Saturday, January 9, 2021

Review: The Coast-to-Coast Murders

The Coast-to-Coast Murders The Coast-to-Coast Murders by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Had to think about this for a while, the story was twisty and complicated, but very interesting - but the epilogue?
Well, I thought that was a flashback and not necessary for the story.
Then I read a few reviews or question/answer about the book here on Goodreads.
And read the epilogue again.
Not sure what to make of it.
Rating books and reviewing them I regard the ending as significant, and the epilogue if it is not a flashback would warrant a "2 star, not recommended" from me, as it ruins the book.
As it is, I have not further investigated, what the authors say about it, and my advise is:
disregard the epilogue or do not even read it.

Without the epilogue or as a flashback I stand by my 4star rating, which is also a recommendation.
Might investigate further, if I find the time. Please comment or link to something, if it helps.

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Review: The Drowned Girls

The Drowned Girls The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lent with Kindle Unlimited, 3,5 * rounded to 4 for the first book in the series, not enough suspense, too long. And as often, the personal problems grate on my nerves, although some are part of the story.
Might look into the second book in the series if it is also on KU, and then decide wether I like the series or not - currently I am not sure, more leaning to "not" maybe it gets better?!
Also the first book I finished in 2021.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Review: Crooked River

Crooked River Crooked River by Douglas Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lent with Kindle Unlimited (Black Friday deal 3 months for the price of 1).
After a few books with too many Nazis and a not so good book last (Verses of the dead), a great, totally ridiculous book.
Bloody, mutilation, lots of killy, what's not to like.

Not to be read as a standalone, at least I do not think most people will appreciate it.
Solid 5 stars for far out ideas. Highly recommended, if you can stand it (but should have read other books in the series!). Reminds me of the movies Burn After Reading and Men who stare at goats, also the book and movie The Serpent and the Rainbow. Just so you get an idea without spoiling it, in what abyss the book will take you.

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Review: The Cousins

The Cousins The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pre-ordered the EPub Version (currently not listed on GR), arrived today and started immediatley.

Twisty, wow, there where so many and none of them I saw coming.
Gripping, fast read, highly recommended.

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Review: The Cousins

The Cousins The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pre-ordered the EPub Version (currently not listed on GR), arrived today and started immediatley.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Review: The Postcard Killers

The Postcard Killers The Postcard Killers by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trigger Warnings: as expected for a serial killer book bloody, detailed killings, arranged.
A few straight sex scenes.
Straightforward Serial Killer book, surprisingly dumb investigators (police AND MC's).
As I guessed the surprisingly few twists, some might rate this lower. The suspense was good, though and kept me interested.
OK, read, more like 3.8 stars, rounded to 4. As usual with a Patterson book, felt a little formalistic. The influence of the co-author was good, with the setting in Europe, that felt real. Both settings, customs, and language like.

Recommended as a fast weekend read for serial killer fans. As far as I know a standalone, which is ok with me, the male MC (as ususal forgot his name after finishing the book) was not very remarkable, did not like him. Desiré the female MC was way more interesting.
As this was filmed as a movie, one of the reasons I stumbled over this book, I bought that movie on iTunes and will see it soon and comment here on it.

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