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Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review -Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes




Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

I am always for the next favorite murder/mystery author. This is a debut, so I was excited about that, as you never know what to expect!

Not a bad effort for a first book, as I did finish it despite my lack of attention / time / energy right now (33w today!) but I think there are some room for improvements.

1) The prologue gave too much away, probably can do without

2) The beginning was a little confusing since the timeline jumped all over the place, with different people. Though once you get into it, it's mainly between 2003/2004 and 2007, and you get a better sense of who the people were.

3) At almost 400 pages long (ARC copy anyway), it dragged on a bit too much and some editing would probably make the story moved faster

4) The characters were okay, not really memorable [SPOILER] - with Cathrine's OCD, I was surprised at how fast she recovered once she started seeing the psychiatrist Alastair? I mean, she went from not wanting to go out and having panic attacks with just the thought of Lee, to totally almost confronting him after just a couple of sessions?! Also, I kept waiting for Stuart to be a bad guy... he just seemed to good to be true? [/SPOILER]

5) The ending almost seemed a bit anti-climatic...

The story did make you want to keep reading to find out what happened, to see who's telling the truth, so that's always a great start :)

3 Stars out of 5.




Note - An ARC was given to me by HarperCollins, in exchange for an unbiased review.



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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Book Review - The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi



The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi

Murder/mystery, my favorite genre. Just okay for me. A little slow (not sure if it has anything to do with the translation?) but I did finish. Quite a few twists and turns, but in the end it almost felt like the twists were put in there just for the sake of having another twist, if you know what I mean?

Would have scored it a little higher if not for one aspect [SPOILER] - a psychic was used to solve part of the crime... not discrediting the use of psychic, but the whole story had been based on this criminologist and a missing-child-profiler using their expertise to find the serial killer, so the use of a psychic seemed like a cop-out. [/END SPOILER]

3 Stars.



Note - The book was borrowed from the library.



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