I am a big fan of Noelle’s series (find my reviews here of Dead Inside and Dead Wrong) and so I was pleased to be invited onto the blog tour for the third in the series Dead Perfect.
Dead Perfect starts where the previous novel Dead Wrong ends with Kate being stalked by an unknown assailant. When a body turns up in the local park it soon becomes clear that there is a link to the stalker. The body has been mutilated and redressed to look just like Kate. DC Maggie Jamieson is determined to find the killer before he can strike again and at the same time keep her friend Kate safe from the Living Doll Killer.
This was another page turner of a novel from Noelle that I really enjoyed. I really like the style of writing in this series, the chapters are quick and compelling which builds up the atmosphere as the killers creepiness escalates. I did sort of guess the perpetrator early on, but the actual motive and story was a mystery until the end. It was definitely not something I saw coming and was quite out of leftfield.
The character of Maggie is still pretty annoying unfortunately. I am no expert at policing but I would be surprised if they let someone investigate a crime that they are so close to. Maggie made a few dodgy choices I thought but then who of us doesn’t! She is however tempered by a great cast of supporting characters (and a couple of cats) that all bounce off each other as the story zips along.
Dead Perfect does follow on from the previous novel but I think there is enough background in it to read as a standalone. However I would recommend starting this series from the beginning especially if you like your stories gripping and scary from the outset.
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Through The Wall tells the story of two neighbours Lexi and Harriet. Lexi lives with her partner Tom and is trying for a baby. Harriet is a musician who lives next door and spends her time throwing wild parties in at attempt to move on from the ex-boyfriend that she is fixated with. Despite living next door and being able to hear every conversation, the couple are practically anonymous to each other. However one day Harriet spots Tom in a lift, and realises that he looks like her ex, and gradually her obsession grows.
This was another book that had been on my tbr pile for a while and has only just made it to the top. Through The Wall was a two headed take on a tale of female obsession. It did take me a little while to get into it, but once I did I found it an interesting read. It isn’t a fast paced thriller, instead it was a slow burn character study that swaps between the main two viewpoints to give us an insight into two different women linked by their choice of home. This intense focus on just the two characters heightened the tension within the book as the two characters lives began to collide.
I didn’t particularly like either character, Lexi I found especially annoying, she came across as very needy and her obsession with having a baby was her entire focus. However Harriet was more interesting, and as her back story unfolded and we found out what had happened to her previously you started to understand her actions a bit.
I found this a good read, with nice short chapters that flicked easily between Harriet and Lexi. This was a story that covered obsession, jealously, revenge and ultimately betrayal, all against the backdrop of a world where someones social media belies the truth behind their feelings and lives. I look forward to reading others by Caroline Corcoran.
I am continuing to work my way down my TBR pile, and the latest to reach the top was Ask Me No Questions by Louisa De Lange. Firstly I do have one issue, the title. You can imagine how annoying it is trying to read, when someone finds it hilarious to ask every thirty seconds, what are you reading? Ask Me No Questions… You can imagine the reaction.
Anyway, Ask Me No Questions opens with an article about a married couple who were murdered by their neighbour leaving behind their twin girls. As children twins Thea and Gabi were inseparable, however as adults they haven’t spoken in 15 years, until Gabi is viciously attacked and Thea reappears. DS Kate Munro is investigating the attack and believes that it is personal. However in order to find out why it happened she first needs to try and unpick the secrets that both the twins are keeping.
This was an interesting story that started off relatively simple but was soon twisting and turning as we slowly uncovered what happened on the night of the attack. Overall I enjoyed this story. It was an interesting premise, and there were lots of red herrings and plot changes that kept me guessing. I did find myself getting a little confused between the characters at times, as the story flicked back and forward between present day and past but it all came together in the end.
I liked the character of DS Munro. To start with she seemed rather clinical and cold yet I soon found her tenacious attitude quite refreshing. Yes she made some rather stupid decisions and clearly had an alcohol issue, but I actually enjoyed the way the story focused very much on the case in hand rather than there being lots of detective back story that is often the case in detective novels, it made a nice change.
Ask Me No Questions was a good read that I enjoyed and would definitely look out for the next in the series.
I have a bad habit of downloading books onto my kindle and then completely forgetting what they about, even if I’m on a blog tour. That is exactly what happened with The Good Samaritan by C.J Parsons, so I started reading with no idea of what the story was about but I was soon sucked in.
The Good Samaritan starts with Carrie’s 5 year old daughter Sophia going missing from their local play park. Carrie has a condition meaning that she cannot read facial expressions and finds social situations difficult, so struggles to cope with new people. Days after the abduction Sophia is found by a stranger but there is no sign of the abductor and the police have no clues. Carrie is therefore going to have to try and trust her own instincts to keep herself and her daughter safe.
I thought this was a great read that kept me absolutely engrossed. I found the story quite unusual, a crime has been committed but there seems to be no motive or clue as to the perpetrator and Sophia has been returned unharmed. There seems to be two potential suspects, yet neither of them stand out and as the story progresses I was constantly going backwards and forwards thinking one thing and then changing my mind.
I found the character of Carrie intriguing. Being unable to read emotions from facial expressions was not a condition I had heard of before. You soon realise how difficult it would make situations if you couldn’t tell the difference between a genuine smile or a sarcastic one. I felt real sympathy for Carrie as she tried to navigate her way through situations that to most of us would be relatively simple. Her reliance on others to interpret emotion put her at a real threat of those who might want to take advantage.
This novel really focuses on just six people despite an interesting cast of supplemental characters and I felt that gave it a strange sense of tension, almost like a locked room style mystery. The two detectives on the case Juliet and Alistair were good characters. They gave a different element to the story and complemented the more intense character of Carrie as they bounced off one another.
This was an excellent story that I thoroughly enjoyed, I would definitely read more from CJ Parsons!
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