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Review: Sanctum by Madeleine Roux

  • Series: Asylum
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 26, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9780062220998
  • Source: Library

Dan, Abby, and Jordan are still traumatized after the summer they spent at New Hampshire College Prep, formerly Brookline asylum.  Despite their attempts to return to their “normal” lives, their experiences still haunt them.  Then, they each receive a letter from Felix, another “survivor” of Brookline, now a patient at a mental institution. Included in his letters are vintage photographs from a carnival.  In a chilling message written on the back of the photographs, Felix insists that the trio’s work at the former asylum is not finished. Desperate to bring an end to the terror haunting them, they return to the former asylum over a weekend for prospective students.

As they arrive on campus, they are shocked to see a carnival on its grounds for the first time in several years. Given sets of coordinates, Dan, Abby and Jordan tour abandoned homes that are linked to the events at Brookline asylum.  They are soon aware that the darkness of the asylum reaches far beyond its walls, into the neighboring town.  A cult, known as the Scarlets, is ever present, following the trio’s every move.  If they are going to stop the terror that plagues them, Dan, Abby and Jordan must find the connection to the warden, ending his reign, this time for good.

When I read Asylum this time last year, I loved the terrifying setting. The photographs added another level of terror and fear to the reading experience. When I heard of this sequel, I was thrilled, hoping for the same or something more terrifying. Not so much. Rather than adding to the tone of the novel, the carnival photographs were disruptive. I didn’t really get the connection of the carnival to the storyline. If anything, it felt forced.  Carnival oddities certainly had the potential to add a haunting feel to this read, but it failed.

Additionally, while I felt I had built a connection with Dan, Abby, and Jordan, the same three characters in this novel felt like they were a mere shell of the characters they were in the previous book. Despite the fact they were supposed to be in their older teen years, their behavior and response to situations felt more like they were in their younger teen years. I wanted to reach into the book and shake them, get them to wake up and face the situation around them. Their emotional response to what was happening was completely inappropriate, brushing violence off as if it were an everyday occurrence.

In my opinion, it would have been best if the author stopped at  Asylum. I don’t feel like I, as a reader, gained much of anything after reading this book. Only a minimal amount of information/explanation was gained. Personally, I feel that a short novella could have relayed this better than a full-length novel.

All this said, I still plan on reading Roux’s future works. I loved the experience I had in reading Asylum, as well as her other books Alison Hewitt Is Trapped and Sadie Walker Is Stranded. This author has tremendous potential; one failed experience isn’t going to shun me away from her future work.

Audiobook Review: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition (April 10, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0061341045
  • Source: Personal copy

Twelve-year-old Stephanie is confused when, after her eccentric uncle passes away, she is on the list to attend the reading of the will. There, a stranger appears, a man bundled up in a scarf, coat, and hat.  He’s introduced as Skulduggery Pleasant, a close friend of her uncle. When it comes time for the reading of the will, Stephanie is shocked to learn she’s inherited her uncle’s home.

Stephanie is attacked her first night staying alone in her uncle’s home. It is Skulduggery Pleasant who comes to her rescue, but Stephanie sees him for what he truly is: a walking, talking skeleton detective. She quickly becomes immersed in a world of magic in which an evil creature by the name of Nefarian Serpine is attempting to get his hands on the Scepter of the Ancients, a weapon that will wield him limitlessness power.  Together, with Skulduggery, the unlikely duo must confront this ancient evil and prevent him from taking control over the world!

A few weeks ago, I put out a request on Twitter for audiobook recommendations. This series was one of the first recommendations I received.  I don’t listen to a lot of middle grade/young adult audio books so I was really looking forward to this adventure. And boy, was it an adventure! Skulduggery Pleasant encompasses so much that I feel is missing in middle grade books! A young, female protagonist who, despite her age, is quite strong and fearless. The addition of Skulduggery himself adds a sense of humor and wit that lightens a potentially dark plot line. A sci-fi/fantasy meets detective story! But what really stands out for me is the audio book production.  Not only is there an outstanding narrating performance by Rupert Degas, but each chapter leads with catchy (ok, and a little bit cheesy) music. It’s almost as if you are listening to a television series or a radio show.

Finally, while the cover looks a bit creepy, the tone of the book is actually not. I have both an eight and a fourteen year old and I think this would be appropriate for both!  I guarantee any fan of mystery or magic of any age will fall in love with this unlikely duo of evil fighting heroes!  I cannot wait to listen to the next book in this eight book series! Highly, highly recommended.

Mx3 Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 20, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0062220969
  • Source: Personal Copy

Sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford is looking forward to starting the summer program at New Hampshire College Prep.  He’s not really part of the “in-crowd” at his high school and he’s looking forward to making some friends before he starts college the following year.  Upon his arrival, Dan learns that his dorm used to be an asylum for the criminally insane.

Dan is quick to make friends, surrounded by other like-minded individuals. Two of his closest friends are Abby and Jordan.  One night, they decide to go investigating the closed off portion of the dorm, formerly the administrative offices of the asylum. There they uncover brutal pictures depicting patients and some of the procedures performed on them.  Dan uncovers files on some of the former patients, including a serial killer known as the Sculptor who went missing after the asylum closed. The Sculptor posed his victims, over 12 in number, like statues.

Soon after, strange things begin happening. Dan begins receiving strange and cryptic messages.  Students are found dead, their bodies posed like statues.  Dan and Abby do a bit of investigating on their own and uncover pretty horrifying news about their families’ past tying them to the former asylum. It seems, though, as they get closer to uncovering the truth, the more their lives are in danger. Have the ghosts of the asylum come back to haunt them, or is something more deadly amiss?

I picked up a copy of Asylum shortly after it was released early this fall, instantly drawn to the haunting cover. As I paged through the book, I knew this would be a perfect title to feature as part of Murders, Monsters & Mayhem.  While the plot itself is pretty predictable, the photographs and overall tone of the book gave me goosebumps. It’s been nearly a week since I read this and I cannot get over the photographs.  Knowing that these pictures are from actual asylums added a completely new chill factor!

PicMonkey CollageLooking for a book that will send chills down your spine? Pick up a copy of this book. I guarantee you will not regret (or forget) it! Highly recommended!

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Review: The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (April 23, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0062099442
  • Source: Publisher

Seventeen-year-old Evelyn Roe has been given the duty of managing her aunt’s family farm in rural North Carolina. WWII is raging and the family needs to use all resources available to keep up the family horse farm. She discovers what appears to be a badly burned soldier, Evelyn quickly brings the unidentifiable stranger into her home. Its appearance is quiet odd, the gender unidentifiable. What shocks Evelyn the most is the individual’s rapid healing rate and the strange vocalizations it emits. Within a few days, the stranger transforms into a tall red-haired woman, so similar to Evelyn’s own appearance that they can pass as twins. Evelyn is quick to come up with a story to explain the woman’s unexpected arrival.

The days pass and Evelyn and the woman, now named Addie, form a strong and unique relationship. The relationship becomes sexual despite Evelyn’s strong heterosexuality. She craves a conventional life with a husband and children, so Addie grants her this wish. After disappearing for a few days Addie returns, yet not in her original form. She has taken upon the appearance of a man, whom Evelyn refers to as Adam. In this new form, Evelyn and Adam are able to have a “conventional” relationship and eventually wed, bearing five gorgeous children. The close-knit small town has no inkling of Adam’s “uniqueness” until tragedy strikes their idyllic farm town life.  This tragedy forever changes Adam and he loses a bit of the magic he once carried.

As the years pass, Evelyn and Adam’s relationship shifts, largely due to Adam’s “gifts.” Evelyn knew that her life with Adam and the daughters they raised would be far from typical, but as they get older the vastness of Adam’s differences takes a toll on their nontraditional relationship. Adam, too, understands and evaluates these differences and takes their future in his own hands.

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope has got to be one of the most unique novels I have ever read. It is marketed as an “unconventional and passionately romantic love story” along the lines of The Time Traveler’s Wife and I must say it truly lives up to these claims. I’m not one that typically reads love stories but the extreme uniqueness of Adam and Evelyn’s relationship drew me in.

Riley has created a truly unconventional novel that is so eloquently written that it becomes easy for the reader to dispel belief about an extremely unlikely situation. It is an incredibly moving and captivating story that I could not put down for days. The author highlights the magic in everyday life while teetering on the border of the supernatural.

As I read this novel, I kept pausing and contemplating just I could possibly review this book. No matter how I describe it, I feel I’m minimizing the tremendous beauty the author has gifted the reader.  Following is just a sampling of the author’s prose:

Grief is a powerful river in flood. It cannot be argued or reasoned or wrestled down to an insignificant trickle. You must let it take you where it is going. When it pulls you under, all you can do is keep your eyes open for rocks and fallen trees, try not to panic, and stay faceup so you will know where the sky is. You will need that information later. Eventually its waters calm and you will be on a shore far from where you began, raw and sore, but clean and as close to whole as you will ever be again.

I admit to being quite perplexed through the first hundred pages. The author does demand a lot of trust from the reader, requiring one to suspend reality and see past to the beauty and magic of this book. Once one achieves this test, a truly unforgettable and captivating story will be revealed. Highly, highly recommended.

Mx3 Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

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  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (September 18, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0062118781
  • Source: Publisher

Best friends Meg and Minnie have been invited to an exclusive house party on Henry Island. The two friends are looking forward to the weekend’s activities and the time spent together before Meg heads off to college in the fall. The group invited is small, only five boys and five girls. Meg and Minnie know some of the other members of the group, but many attend another school. While waiting for the host to arrive, the group sits back and enjoys their freedom. Alone on an island until the ferry picks them up the following Monday. A teenager’s dream, right?

All dreams quickly turn to nightmares when they discover a terrifying DVD with the message “Vengeance is mine.” The home loses power due to a storm, the remote location preventing a cell signal, and one by one members of the group are killed in the most unique manners possible.

Told from Meg’s point of view, readers will become immersed in the terrifying world McNeil has built. As people start dying, surviving members of the group start placing blame on one another and the intensity builds. Meg is the only individual who seems interested in figuring out who/why they have been targeted. The majority of the other members are initially reluctant to believe that a killer is among them but the rising death count soon persuades them.

One of the many things I loved about this book was the strong lead character McNeil created with Meg. At first glance, she appears pretty meek, almost a pushover. As time passes, however, she is the one person in the motley group of teens who seems to grow a backbone.  From early on, I was suspicious of most everyone in the group, not really feeling a connection with any of them, other than Meg. Needless to say, I was pretty shocked when the culprit was revealed. A truly addictive read, the intense pacing never waning. This novel is based on Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None; I think Christie herself would have been proud of this adaptation!

Ten is destined to become a movie; I’d be largely disappointed if it didn’t. Until then, it makes a perfect book to read this Halloween season. Highly recommended.

 

 

Frightful Friday: Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week, I’m featuring a book reviewed by my oldest son, John-John: Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin!

  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (September 11, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0062077406
  • Source: Publisher

A group of middle school students head to a week-long camp in Montana called Homeroom Earth. They are there to study plants and wildlife in a natural setting.  Early on, they are warned not to leave the watchful eyes of the teacher. But, like many kids their age, they don’t listen.

Ian is a jock who wants to be popular and liked by everyone. PJ is obsessed with movies, always with a video camera in hand. Kendra is a techie geek, warned by her parents to socialize with people in real life instead of those on the dozens of message boards she follows. Ian and PJ are friends, though Ian denies this because he is afraid of being made fun of. Kendra’s not really friends with anyone…anyone at her school at least. The three are forced to work together as a group and start their camping trip by collecting wildflowers. Ian sees an animal in the distance and begins chasing after it. PJ and Kendra follow and it’s not long before they realize they are lost. Kendra just lost her cell phone so she can’t use the technology she’s grown used to to find their way back to camp.

After hiking for hours, crossing a pretty mysterious looking wall, they come across an abandoned cabin. They think they are safe but they couldn’t be further from the truth. Inside, they find a strange journal telling the story of another group, long reported missing. The entries they read are terrifying, quickly dying off before they can get any answers. In the basement, they find a set of human bones. Then, outside, they see a rambling group of what looks like to be people. They think they’ve been rescued but are startled to see that the group walking toward them are actually…zombies!

For two days Ian, PJ, and Kendra run from the zombies, looking for a witch they read about in the journal, a witch that should be their salvation.

John-John’s Review:

I admit it; I tend to be a bit of a wimp when it comes to read anything involving zombies, ghosts….anything that’s not normal. My mom loves this sort of stuff. She has a whole bookshelf filled with scary books. But, she read this book before I did, promising that I wouldn’t be too scared so I gave it a chance.

When I started reading, I thought the three main characters were going to live up to all the rumors about jocks and nerds. I admit, I may have rolled my eyes a few times. Soon, though, my feelings changed. While Ian was a jock, he wasn’t really rude or mean. Kendra was a bit annoying at first: she doesn’t like to be wrong (ever!) and likes to use a bunch of big words. The real nerd, in my opinion, was PJ. Not a part of the cool crowd but not really a full-blown nerd, he was the one that I liked the most. It didn’t seem like he had a very active part in the story, other than filming nearly everything that happened. In the end, though, he was the one who saved the others. Finally, a story where the nerd saves the day!!

While there were parts where they story was a bit scary (hello, zombies!) I think the author did a great job of keeping the scare-factor under control. This makes this book a perfect read for someone who wants to read about zombies but not get too scared. Also, since the story is told by the three kids, I think a lot of kids will connect and enjoy this book. Finally I can say I read a book about zombies (and I didn’t have a single nightmare!)

Apparently this is the first book in a new series. I can’t wait to read more!

Review: The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (June 26, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0061140325
  • Source: Publisher

“The most valuable thing a girl possessed was hidden between her legs, waiting to be sold to the highest bidder.  It was never a question of yes or no.  It was simply a matter of which man would have you first.

In 1871 Manhattan, Moth is a young girl born into squalor and suffering. Her father abandoned her and her mother, a fortune teller, and the two now get by on her mother’s practice of telling fortunes to desperate women.

One night, when Moth is just twelve years old, she awakens to find her mother has sold her as a ladies maid to Mrs. Wentworth. The time spent at Mrs. Wentworth is short, full of immense abuse and ridicule. She is “saved” by butler, who returns her to her home in return for a small act of thievery. However, when she returns home to finds her mother is no longer there, their home is inhabited by other people. Just when Moth thinks she has survived the worst, she finds herself without a home and is forced to learn how to survive life living on the street, surviving the only way she knows how.

Soon she meets Miss Emma Everett, a madame who runs a brothel specializing in “unique” tastes.  She supplies young virgins to wealthy older men, for it is assumed that deflowering a virgin provides a cure, a virgin cure, to rid the men of “French Pox” (syphilis.) Providing this cure was a curse for the young girls. Once they lose their virginity, they are no longer marrying material and are doomed to a life of prostitution. Moth is forced to make a difficult decision: is a life of luxury living in Miss Everett’s home worth the consequences? Her life outside Miss Everett’s home would certainly be short, for it was nearly impossible for a young girl to survive on the streets for fear of being attacked, raped, and murdered.

Shortly after her arrival Moth meets Dr. Sadie, a physician who examines and treats prostitutes in Manhattan while also trying to lead them to a better life. It is Dr. Sadie who allows Moth to realize she has more options than she assumes, that she is worth more than her current living suggestions suggest.

The Virgin Cure is an incredibly original piece of historical fiction focused on telling the story of a young forgotten girl in early 1800s New York City. McKay’s prose is incredibly addictive, one finds themselves lost in the story of young Moth, rooting for her to rise above the life that has been dealt to her. Interspersed in the novel is short excerpts from magazines and newspapers and other sources, allowing the reader to gain background information on the social norms, the history, and the culture surrounding young Moth.

The characters of Moth and Dr. Sadie were the most valuable and sympathetic. Moth is forced at a very young age what it takes to survive. It isn’t until she meets Dr. Sadie that she realizes that she has other options, has potential to have a real life. Dr. Sadie, too, is suffering, stuck in a world full of social injustice that makes it difficult for women to survive. Despite this being a difficult book to read, due to the subject matter alone, I felt myself returning to it repeatedly. I couldn’t get enough of young Moth and the angel she found in Dr. Sadie.

Without a doubt, this novel is certain to make my favorites list for the year. A deeply satisfying and rewarding read, this book will continue to resonate within me for some time. Highly, highly recommended.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me the opportunity to review this book. Please be sure to check out the other stops along the tour.

About the author:

Ami McKay is the author of the #1 Canadian bestseller The Birth House, the winner of three Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) Libris Awards and a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her work has aired on various Canadian radio programs, and her documentary, Daughter of Family G, won an Excellence in Journalism Medallion at the 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards. She is also active with UNICEF and other organizations. Originally from Indiana, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia.

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Review: Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 006205984X
  • Source: Publisher

Ruth Wasserman is a young, curly haired Jewish girl living in a small town in Alabama.  All her life, she wanted to be everything she wasn’t: thin, blonde, and popular. Instead, she’s a prisoner to her food obsession and her low self-esteem. Home for the summer after her freshman year of college, Ruth has lost a dramatic amount of weight-35 pounds. She tells her friends and family that she dieted, but in actuality she just didn’t eat. Despite this rapid weight loss, Ruth’s body image is distorted, she still sees layers of fat covering her body.

Her older brother, David, has also come home for the summer. He’s the family’s golden child, always doing what is right and expected of him. He brings home good grades, has played soccer his entire life, even earning scholarships based on his skill. Yet for some reason this year at school was different. He and Ruth didn’t talk like they used to. Only a few years apart, David and Ruth had a great sibling relationship but something has changed. David seems different, separating himself from his friends and family.

When a near-drowning takes place at the small community pool where David and Ruth work as lifeguards, both David and Ruth are forced to confront the skeletons in their closets, issues long ignored within their family and their small town.

Saving Ruth is truly compelling novel that addresses many sensitive subjects including eating disorders, racial tensions, depression and more. Fishman excels at accurately portraying issues that are relevant to every individual at this age, not sugar coating the issues but instead showing them at face value. A truly well-imagined and developed character-driven novel, Saving Ruth introduces readers to a wealth of dynamic characters. Zoe has always been an outcast, never really living up to her parents’ dreams and aspirations. Feeling that she doesn’t have much to live up to, never able to reach the status her older brother has, instead she just gets by.  Seeing her “golden child” brother deteriorate, it forces her to take a step back and evaluate what she’s doing to her body and with her life. David, too, witnesses how Ruth has changed and is so shocked that he opts to shed the facade he’s been carrying around all year. The two siblings go through a tremendous period of growth and rediscovery, together.

Saving Ruth is a truly rewarding novel, one that I see being discussed at book clubs due to the sheer volume of discussion-worthy topics. It is a novel I devoured in one sitting, a book that took me back to my youth and all the issues of that age. Highly recommended.

Disclaimer: instances of drugs, sex, language

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

After a war against engineered beings identical to humans, known as Partials, human kind is nearly extinct. Roughly 40,000 individuals have survived the virus known as RM. The Partials have retreated, the timing of their return unknown. The plan to repopulate civilization is thwarted when babies are born unable to survive the first few days of life before becoming victims of the virus. The governing body referred to as the Senate is so desperate to prevent the complete devastation of the human race that they lower the mandatory pregnancy age to 16. Every girl of this age must become pregnant by any means necessary (including insemination) and as often as possible.

Kira is a sixteen-year-old medic in training. Unable to continue to watch newborn babies die within hours of their birth, she decides to take a desperate step toward finding a cure for RM. She uncovers a link between humans and the Partials, a link the powers that be want to keep secret. She learns that the source of their survival is the Partials themselves, thereby also revealing a secret about her own identity she is unprepared/unwilling to accept.

The first book in a new apocalyptic series, Partials forces readers to truly examine what it means to be human, reevaluating the concept of humanity.

I’m familiar with the author, Dan Wells, from his John Cleaver series: I Am Not a Serial KillerMr. Monster, and I Don’t Want to Kill You. In Partials, Wells creates a world just as terrifying as that in the Cleaver series just with a different monster. Reminiscent of one of my favorite television series, Battlestar Galactica, human kind is decimated by organisms it created. Average citizens are forced to take on roles they would have never imagined. The majority of the characters are teens. In a normal world, they’d be talking about prom or college and the like. Instead, their lives are put on fast-forward, forced to produce without the niceties of love.

Wells’ descriptions of this brave new world is stellar; the world he describes is literally a skeleton of the one before it. References to our everyday culture, destroyed by war, are quite chilling. The world, devoid of a rich human population, continues to go on without us, erasing all traces of human life.

My only complaint: the characters. There were many, many characters to keep track of. While the major characters were memorable, the minor were just tidbits of the story I couldn’t recall. I found myself actually overlooking the characters names, fast-forwarding to the scenes with Kira and the other more vital characters.  Since this is the first in a series, I’m hoping that these background individuals make a return and are built upon to create a well-defined cast of characters.

Another major kudo: the romance. Remember a few weeks ago when I ranted about young adult novels with the mandatory romance? Well, Partials does indeed have a touch of romance, but fortunately that is all put on the back burner. How can one be worried about love when the survival of the human race is in jeopardy?

Other than this minor complaint, the entirety of Partials was spot-on. The pacing was fast (hello, I read the entire book in an afternoon.). The storyline, while at face-value not unique, ultimately transformed into a truly unique and engaging story.  I look forward to the rest of the books in this series, learning more about the fate of humankind. Recommended.


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Review: Prime Suspect 3: Silent Victims by Lynda La Plante

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 17, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 006213441
  • Source: Publisher

Chief Detective Inspector Jane Tennison has finally moved up the ranks; she now leads the Vice Squad. On the first day of her new assignment, she’s presented with a case that may threaten all the work she’s done to build up her career.

A sixteen year old boy, burned beyond recognition, is found in the apartment of Vera Reynolds, a drag queen and night club icon. Tennison’s team leads an investigation into his death, a well-known public figure is their prime suspect.  As the case proceeds, Tennison is threatened by powerful figures to dial down her case. In order to peruse this case, Tennison’s career, her very life, is at stake.

This is the third book in the Prime Suspect series, following Prime Suspect and A Face in the Crowd. I had high hopes when I started this book; I didn’t necessarily have a great fondness for the first book, but my interest was gained after reading the second. Unfortunately, my excitement about this book was in vain. As I felt while reading Prime Suspect,  I felt no connection whatsoever to Tennison’s character.  While I sympathized with her struggles to break through the glass ceiling that hung over Scotland Yard, I honestly couldn’t find anything endearing about the main character in this book. Unfortunately, this interfered with my feelings about the book as a whole; I found it quite difficult to have any vested interest in the story, the case, the resolution. Perhaps my feelings would have been different had I started with this book rather than reading the two previous; at this point in time I believe my expectations were built up after the stunning conclusion to A Face in the Crowd.

That’s not to say that this book fails to have any value; the case Tennison and her team embark on is a chilling one that unveils a whole host of secrets buried, victims ignored. As with the previous two books the action is intense, the progression of the case is thrilling. Ultimately, I go back to the belief that my opinion of the previous books tainted my feelings about this one. With that, I would still recommend this book to readers looking for an action-packed read, particularly if you have a fondness dark, gritty crime novels.

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