Thriller

Review of ~ Craig Schaefer – Ghosts of Gotham

8/10

“I am thinking,” the voice in the chaos said to Lionel, “of writing a new tragedy. You’re going to play the hero.”

I received an advanced reading copy of Ghosts of Gotham in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Craig Schaefer and 47North for the opportunity.

Lionel Page is an investigative journalist who often goes deep undercover to uncover charlatan healers, psychics, and magicians. After exposing Reverend Wright as a fraud to his many admirers Lionel is approached by an apprentice journalist. (more…)

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Review of ~ M.R. Carey – Someone Like Me

8.5/10

I received an advanced review copy of Someone Like Me in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank M.R. Carey and Orbit Books. Minor spoilers may follow.

This narrative opens with Liz’s ex-husband Marc attacking her when she asks why her kids are back so late and refuses his request that they should be able go out for a meal that night with their father at this late hour. He throttles her, in an extremely violent fashion, and something in Liz changes, perhaps even takes over so that Liz is an observer in or around her own body. She stabs him in the face with a broken bottle and then returns to her normal calm and grounded self. Was it her that was that violent even though it was self-defense? (more…)

Review of ~ Ian Fleming – Casino Royale (James Bond #1)

8/10

“Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.” He laughed. “But don’t let me down and become human yourself. We would lose such a wonderful machine.”

James Bond, Secret Agent for M16, 007 with a license to kill. This was the 1st entry in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series and introduces the world’s most famous fictional spy in great fashion.

Bond is in France gambling his nights away at the Royale Casino. It all sounds enjoyable however this is part of a very dangerous and highly expensive mission that could cost the UK Treasury £20-million. An agent of the infamous Russian intelligence outfit SMERSH (Death to Spies) Le Chiffre is in a bit of dilemma. He invested £50-million of his employers’ money without their approval into brothels and prostitution hoping to make a quick profit even though the initial funds weren’t his. I (more…)

Review of ~ James Patterson – Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross #4)

7.5/10

It was amazing to return to the corrupt and thrilling world where the policeman, psychologist and all around great family man, Alex Cross tries to solve insanely complex. homicide cases. Although often extremely violent and upsetting, dealing with the darkest sides of what crimes humans can commit, I love reading this series and the majority of the entries are highly addictive. (more…)

Review of ~ James Patterson – Kiss The Girls (Alex Cross #2)

9/10

I received an ARC of Kiss the Girls via NetGalley and I would like to thank James Patterson, Random House UK, Cornerstone and Arrow. Although this is a well-known classic thriller, first released in 1995, a new version with that strikingly awesome cover is being published on 29 June 2017. Kiss the Girls is the second outing featuring detective and psychologist Alex Cross and it follows on from the excellent Along Came A Spider. (more…)

Review of ~ James Patterson – Jack and Jill (Alex Cross #3)

8.5/10

“Jack and Jill” is the third story in Patterson’s gripping novels about police detective and psychologist, Dr. Alex Cross.

Here, we see Alex working on two of the most complex homicide cases of his already glittering career. Involving perhaps four or more different killers. Like the majority of the cases that Dr. Cross is assigned to, all involved seem to be complex and have peculiar, sometimes hidden motives. A number of the ensemble are working together to achieve their ultimate goals. (more…)

Review of ~ James Patterson – Cross Country (Alex Cross #14)

6/10

 

Hello again Alex Cross. I saw this book in a charity shop yesterday and the hardback edition cost me a measly 33 pence. I was left unsure on the Patterson/ Cross dynamic after Kill Alex Cross but the fact I read this thoroughly in 24 hours in front of the other 400 books I have to read must say something for how much I have enjoyed how these novels are created and presented.

Recently, in the story – the superstar Alex Cross has been working as a psychologist more so than as a intense deductive detective on the homicide team. (more…)