Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Review: The Body Keeper

The Body Keeper The Body Keeper by Anne Frasier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lent this with a free Kindle Unlimited trial.
Good solid work, but most of the twists I saw coming and the "going places alone, even if it might be dangerous" happens, which I really cannot stand if it is not well explained. In this book it well integrated and while not justified at least believably written and softened as the MC lets someone know where she is going.
Only very little social media integration this time (Instagram and Facebook mentioned, but not used, a little Youtube), mostly due to the time the crimes where beginning.

On a different day I might have given 4 stars, these 5 feel a little much, more like rounded up from 4.5 stars.
Recommended, but the 2nd one was the best from the (so far) three books.
Still, this is a series I will try to keep reading if more books are published.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Review: Verfolgung

Verfolgung Verfolgung by David Lagercrantz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just saw, looking for the next book in the series that I have not read this yet and the price sank, so I bought it. The next book is even as an ebook rather expensive and I will that for that to sink to 10 Eur or less, like with this book (I guess it was on publishing the same ridiculous high price).

Read this in German translation, as that is my first language and english would have been also a translation (do not read Swedish).

Writing is ok, but at the scenes with hacking (like in the prison office) felt not as real as with Larsson, as often with people who do not know their stuff. While it did not go into details, it felt embellished as to the capabilities of both Lisbeth and other hackers, this may be also due to the POV in the prison office scene of the person looking at the hacking, so not too sure about that.

What was really disturbing, was the ever changing POVs and then commenting on it like an outsider. And also no visual distinction when POV changes - in some books this is chapter wise, or marked somehow, so it is clear, who is now narrating, which I think is rather better and more readable, and also here in this book there are a few too many POVs.

But most even non-significant side infos / stories get integrated into the main story at some point, so, ok, 4 stars it is.

Also, as this is a series, I was surprised, how much of the 4 books before that I had forgotten, although the most necessary parts are retold, adding to the length of the story. For me this a fast page-turner, just the right length, but I can understand if others see this differently.
Not really wether I have changed, or the writing is not as good as it has been, but I found this lacking without something to put my finger on, even with the 4 stars I gave it (and thought about giving 5!), should re-read the other books again, but there are just so many books on TBR-bought list ....

So, still highly recommended, but keep in mind, that I read the German translation, and this does not say all about the english translation.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Review: In the Darkness

In the Darkness In the Darkness by Mike Omer
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Lent this with a free Kindle Unlimited trial. Did not like the first book in the series, my 1 * review.

So why did I read this one? First, I considered it an easy DNF, so I was surprised that I read/FF (fast-forward) through it, and although it was very straight, again, by-the-numbers-serial-killer-book, I knew what to skip, and the case was way better.
Even so, this could have been read in a day or on a rainy weekend, but it was just not interesting enough to read this faster.

Do not like the MC, nor her sidekick, straight story, little sex happening of page, little romance, too many sidestories which did nothing for the suspense of which again, there was too little.

No good twists, ending ok. Good integration of social media (streaming of video, Instagram, Youtube), which was interesting and without mistakes, so 3 stars, if you want to read it, it is ok, but
again not recommended by me.
Better than the first one, but will never read something by this author or in this series again.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Review: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Had this on my TBR for some time, and with this article - warning lots of ads - sorry - stating that it may be filmed, and my choice of books rather bad (A Killer's Mind, The Lying Kind), I wanted to read something fast and entertaining.

This one, wow, gripped me right from the start. Up-to-date use of social media (tumblr, 4chan, etc.). Safety precautions mentioned, hacking mentioned but not really en-detail so as not to give a blueprint for would-be-hackers.

Told with short parts consisting of one POV from one of the 4 people in the room when Simon died than changing to the next POV, each clearly labeled.
Each with at least one secret that gets revealed, be it from Simons App "About That" or through normal leaks and gossip. Only a few have multiple secrets.

And a lot of twists, most I did not guess, even the reveal surprised me, that is always a good thing.

Highly recommended standalone, as it is concluded and even a few pages about what happens after the conclusion (like with Swipe Right for Murder which I also recommend), high-octane-page-turner, I nearly regret reading that during 3 days.

Really looking forward to the TV-series - if it happens. And will certainly look for other books from this author!

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Review: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Had this on my TBR for some time, and with this article - warning lots of ads - sorry - stating that it may be filmed, and my choice of books rather bad (A Killer's Mind, The Lying Kind), I wanted to read something fast and entertaining.

This one, wow, gripped me right from the start. Up-to-date use of social media (tumblr, 4chan, etc.). Safety precautions mentioned, hacking mentioned but not really en-detail so as not to give a blueprint for would-be-hackers.

Told with short parts consisting of one POV from one of the 4 people in the room when Simon died than changing to the next POV, each clearly labed.
Each with at least one secret that gets revealed, be it from Simons App "About That" or through normal leaks and gossip. Only a few have multiple secrets.

And a lot of twists, most I did not guess, even the reveal surprised me, that is always a good thing.

Highly recommended standalone, as it is concluded and even a few pages about what happens after the conclusion (like with Swipe Right for Murder which I also recommend), high-octane-page-turner, I nearly regret reading that during 3 days.

Really looking forward to the TV-series - if it happens. And will certainly look for other books from this author!

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Review: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Had this on my TBR for some time, and with this article - warning lots of ads - sorry - stating that it may be filmed, and my choice of books rather bad (A Killer's Mind, The Lying Kind), I wanted to read something fast and entertaining.

This one, wow, gripped me right from the start. Up-to-date use of social media (tumblr, 4chan, etc.). Safety precautions mentioned, hacking mentioned but not really en-detail so as not to give a blueprint for would-be-hackers.

Told with short parts consisting of one POV from one of the 4 people in the room when Simon died.
Each with at least one secret that gets revealed, be it from Simons App "About That" or through normal leaks and gossip. Only a few have multiple secrets.

And a lot of twists, most I did not guess, even the reveal surprised me, that is always a good thing.

Highly recommended standalone, as it is concluded and even a few pages about what happens after the conclusion (like with Swipe Right for Murder which I also recommend), high-octane-page-turner, I nearly regret reading that during 3 days.

Really looking forward to the TV-series - if it happens. And will certainly look for other books from this author!

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Review: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Had this on my TBR for some time, and with this article stating that it may be filmed, and my choice of books rather bad (A Killer's Mind, The Lying Kind), I wanted to read something fast and entertaining.

This one, wow, gripped me right from the start. Up-to-date use of social media (tumblr, 4chan, etc.). Safety precautions mentioned, hacking mentioned but not really en-detail so as not to give a blueprint for would-be-hackers.

Told with short parts consisting of one POV from one of the 4 people in the room when Simon died.
Each with at least one secret that gets revealed, be it from Simons App "About That" or through normal leaks and gossip. Only a few have multiple secrets.

And a lot of twists, most I did not guess, even the reveal surprised me, that is always a good thing.

Highly recommended standalone, as it is concluded and even a few pages about what happens after the conclusion (like with Swipe Right for Murder which I also recommend), high-octane-page-turner, I nearly regret reading that during 3 days.

Really looking forward to the TV-series - if it happens. And will certainly look for other books from this author!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Review: A Killer's Mind

A Killer's Mind A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Lent this with a free Kindle Unlimited trial.
Got till 30%, boring. Read the last two chapter, might look into the next book, but this was no page-turner. This is a by-the-numbers-serial-killer-book, but it nothing new, no suspense in that 30%.
Also again to much background/sidestory for the MC.

Pro:
Michigan / Chicago!
No swearing, so far no romance/love.
Nice cliff-hanger into the next book.

But also no regrets that I can give it back to Kindle Unlimited and borrow another book. And being that is my third (!) free KU trial, I did not even pay for that!

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