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review 2017-09-20 16:22
Monster in the Closet Book Review
Monster in the Closet (The Baltimore Series) - Karen Rose

This is my first Karen Rose novel. I don't read a lot of adult thrillers so I thought I'd branch out. I live in Maryland and especially liked that I recognized a lot of the scenery in Hunt Valley and Baltimore. 


It took a while for me to really get into Monster in the Closet. The last 100 or so pages were pretty exciting and fast paced. I wish more of it was the same. There are several characters this follows from the bad guys, to the parents and the children so it almost took too long for me to get into. 


I enjoyed it enough to probably read more by this author in the future. The only problem is I don't think I'll remember this one a year from now or even in a few months. 

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review 2017-09-20 14:52
Targa - Der Moment, bevor du stirbst: Th... Targa - Der Moment, bevor du stirbst: Thriller (Ein Fall für Targa Hendricks, Band 1) - B.C. Schiller

€ 10,00 [D] inkl. MwSt. 


€ 10,30 [A] |  CHF 13,90* 

(* empf. VK-Preis) 


Taschenbuch, BroschurISBN: 978-3-328-10151-2




Erschienen: 10.07.2017 




Niemand kommt dem Bösen so nahe wie sie.


Targa Hendricks hat keine Freunde, keine Liebe, nichts zu verlieren. Doch vor allem hat sie keine Angst – und genau das macht sie so verdammt gut in ihrem Job. Denn als Undercover-Ermittlerin einer Sondereinheit des BKA ist es ihre Aufgabe, Serienkiller auf frischer Tat zu überführen, und dazu gibt es nur zwei Wege: Targa muss sich einem Mörder ausliefern – oder ihn glauben lassen, sie sei wie er.



Falk Sandman ist Hochschuldozent, charismatisch, clever und besessen von den letzten Worten Sterbender – seiner Opfer. Eines Tages trifft er eine junge Frau, die sich für seine dunkle Seite interessiert. Sie will von ihm lernen, und Sandman fasziniert ihr gefühlloses Verhalten. Zunächst ist er skeptisch, doch allmählich vertraut er ihr.


Ein tödliches Spiel beginnt. Wer wird gewinnen?


Meine Meinung: 


Ich bin ja schon vor einiger Zeit auf das Schriftstellerpaar B.C. Schiller durch die Tony Braun Reihe aufmerksam geworden. Nachdem ich gesehen hatte, dass sie neues Buch herausbringen, war mir klar, dass ich dieses auch lesen möchte. Freundlicherweise wurde mir das Buch zu Rezensionszwecken vom Verlag zur Verfügung gestellt. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir anfangs nicht so ganz leicht gefallen, das hat sich aber glücklicherweise schnell gelegt. 


Die Geschichte rund um die ausgesetzten Zwillinge fand ich schon sehr interessant, dadurch wurde direkt Spannung aufgebaut. Je weiter das Buch vorangeschritten ist, umso spannender fand ich es. 


Der Klappentext hat ja schon verraten, dass die Hauptcharaktere etwas speziell sind. Dem kann ich nur zustimmen. Das hat es mir manchmal etwas schwer gemacht, ihre Gedanken und ihre Taten nachzuvollziehen. Ausserdem fand ich es leider in weiten Teil doch etwas unrealistisch. 


Ich habe mir aufgrund der anderen zuvor  bereits gelesenen Thriller des Autorenduos ein wenig mehr von diesem Buch versprochen. Ausserdem finde ich es auch schade, dass nirgendwo erkennbar ist, wann in etwa mit der Fortsetzung nach diesem fiesen Cliffhanger zu rechnen ist. 


Alles in allem bin ich auf diesem Buch ein wenig hin und hergerissen. Auf eine Art bin ich enttäuscht, auf der anderen Seite war es teilweise aber auch recht spannend, so dass ich das Buch schlussendlich mit 3,5 Sternen bewerten möchte. 

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text 2017-09-19 18:25
Reading progress update: I've listened 512 out of 1204 minutes.
The Alienist (Audio) - Caleb Carr,Edward Herrmann

"But what about ..." Lucius´s words became a bit halting. "What about the ... I´m sorry, but I´m afraid I still don´t know how to discuss certain things with a lady present."

"Then pretend one isn´t" Sara said, a bit impatiently.

"Well," Lucius went on, no more comfortably, "what about the focus on the ... buttocks?"

"Ah, yes," Kreizler answered. "Part of the original story, do we think? Or a twist of our man´s invention?"

"Uhhh..." I droned, having thought of something but, like Lucius, unsure of how to phrase it in front of a woman. "The, uh ... the ... references, not only to dirt, but to ... fecal matter ..."

"The word he uses is "shit"," Sara said bluntly, and everyone in the room, including Kreizler, seemed to spring a few inches off the floor for a second or two. "Honestly, gentlemen," Sara commented with some disdain. "If I´d known you were all so modest I´d have stuck to secretarial work."

"Who´s modest?" I demanded ... not one of my stronger retorts.

Sara frowned at me, "You, John Shuyler Moore. I happen to know that you have, on occasion, paid members of the female sex to spend intimate moments with you ... I suppose they were strangers to that kind of language?"

"No," I protested, aware that my face was a bright red beacon. "But they weren´t ... weren´t ..."

"Weren´t?" Sara asked sternly.

"Weren´t ... well, ladies!"

At that Sara stood up, put one hand to a hip and with the other produced her derringer from some nether region of her dress. "I would like to warn you all right now," she said tightly, "that the next man who uses the word "lady" in that context and in my presence, will be shitting from a new and artificially manufactured hole in his gut."


I like Sara.


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review 2017-09-19 15:42
Lies She Told
Lies She Told - Cate Holahan

By:  Cate Holahan 

ISBN: 9781683312956

Publisher:  Crooked Lane Books

Publication Date: 9/12/2017 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 4 Stars 


LIES SHE TOLD by Cate Holahan is a dark and twisty mind-bending thriller with more than one unreliable narrator. 

On almost every page, this imaginative psychological thriller forces the reader to reconsider what is real. A book within a book when the lines of fact and fiction are blurred.

“The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.” — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Notebook H 

Manhattan author Liza, (of romantic suspense) is under extreme pressure with her upcoming novel. 

Trevor, a forty-two-year-old (editor) is telling a thirty-five-year-old woman in the middle of her target audience demographic, what her peers want in the sack. He thinks he knows trends. 

Alternating between Liza’s POV in the real world, and Beth (the protagonist) in Liza’s novel. Needless to say, both these ladies lives are complex. 

"Blurring fact and fantasy is my trade. I am a con artist. A prevaricator. I make up stories." So why does he think this one is real? 

David Jacobson, husband of twelve years. Nick Landau, David’s law partner is missing. Nick never liked Liza.

Liza and David have been unable to conceive. Both the anxiety of this plus her writing deadlines push her to get lost in her characters. Their marriage is strained. 

. . . She does not invent her characters. She steals them from her surroundings. To be a writer is to be a life thief. Every day she robs herself blind.

"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place." —Henry Louis Mencken, A Little Book in C Major

As the pressure of the deadlines mounts, Liza becomes immersed in her heroine. Unfaithful? Murder?

Is she writing about her own life? 

Beth has a new baby and her husband, Jake is a prosecutor. He is cheating, while she is home taking care of the baby. The sexy officer, Colleen. The psychiatrist, Tyler, and an old friend.

Will both stories lead to murder? The lines are blurred. 

Who is telling the truth? Who is not? Two stories intertwined.

The author cleverly draws readers into a world where truth blends with delusion, plus more. . . 

Dark, twisty, and sinister grip-lit. The author keeps the reader on its toes while switching from fact and fiction while questioning every move. 

Chilling, unique, intriguing, and disturbing, LIES SHE TOLD, will keep readers turning the pages. With all the books about LIES these days, this one definitely takes a distinctive spin. 

A special thank you to Crooked Lane and NetGalley for an early reading digital copy. 

I also purchased the audiobook narrated by Amy McFadden and Lisa Larsen, for a captivating performance.


Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/05/12/Lies-She-Told
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review 2017-09-19 14:07
Book 2 in Dublin Murder Squad a Disappointment (DNF)
The Likeness - Tana French

FYI, I DNF this book at page 122. I skimmed the rest of the book and only fully read the last four chapters to see about the resolution of the story. 


Please note this book will have spoilers from book #1, so read at your own risk. 


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So instead of me posting gifs of people running away I am just going to try to keep this short. The entire premise of this book was absurd. I could not get past it.

Cassie, the partner of Rob (who was the lead character in book #1) is back as the lead in book #2. It makes sense to showcase Cassie after the brutal breakup of the partnership between these two in book #1. Cassie transferred to Domestic Violence and is now in a relationship with Sam who is still in the Murder Squad (part of the Rob/Cass trio).


When Cassie is called to a murder site by Sam, she runs across her old boss (Frank Mackey) in undercover. They tell Cassie to cover up and be there quickly. When she is there, she finds a young woman that could be her twin that is murdered. The young woman also is using the name that Cassie used in her old undercover days, Alexandria Madison. Frank has a crazy idea though, he wants Cassie to go undercover as the dead woman and live with the dead woman's four roommates in order to flush out a murderer.


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I can't. The whole plot was dumb. We then have Cassie waffling about being involved, but wanting to be involved and getting talked into via Frank. Sam the only person with any kind of damn sense sees how stupid this is. Also how did any superior sign off on this mess???


Cassie looks at some videos on the dead woman's phone so she is going to use that in order to see how to impersonate her.


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Cause you know, you going to live with strangers who could be part of the reason why the woman is dead is totally a smart thing to do. I just hated this whole thing. I also hated how obsessed Cassie gets with the entire group of friends. She needs to see a therapist. Considering how she broke open the last case, I am wondering who this impostor is, she had no damn sense as far as I could tell the entire book. 


Cassie is adrift and feeling anxious since the last murder case she worked. I honestly don't get what she was anxious about. Was it the breakdown of her friendship with Rob (by the way he is barely mentioned which drove me up the wall) or was it the actual case itself? I felt like I got more insight into Cassie in book #1 and she wasn't the lead character. She is mysterious in this one and I will say it, kind of a moron. Did I say that already? Well she is. 


There is no character development at all in this book. I saw a couple of asides to her friendship with Rob, but not a lot. I honestly don't get what Sam was doing in this one and why he even put up with Cassie. Frank, eh, I know he is the subject of book #3, since Themis recommended that book that is the only reason why I am reading it. Only reason. 

The roommates are paper thin dolls. They make absolutely no sense. Three people being told what to do by one of the roommates who makes all their decisions for them. All four of the roommates are obsessed with not sharing their pasts and fixing up an old house. I hope you like reading about how lovely Cassie finds everything.  


The writing and flow of this book was nothing like book #1. I was over everyone which is why I DNF this book. Cassie becomes obsessed with the dead woman's life and thinks she knows her cause in some other life or something this could have been Cassie's world. I don't know guys, I just wanted to drink some wine and not think about this book. I just didn't have the patience for it at all. 

Eventually we find out what happened to Alexandria Madison. I didn't really care, but honestly anyone who read a book had to know where this was going. I ended up just feeling disappointed in Cassie and just over her. She jumped all over Rob for not seeing what was right in front of him for book #1, and I wanted to yell pot meet kettle at her when I read the last couple of chapters. If French had ended the book with Cassie trying to reconcile with Rob months later at the conclusion of this case it would have worked better for me. 

The setting was not great. Most of the action (if you can call it that) is at an old house that Cassie lives at with the roommates. They all act like this place is the best thing ever. It's an old and falling down home. That's it. 


The ending was a shoulder shrug to me. We already knew where Cassie's life was heading towards since Rob dropped information on us at the end of book #1. I just rolled my eyes at Cassie acting like her investigating this dead woman's life was some great experience. 

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