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In The Woods [Book Review]

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Format: Ebook from Libby App

Normally mystery thrillers don’t take me over a week. I tend to speed through them because I’m enjoying them so much. I did not feel this sentiment regarding In The Woods. I simply picked this up on a recommendation from a friend and because I want to watch The Dublin Murders. I could have just done fine with watching the television show, I’m sure.

There’s a lot of reviews about why this book is good. So if you want positive opinions, look for those. The writing isn’t bad, really. I enjoy thrillers a lot, but the storyline made me so bored. I spent nine days reading this book, and I still skimmed the last forty percent just to try and say I made it through. It could have been the narrator who was the problem, but I dreaded this book each time I picked it up. I can’t recall a book that took me so long and made me fall asleep so many times.

Everyone gets mad at the end of the book, but I didn’t know what happened til I saw a review. Also a few time I know didn’t like this book so I should have stopped while I was ahead, but I anticipated it was going to improve. I could have been reading so many other books the nine days I wasted on this, and it put me in a slump too. The worst one yet.

The big mystery is who killed Katy, but also what happened to two other young adults 20 years back. The mystery I wanted solved was never solved. So I waited for nothing. This book isn’t great. Rob was terrible. Cassie was ok. I do not get why this is a series. I didn’t talk about the plot because I don’t care enough to. Just watch the show, I’m betting it’ll be a lot better.

The Last Widow [Book Review]

The newest Karin Slaughter book… which I’ve been dying for. And I didn’t really love it. I can’t explain how disappointed I am. The recent reviews I’ve been reading for her haven’t been stellar… I haven’t even picked up her latest standalone novel because of the mixed reviews. It makes my heart hurt when one of my favorite authors isn’t bringing her A game… I don’t want to have to give up on books I’ve become so invested in.

Here’s my thoughts on this book… Will Trent and Sara Linton are great characters. They both have very well written books on each. But this is the ninth book in the series, and I’m just getting tired. I know they have both been through a lot of shit. I used to not be able to stop reading these books. Now I’m just bored. Will and Sara just go around in circles. I don’t care if they fall in love deeper or get married. They’re so annoying… I just want something dramatic to happen because I don’t dig the whole cute romance.

So, the plot is secret militia with white guys. There’s murder. Pedophilia. Bombs. It’s just not a great book. I didn’t care about the story… it just dragged on. I hope Slaughter brings back her dark, stellar writing I’ve grown to love. I’d hate to lose a favorite author.

The Apprentice [Book Review]

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller

Second book in the series.

It’s super good. I’m just upset the show took the first two books and made them into one episode… it missed out on so much more the book has.

Jane Rizzoli is finally the main character, which makes more sense since the first book seemed unsure about how it was going to handle Jane. But the books are so much more in depth and darker. Don’t get me wrong, I deeply enjoy the show. The show is just more lighthearted and funny at times while the books are super intense and psychological.

The second book is the hunt for another serial killer, one who is working with the surgeon so it’s interesting. Rizzoli is having a hard time dealing with her experiences… major post traumatic stress… but she doesn’t want to admit it. There’s also an FBI agent working the case, but he won’t share why. So there’s tension between the two.

Maura Isles is introduced, but she’s a side character. She’s much different from the show, but both characters are interesting in their own ways. It’s definitely not like the show where Rizzoli and Isles are working together yet. But it’s still a good second book, and I couldn’t stop reading even though I knew the outcome. I definitely recommend this series.

The Surgeon [Book Review]

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller

Format: ebook from Libby app (library app)

I can’t be the only person who picked this up because of the television show. I just started Rizzoli & Isles, but I know it’s probably going to become one of my favorite shows. Hence, I decided to watch the show again and thought picking up the books would be a good idea. Except the first episode is based on the first two books so like… that’s a lot of story crammed into literally one hour. So I was like, okay we are going to read the first two books and then watch more of the series. I’m planning to read all of the books… I just don’t want to get too far ahead. The books are a lot different from the television show series. Don’t mistake me, this is a great police procedural. It’s got strong dialogue, interesting storyline, and great characters. But Maura Isles isn’t even in the book. I’m just wondering how you do the whole this is a Rizzoli & Isles Book but only with the first character? And some of the novel, it seems like Gerritsen is just testing out using Jane Rizzoli and could replace her easily with one of the other male characters involved in the story.

The book opens from the perspective of The Surgeon, the killer the Boston police are trying to catch. You get to see inside his head a lot. You’re also shown Thomas Moore who’s like a good cop and Jane Rizzoli, the only female homicide detective who’s really ugly. Seriously, this book talks so much about how she’s not attractive. It actually gets obnoxious.

A current murder bares similarity to an old case down in Georgia. But that killer is dead so no one is quite sure what’s going on. He was killed by a doctor now living in Boston, Catherine Cordell. Cordell doesn’t know why she is connected to the cases, or why she is the target. Of course Cordell and Thomas Moore start to fall in love. Which bothers Rizzoli because she likes him, but he’s falling for the beautiful woman instead. So Rizzoli sets out to find out answers on her own, but it leaves her in a dangerous situation when the killer captures her.

I did like this book. Still, it’s weird there’s no Isles and I kinda wondered why the focus was so much on Moore like maybe he was supposed to be the main one but the author changed her mind? If you didn’t watch the show, you’d have no idea she was going to end up being a major role player even though the series is named after her?! She’s just kind of in the back the whole time until she goes to find the killer and manages to get caught by him. She’s saved, but I’m glad this just made a small mention in the show because it was kind of annoying for her to be made out to be stupid when she is the only female homicide detective the department has. I think this could have just been marketed as like a prequel to the second book. I’m hoping the second book will be much better even though I know what happens with that one due to the show. Still, I’m excited for Maura to show up and for it to actually be Rizzoli and Isles. It’s a decently written book, complete with the gross serial killer descriptions these books are known for. I liked it just fine. Just don’t expect it to be like the show, and you won’t be let down.

The Whisper Man [Book Review]

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller

Format: Scribd Audio Book

I was conned into believing this would be a five star read.

I even made sure I got Scribd so I could listen to this book right away. I was expecting scary like where I can’t sleep and I’m scared of my own shadow. Just the title made me anticipate the best read of October… I was expecting a dark, horrible serial killer with a story to make me shudder. I got none of these things. Maybe this will be scary for other people, but I wasn’t even the least bit creeped out.

There was nothing about this book I felt connected with. It’s just another story meant to be creepy, but it was kind of boring. There were times I zoned out while listening to the audio book or couldn’t hear it over other noise, but I didn’t care enough to catch up on details. This is a major sign a book isn’t right for me.

I want to know where the creepy factor of The Whisper Man comes in? I guess I expect too much because I read Karin Slaughter, but there was nothing about this worth feeling scared of. I’m not saying you need to have details at all about child murders, but there could have been some shudder factor regarding the killer. Instead there’s family drama and it’s like a police book. I didn’t really care about the relationships revealed. The only interesting part was the character who collected murder memorabilia. Write a story about him, and I’ll care. I was creeped out by the little boy and his imaginary friend. That’s literally the only part I was like what is going on, and I was creeped out by. The rest of the book was just like whatever.

Instead of talking about the backstory, that should have been the story. The original Whisper Man and all of his scary actions. I was intrigued by his story, it it was secondary to everything else. This story would have been better talking about the pieces of the past provided as a whole story rather than as extra to the book premise.

Three stars seems generous since I complained so much, but I honestly couldn’t stop listening to the book. I needed to know what happened I just knew I had to get to the end.

I don’t think I would read anything else by Alex North. I’d love a story like this, just written more how Karin Slaughter writes. The set up of this book was strange, and I didn’t enjoy the narrator. Plenty of other people like it… so it may be worth checking out.

Until I rant about books again,

Thin Air [Book Review]

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via Kindle Unlimited (located in popular category)

Thrillers are amongst my favorite genres. I am often hopeful when beginning a new series I will leave the book with another recommendation or next book to look forward to. So I picked this one up from Kindle Unlimited, but I didn’t know what to expect.

Jessica Shaw is originally from New York. She’s been traveling around doing private investigator work around the country since her dad died. His death has hit her pretty hard… since he’s been gone, she’s been drinking, smoking, and getting a lot of tattoos to grieve in her own manner. She gets an anonymous email with a picture of a missing little girl from 20 years plus before. Jessica is shocked to realize she’s the little girl in the photo. She finds out her actual mother was murdered, and she has been missing since the night it occurred. Now she’s wondering what secrets her father had been keeping. There’s also the storyline of a sex worker who was murdered, and a detective named Pryce trying to solve the case. The threads which connect Jessica to Pryce are revealed, but I don’t want to spoil the book.

Overall, I did like the book. I was invested in the story and discovering what happened to Jessica after her mom’s murder. The entire story I never believed her father was the one who was the murderer. Even though the town blamed him for it, none of the signs pointed to him, at least in my experience in reading thrillers and mysteries. At times, the book wasn’t written the best with the same reiteration of Jessica being upset about her dad dying. I understand grief is strong. Gray just overused it when she seemed at a loss on how to explain who Jessica was or her feelings. I can connect to the feeling on a person level, but a dead parent isn’t a personality trait and I wish books would stop trying to make it one.

I did not like the whole killer revealed mystery because on second thought, it was plain as day when the character is introduced. I know it’s meant to be shocking or whatever, but I was annoyed at the big reveal. The ending of the book seemed rushed and sloppy… it was like Jessica finds out some news, getting ready, mystery reveal, disappointment last chapter, the end. The rest of the book was really good, which is why I didn’t give it a lower rating. I plan to read the next book,I just hope it’s written better.

Until I rant about books again,