Hi friends! Here is another episode of my mini reviews. Since I read a lot of books, I like to gather some books I read in the month together and write short and snappy reviews in one post. I’ll link the Goodreads blurbs on the titles if you want to check them out:
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic. I gave this book 3.5 stars. This crime thriller is a debut, and the second book of this ‘detective’ thrillers, will be published this month. And it looks like the fans are satisfied 🙂 This series features Caleb Zelic, who resolves the crime mysteries, and actually he’s deaf. But, he knows how to read people. This hooked me to this story immediately:) I found it very original. In this first book, his childhood friend has been murdered at his home. So, he makes it his mission to find the murderer. The book opens very fast and I think the whole book is very fast paced, which I loved. Since this is the first book in a detective series, we also get into the ‘difficult’ past of Caleb quite a lot, apart from the crime story. But, I think this is a common thing in these series. I would recommend it if you like fast paced, detective crime novels. It was quite a solid one. Thanks so much to the publisher, Pushkin Vertigo, for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Corset by Laura Purcell: 2.5 Stars. We did a buddy read for this book with my blogger friend Ova. Unfortunately we were disappointed with it after loving Silent Companions, her first novel. She did a really good spoiler review about why we didn’t like it. Here is the link for that. I really think Purcell is a talented writer with her atmospheric historical settings, creative plots, ability to raise tension. However, she couldn’t escape certain pitfalls in this book that some writers often do. The Corset was also a Gothic story like Silent Companions with 2 protagonists Ruth and Dotty with intercepting lives. I found the idea in this book very original, even more so than the first book. I loved Dotty and Ruth as characters. However, there were too many plot holes, and loose ends. In addition, there were too many characters. Purcell created a very good suspense at the beginning, but as we moved on in the story, more and more characters were added, the story line became unstructured, sloppy at times. She couldn’t tie all ends together as there were too many fronts open. I couldn’t understand the point of some characters’ existence. She spent so much time fiddling around some unimportant characters and events that we lost sight of the main story. I would say the end was a surprise. But, I think because of the side stories and characters, the reader was not allowed a chance to add two and two. I don’t appreciate this kind of surprises personally. I’d like to have all the elements in front of me, and still the writer should be able to surprise me.
Additional comment, there was quite detailed gore in this book, which I’m surprised about. I thought they were totally unnecessary and didn’t add much to the story. Plus, it made my stomach cringe. For those reasons, I gave this book 2.5 stars.
Thanks to NetGalley and Raven books for a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Snap by Belinda Bauer: DNF at 30%. This thriller was on the Manbooker longlist this year, and I must say I was really happy to see a thriller on the list. However, when a book is on that list, your expectations rise considerably thinking, the writing must be on another level. I was very disappointed with this book both from a writing and plot point of view. The writing for me was just plain bad. Short sentences, repetitions, lots and lots of exclamation marks to stress the importance of that sentence. On top, the plot was just too ridiculous, too coincidental (!) and convenient. I’ll keep this spoiler free, so won’t give much except from saying I really didn’t find it realistic at all. So, I couldn’t take much of this book and abandoned it at 30%.
A House Of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan: 2 stars. This is a very recent read, coming from my excitement to read spooky books in October 🙂 Unfortunately another disappointment. I was expecting a spooky ghost story from this book as the title promises, but I was let down.
It’s a normal crime book, which takes place in a remote house. And there are ghosts, but they didn’t have much to do with the story. It took a lot of effort to understand who is who at the beginning of the book, as the writer used names & surnames alternating. It was very confusing.
It says there’s a crime, but crime didn’t happen until 70% of the book. And the whole thing together with the wrap up was a bit silly. I got bored as well in the middle, was hard to continue. So, I wouldn’t recommend this as a spooky mystery. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
So, here are mini reviews of some of the books I read in September here. I’d love to hear from you if you read any of these books, or want to read. What did you think? Thanks a lot for visiting and happy reading!