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Review: Claude Bouchard – Vigilante

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Vigilante - Claude BouchardI 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 fabulous!

The book centers around a vigilante serial killer who has so far killed more than twenty people, leaving behind no trace of who he could be and leaving the police utterly baffled with no possible leads. The vigilante only kills people who he feels ‘deserve to die’, people who deal drugs, or have committed crimes in the past. The book opens with the vigilante killing two men who have just dragged a woman into an alleyway. Because of this, the local newspaper reporter tends to write articles which praise rather than condemn the killer, and questioning why the police can’t identify him. But then the vigilante gets brave, and sends an email to the police and the newspaper reporter with details of his latest crime.

From then on, the vigilante continues to send messages taunting the police and giving the reporter tips for new articles. But the messages can’t be traced, and the lead detective decides to enlist the help of a local computer security investigations firm to catch this guy before he kills the entire criminal underworld of the city and moves on to more undeserving prey.

Throughout the book, we switch between the cop, the security investigator and then glimpses of the vigilante preparing for his crimes. But when we’re seeing the vigilante, it’s never revealed who it is, and judging on the clues that you get throughout the book, it looks like it’s going to be one of two possible characters. I thought I had a pretty good idea of who it was, but as usual, I was wrong. I need to get better at this I think!

As I said before, I thought the book was fabulous, I don’t know why the other reviewers seem to have a problem with it, I don’t know if they’ve just read more of this type of book than I have and therefore have more experience of what they are like, but any book that can keep me flipping pages in a desperate need to get to the end is alright in my book!

4/5

Review: Celina Grace – Hushabye

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20140130-210420.jpgI’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 I’m proven wrong again and again. But that’s part of the fun, it’s like watching NCIS on tv and being utterly convinced that I know who is guilty, only to find out that I couldn’t be more wrong.

There were parts of this book which I liked, but parts which I didn’t. I liked the lead character of Kate Redman, and her new police partner. I think that later on in the series, we’ll see a better relationship develop between them, and hopefully get more of a glimpse into Kate’s past and her dysfunctional family.

The case that Kate is working on, the disappearance of a baby boy and the murder of his nanny, hits quite close to home for Kate, although the details are very vague until we get almost to the end of the book, when all of a sudden Kate’s past helps her to solve the case.

I found the actual investigation to be slightly strange. A baby boy has been snatched from his crib overnight, but the police seem to spend more time talking to the family than they do actually looking for the baby. I don’t know if that’s how it happens in real life, and I’ve not read that many crime books, so maybe that’s just how it goes.

I wouldn’t say I found this book as enjoyable as the others I’ve read recently. It was also very short, the last 22% of the book on Kindle actually turned out to be a preview of the next book in the series, which was very annoying! I’m not really sure if I want to read on yet, I think I’ll probably see how much the other books cost and then make my decision!

3/5