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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride - Book Review

4.5/5 Stars

Sometimes the worst thing you can imagine is just the beginning...

Welcome to the Misfit Mob.


Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 596
Chapters: 81
Publisher: HarperCollins

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Review

As an avid lover of books from almost every genre, it can become a bit tedious when reading the same one so much. But, and heavy emphasis on that very shapely but, that tedium can highlight the light within the dark; it can separate the exceptional from the mediocre.

A Dark So Deadly is exceptional.

A tad long, but otherwise a Scottish crime novel that deserves your money and a place on your shelf. MacBride is in top form; an author with a distinct voice and style that completely captures the reader from page one. A Dark So Deadly seems ordinary on the surface, with a standard synopsis that intrigues but doesn't really strike deep. But inside... His dark comedy is genius and his storytelling abilities are impossible to deny.

Telling the tales of underdogs overcoming adversity, lies and corruption poisoning trust, and finding a home in darkness, A Dark So Deadly flicks and flips, doing a damn fine job of entertaining.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

16th Seduction by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Women's Murder Club, #16) - Book Review

3/5 Stars

Fifteen months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer's life was perfect...

Now, a deadly conspiracy is working against her,

and soon she could be on trial...


Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Chapters: 97 (Plus a prologue with three parts.)
Publisher: Century

Book Links: Goodreads
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Review

Anyone wanna take a guess as to what happens when you promise to set aside time for reading after a big lull?

In my case, it all went to crap.

So many weeks without a book under my belt...

Maybe that's why on my return to San Francisco in 16th Seduction, my eager brain raised my expectations too high. The novel's solid, with fast and ferocious fun that'll please Patterson fans with its comfortable formula, but, for me, something's missing. I remember being absolutely enamoured by the Women's Murder Club series, but chalk it up to such a long series being released over a long time and my rose-tinted glasses are slipping.

Readers are still in store for a crime-thriller novel that thinks big, with terrorism, secrets, and fear leading the charge in terms of themes, but part of me can't help but think there's far too much attempted style over meaningful substance (which pains me to say, so maybe I'm just crazy).

Monday, 10 April 2017

Running Blind by M.J. Arlidge (DI Helen Grace, #0.6) - Book Review

4/5 Stars

There's a dark secret lurking amid the quiet fields of Hampshire,

one that Helen is determined to uncover...


Edition: Kindle
Pages: 101 (Roughly.)
Chapters: 41
Publisher: Penguin

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Review

Love a complex heroine that lives in the dark, depressing dwellings of evil? I do, and Helen Grace is one of the brightest. Running Blind, a solid short story that expands the series' protagonist's origins, is extremely enjoyable. Filled to the brim with morality, self-discovery, and, of course, the prerequisite doses of adrenaline-infused action, it's a novella with bite.

So I invite you to take a trip to England's Southampton during the early 90s, and witness rookie officer Helen Grace as she dodges her past and problematic persons in her present to fulfil her passion for justice. 

It's a juicy tidbit that'll have you salivating for the new core instalment, Love Me Not, which releases next month.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Caller by Chris Carter (Robert Hunter, #8) - Book Review

4.5/5 Stars

Your life is on the line...


Edition: Kindle
Pages: 480
Chapters: 94
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Review

So, I've been MIA for a couple months, thanks to a combination of busyness and laziness and falling out with reading. But I'm back (for how long, who knows, I'm a flighty buggar), and while I might not have been the most voracious reader in recent weeks, I did keep up with some of the series I'm in the middle of.

Enter The Caller, entry number eight to Carter's Robert Hunter series.

Released in February, I knew that when I jumped back on the reading and blogging bandwagons, a sadistic, clever, and terrifying thriller definitely had to be what I went for. 

And went for I did.

Why I derive such enjoyment from this type of fiction while being an overly emotional coward I'll never know, but easing myself back in with The Caller has worked wonders. Carter never fails to create unique plots with psychological insanity and mind-bending detective work. Brutal and unforgiving, this instalment to the series further cements the author's sheer talent for criminal fiction.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Devil's Due by Rachel Caine (Red Letter Days, #2) - Book Review

4/5 Stars

The psychic world will never be the same again...

But what are the consequences of defying destiny...?


Edition: Paperback
Pages: 329
Chapters: 17 (Plus a prologue and an epilogue)
Publisher: Harlequin Mira

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Review

Destiny + Supernatural + Action + Romance + Choice + Consequences = Devil's Due.

And if you're not sold yet, let me continue: Devil's Due is a fast, fiery paranormal thriller with a vibrant cast and streamlined writing. It's rife with thought-provoking themes, but never lets them overtake the overall fun and flirty nature that the novel embodies. 

It doesn't top its predecessor, Devil's Bargain, but it does close the duology with vigour.

You'd be remiss if you let this little series pass you by, and by remiss, I mean you'd miss out on laughs, adrenaline-fuelled fights, and earth-shattering conspiracies for world domination.