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July 2017

The Silent Corner Kean Koontz

The Silent CornerThe Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“I very much need to be dead.”
These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what. She discovers other people who had supposedly committed suicide as she races around America, flying well under the grip, as she races around America trying to find those behind her husband’s unexpected death. The plot is not as pacy as normal Koontz books, which disappointed me somewhat. The lengths Jane goes to stay hidden are interesting but is she really as undetected as she hopes?
I had mixed reactions to the characters in this book, sometimes empathising with them and sometimes not. An interesting read, if not satisfying, read. Be warned, this book is part of a trilogy and so does not have all the plot threads resolved.

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The Good Daughter Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter (Good Daughter, #1)The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every now and again a book comes along that you don’t want to put down, you don’t want it to end and you wish you could write as well as Ms Slaughter!. This is such a book.
An engrossing read, with well defined characters. Yes, they are flawed, but you don’t feel the flaws are in any way over the top, rather you perfectly understand who they are and why they are that way. The narrative grips you from the early pages and doesn’t let go until the very end of the book. Full of intrigue, mystery and double dealing there is a revelation in every chapter and I didn’t work out who did what they did and to whom! A seriously satisfying read for lovers of crime fiction.

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The Fourth Monday J D Barker

The Fourth MonkeyThe Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In many ways this is an old-fashioned serial killer story, with a huge battle of good and evil. Grizzly packages are sent to the detectives and the 4KM (the fourth Monkey Killer) taunts them at every turn. A great read, which keeps you turning the pages. Mr Barker has impressive writing credentials and this book shows you that they are more than well deserved.

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