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.

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.

Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent

First of all, can we all take a moment and appreciate the cover please because if you can ever have a peek at what my brain would look like, I think that’ll probably be it, an abstract of a mess. So just for the cover itself, it has already won me over, add in the words for the title, oh I feel like I want to do a hundred cartwheels for that – well not really, maybe just ten – because I’m all about that. It just screams the very thing that I’m struggling with right now, okay fine, it sums up my life at the moment. Yep, that’s right. That’s why I know I can totally relate to this book.

Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse is the story of the author, Alida Nugent, about her journey and experiences in transitioning to adulthood. Basically, it’s her story after getting out of college with a degree in hand facing a door into the real world.

“ADULTHOOD was officially here, and I needed to get off my ass and embrace it.”

This book has got me hooked right from the intro. I loved her humor; she definitely made me laugh a lot of times. As I’ve said before, it is very relatable. The first half of the book was nostalgic, at least for me because it brought me back to my college years and a few years after that. It made me picture what I was before, the things I did, imagined and dreamed of. This book has a lot of advices to offer, did I learn something new? Honestly, no. There’s nothing on it that I haven’t read or heard before but it kind of comforted me in a way that what I am going through now is nothing out of the ordinary, that it happens to a lot of people, not just me. I find it fun, inspiring and motivating to know what other people have been through, how they handle and deal with it and also to learn the lessons that they’ve learned.

My favorite part would have to be the advice that she gave in the latter part of the book in the form of a graduation speech. Again, it was nothing out of the ordinary and yet it kind of gave me a breather and realized that my life is perfectly normal even though it is not going the way I’d like it to be.

“Until you start to get your legs moving, you will always feel like you are lost.”

Obviously, I love this book. I love how humorous it is. I love the style, it’s fresh. And I love how relatable and realistic it is. Will I recommend this? Of course, I will. It’s a good read. So, if you are a twenty-something and you would want to read something that can inspire and motivate you in some way or a reminder that you are normal and human, just like what Alida said:

“Life is not a movie. No happy ending is guaranteed. No wound is closed by magic.”

then give this book a go. Read it.

A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag

tami hoagThis was one of the last books that I’ve picked up in my favorite second hand bookstore some time last year mainly because the cover gave me a slight creepy feeling and it was a pretty thick book which what I was going for at the time.

A Thin Dark Line is about finding the truth and giving justice. People of Bayou Breaux has been terrorized with fear when the mutilated body of the murder victim, Pam Bichon has been discovered in which the prime suspect was set free because of technicality. Nick Fourcade, the detective assigned with the case was suspected of planting the evidence and a number of people was convinced because of his tarnished past. But Nick was so determined to find out the truth and to give Pam justice and so is Annie Broussard, the deputy who found Pam’s body.

I liked how the story started, I thought the epilogue was written in a unique way that has really captured my curiosity. I remember feeling so frustrated as I was reading, the book also showed an ugly side of the law and the people who should be upholding it. But the frustration was more for Annie and how she was treated or should I say bullied by her colleagues for her conviction of a crime she witnessed. The way her coworkers played her, chewed her, looked down on her, those made me want to slap those officers in their faces left and right and give them a fiery flying kick. Those people really had gotten on my nerves. The book also had me guessing as to who the culprit was which I like of course, I had a few changes in mind which added to my frustration and enjoyment. The author’s misdirection was on point. The twist in the end was something I did not see coming which was a plus but I found it not that impactful for me. I also thought that the story was a bit dragged on maybe that’s why the thrill and anticipation wasn’t held on that much.

A Thin Dark Line didn’t disappoint me. All in all, it was a great and enjoyable read. The characters were believable and the differences in their personalities made it more interesting. All the loose ends were nicely wrapped – a huge CLAP CLAP for that – and with that I felt so contented and satisfied. Not supplementing my curiosity and/or not answering all of my questions in a story is the thing that I hate the most. Will I recommend it? Of course, I will. It’s a good book to read. Tami Hoag is definitely an addition to the list of crime-thriller authors that I like.

Rate: 👍👍👍👍

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

13579626I started reading this book without knowing anything about it so it kind of shock me when I found out while reading this that this is a ghost story in a unique way. It’s a story about a family who went back to their country house to claim their inheritance from their deceased father and husband, Richard Walkers. The house was inhabited by two ghosts, Alice and Sandra, who also once resided the house when they were alive. The story was told interchangeably by the characters, using each part/room of the house as the setting.

The whole concept was really appealing to me, I thought it was really good, the story of the living and the dead intersects in the present time. Sounds cool, right? But I don’t  know, honestly, I am not a fan of this book. The characters were all flawed, fighting their own battles with themselves: vices, sadness, loneliness, and even suicide. I did not find that weird or alien at all, maybe I just did not get as to where those negativities came from or maybe I was just not that convinced about it. They all seemed to hate Richard Walker, except for Trenton, but it wasn’t really explored as to why they hate him or maybe the reasons were not strong enough for it to be convincing. It was just plainly told, he was an asshole, but I don’t really understand as to how and why.  I was so eager and curious to know but that wasn’t given to me. Also Trenton was so engrossed with committing suicide but I just don’t get why he wanted it so badly, or maybe the reasons were, again, just too shallow for me. I don’t know, those parts really frustrated me a lot.

It was also a little bothersome for me that the story was told by many characters, if I’m not mistaken I was reading like seven point of views, and that was just too many for me. Good thing though that, the story wasn’t so repetitive, it may be a new character’s point of view but usually it picked up where it was left off. There were parts wherein the story being told from the present to the past then back to the present, I found some of that a little confusing.

I am a fan of the whole idea of it: the living people and the  ghosts residing in one house full of history, secrets and mystery and using every part of the house as the setting. It thought it was a brilliant idea, a big clap clap for that. I guess the execution and delivery just wan’t enough.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts about it? I’m really curious.

Sight Unseen by Robert Goddard

SightUnseenThis is the first book that I’ve read by Goddard. I picked it up randomly in my favorite thrift bookstore so I started reading it not knowing what to expect. The story centered about an abduction of a two-year-old girl named Tamsin Hall and a murder of her sister Miranda Hall on 27th July of 1981 at Avebury while out in a walk under the watch of their nanny. One of the witnesses was a Ph.D student David Umber, who was sitting in a pub waiting for his appointment with Mr. Griffin, who was supposed to show him a velum bound books that he claimed could help Umber in his study about the Junius’ letters but he never showed up. Then twenty-three years later, the wounds was again reopened, and David Umber embarked on a quest to search for answers, to know what really happened that day at Avebury.

I have to admit though that the start has kind of confused me maybe because it was describing about a place or history that I wasn’t really familiar with. And speaking of which, there really was a history involved in this book about British politics, the Junius’ letters played a role in this. I must also admit that during the parts in the book wherein it was telling the story behind the letters and where it came from and who wrote them, I felt lost because I couldn’t really comprehend it and I told myself that it was somewhat understandable because it was something that I really had no idea, it was just so alien to me.

But the story itself was pretty much captivating, I had my guesses as to who the culprit was but I never stuck to any one of them for so long because of the twists and turns on the plot. I wouldn’t say that it was cleverly written as some parts were just weird or that they just came out of the blue and I wasn’t really that satisfied about the ending but I wasn’t too disappointed about it either. I also felt like the other characters were abandoned, in a sense that I would want to know what happened to them and that also pertains to the culprits.

I admire and have always been fascinated about the authors who can skillfully weave history into their stories while coming up with interesting twists and I am convinced that Goddard has that. All in all, this book is a good and decent read to pass your time and chill out with. And I am definitely interested to read more of Goddard’s works.

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.