Thirteen – Steve Cavanagh

36217425  5 Stars

This is one of the few books that deserves a hype. So many mediocre books are hailed by book bloggers and I’ve fallen for so many. Aggressive advertising and blog tours hype up so many books that actually do not deserve it. „Thirteen“ is one of those rare but really good thrillers that are hard to find. It is a clever and intricate plot with unusual protagonists. I have just seen that it is already the 4th book in a series. But it works wonderfully as a stand-alone. At the very least, it is curious to find more books about the unusual lawyer Eddie Flynn.

The book is very suspenseful but rather slow. For me it was not necessarily a Pageturner from the beginning. But the tension keeps building up and is full of surprises. „Thirteen“ is an extremely clever and well-written court thriller that I can only warmly recommend

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The Liar’s Girl – Catherine Ryan Howard

35687820  2,5 Stars

„The Liar’s Girl“ is definitely a slow burner. I had some problems to find my way into the story and unfortunately I never connected with the main character, Alison. I found her extremely immature and stupid. As a girl she was naive but as an adult she is very stubborn and never moved on with her life. As her mother tells her later in the book she somehow never got beyond the 19year old version of herself.

The book itself is a solid and not very twisted psychological thriller. The story headed in a different direction as I expected and I was pleased with that.Unfortunately I cannot add more on the plus site. I must admit that I expected the final “twist”. It was quite obvious. I am not sure if I am just that good or the plot was just not constructed properly and clever enough. I am afraid it is the second.

I really loved the author’s first novel “Distress Signals” so I was really looking forward to “The Liar’s Girl”. But it did not meet my expectations. The pace was very much on the slow side and I constantly rolled my eyes because of Alison. There are a few things I don’t think fit very well together. Also the way the Irish police works seemed to me quite strange. Alison solves the case by herself easily because she has access to all the files and Malone takes her with him to investigate witnesses. Seriously?? There are also some things regarding Liz or Alison’s parents that are not really deepened. Towards the end I got annoyed by Ali’s constantly self-talking. The story is a bit of a mess. Overall I must say I am a bit disappointed. But I am glad I had to change to read this book and would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy.

Die Angst schläft nie – Rachel Caine

41ea4bah1el-_sy346_  4 Sterne

German book, German review

Gina führt das Leben einer normalen Hausfrau mit Mann und zwei Kindern bis eines Tages ein Betrunkener mit seinem Auto in ihre Garage fährt. Ihr Mann hat dort offensichtlich nicht nur seinem Hobby, dem Schreinern, gefrönt, sondern hatte auch noch eine weitere Lieblingsbeschäftigung. Sie muss erkennen, dass sie mit einem Monster verheiratet ist und es über viele Jahre nicht gemerkt hat. Wer denkt schon, dass der normale und liebenswürdige Ehemann ein Serienkiller ist und in besagter Garage Frauen quälte.

 

Nun ist Gina, die sich nun Gwen  nennt, seit Jahren auf der Flucht. Nicht vor Mel, ihrem nunmehr Ex-Mann, sondern Leuten, die einfach nicht glauben können, das sie von den furchtbaren Morden nichts wusste sondern vielmehr seine Helferin war. Gwen stand vor Gericht, wurde aber frei gesprochen. Mit Hilfe von einem anonymen Hacker beschafft sie sich neue Identitäten, denn sie muss immer mal wieder umziehen, wenn irgendwer doch ihren neuen Aufenthaltsort herausfand und sie mit Drohungen terrorisierte. Ihren Kindern macht das Leben in ständiger Alarmbereitschaft schwer zu schaffen. Sie wechseln dauernd die Schule, haben nie Freunde, dürfen nur sehr eingeschränkt ins Internet und auch die Telefonate mit der Oma müssen sehr vage gehalten werden, falls wer mithört. Derzeit ist sie in Stillhouse Lake. Dort ist es idyllisch und die Kinder beginnen sich wohlzufühlen. Sie alle möchten endlich irgendwo heimisch werden. Doch auch hier fühlt sie sich bedroht und beobachtet. Und dann wird die Leiche einer Frau im See gefunden und der Modus Operandi ist genau der von Mel.

 

Das Buch legt gleich gut los. Gina kommt nach Hause und findet eine Menschenmenge vor ihrem Haus. In ihrer Garage hängt eine furchtbar zugerichtete Frauenleiche und ihr Mann wird verhaftet. Von Gina erfahren wir nicht mehr viel, wir lernen eher ihr neues Ich, Gwen, kennen. Die ist wesentlich härter, trainierter und kämpferischer. Aber verständlicherweise auch sehr paranoid. Es ist erschreckend, sich vorzustellen, dass Menschen im Internet sich zusammenrotten und Mordphantasien über sie und ihre Kinder von sich geben. Leider verstecken sich nicht alle hinter ihren Bildschirmen. Einige schreiten auch zur Tat, was sie immer wieder leidvoll erfahren musste.

 

Es ist aber gerade diese Paranoia, die Gwen zu einem schwierigen und anstrengenden Charakter machen. Sie ist manchmal oft hysterisch und trifft im Laufe des Buches auch einige sehr dumme Entscheidungen, die ihre Situation verschlimmern. Die Story ist spannend und der Ansatz, mal aus der Sicht der Ehefrau eines Psychopathen zu schildern, ist auch interessant. Zu Anfang ist die Story noch etwas behäbig, Gwen und ihre Situation werden ausgiebig beschrieben. Zum Ende zieht die Spannung dann an.

 

„Die Angst schläft nie“ ist ein unterhaltsamer und kurzweiliger Thriller. Negativ ist mir neben der sehr anstrengenden Gwen aber vor allem der überdramatisierende Schreibstil aufgefallen. Bei Gwen ist ständig alles im Extremzustand. Ständig „zerbricht“  in ihr etwas, ihr Innerstes bricht in Stück oder alles in ihr ist aus Glas und zerbricht. Es ist alles immer hochdramatisch und am Limit. Auch die Dialoge sind oft etwas hölzern und gestelzt. Gwens Leben ist bestimmt dramatisch und hochkompliziert und sie hadert sehr mit sich, weil sie ihren Kindern so vielen Regeln auferlegen muss. Trotzdem ist mir der Schreibstil etwas zu aufgeregt. Deswegen gibt es von mir einen Stern Abzug.

 

Das Ende weist auf einen zweiten Band hin, der im Englischen auch schon angekündigt wird. Ich bin mir noch nicht sicher, ob ich weiterlesen werde. Das Buch hat mir gut gefallen, aber ich weiß nicht, ob ich Gwen weiterfolgen möchte. Zudem fürchte ich, dass ein weiteres Buch über sie wie eine Neuauflage dieser Geschichte werden könnte.

Dark Pines – Will Dean

35672370  2 Stars

Well, apparently I am in the minority here. I never found my way into the story. I also never connected to Tuva. To be honest, I did not like her. I found her actions and investigations quite stupid.

Yes, there was a dark and disturbing atmosphere. The setting is creepy but the story itself did not work for me. I got bored and almost stopped reading. But I tent to finish books I got from NetGalley, just to give it a proper chance. Also there are a lot of raving reviews so I thought I was just missing something. But the end was no twist for me, maybe a bit of a surprise but the motive was ridiculous.

I also did not like the writing style. It was very slow and full of strange metaphors. For example: “The three-quarter moon makes the woods as grey as the blood you find under a cooked salmon filet”. Hm….I just kept stumbling over such strange sentences.

I always feel terrible when I have nothing good to say about a book which was given to me kindly by a publisher. I wanted to like this book so much. Fortunately I am almost the only one who did not like this book. It is probably me. Maybe I get picky or just read too much thrillers over the years. I find it harder and harder to be thrilled by a book these days. I hardly had a 5 star-review last year and I am very disappointed in myself that my first review in 2018 is just a 2 stars.

I am very sorry but “Dark Pines” war not my cup of tea.

I reveived an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The Innocent Wife – Amy Lloyd

32187685  2,5 Stars

Women fascinated by men who are imprisoned for murder is a very interesting topic. When I read the description of this book I knew I had to read it. It started promising. We get to know Samantha, who gets infatuated with Dennis Danson. He is in prison for 20 years now and a lot of people fight for his release. There is no real evidence that he was involved in killing those girls. It looks like the local police was on a vendetta against him. There is also a documentary about Dennis on its way. He is getting famous through social media. It helps that he is handsome and charming. Sam starts to write to him and surprisingly he writes back. Finally, after lots and lots of letters and falling in love just by writing to each other, Sam decides to take a sabbatical and get on the next plane to meet Dennis in person. And then everything goes very quick.

The book started promising. The writing style was a bit rushed and it read more like a report than a novel. But it was interesting though. But then it somehow got boring. For some reason after Dennis’ release from prison the couple stays in Dennis’ old hometown in his father’s house. Sam does not understand why neither but somehow never questions him or make any attempts to leave or persuade Dennis to leave with her. She feels threatened by his former girlfriend and somebody is creeping around the house in the night. She is incredible passive. She is a very weird character and I got the feeling there was something wrong with her.

The story drags from this point. It started so promising but then it was all about the oh-so fascinating Dennis and the question if he is guilty or not. But the main problem is Sam. She is so whiny, so pathetic and such a drama queen. I am baffled that Dennis did not kill her on his first day out of prison.

When I started reading that book I was interested in what it was that women attracts to criminals. I think I got a hint of what it is. But it stayed at the surface. The initial crimes were just background noise and got never really explained. And I must admit I did not like where the story headed towards the end. Sam is not a very likable character and this conclusion was totally in character. But somehow I felt not comfortable with it. I don’t like that the author put her exactly in that crazy corner that most of us think those women belong.

 

I liked the idea of the story but the flat characters ruined it. The start was very good, it is decently written but failed to keep this strong storytelling all the way to the end.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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Flowers For The Dead – Barabra Copperthwaite

26769832  4 Stars

„Flowers For The Dead“ gives us a serial killer of a different kind. Actually Adam is a serial killer. But he seems also to be a lost soul. Searching for love but unable to interact properly with people he woos the girls he falls in love with in a creepy way.

 

There are two story lines. The first one is in the present where Adam is searching for a new love which he can take care of.  The second timeline shows us Adam as a child. He has an abusive mother and he suffered a great deal during his childhood. And for me the question pops up: was he made the monster that he is by his mother or would he have turn out all the same if his childhood would have been a loving one? Then he also received love and understanding from his grandmother. She taught him to be gentle and respectful to women. So the question for me is if his mother broke him or was it always in him to kill people? I would not say I developed a soft spot for Adam although I pitied him sometimes. He is a sociopath but also has this longing to be loved and share a life with someone who understands him.

 

The author created a clever story and a sociopath to remember. But the story is a slow burner and it also takes all the time in the world to lay out Adam’s life. Only at the end the story picks up pace. That was my only problem with the book. It was a bit too slow and too long. But it is still a remarkable read.

The Roses Of May – Dot Hutchison

30109999  2 Stars

 

I really had a hard time reading this book.

A lot of reviewers were disappointed that this book was so different to “The Butterfly Garden”. I must admit that I read it exactly because of that. I was not a huge fan of the Butterfly book. It was a very creepy read with a lot of weird characters and a very unrealistic story. But at least it was entertaining. This one here was such a slow burner. I thought about quitting multiple times. It was just so boring. Nothing really happens. It is all repetition. Flower deliveries. Agents traveling back and forth. All the same over and over. And you can easily figure out who the killer is. The characters are also again very weird. I disliked them all and none of them felt actually natural. I never felt “the force of nature” Prya’s mum allegedly should be. I also disliked Prya herself. And I could have done without the “butterflies”.

It a very slowly developing book with a boring story. The characters were all too edgy and creepy. I am very sorry because NetGalley and the publisher provided me with a copy but I must honestly admit that I did not enjoy it. I think I will not read another book from this author. Her idea a good story is not my cup of tea.