Ragdoll-Daniel Cole

After I read Ragdoll and realized it is Daniel Cole’s first novel, I was completely blown away. For this to be a debut is astounding. I will be stalking the rest of his publications from here on out!!!

When a corpse of six individual’s body parts found sown together is discovered in London, it can easily be called the most disturbing case of detective William “Wolf” Fawkes’s career. Even more disturbing than the case he is infamously linked to called the “Cremation Killer”. Wolf is not known in London for his great detective work on this case but for stopping at nothing to bring the killer to justice, even by illegal means. The case of the “Ragdoll” immediately haunts him not just because the image of six bodies sown together but because Wolf’s ex-wife, a tv news reporter, tells him that she received a list from the Ragdoll killer with five more names and dates these people will be killed and his name is the last on the list.

Ragdoll is 372 pages long and took me three days to read.

I absolutely loved this book and give it a 4 out of 5! Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Cole’s writing has you guessing and questioning every character involved and is absolutely addicting.

 Thank you, Ecco, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

 

A Simple Favor-Darcey Bell

I’m so sorry I’ve been such a slacker! Between our wedding/honeymoon trip to Montana, our wedding reception and returning to work I’ve been completely swamped! Luckily, I’m getting back into the swing of things and have started reading pretty heavily again.

When Stephanie’s friend Emily asks her to pick up her son from school, Stephanie thinks nothing of it and if anything, is honored to be trusted by someone as intriguing as Emily. But when Emily doesn’t pick up her child, Stephanie starts to become panicked. She knows that Stephanie’s husband is out of the country and doesn’t want to over react but is at her wits end after a few days of Emily not contacting her back. What happened to her friend? The mysterious Emily loves her son dearly and would never abandon him. But as time passes Stephanie realizes she may not know her “friend” at all.

A Simple Favor is 298 pages long and took me three days to read.

I am rating this book a 2.5 out of 5. While I enjoyed reading this novel it had very heavy elements of Gone Girl and while I loved Gone Girl to pieces, it bothers me when books rely so heavily on this hook.

I would recommend reading it but beware of very similar themes.

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore- Matthew Sullivan 

If you’ve read my posts before you probably have caught on to the fact that I’m sort of a crime/mystery/thriller fanatic. I just can’t help it! While I am trying to expand my horizons you’re going to get another mystery review in the meantime.

Lydia has a very dark past, one that she doesn’t discuss with anyone. Not even her long time boyfriend. She tries to hide as much of herself as possible but when a young man commits suicide in the bookstore in which she is employed and she discovers, not only his body but also a picture of her from her youth in his pants pocket, the sheltered world she has made for herself starts to come crashing down. Joey, the book shop patron, has left her a series of puzzles to figure out that seem to be eerily connected to her own life.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is 326 pages long and took me 6 days to read.

While this book isn’t super long, it took me awhile to get into. I really enjoyed reading it and am giving it a 3 out of 5. Even though it was a slow start for me, it was a really intriguing story and I didn’t want to give up on it. I’m very glad I held on tight because the complete story is very worth the wait.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Magpie Murders-Anthony Horowitz

Two mysteries in one?!?! Count me in! When I heard about Magpie Murders I was curious how the ending would turn out in this Agatha Christie-esque story since there was so much hype.

Editor Susan Ryeland receives a copy of her popular author Alan Conway’s newest mystery novel in its series. It is, naturally, her job to edit said novel and while reading the novel it abruptly ends before the mystery is solved. She has been trying to contact Alan but has no luck when she is told that he has killed himself. Susan is shaken by this revelation but even more upsetting is how much her employer needed this new book to be published and might now go out of business without it. When Susan goes to Alan’s house to find the missing chapters, she starts to realize that his death mirrors the death in his own novel. This, along with other details she uncovers, causes Susan to doubt Alan’s cause of death and make her believe that he was murdered.

Magpie Murders is 447 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I have always loved a good mystery and Anthony Horowitz delivers. I give Magpie Murders 3.5 out of 5 for combing two separate mysteries into one great story!

Thank you to Harper for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Dry-Jane Harper

If I could write like this as my debut novel, I’d quit my day job.

The Dry takes place in Australia in a small town that is deep in drought. Federal Agent Aaron Falk is returning to his hometown for the first time in 20 years since he was chased out as a young man. What seems to be a clean cut case of murder-suicide committed by his former best friend, doesn’t sit right with Aaron. Luke and Aaron grew up with each other and were best friends for years. While they do have a shaky past due to the incident which caused Aaron to be chased out of town, he still doesn’t believe Luke could kill his wife and son. When Luke’s parents ask Aaron to dig into this case he is extremely hesitant as this is not his area of expertise but agrees because he feels he owes it to them. Not only will this case drag Aaron back into his hometown where he is not welcome, he will also have to dig into his own past to figure out if it is the cause of Luke’s death.

The Dry is 326 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

I give this novel at 3.5 out of 5 for a captivating story that genuinely keeps you questioning every character. This book is graphic and nature and may upset those with a weak constitution.

Thank you Flat Iron Books for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Book of Mirrors- E.O. Chirovici

I’ll make this quick, I’ve been on a book reading frenzy! Unfortunately, mostly just the reading part and not near enough of the reviewing. I promise I’ll catch you up to date with what I’m currently on but it’ll take a few posts.

The Book of Mirrors takes us into a maze of a story involving part of a novel being submitted to a publisher that stops short in a very interesting tale. When Peter receives the beginning of The Book of Mirrors he finds himself incredibly intrigued with the author’s (Richard Flynn) tale. Richard begins to tell the story of his first love twently plus years ago and their friendship with a man who ends up being murdered. Peter attempts to find Richard to read the rest of his story only to be told he had recently passed away. Peter beings to wonder what truly happened to Richard’s murdered friend and how he met his demise. So he hires John Keller to investigate what really happened and if Richard was the person to cause this horrible act.

The Book of Mirrors is 273 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 for its multiple character voices that bring so much depth to this quick novel. I really enjoyed reading this.

Thank you to Atria books for sending me this copy. I will absolutely be referring friends and family to read!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey