Monthly Archives: May 2019

E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton (Book Review #238)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 31/05/19

My 30th book this year)

Kinsey Millhone the private investigator has been asked to check out an insurance claim regarding a huge fire. Somehow she is pulled in on the case and is being set up to be a part of this fraudulent scheme. She finds herself getting deeper into the case as her job is suspended and she is likely to be arrested unless she begins to collect the evidence that she needs to prove her innocence, or at least to prove someone else’s guilty verdict.

Kinsey’s live gets more and more complicated as her life is threatened and people keep dying. She needs to find the culprit before they get to her.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Just a very average book told in a very average way. This series is losing its original spark for me. Maybe because I have found a few other authors of this genre who have managed a better job at delivering the story, creating suspense and with much more complicated plots that actually work.

Until the bomb scene, there was little excitement. It was like a narrated story watered down rather than an excited author creating an alluring story.

I disliked the characters and much preferred when Kinsey was just your normal private investor uncovering other people’s secrets.

I would not recommend this 5th book of the series however I will probably give the next book a try and hope for the best.

Written by Ling Lee (31/05/19).

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No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister (Book Review #237)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 18/05/19

My 29th book this year)

Becky is at court on trial for the murder of her sister, Martha’s, baby girl. The defense are arguing it was an accidental death, the prosecution have evidence pointing to a not so pleasant outcome.

Martha doesn’t know. She wants to believe Becky is innocent. With all her heart she wants to believe. But then as the trial continues Becky has another side to her that has been kept from her. Secrets are revealed in court. Not Martha doesn’t know what to believe. She just wants the trial to be over. She just needs to know the truth and find a way to move on.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The book was ok. A bland telling of a potentially gripping story. Imagine you daughter possibly being murdered by your sister. Even if it were accidental it would still be horrendous. But then evidence seems to show that the baby was smothered.

I didn’t feel the highs and lows of this book. Just a dreary pace, plodding through the pages. I was keen to find out the truth and I didn’t realise what the truth could be until I had almost finished. The ending worked really well.

I wouldn’t recommend this book. Nor would I disuade others from picking it up. Nothing special. I am not in a hurry to try another book by this author but I might give her another chance depending on the plot for any other books she might have published.

Written by Ling Lee (18/05/19).

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A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter (Book Review #236)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 12/05/19

My 28th book this year)

Someone has possibly committed suicide on campus at college. Sara the medical examiner had been called in to check this out. Whilst tending to the body, a horrific knife attack takes place not far away. When two more suicides occur in a short space of time, the authorities grow more suspicious of the deaths.

Lena is an ex cop working on site. She also seems to be linked to each of the students. She is hiding something and the detectives need to find out what it is before more bodies appear.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Another suspenseful book in the Grant County Series by Karin Slaughter.

Lena has become a completely different person since she had to leave the police force after her most recent case left her broken both inside and out. She has been forever psychologically damaged since being held captive, nailed to the floor and raped by the last criminal she was working on.

I absolutely loved this book however the characters are getting destroyed in turn throughout the series. Maybe a little less destruction on the detectives and their lives would make this series even more enjoyable.

So much violence and brutality in this series. Yet it is an eye opening style of writing. Most of us are lucky enough not to ever encounter anything so horrific in our lives. Karin Slaughter gives us a glimpse of how badly things can be in life. That these things can and do happen.

I am very much looking forward to more of this series and highly recommend books by this author but it is not for those of you who dislike blood, guts and gore.

Written by Ling Lee (12/05/19).

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (Book Review #235)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 04/05/19

My 27th book this year)

Feyre and her family were used to riches and the good life. Their lives have been turned upside down now that they are poor. Feyre has taken on full responsibility for looking after her father and sisters. She must find a way to survive, to hunt, to kill.

One day out hunting, she kills a big wolf. But her biggest mistake was in breaking the treaty. She killed a fae. Her life now belongs to their world.

Once again her life has been flipped over. She sees things, hears things, fears things. But then she learns things, begins to see the beauty of the fae ways, lives the way they do, she even learns to love.

But there is a curse that has damned them all. Feyre unknowingly holds the answer. She must find a way to save the one she loves and to break the curse and to free them all.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I loved this book. But found the mature content absolutely unnecessary, therefore spoilt the story a bit.

I love how two worlds can come together. I love how there is good and evil in everything, everyone and I love the sacrifices people can make out of love.

The characters were great. I enjoyed seeing Feyre develop, I like Tamlin the High Lord, I loved Lucien’s devious ways. I adored Rhysand and his cunning nature. There was so much beauty and destruction in this book. So much goodness and darkness. The storyline was fun.

I would definitely recommend this book to other readers who enjoy fairy tales. I am very much looking forward to book two of this series.

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