Nick Russell – Big Lake

The first few pages of this book did absolutely nothing to entice me into reading it. I like a book to pull me in and have me hooked from the very beginning, but the start of this book just felt boring to me. But I persevered and I’m now very glad that I did. The book centres around a town called Big Lake in Arizona, and although this is a real town, Nick Russell is very keen to point out that the book is completely fictional. And after...

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Melissa Foster – Traces of Kara

For about three quarters of this book, I really wasn’t feeling it at all. I hate giving up on books before the end because even if a book is terrible, I need to know how it all ends. Plus, sometimes a book can start off pretty shaky and turn into something amazing. And whereas I wouldn’t say this turned into something amazing, it did grow on me slightly by the end. I think the main reason I didn’t like it was because it was...

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Michael Wallace – The Devil’s Deep

This was book 3 in my ‘9 killer thrillers’ set from Amazon, and it was just as enjoyable as the rest, although unlike anything I’ve read before. The plot was very different to the others in the set, not really having anything to do with the police, and having a very strange set of crimes taking place, none of which seem to fit together until very late in the book. It seemed for a long time that there were two different stories...

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Claude Bouchard – Vigilante

I really didn’t have high hopes for this book, for two reasons. Firstly, it was a part of the ‘9 books for 74p’ bundle that I bought on my kindle. Secondly, the latest reviews on Goodreads seemed to suggest that I should run for the hills and avoid this book like the plague. But I have no idea why, because the book was full on suspense and intrigue and kept me guessing right up until the very end, and I thought it was...

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M. J. Rose – The Halo Effect

Morgan Snow is a sex therapist. Cleo is a prostitute, catering for high end clients with a lot of money. Cleo has been seeing Morgan for some time, to try and discuss the problems with the relationship with her fiance, and Morgan has broken the first rule of being a therapist: don’t get personally involved with your clients. When Cleo gives Morgan a copy of her tell-all book manuscript, but then doesn’t turn up for her appointment...

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Celina Grace – Hushabye

I’m really getting into the crime genre now. However, unlike my previous two books, this was a straightforward crime book set in the UK, not a chick-lit/crime book set in the southern states of America. This book also had a lead character who was a policewoman, not just some woman who thinks they can investigate a murder on their own! But I still very much enjoyed it. I like reading a book and trying to work out who the culprit is, even if...

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Denise Grover Swank – Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

After the intense focus required by my last book, I needed something a little easier on the mind. Scrolling through my list of kindle books, I saw this, something which looked like a cross between the typical chick-lit and a murder mystery. Starting the book, we are introduced to Rose, a young woman living a very sheltered life under the thumb of her overbearing and downright mean mother. She’s used to taking orders from her momma, doing...

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Review: James M. Cain – Double Indemnity

Well, it turns out that I was a little confused between Double Jeopardy and Double Indemnity, so the slight idea that I had about this book was completely wrong! Whoops! In any case, the book was very good even if it was pretty short (130 pages). It was written in 1936 and you can tell through the style of the writing. It made a refreshing change though from the books that I usually read, better writing and still just as much plot. The book is...

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