Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review: Abducted

Abducted Abducted by T.R. Ragan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Should have read them in order, this one is so far (#01-#03 read) the best in the series, also, because it is the beginning, necessary to understand the underlying problems in the later books. We get to know the main characters, still, Hayley is my favourite character.
Jessica is a puzzle, I think she does not have the needed insight into people for her supposed goal of becoming a profiler. Also she does not like the detective field work - of which she would do a lot for the FBI, as a profiler. She does not always recognize when people lie and is rather trusting, believing in people being generally good.
Recommended, as the other books. Something is missing for me, and the stories and problems (in the later books more so) are a bit much, less would have been more. But well done. So 4 stars it is.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek Hide and Seek by Jane Casey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with the last book, romance was a bit much, but, in this case, nicely solved with a twist in the end I did not see coming.
So, again, 5 stars it is, with a bit dragging in the middle of the search for the missing girl.
The bad weather and the scenery makes me long for the UK.
Not to repeat myself, read my review of How to fall (and a little of
Bet your life).
Nice fast read, highly recommended, and while it could be read as a standalone, it is better for understanding to have read the others in the series.

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Review: Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek Hide and Seek by Jane Casey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with the last book, romance was a bit much, but, in this case, nicely solved with a twist in the end I did not see coming.
So, again, 5 stars it is, with bit dragging in the middle of the search for the missing girl.
The bad weather and the scenery makes me long for the UK.
Not to repeat myself, read my review of How to fall (and a little of
Bet your life).
Nice fast read, highly recommended, and while it could be read as a standalone, it is better for understanding to have read the others in the series.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review: Meets the Eye: A Jenna Blake Body of Evidence Thriller

Meets the Eye: A Jenna Blake Body of Evidence Thriller Meets the Eye: A Jenna Blake Body of Evidence Thriller by Christopher Golden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazon Prime lend for August 2015.
Could not wait to read it.
Fast read and once again a great book in the series.
Comparing this to other books, I prefer this short read to the longer ones, where often the story drags, often in the middle, and a lot of added descriptions (places, plants, animals) is unnecessary and does add nothing to the story or suspense.
With Zombies and the real background, I was surprised, that no book by Wade Davis was mentioned, I read the The Serpent and the Rainbow (which was filmed as a Horror-Movie by Wes Craven). While film is questionable, but I really like it, the books is no fiction, but a real life account about a pharma-concern who sends a young doctor (Davis) on a strange journey to discover chemical substances for use in medicine - and one of them is the the combination of poison, mentioned in the Jenna Blake-book which is used to fake death and control people. The Davis-book is complete with pictures, and I highly recommend it.
Meets the eye is short, but well written, very bloody in places and again Jenna is in danger. As nearly always.
Did not really see the final twist coming with the Mastermind behind it all (ok, I have not really thought about it, being caught up in the suspense and action).
Highly recommended and could be read as a standalone, while there is continuity, most story-lines are explained and if you read the books in short time, as I did with the last one and this one, it may feel a bit repetitive. Still, I rate this one 5 stars and think it was even better, than the last one.


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Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: Rissiges Eis

Rissiges Eis Rissiges Eis by Axel Hollmann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Amazon Prime lend. German book in German, so the rest of the review will be in German.
This book is probably not available in english translation.
Review in German.
Grundidee ist gut.
Und wieder ein Buch, wo ich keine der handelnden Personen leiden kann. Die weibliche Heldin (Name schon vergessen) ist mir zu unausgewogen.
Oft zu zaghaft, dann wieder ermittelt sie und bringt sich in Gefahr.
Ganz schlimm fand ich den Polizisten, total überzogen, Einzelgänger, Alkoholiker, brutal und halsstarrig.
Habe etwa das letzte Drittel im FastForward überflogen.
Den Twist am Ende hab ich kommen sehen, auch wenn es genügend falsche Fährten gab.
Positiv ist aufgefallen, das ich keine Fehler gefunden habe, mittlerweile muss das ja erwähnt werden, wenn re-issues und selfpublished ebooks offensichtlich weder einen Editor hatten, noch ansatzweise durch die Rechtschreibprüfung gejagt worden.
Drei Sterne mag etwas viel sein, mehr so 2.5 aufgerundet. Keine Empfehlung.



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