Eeny Meeny Review by MJ Arlidge

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Hi Guys,

 

Long Time, No See! I noticed this book at the local Tesco and I knew I just had to have it. I came home and instantly downloaded this onto my Kindle. This title just intrigued me. The second I mentioned the rough plotline to my partner the first thing he said was how much it sounded like the film Saw. I have never seen the film but after seeing several reviews of the book on Amazon, I believe this really is the case.

 

A woman in the Southampton area starts picking up couples and  makes them choose between themselves, which one lives and which one days. My crime/horror loving side adored the concept. This starts with a girl called Amy and her boyfriend Sam sat in a diving pool with no way out. They have to decided, which one will die and which one will run free.

 

The police officer leading the investigation is a Helen Grace and this is a woman with issues, she is great to read and I loved finding out more and more about her as time went on.

As always I will not include spoliers but this book is truly great and deserves anybody’s attention. I can not wait to read the next one!

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Book Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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Hi Everyone,

I am sorry to follow up with another Stephen King book review so quickly but I have a huge backlog of books I need to review and this is one of them.

Colorado Kid is one of Stephen King’s crime books and also happens to be a novella. I like both the his books with a crime strain and also his shorter books. I was so excited to read this one as it had been sitting on my kindle for ages.

This story follows Stephanie who is currently interning at a small paper and she is talking to the two owners/editors. They begin to tell her a story about how a man was found washed up on the beach and noone had any idea where he had come from or how he got there. Some deduction at the time meant that they discovered the man’s name but how he got there was still a total mystery.

I liked this. It had a noiresque feel to it, which I can really connect to. It does not finish all wrapped up like a number of crime books and that made me like it even more. This includes some of the slight glimpses into the future that Stephen King does so well and again (like in The Cycle of the Werewolf) he manages to scale his descriptive work back. This has encouraged me to discover more of these titles and I think the next stop for me is Joyland!

Format: As always for me Kindle

Approx Pages: 184

Goodreads Rating : 3.18 ( I gave this a 4)

TopMystery.Com

Hi Everyone,

The last couple of weeks I have been using a number of different sources for inspiration and whilst doing so I stumbled across http://www.topmystery.com and instantly fell in love.

This is a website devoted to crime books, films, authors, mystery detectives and one part of the site is especially dedicated to Agatha Christie. I cannot rave about this site enough. This has introduced me to stories and authors that I may have not found any other way and has also given me some film inspiration too. The creator has a real knowledge of books from the ages with modern day authors such as Stephen King mentioned and going back as far as the likes of Edgar Allan Poe.

My top three  favourite articles include:

  1. The Most Famous Mystery Detectives Of All Time
  2. Gold Dagger Fiction Award
  3. Author Pages

All of the articles on this site are well written and well researched and it really gets my creative juices flowing.

Are there any book related websites that you would like to recommend? If so include them in the comments section below.

Book Review: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

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Hi Everyone,

I have seen this book hanging around book shops and supermarkets for months now and for a long time I have wished to give it a try. My concern was that it was YA. I have no problem with adults reading YA books – I just don’t like YA fiction I find it patronizing and very difficult to read. It just does no interest me.

This book is definitely not for children there are a number of violent and sexual references in what is described as an urban fantasy.

Here is the Goodreads Description:

THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE HUNTS THE KILLER WHO SHOULDN’T EXIST.

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.”

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Kirby is determined to bring her attacker to justice and is certain he is a serial killer after speaking to a number of victims and their families she starts to realise that she might be right.

This book was really good I don’t normally go for fantasy style novels but this was done is such a discreet manager that it didn’t confuse or get out of hand. The killings were also sympathetic to the times and I got the feeling that this book was incredibly well researched. The book is written in not too dissimilar a manner to Gillian Flynn books and so it mainly reads like a crime thriller.

There were a few issues I would have liked addressing though throughout the book, such as why is it this house it happens in? Why was Harper chosen? How does Kirby’s mum get out of prostitution?

I really felt that some of the questions needed to be answered. If you like crime and tragedy though, this is the book for you.

Formats: I bought on the Kindle but this is also available on a number of other formats including paper.

Approx Pages: 375

Goodreads Rating: 3.49 (I gave it a 4)

Have you read any of Lauren Beukes’ books if so what did you think?

Book Review: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

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I actually read this book a couple of months ago but after enjoying the follow up Salvation of a Saint I decided it was time to do a write up.

This is first piece of Japanese fiction that I have read and it actually part of the Detective Galileo Series and I believe this is actually book number four (but the first one to be translated) here is the Amazon summary:

Yasuko lives a quiet life, working in a Tokyo bento shop, a good mother to her only child. But when her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, her comfortable world is shattered.

When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that day, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense, and it will take a genius to understand the genius behind this particular crime…

This book has also been made into a film – but although I can read gory books like you wouldn’t believe I can’t stand to see it on screen!

When I started reading this book I was slightly worried that the different types of names used and the unfamiliar places would confuse me – but this was such a great read I hardly noticed.

Professor Yukawa is Kusanagi’s best friend who works as a ‘consultant’ to the police department and he gives great scientific insight to the reader adding an extra layer to the book.

The relationships between the characters are well written and I felt Yasuko’s fear when he eye husband showed up and the toll the following events took. I read this book in just one day and cannot wait for more of Higashino’s work. I do not want to include any spoiler but if you are looking for Steig Larsson type work go east you will not regret it.

NB: Since reading these two books I have been looking for my Japanese fiction and it is near impossible to find anything for the Kindle. Both Amazon and Waterstone’s so have a really good selection of paperbacks though.

Buy Online… The Works

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I bought my three Erica Spindler books the reviews for two of them can be found here and here for three for £5 at The Works so I thought I’d check their online store out, and here’s what I have ordered.

  • Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler
  • Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler
  • Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante

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By now I class myself as a big Erica Spindler fan but I am really excited to read my first Lynda La Plante too, so hurry up the next few days!

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