New Reviews for the Private Eye

This weeks reviews will be based on mystery books! I do realize we have been going over a LOT of mystery books but that will all soon be changing!

1. You by: Zoran Drvenkar

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Reading will start Tuesday 10/24/2017

It’s a late summer night in Berlin and the notorious criminal Rangnar Desche isn’t too happy. He’s just found his bother, Oksar, dead, frozen stiff and sitting in his home next to the swimming pool full of marijuana plants. Someone’s flooded the pool and stolen a Range Rover, but what’s worse is that Rangar’s huge cache of drugs is missing and he’s going to want it back. Meanwhile nearby, a group of teenage girls are out at the movies, thinking about boys and worrying about acne, they notice that the prettiest member of their clique is missing. She’s found herself in trouble and is about to set all of the girls on a collision course with the Desche gang and drag them into the fight of their lives, a fight that might turn out to be more evenly matched than it first appears.


2. The Cuckoo’s Calling By:Robert Galbraith( J.K. Rowling)

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After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Comoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

 


3. Pleasantville By: Attica Locke

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4. Sleeping Beauties By:Stephen King and Owen King

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CURRENTLY READING

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison.

 

I have already started reading Sleeping Beauties but it is 700 pages long so I will be reading this and trying to read the other as well so we can hopefully stay on track and not waste so much time on one book!

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Emma in Your Mind

Emma in the Night by: Wendy Walker

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Summary


One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held.

While the Cass tells her story of finding a way back home, psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter who is investigating the cage, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated, siblings were turned against one another and a narcissistic parent held sway. It doesn’t end there  as Cass return might just be the beginning of the crime that has been hiding deep within the walls of Cass’ home and heart.

 

Review


First thoughts

The start of this book I find myself asking way, wayyyy to many questions and not getting enough answers, as I try to take the role of Dr.Winters and attempt to figure out how in the world Cass has made it home but Emma is still out there somewhere on an island in Main but not sure where. I find Cass is someone who sets me on edge by the way she is emotionless almost robotic in the way she thinks and talks her voice in my head in a softly shy voice but beneath it is a darkness that has no life held inside. She tells the story in such a way that takes you back far into the past but it always shines like on the future of how the recent years have come to play a part in both her and Emma’s disappearance, Cass even goes so far as to say that without telling these pieces of the past the future would not have become what it is and with out the future the past would not make sense to us.

We get to read from both sides of the story not from Emma’s who I was dying to get inside the mind of because that is one crazy messed up sister, but from Dr.Winters who I think helps round out all of my own questions because she thinks about most of them herself. The role Dr.Winters plays is a key role in this book so far I feel like without her I might not fully understand the way Cass acts about certain topics that come up throughout the book.

The cahracter’s are some a can certainly give a few opinionated words about like the mother and step father are from the scum of the earth, little Emma I am pretty sure is bipolar, and Owen Tanner (Real Father) needs to learn the meaning of being a man and a real father! I feel like if a book can make you feel anything for a character at all then it is doing its job.

The plot so far is one that is kinda crazy to keep up with in a way now it is pretty straight forward but you will take a trip form the past to the future and then to a different person within two chapters but the ride is enjoyable thus far, and I don’t really find anything right now to be unacceptable or just boring as I read.

Final Thoughts

The ending to this book I think is a pretty perfect one except for the outcome of one person but other than that I think it was just grand. It gave me a few moments when I wanted to cry and there where moments when I held my breath as I flew through the pages.

The characters are some of the most dysfunctional people I have ever heard of in my entire life, Between the cheating on each other with pretty much every family member is kinda crazy but enjoyable watching the events unfold and when the ones who were hiding the secrets in the closet get the door thrown open is the best part of it all.

The plot of this book stays with you through to the end all the stories Cass is telling us and even the story she is living while we hunt for Emma is all dropping Easter eggs on the way to that final page when we find out the truth of what happened on that Island and the days that came before and after it.

I had fallen in love with playing some suspenseful music while reading this book to be honest nothing too loud and annoying but a slow steady suspense will make you fly through the pages in this book.

I can tell you that this book is worth the read for any of you mystery and crime-o-holic book readers!

The Lies this Book Holds

Lies She Told by: Cate Holahan

 

SUMMARY


Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life.
Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

REVIEW


First Thoughts

This succubus of a book hooked me on the bandwagon and I was happy to take a ride on this roller coaster of thrills and chills, I mean what more could you ask for a book about suspense of a woman that sounds like she’s losing her mind while playing not only the role of herself but also the role of her character with the lines blurring in between an affair; a murder; and two crazy women each trying to cover up their own tracks. So I was a little excited and after reading “Final Girls” I was ready for a GOOD suspense/thriller book, or at least a good book in general

Well, once again, I have been pushed off a cliff of high hopes into the sea of killed dreams as this book is no longer a book of suspense and thrills and chills unless you find going on a company trip to be just so darn thrilling, (Can you feel my sarcasm radiating off the page as you read this) because so far that all you get at the half way mark in this book. Instead of a book of suspense that makes me cling to every word, or every anything psychologically compelling, I get a book about a infertile woman going through treatments to try and have a baby with a husband who wants nothing to do with her like at all. So from this point you can see me anger and annoyance with this book.

Final Thoughts

This has a sweet but bitter taste to it, I feel like you must suffer through the first part of the book with all the bitterness you can withstand in one sitting with out trying to make a face or spit it out then once you make it to part two of the book you are taken back by this weird sweetness that has now some how fought it’s way out of that hard shell of bitterness and disgust, but the two flavors are still mixing together and your not quite sure if you like the way the bitterness tingles in your cheeks or the way the sweetness coats your tongue. So you keep the candy in your mouth trying to decipher whether or not you hate or like this candy, while the third part of this book has busted into your mouth like a water balloon popping because there was too much water inside and then all you taste is sweetness but its just way too sweet now so you spit it out.

I feel like what I just said is pretty much the whole book right there. Part one is a let down in which you have to force you eye to stay on the page while you read about fertility treatments, which they do play a part in the book but I don’t need every little detail.  The second part we get a hint of the lie and mystery that takes place in this book but it is still mostly more flirting and baby chasing. Then you make it to the third part the mood that was once a boring housewife sobbing out all her problems has switched into a woman in a straight jacket arguing back and forth with herself in the constant struggle of murderer of victim and you must now put together broken pieces that don’t fit.

I really feel like this book was a waste of my time I could have spent reading a better book. The characters in here are so boring and just have no feel to them at all, Liza only cries and begs for attention from her husband but then goes quite as a mouse when he tells her no, I have only seen her show two emotions throughout this whole book sadness and anger. You get a little back ground on her at the end but the background you get is context clued that you can put two and two together and already know long before being told. Nick is just a guy who is rude to his wife then depressed, that is it for him you get nothing else on the matter except he is from Texas and is a lawyer.

I think that the women in this book are more crazy then how most women would act. I mean I can say that if my husband cheated on me I would not just go out and kill the other lover, I would confront him and either kick him out and or move out and do my best to move on, divorce is very common now a days and since she mentions the Manhattan bombing you know this book is pretty recent. I think if pushed back into a different time period then maybe this book theme might work well but I just think it was a waste of time.

The psychological suspense I was meant to experience never came to me, maybe because I suffered though the book so much that I was done by the end or maybe because I already knew what the Author was going to pull when it take take to pop the magic trick. I will never read this book again.

Stereotypical Horror Girl

Final Girls By Riley Sager

 

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Summary


Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter became part of a club called the final girls after being the only one to survive a massacre after going to a cabin with her friends. Now, Quincy is doing well maybe even great, She has a caring fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Review


First Thoughts

In the first few chapters of reading this book I keep trying to hear the voice of mystery soaked in terror, but so far I’ll I’m getting in just mystery laced with anger, lots of anger. While I’m reading this I’m hoping it turns out to be the book I am hoping it is. I signed up for a book full of thrills and chills, a horror book to kick off the soon to be month on Halloween. I am currently dissapointed in the way things are playing out so far the book is mostly about Sam being a complete and total rude bitch, who only wants to make Quincy mad, which Quincy let her make her mad and ends up going like totally insane.

The characters so far are not even worth investing the time into. Sam is just a pushy manipulating bitch who just wants to make Quincy”s life hell. Quincy is a total push over and does whatever Sam tells her to do and refuses to take anyone else’s advice on the matter.

Final Thoughts

Well can I just say what a let down this book was for me. I was pumped for a book full of mystery and horror ready to dI’ve deep into this book and forever be scared by this book in a wonderful way but instead I am left with a scar of dissapointment. The parts where the book flashed back to pine cottage were only a 1 on the horror scale like some people got killed that was is no drama no dramatic build up just stabbing and dead then done. The characters in the book I still do not like or care about any of them because the girls are just stereotypical horror story girls where they make dumb choices and let people push them around and tell them what to do.

The ending of the book was the best part of the entire thing the plot was bland and boring and left me nothing to get hyped for, the only thing that remotely got my interstate was what did Sam what and why was she being such a bitch. The ending was something that you might not see coming but the build of to it was exactly what you think will happen.

All in all if you want a book about drama and girls cat fighting with each other and a small bit of mystery lost in a hay stack.

A Million Feelings

A Million Junes By:Emily Henry

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Summary

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O’Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree. But when Saul Angert, the son of June’s father’s mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can’t seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn’t exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe. Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it’s finally time for her and all of the O’Donnells before her to let go.


Review

First Thoughts

I have literally been avoiding this book for the longest time, I kept saying I’ll read it later, then later came and I just really did not want to read with book it just seemed so boring when I started it. A book that takes place in a small town with two fighting families just seems like a ton of drama and ANOTHER remake of Romeo and Juliet and I think there are enough of those. Now I started with book like someone was forcing me to eat a food I hate, there was a step dad and mother with half brother, the best friend who has a crush on the guy June is not supposed to be around and the same guy who she runs into as fate would have it. Then things start to take a twist and I start to hate it less and less as the story starts to expand and you are introduced to a new world of lies and love all mixed in together.

The character are some that I think we see very often a misunderstood, a sweet shy girl, and two loud best friends, and normal parents and siblings to wrap it all together. So far I think the best friends I way way to cliche with them being loud, funny, and forcing the main character to be dragged along by them, but always there to back you up. I think I have a small connection to June but at the same time I think half the things that run through her mind are total crap. So far it looks promising.

Final Thoughts

This book started out in a way where I never wanted to read it but as the story develops the tone goes from one of a storyteller talking about two families drama into a voice of eire passion lace with sadness and love. The Author takes a step into the pages and pours her soul into it and we get to see it to feel everything the characters feel, the characters become so much more than just a shy girl and a troubled boy, they become a broken girl who is trying to find out what she wants in life and if everything she ever believed in was a lie, like her heart that was full of black and white has been shown color but the color is all red with blood and lies. The boy is just a boy who was on the wrong side of a bad decision and fate took its place and left him with the remains of the damage it had caused. These two characters I have wrapped my heart around and fell in love with both of them because I am like both of them in a way and I cannot help but to feel for both of them.

The ending of this book and the power of the story it holds in itself is one I think many can relate to and the truth about memories and the lies they hold within them, how things from the different point of views can be so completely different from the truth and how such hate can thrive from such sweet sorrow. I know the struggle of sweet June trying to hold onto someone you have lost and wishing with all your heart you can go back to them or bring them back to you but you also know they wouldn’t want that for you and you must try to be strong and more on. This book has brought me such much pain and love, in this one book, I found my Million Junes, and I think that you will too.