Book List 2017, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Mystery, Reviews

Review: “Visions” by Kelley Armstrong

Visions

Title: Visions

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Defies all genre

Summary:

In the second book in bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new Cainsville series, Olivia’s newly discovered power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her hometown.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes come to light, creating a rift between them just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s certain it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger.

But then she learns that a troubled young woman with a connection to Cainsville went missing just days earlier–the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has Olivia’s new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

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Book List 2017, Genre: Mystery

Review: The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

the absent one

Title: The Absent One

Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen

Rating: Four freakouts out of five.

Warning: Dark, violent.

Summary: 

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases

. The result wasn’t what Mørck—or readers—expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads.

So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects—part of a group of privileged boarding-school students—confessed and was convicted. B

ut once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive.

Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried . . . as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head. 

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Genre: Mystery

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1)The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well Marshmallows, we got another continuation of the Veronica Mars universe. And it was great.

I absolutely loved this book, and devoured it, searching for the easter eggs for those who had been huge fans of the show. But more than that I also tried to read this book as though I’d never heard of Veronica.

The dialogue, as it always is with Veronica, was snappy and witty, dare I say it even snarky. Mac is back, and she is as reliable and loveable as ever. Dick is the unwitting hero. Wallace is steadfast, and is responsible for one of my favourite moments in the book.

There were things, no spoilers here, that I was actually completely shocked at and that had me flipping and reading as fast as I possibly could.

At its heart though, I’m not sure anyone whose not read the show will get how shocking certain moments are, or appreciate the resurgence of certain characters

But me? I can’t wait for the next one.

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Genre: Mystery

Omens: The Cainsville Series by Kelley Armstrong

Omens: The Cainsville SeriesOmens: The Cainsville Series by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book began with a sense of anticipation for me, and even though parts of it were slow I can’t ever say that I regretted one moment spent reading it.

Everyone has a sense of history built into their sense of self, and I found it very interesting to see what happened when Olivia realized that her family history wasn’t really hers. The horror she felt at learning what her real parents might’ve done and were convicted of doing was palpable and very real. The realization that this was why the relationship between her and her mother was the way it was was heart breaking.

This book is interesting because it edges on the supernatural but never quite touches it in a way that is enticing. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mystery novels and even those who don’t.

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book list: 2013, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Mystery, Series: The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)The Gunslinger by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a re-read for me, though it’s been some time since I last read this book and I feared I would feel completely different about it.

To my surprise I actually like it better now than I once did, with all of the flourishing details, vulgarity at times and the depth of the story telling.

I sink into this book, and I love that I am able to imagine the world around me, the slow mutants and the terror they bring. The fall, the turmoil of Roland. I can’t wait to re-read the rest of the series.

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book list: 2013, Genre: Mystery

The One You Love by Paul Pilkington

The One You Love (Emma Holden Suspense Mystery, #1)The One You Love by Paul Pilkington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been a while since I sunk into a mystery as deep as I did this one, perhaps because of how rooted in the characters psychology this was. The characters are what captured me, from Will’s torturous moments, to Emma’s moments of strength and Stuart’s ultimate moment of weakness. I absolutely loved this book, from start to finish.

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book list: 2013, Genre: Mystery

The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book took a lot for me to get into, but I am glad I picked it back up after discarding it and decided to give it a second chance.

Once I got past the beginning of the novel I began to slowly fall for the character of Cormoran Strike and all his flaws and what he represents.

He is not a hero, by any means , not truly, in the way he acts now but yet he does do what’s right in the end. If anyone is reading this expecting the same as what was received in Rowling’s Harry Potter series they are most likely going to be disappointed but as a fan of mystery books I did quite enjoy this one.

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book list: 2013, Genre: Mystery, Series: Rizzoli and Isles

The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

The Keepsake (Rizzoli & Isles #7)The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t know that there will ever be a book by Tess Gerritsen that I don’t truly enjoy, because this one I certainly did. While some of the more gruesome seems were a bit too much for my overactive imagination. I just love the way I always end up researching things outside the novel, wanting to know more about them.

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book list: 2013, Genre: Mystery, Series: Rizzoli and Isles

The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen

The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Isles, #6)The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book took me quite a bit longer than the others in this series to read, in part because it was so rich in detail and in part because I was so fascinated by the religious history, and the mythological history in it that I frequently stopped to further research what was being talked about, wanting to know more.

I think that is one of the things that makes a book like this a really great book, it leaves you wanting to know more about some of the source material, therefore leaving it’s mark on you further than just any old novel.

I loved the different concepts of evil which were played with in this novel, from sociopathic tendencies to the possibility of Satanic possession. The weakness of Maura isles was completely fascinating to me, as it showed a lot of frailty to a character who often seems to make the best decisions based purely on logic.

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book list: 2013, Genre: Mystery, Series: Rizzoli and Isles

Vanish by Tess Gerritsen

Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles, #5)Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is more chilling than any of the books that came before it and the crimes, so realistic, and sickening. And sadly, do happen in real life quite frequently although not quite with the same connections.

It was interesting to me to see the shift with Gabriel and Jane, as well as Isles’ analytical mind. There are few words to express how well I feel this book was written.

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