Breakneck by Erica Spindler

The thing about me and book series is that I just couldn’t wait, so when I finished reading Copycat I immediately started reading Breakneck which is the second installment of the Kitt Lundren series.

Detective Kitt Lundgren and Detective Mary Catherine (M.C) Riggio partnered up again to a crime that involves young adults who are seemingly involved in illegal activities. After called up to Matt Martin’s apartment who was found dead as if he was sleeping on his bed but with his neck broken, partners Kitt and M.C were at a lost as they couldn’t find a motive because the young man’s criminal record was clean. Until at the night of M.C’s engagement party, her fiance Dan Gallo was shot on the head and not long after that M.C found her cousin, Tommy Mariano, dead on his bath tub with a shot also on the head. Then more bodies of young adults found. The case has become too close and too much for M.C that it eventually affected her and her relationship with Kitt. M.C must know who to trust and to decide whether to uphold the law or take it on her own hands.

Breakneck is the second book in the series but it can be read on its own. Breakneck was more focused on M.C and I think her character have shine in here and was explored more brought by the so much emotions that have put on her way. She showed how tough she can be, trying to hang in there despite all the things that she was going through and she also showed how fragile and vulnerable she was, always tempted to breakdown but of course being the woman that she was, she just wouldn’t let it happen. This book also showed another side of Kitt Lundgren’s character. I like how she always has M.C’s back, supporting her and always reminding her to not let the case consume her ‘cause Kitt had been there and knew that it was no good place to be. It also seemed to me that Kitt was more relax in here yet have the same fire to catch the suspect.

In this book, trust was a sensitive issue. You just don’t know who to trust. The story threw the characters in a series of doubt. I also like the idea that the matter involved in the story which was cyberthief, hacking and cracking, can be applied on this modern day which gave the readers lessons to learn and I  applaud that.

Breakneck is another fast-paced and thrilling read penned by Erica Spindler and another book that didn’t disappoint. It had me guessing as to who the culprit was, and when you thought you had him, turn to the next page and you’ll find out your wrong. I actually liked the twist in the end which is a big clap clap. It was an enjoyable read from the beginning up to the end. Would I recommend it? Of course I will because why not? It’s a great read.

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Copycat by Erica Spindler

Surprise, surprise! Here I am again with my crime-thriller addiction and when you say crime-thriller, Erica Spindler’s name will always pop in my head because if you do not know already she’s my favorite.

I hadn’t read a book in over two months because I was not feeling it but lately I longed for the feeling of excitement, mystery and thrill that reading gives you and crave for the satisfaction when you finished a book. Since I was in a rut with reading, choosing a book to read was no easy feat so I asked myself what kind of book does hold my interest best, what kind of book makes my blood rush with excitement and yes, you guessed it, thrillers will always be at the top of my list.

So, I brought out Copycat and it surely didn’t disappoint. Copycat is the first book for the Kitt Lundgren series. It is about Detective Kitt Lundgren who has led the investigation about the serial killer she named as the Sleeping Angel Killer, who killed three ten-year old, blonde-haired and blue-eyed girls. No evidence, no witnesses and the killer calls them his ‘perfect crimes’ which have put Kitt’s career in jeopardy when she have let the killer slipped out of her hands. Then five years later, the Sleeping Angel Killer was back. Kitt noticed slight variations from the past killings and then the unthinkable happened when the killer himself called Kitt and offered to help her catch his copycat.

“A good investigator always let the scene and its evidence tell the story.”

One of the reasons why I love Erica Spindler’s books is that she has the ability to catch the reader’s interest and curiosity in just the first paragraph of the book. That’s proven at least in my case because that happens to me if not every time then most of the times that I have read her books. I’ve felt pity and amazement with Kitt’s character.  I’ve felt bad for her whenever she was having a meltdown, made me feel like I want to give her a hug but I was amazed with her as well because of how strong she was for handling and dealing with the situations she was in. I have had a love-and-hate relationship with Detective M.C Riggio’s character, Kitt’s partner, during the first half of the book maybe because she was too ambitious, slightly inconsiderate and always by the book kind of gal but I’ve grown to like her for the latter half of the book.

The thing that I love the most about this book was how it toyed with my mind; it had me guessing as to who the killer was and that’s a big thing for me ‘cause did I say that I love that? This book has a lot of suspicious characters; it had me thinking/guessing and was even paranoid for every character’s move. I love and hate it at the same time when my assumed killer turned up dead because I need me to have another guess as to who the culprit was which always add up to the thrill and excitement. I just love the mystery that this book has offered.

The story line for me was great, it was fast-paced but I have to say though, the twist in the end I found not really that satisfying or should I say I didn’t saw that one coming at all. It was beyond my guesses and surely I was not a fan of that. In my head it kind of had no sense and just kind of popped up out of nowhere. I was actually shocked when I read about it or maybe I thought I just didn’t paid enough attention with the clues, I don’t know. I wasn’t really that convinced, maybe it was just me but that’s another important thing for me in crime-thriller stories. The killers/suspects reasons as to what compelled them to do such things has to be convincing for me, that’s one way I found closure with the story.

But aside from that one thing, I enjoyed everything else about it. Would I recommend it? Of course, I will. I’m actually curious as to what other readers think about it, especially about the twist in the end. Those feelings I’ve craved for when I was still in a rut with reading, everything was met with this book and I couldn’t be happier that I am back to reading and that this book didn’t disappoint me. Give this a read, and if you did, let me know what you think.

Bone Cold by Erica Spindler

n38560Surprise surprise! Another Erica Spindler book! Huh! I told you I’m obsessed with her novels. I actually find it hard to resist the urge and the temptation of reading her every book one after another. That’s how much I love her and her writings.

Bone Cold is another spectacular and thrilling read right from the beginning up to the end of course and confusing as well, in a good way. It started out with a girl named Harlow Anastasia Grail being kidnapped at thirteen together with her six-year old friend, Timmy Price. She watched him being smothered and killed by the kidnapper right before her own eyes then he went after her and severed her right pinkie finger. Harlow then found an opportunity and managed to escape and had become Anna North, a thriller novelist who resided in New Orleans. But after twenty-three years of hiding and protecting herself, she had again lived her nightmare when she received a series of letter from a disturbed young girl who claimed to be her fan, a closed friend disappeared and there were also a series of ladies being killed. She then realized that maybe these events may have something to do with her past.

This is another can’t-put-down, page turner book of hers. Seriously, time passed by quickly when I read this. One of the reason why I love Erica Spindler’s books is that she has the ability to capture the reader’s attention and interest right from the very first paragraph of her novel. It just simply gets you right from the very beginning slowly hooking you and spoiling you until you can’t get enough. She really can deliver creep and thrill right into your bones. She really knows her stuff.

Bone Cold reminded me of why Erica Spindler have been my standard when it comes to crime thriller novels. I was reminded why I love her and her works. Bone Cold kept me guessing as to who the culprit was all throughout the book. I love how the author portrayed or should I say ‘played’ Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), that was one of the unexpected things that happened in the book and where my ‘confusion in a good way’ heightened. I also love how the author presented the plot and the numerous twists and turns in the story that were pretty surprising and I did not see coming at all.

Here’s a quote a like from the book: “Life was about taking chances, facing the good … and the bad. It was about birth and death and everything in between.” Nice, right?

Would I recommend this book? Of course I do, why wouldn’t I? it’s a great book that have given me a pleasurable read.

Read it.

All Fall Down by Erica Spindler

245340When it comes to crime, mystery, thriller books, Erica Spindler’s Dead Run is my basis or standard to determine my thoughts and reaction to another book of the same genre. Yes, that’s how obsessed I am with her and Dead Run specifically. And when I liked someone that much, I may or may not be stalking about their works. I like to research about their list of works and read more of it so here I am about to share my thoughts about another book of hers.

All Fall Down revolves around the story of triplet sisters and touches stories/issues about abuse, cheating, revenge and don’t forget … a serial killer on the loose. Melanie May, is a small town cop who is very determined to go big in her chosen profession even though it means risking her career to convince a great and a very experienced FBI profiler, Connor Sparks, that the series of men dying is no coincidence at all. Driven by her certainty, curiosity and the profile of the suspect described by Connor, she delved into the case until she uncovered and came face-to-face with the horrible truth.

This is another cant-put-down book of Erica Spindler. This book manipulated my thinking big time, it made me guessing all throughout the story. Just when I thought I figured it out only to be confronted in the story that nope, not really. My brain have become kind of ambivalent while reading this, I have come back and forth in my guesses as to who the culprit is which something that really captivated me and held my curiosity until the end which I conclude that the author did a great job of convincing the reader that adds up to the thrill and suspense in the story. Though I feel like the ending is kind of so out of the blue and though it isn’t as chilling and terrifying as the Dead Run, it still is a great and enjoyable read that is hard to put down. A recommended read.

Erica Spindler doesn’t disappoint, so I must say, expect more of her works to be reviewed here.

(Not) Just Like Any Other Week

I couldn’t say that nothing interesting happened this week because there were a few actually. Tuesday was the most thrilling day of this week. Why? Because aside from finally making a twitter account, this happened:

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See? Who wouldn’t be delighted with that? I’m still blushing whenever I remember about that. I just can’t believe. Really. I just can’t. It was when I posted my review for Erica Spindler’s Dead Run. I was ecstatic when I opened my twitter and saw those. She made my night. I will be putting my twitter timeline in my page just in case you would want to follow me.

Last week, I have been out for 3 days and 2 nights for a training but then I didn’t sign the contract for personal reasons. I just felt like that job wasn’t for me so I turned it down. So yeah, my friends went on and yesterday was their first day on the job.

After turning that offer down, I was scheduled for an interview this last thursday, on tuesday night I emailed the company asking for a reschedule because we were expecting a typhoon on thursday so I know I couldn’t make it. You know how typhoons are here in the Philippines, there will be strong winds, pouring rain, flash floods and even landslide. Hello typhoon season! I’ve waited for a reply but I received none so I thought they were really not that interested in me.

Thursday, as expected typhoon Glenda came with rage. It was nothing like Yolanda (Haiyan) but it was still a pretty scary one because though it didn’t have a lot of rain but it brought a lot of strong winds. It teared the roofs from the houses, trees tumbled down and it even threw people out of their feet. We spent the whole day without electricity. We just stayed in the house and did everything we can to kill the boredom. I tried to read but I couldn’t, it was hard to see, no lights remember but I ended up eating the whole day while playing cards with my brothers. That’s how we killed Glenda and survived.

Friday, I woke up seeing the news that Glenda was already out of the country but then they were monitoring another tropical depression that had a big chance of entering us again, and he was named as Henry. I heard at the forecast that Henry will go the same track as to those of Glenda so I made fun of them saying aloud that they were like a couple, lovers yeah. Henry was chasing Glenda. How ’bout that? And now, I lost track of Henry. I couldn’t watch news as my brothers always have the remote, if not them, dad has it. Anyway, I have started reading another book which was:

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I’m already half way through that and so far so good. Do I have to remind you that I like love crime books and shows though this is just my second crime book ever read?

Today, has been a really gloomy day. I’m eating non-stop. I’m on my second steaming mug of black coffee and  just downed two sweet potatoes. Then in about an hour it’ll be dinner time and after, I’ll regret eating everything. I can now feel and see the result of a week of eating just anything I can eat without thinking, add in the fact that I have been really inactive (just laying in the bed and sitting in the couch). My belly says it all. As far as I can remember, I barely even broke a sweat this week. I know I should get back to running and to  my way of working out, yes I’m talking about Insanity. I really want to complete that workout so badly but I always stop after the third day. Okay, you can laugh at me at that because I am laughing at myself too right now. Oh, poor me. I plan on going into running first before I engage myself again in Insanity, you know just to condition myself again.

Okay, I’ll stop right here because I know I have babbled so much. Have a lovely day lovelies! And be safe always.

Dead Run by Erica Spindler

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This was one of the books that I have first scored in Booksale and the first crime book I have read. Dead Run was written by Erica Spindler, a New York Times and International Bestselling Author.

BACK-COVER TEASER:

EVIL LIVES IN PARADISE . . .

A panicked message on her answering machine is the last Liz Ames hears from her sister Rachel. Determined to find her, Li heads to Rachel’s home in Key West.

Within hours of her arrival a man jumps to his death. Then a teenage girl is found murdered. The ritualistic style of killing is hauntingly similar to that used by the notorious “New Testament” serial killer – now on death row.

Could these deaths be related to Rachel’s disappearance? Is a copycat killer at work? And why do the police refuse to help?

As Liz peels away the layers of deception, she finds this island paradise harbours an unspeakable evil. . .

  REVIEW:

This book was indeed page-turner. I have read just a few paragraphs from the Prologue and I was immediately hooked, I was already into it. For me, there was never a dull moment to this story as I was reading it. I love the way how the story instantly captured my attention, my focus and my curiosity since the very beginning and maintained it to the very end. This book already has it all, the thrill, the mystery, the horror and of course the romance. I admire the author’s twist in the plot which I actually didn’t see coming and I also admire her way of weaving every part of the story. I could picture the scene in my head clearly and it never failed to give me the feeling it portrayed. This book really surged my excitement, I have read it for just two days because it was so difficult to put down, need I say more? That was how much hooked I was. This book gave me an enjoyable journey reading it.