The Nightmare by Lars Keplar

The Nightmare by Lars Keplar

 

 

The Nightmare by Lars Keplar (Translated by Laura A. Wideburg)

Series: Joona Linna #2

Published by: McClelland & Stewart(First Published by Paganinikontraktet)

Published:July 3rd 2012 (First Published 2010)

Pages: 500

Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Nordic Noir

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Summary                                                      

Detective Inspector Joona Linna has received two calls for a couple of suspicious deaths, one for a suicide and the other for a young women who drowned. Others might think this is an open and shut case but Joona believes something more sinister is at hand.

Characters                                                     

Since, this is told in third person omniscient we are introduced to several characters in this book but I am only going to focus on the following three characters.

  • Joona Linna is a detective inspector with the National Criminal Investigation Department in Stockholm, Sweden. The Nightmare is the second in the series and I feel like I should know Joona better but you know very little about him. He is Finnish and he is held in high esteem for his ability take one look at a crime scene and know exactly what happened. Oh and he is always right.
  • Penelope Fernandez is a peace activist who finds herself caught up in tragic and murderous events. I liked Penelope, she is smart and strong-willed.
  • Axel Riessen a former violin prodigy who now is the General Director for National Inspectorate of Strategic Products. He also is an insomniac with a liver condition. I found Axel to be an interesting character as well as his “relationship” with Beverly.

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Book Review: The Lost Girls by Heather Young

Book Review: The Lost Girls by Heather Young

The Lost Girls by Heather Young

Published by: William Morrow an imprint of Harper Collins

Published on: July 26th 2017

341 Pages

Summary                    

A Debut novel about family secrets, loyalty, and sacrifices. This is a duel timeline alternating between Lucy’s story in 1935 and Justine’s in 1999.

The Evan’s family spend their summer at their lake house in Minnesota and in 1935 the youngest and favourite daughter, Emily, goes missing, never to be found. After the tragedy, Mrs. Evans never fully recovers and spends her life with her two remaining daughters, Lilith and Lucy. Continue reading “Book Review: The Lost Girls by Heather Young”

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens Review

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens Review

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Published by St. Martin’s Press

Published on July 7th 2015

Pages 384

Suspense, Thriller

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Summary                                                  

Those Girls is about three sisters, Dani, Courtney, and Jess Campbell and tells the story of the bonds between siblings, the fight for survival and the need for revenge.

I felt it best to give a vague summary because it’s best to go into this one blind. But warning that this book deals with domestic abuse, sexual assault and torture. So if your uncomfortable reading about that this probably isn’t the book for you. Continue reading “Those Girls by Chevy Stevens Review”

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Published on September 29, 2015
Pages 396
Suspense, Thriller
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Summary                                                    

Twenty-five years ago, Julia Carroll disappears and with no clues as to what happened this leaves the Carroll family torn. Sisters Claire and Lydia end up becoming estranged but after the murder of Claire’s husband they put aside their differences and work together to find answers to Julia’s disappearance. Shocking secrets will be uncovered that will lead down a dark path for which their is no turning back from. Continue reading “Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review”

Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review

Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Published on November 8th, 2016
Pages 453
Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult

Summary                                             

Lady Catherine is an aspiring baker and wants nothing more than to open her own bakery with best friend, Mary Ann, but being the daughter of a Marquess those aren’t the aspirations they have in mind for her. Not only that but she is the favourite of the King and he wishes for her be his Queen of Hearts. Things become more complicated for Catherine when she ends up falling for the court Jester.

Characters                                             

  • Catherine has a passion for creating and sharing delicious creations. She is generally a sweet soul but a little self-absorbed and slowly throughout the book you can see elements of the Queen of Hearts. I have to say that she did frustrate me at times.
  • Jest is new the land of Hearts and becomes the court joker. He is full of non-sensical comments that leaves Catherine pondering. He is mysterious, handsome and swoon-worthy. He was my favourite character and I can see how Catherine would instantly fall for him.
  • Through out this book you are introduced to many characters that are in the original Alice and Wonderland like Cheshire, the mad hatter, the white rabbit, etc.

Thoughts                                               

I had high expectations for Heartless because I love the lunar chronicles but sadly those expectations weren’t met. I think it was a little slow for me and I lost interest, I ended up putting this book down half way through to focus on other things. Which was not what I was expecting, I wanted to be so engrossed that I wouldn’t want to put it down.

I would have enjoyed this book more if the romance and friendship were better developed. Catherine and Mary Ann are meant to be best friends but I wasn’t feeling that close friendship bond that bestfriends would have. I am a bit of a romantic at heart and wanted more romance in this book. There aren’t that many scenes with Catherine and Jest and I definitely wanted more. Especially since Jest was my favourite character.

He brought his free hand to hers, patting. “It will be my greatest pleasure to be secretive together, my lady.” – Jest

Bored is what I felt through most of this book and often found myself flipping through the pages wondering when the chapter was going to be over or why haven’t I finished this book yet, I feel like I have been reading it forever. I just was not invested in Catherine and didn’t care much for her quest to open a bakery. Maybe because I knew how the story was going to end, with her being the Queen of Hearts.

“It’s a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you” -Cheshire

There is an element of mystery to Heartless and I would have enjoyed this plot line more if the mystery wasn’t so easy to solve. It would have been nice to have been kept guessing and it would have made me want to keep turning those pages till the very end.

I did enjoy the magical elements and thought it was an interesting idea that you can end up dreaming something into reality. I also enjoyed being reintroduced to the many famous Wonderland characters like the mad hatter or Hatta as he is known in Heartless. In Heartless we don’t just get the origin story for just the Queen of Hearts but for most of the characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Stuff and Nonsense.” he whispered, the words cracking. “Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don’t you know?…” – Hatta

I liked that Marissa Meyer embodied Lewis Carrol writing style, there was plenty of word play and she even borrowed direct quotes from the original and made them apart of her story. Alice in Wonderland wasn’t the only borrowed works she used, Meyer also incorporated The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. I liked that she created the Raven character.

Overall                                                                 

I liked Heartless but didn’t love it. I was expecting something more along the lines of her book Fairest but I did like how Heartless came together at the end. I would recommend this to anyone who likes young adult re-tellings.

2.75 Stars

Bookish Matters

Mysti

 

 

 

The Couple Next Door Review

The Couple Next Door Review
Published by Double Day Canada
Published on August 26, 2016
Pages 308
Psychological Thriller

Summary                                                        

Anne and Marco Conti live in upstate New York and are the happy parents to their baby, Cora, or at least it seems that way. This happy façade is shattered when Cora is kidnapped when they left her alone to attend a dinner party at their neighbours next door.

Anne was apprehensive but was convinced when Marco thought it would be good for them to get out. And after all they live in an attached brick row houses, just a few steps from baby Cora who would be safe and sound in her crib. They brought the baby monitor and would be able to hear if she was fussing and took turns checking in on her. Now they will have to deal with that guilt.

Detective Rasbach suspects that Anne and Marco are hiding something and during his investigation shocking secrets will come to light, secrets they were keeping from each other for years. Continue reading “The Couple Next Door Review”

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review (Spoiler Free)

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review (Spoiler Free)

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published on: May 5, 2015
Pages: 421
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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book Review (Spoiler Review)

Summary

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a young adult fantasy that is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Feyre, starving and desperate for food goes out hunting near the “Wall” that separates the fey world from the human world. During, this hunt she kills a wolf, which unbeknownst to Feyre happens to be a Faerie. This angers Tamlin, a High Fae Lord, and he appears in his beastly form at Feyre’s house for retribution. He spares Feyre’s life and instead takes her back to the Fae World to live with him in the Spring Court.

At first she is distant and cold towards Tamlin but then sees he is not the beast she thought he was. There has been a curse that has been set upon the Spring Court and it is up to Feyre to break the curse. Continue reading “A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review (Spoiler Free)”