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review 2017-05-16 23:03
Emma Kavanagh - The Killer On The Wall
The Killer On The Wall - Emma Kavanagh

In a close knitted community in the north of England 15year old Isla Bell ran along Hadrian’s Wall and stumbles onto 4 bodies and a young boy seriously wounded. From this day on everything changes for all the people who were involved.

 

20 years later Isla is a forensic psychologist. She examines the brains of serial killers and finally she is able to examine the convicted killer of those people she once found. Her father, who caught this man, built his career on this case. He is the famous Eric Bell. Isla is married to Ramsey, the only survivor. But suddenly  the killing starts again. But how can this be? The killer is behind bars for many years now. Is there a copycat? Or was there another killer who starts again now?

 

“The Killer on the Wall” is a dark thriller. Everyone who was involved in the crimes is traumatized. Isla waited 20 years and prepared herself to examine finally the man who killed people she knew and beaten her husband almost to dead. When the new victims begin to appear she does not know what to think. Her whole world begins to fall apart. The author does a great job showing this. But on the other hand nothing really happens for quite a long time. There is also Mina, a young police officer from London who moved to the north for personal reasons. Through her we see the police work on this case. She begins to look at the old case again and finds disturbing things. This is not as gripping as it sounds. The pace is very slow. In the last third the author offers suspect after suspect and twist after twist. But it is a bit too much. And the motive did not convince me.

 

The story itself is far from new but it is unique enough developed. The characters are ok, although I could not connect to them. This is my second book from Emma Kavanagh. I already had my problems with her writing style in the other book I read. I think the writing is aloof. I just could not connect to this book. I found my thoughts drifting apart while reading. It is probably my personal problem but I just don’t like the author’s writing style. It was an OK read but I think I would not choose a third book from the author. Her books are just not my cup of tea.

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review 2017-05-02 01:10
THE BRICK WALL by Stephanie Julian
The Brick Wall (Redtails Hockey Book 1) - Stephanie Julian
  Good opening for the Reading Redtails series. Goalie Shane Conrad has been having a hard time in the net. Everyone's advice is to take some time off and quit thinking about hockey. He meets Bliss Vescovi and decides the others may be right. Both think it will be a one-night stand or over at the end of the season but their hearts decide for something else.

I enjoyed this story. I loved the characters. I liked that not every character was perfect. They had flaws and disabilities. Bliss has to stop thinking she can read others minds. Shane is a good guy who puts many males to shame. I liked the strong connection Bliss had to her family and I liked how others tried to tell her she could pursue other courses in her life.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
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review 2017-04-23 08:07
The Killer On The Wall
The Killer On The Wall - Emma Kavanagh

It began with the bodies. Indeed it did. The opening of the this new detective story from Emma Kavanagh starts thrilling with the discovery of multiple bodies neatly positioned against Hadrian’s Wall. It’s meant to shock the reader right into the story, but I’ve to admit, that I actually had a hard time getting into it, because after its great opening it slowed down quite a lot.

 

This story is set twenty years after the events described in the opening chapter. It mainly focuses on the effects it has had on the small community it took place in. Everyone knew the killer, but also the victims. It’s twenty years later and people seem finally ready to leave the past behind and move on. That is, until a new body appears, right against Hadrian’s Wall.

 

A big part of this story stands or falls with Isla Bell, who did not only discover the first bodies, is the daughter of the police officer who arrested the original killer but also is now the renowned forensic psychologist who’s talking to serial killers and looking at their MRIs. On top of that she’s also married to the brother of one of the victims who himself is the only survivor of the murderer. I very much doubt that given her connections to the case, she would have been allowed to visit him for her study, but either way, that is exactly what happens. The other main character is a young police officer who’s trying to prove her worth, while the older police officers try their best to ignore this.

 

For some reason, I didn’t connect to the characters. I could feel the uneasiness of the village and its inhabitants, but the main characters, and the people immediately surrounding them somehow slightly annoyed me. The mystery in itself was not enough to fully compensate for this. Still an okay read, but nothing special for me.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-19 12:57
The Widow of Wall Street
The Widow of Wall Street: A Novel - Randy Susan Meyers

Phoebe always was a girl who loved her books, and she found a husband who also loved his books, but a different kind than Phoebe loved.

 

Phoebe loved her school books, Jake loved his books that showed his money growing. 

Phoebe married Jake at a young age, and Jake said he would always take care of her.

 

Jake's parents had been in some sort of trouble, and Phoebe's mother never liked him. THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET follows Phoebe and Jake from their teenage years, through the years of marriage, and through the crisis ranging from 1960 to 2010.

 

As Jake's empire grew, Phoebe became dragged in as well, but only by talking up her husband's business and how well it was doing. The years went by, and Jake made money, but he was in over his head most of the time. When Jake's empire tumbles, Phoebe, the loyal, compliant wife, tumbles with him.

 

Readers who enjoy women's fiction, drama, and a strong female character will enjoy this book. 



 

Ms. Meyers' marvelous writing pulls the reader into the high stakes of Wall Street, the power and lives of the wealthy, and reminds us of the saying: “Money is the root of all evil.“

 



I enjoyed THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET along with its tense moments and a truly thoughtful ending.

 

ENJOY if you read this book. 5/5



 

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Source: silversolara.blogspot.com
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review 2017-04-10 07:53
The Anglo-Saxon Age: The Birth of England by Martin Wall
The Anglo-Saxon Age: The Birth of England - Martin Wall

A rather superficial military history of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms/monarchs in England.  This book didn't provide much information on their culture or anything else, other than who invaded which kingdom, when and the atrocities committed.  While a fair number of colour photos and a few poor maps were included in this book, a time line and genealogy would have been helpful as well.  I'm hoping A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: The Beginnings of the English Nation by  Geoffrey Hindley provides more information on the Anglo-Saxons other than their wars.

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