood Loss by Ashley Fontainne.

 

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Ashley Fontainne’s writing is so spectacular, I am always anticipating the next book I will read of hers. Here are my reviews…so far:

 

 

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review 2017-11-23 19:04
Bitch - L. S. Anderson
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Autor: L. S. AndersonTitel: BitchGenre: ThrillerVerlag: Knaur,  (Topkrimi), [02.11.2017]Kindle-Edition: ASIN: B073VBSBSH, 208 Seitenauch im TB-Format verfügbarhier: gelesen über die Kindle-Appvia Topkrimi und NetGalley.de – Herzlichen Dank!#Bitch #NetGalleyDEklick zu Amazon.de

Inhaltsangabe (Amazon):

Ein verzogenes Luxus-Gör, eine dysfunktionale Familie und drei brutale Gangster – der neue Hard-Boiled-Krimi von L. S. Anderson
Es gibt Muttersöhnchen und es gibt Papamädchen. Muttersöhnchen kann man vergessen, ein Papamädchen macht man sich besser nicht zur Feindin. Die achtzehnjährige Emma Lauenstein ist so ein Mädchen. Sie sehnt sich nach dem Luxus, mit dem ihr Vater sie überhäufte – bis ihre Familie vor vier Jahren auseinanderbrach. Seitdem fühlt sie sich in einem zweitklassigen Leben gefangen. Sie hasst ihre Schule, die sie mehr schwänzt als besucht; sie hasst ihren schmierigen neureichen Stiefvater und ihren pubertierenden Stiefbruder; sie verachtet ihre tablettenabhängige Mutter, die Emmas Vater feige im Stich ließ; und sie hat bei Douglas Hausverbot, weil sie dort einmal zu oft klaute.
Eines Abends gerät Emmas Leben erneut aus den Fugen. Zusammen mit ihrer Familie wird sie von drei Gangstern als Geisel genommen. Doch die Männer ahnen nicht, mit wem sie sich anlegen. Denn Emma ist schlau, zäh und skrupellos. Als es um ihr Überleben, ihre Freiheit und die Chance geht, in die Welt der Reichen und Schönen zurückzukehren, ist sie zu allem bereit …

Meine Meinung:

 

Titel, Cover und Inhaltsangabe haben mich angesprochen, versprach ich mir doch leichte, locker-flockige Lektüre. Das Leben der Reichen und Schönen interessiert mich zwar nicht, aber da Emma ja nicht mehr zu diesen höher privilegierten Püppchen gehören soll, war ich gespannt darauf, was ein “Papamädchen” ausmacht.

 

L. S. Anderson ist ein Pseudonym für einen männlichen Schriftsteller. Er scheint ein deutscher Ingenieur zu sein, mehr habe ich aber auch nicht über ihn in Erfahrung bringen können. Er schreibt hier in der ersten Person als Emma und versetzt sich in ein fast 18jähriges Mädchen hinein, was äußerst erstaunlich ist, denn können Männer uns Frauen wirklich verstehen?

 

Sein Schreibstil ist direkt und schnörkellos, ein sehr gutes Deutsch. Viele Gedankengänge, Fragen und wörtliche Rede führen den Leser durch die groteske Situation einer Geiselnahme mit einigen brutalen Übergriffen. Die einzelnen Figuren sind gut ausgearbeitet. Und auch das Lektorat hat hervorragende Arbeit geleistet – ich habe keine orthographischen oder grammatikalischen Fehler gefunden.

 

Hat mir aber die Story wirklich gefallen? Nein, nicht wirklich. Ich konnte mich mit keiner einzigen Figur identifizieren, mich in die Story hineinfallen lassen, denn nicht nur Emma machte sie unglaubwürdig. Sicher, das Buch heißt “Bitch”, und eine Schlampe wäre noch eine harmlose Bezeichnung für dieses skrupellose Luder, das mit nicht mal 18 Jahren über Leichen geht und sich nimmt, was sie will. Dazu gehört schon ein gehöriges Maß an Abgebrühtheit, Gewissenlosig- und Zielstrebigkeit. Auch das Verhalten der Polizistin hat mich zum Kopfschütteln gebracht, die Möglichkeit, 1.000 € am Geldautomaten zu ziehen, aber vor allem die Bezeichnung der weiblichen Genitalien. Zum Glück kam das M-Wort nur zwei- oder dreimal vor, wäre es häufiger aufgetaucht, hätte ich abgebrochen.

 

Ich kann das Buch Männern empfehlen, die gewissen sexuellen Fantasien nachgehen. Für mich ist das eher nichts.

 

Die Situation, im eigenen Haus überfallen und in Geiselhaft genommen zu werden, ist nicht neu und ist sicherlich auch im realen Leben schon vorgekommen. Aus dieser Situation dann eine solche Story zu weben, das braucht schon ein gewisses Maß an Können. Somit gebe ich nach reiflicher Überlegung 06/10 Punkte.

 

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Erster Satz:

Die Ereignisse, die mein Leben zum zweiten Mal innerhalb von vier Jahren auf den Kopf stellten – oder, genau genommen, wieder auf die Füße-, begannen damit, dass drei Männer durch den Regen über den Rasen unseres Gartens auf das Haus zukamen.

Bitch: Thriller - Kevin J. Anderson 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2017/11/gelesen-bitch-l-s-anderson.html
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review 2017-11-23 07:35
Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
Delusion in Death - J.D. Robb

A bar turns into a gory battlefield during happy hour with patrons killing each other under an airborne hallucinogenic drug. The bar's owner is Roarke, but his wife, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, doubts the attack was directed at him. Then a popular restaurant is hit during lunch hour with patrons exhibiting the same symptoms and Eve knows she's dealing with a madman.


I liked this one. It wasn't perfect, especially in the pacing department (although it did pick up the tempo for its second wind), but it delivered.
I dug the procedural aspects of the story, the little tidbits of (fictional) history, and the whole mass-murder under the influence of an airborne hallucinogen, although I did find the motive beyond lame, idiotic, and unworthy of the "historical figure" the killings emulated.

The cast was superb, as always, with their relationships evolving in front of out eyes book to book, especially Eve/Peabody and Eve/Mira (I loved how Eve's mother figure helped her deal with her dreams).

It was a little different, and different is (always) good.

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review 2017-11-22 22:01
Review: The Roanoke Girls
The Roanoke Girls: A Novel - Amy Engel

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I snagged a copy of this one when it was a read it now for the first 100 members. It promised some of my favourite tropes in novels – rich family, idyllic setting, dark twisty secrets.  This book has one of those annoying boats in the title tag line saying the most dark twisty shocking plot! However, this one did deliver on the dark twist.

 

My biggest issue with this (side from the really nauseating disturbingness of the plot twists) is that it was predictable. I’d guessed the Roanoke family secrets almost immediately. Anyone who’s ever seen Law and Order: Special Victims Unit could probably guess what’s going on here. I also guessed correctly who the killer was.

 

That being said, there was something utterly compelling about the story telling. I really liked Lane, the main character. Told in a then and now format, what happened when Lane was a teenager and went to live with the Roanokes after her mother committed suicide. Her grandparents and her cousin the same age as her Allegra. And the now chapters of what happens when Lane goes back as an adult after Allegra disappears.

 

Lane was by no mean a good, nice person. Not as a teen, nor as an adult. She was a flat out bitch, she was blunt and cold and didn’t even bother to hide the fact that sometimes it was easier to be cruel than to be kind. Despite her personality flaws, she made a very interesting character, and I kind of loved her. While her cousin Allegra was your typical spoilt rich girl. She could manipulate people easily, and wrap boys around her finger. She could convince you to do anything, regardless of consequences. She had a certain charisma about herself, despite the fact Allegra could be stroppy selfish and childish. She tells Lane about the sordid history of the Roanoke girls before them. All the girls in their family line - including both their mothers  - all got pregnant young and either ran away or committed suicide.

 

The Roanoke household is a big mansion and a farm run by its patriarch Yates Roanoke Lane and Allegra’s grandfather. He has an old world charm about him. Firm when needed without being overbearing, yet very witty, charming and always with a kind word and encouragement, while grandma is your typical blue blood grandma. Beautiful but cold and kind of passive.

 

In the summer in their teens Lane learns about farm life and meets Allegra’s current boyfriend Tommy, and his best friend Cooper. Tommy is your average small town good boy from a nice family while Cooper is the good looking dude with the shady family and bad history, he and Lane hit it off immediately and begin a relationship, more hooking up when they can than anything else.  

 

When Lane comes back to town as an adult she reconnects with Tommy, now married and a police office and Cooper, now a mechanic. The Roanoke house is still the same as it was when Lane ran away in her teens. With one exception. Allegra is gone. Lane searches for answers to what happened to her. Flipping back and forth between what happened that summer when she arrived and her investigation on return.

 

Also flittered into the novel is chapters on various Roanoke women and what happened to them either when they ran or when they died.

 

The writing is top notch, even though none of the characters are particularly likeable. The story telling makes you want to know what’s going on, what happened back in that summer, why did Lane run away, what did she learn about the Roanoke secrets. And when she comes back what happened to Allegra. Did she finally leave – was she murdered? What happened? It’s twisty and very disturbing in parts. The answers to the Roanoke secrets are actually in the text if you look between the lines. And it is sick. It’s stomach wrenching and utterly utterly wrong in very way possible.

 

It’s a pretty fucked up book but it’s excellently written.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the review copy.

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review 2017-11-22 20:33
The Sentinel - A Jane Harper Horror Novel
The Sentinel (A Jane Harper Horror Novel) - Jeremy Bishop

It all starts when an anti-whaling ship rams a whaler off the coast of Greenland and the whaler, instead of turning the other cheek, rams it right back, rather more disastrously. But then the whaler explodes.

 

How? Why? What happened?

 

Read it and see. Then follow the adventures of the few survivors on a frozen island inhabited by "draugre", Viking revenants - zombies under another, older name.

 

I liked the narrator, Jane Harper, a real kick-ass ex-military-brat, who responds with a sarcastic quip to everything Greenland and the paranormal can throw at her, but I have to say that while I found the story and the setting exciting I didn't really get any feeling of "horror" - as promised in the subtitle.

 

As a horror story I would say it fails - 3 stars at most. As a thriller with an unusual setting and a very strong female protagonist, it succeeds - 4 or 5 stars.

 

So 4 stars.

 

And I shall definitely read the sequel, The Raven.

 

 

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