Can you guess which books are in this quick reviews post? I must admit I am having lots of fun coming up with those titles!
Title: The Missing Ones
Author: Patricia Gibney
Date of publication: March 2017
Number of pages: 424
The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.
The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. I wonder which one of us will be next?
When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?
The trail leads Lottie to St. Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.
As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?
Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.
A first installment in a police procedural is complicated to write but also to read. Had I started the series with The Missing Ones, I believe I would not have been as enthusiastic as I was when I read the second book. I probably would have picked it anyway because there is a lot of potential in The Missing Ones, but it all felt too blurry, too messy, and I had issues connecting with Lottie until the very end, which is so weird as I felt a lot for her during my read of the next book. I am happy I got to know the Parker family more, I enjoyed how the author created this dark and sad world, I enjoyed the plot, but overall it was just okay. I am glad the series gets stronger, and I do not regret going back to the beginning to get a better picture of everything!
Title: Broken Bones
Author: Angela Marsons
Date of publication: November 3rd 2017
Number of pages: 374
You can find my fangirling video here!
As I’ve prattled a lot during my video review, I am going to keep the written review short!
OMG. 7th book in a series, 1st punch in my face! I love everything about Broken Bones. The psychology behind each protagonists behavior and thoughts, the brilliantly crafted and horrendous plot, the smooth and descriptive writing that sweeps me off my feet to make me a part of the story, the dynamics between the characters, and that hell of a main character! Kim Stone is a real life heroine! Strength and weaknesses make her human, a witty mind and love of sarcasm makes her one of the few people able to make me giggle during a crime fiction book! I just love her. I cannot point a single thing I dislike in the book. I can’t believe I waited this long to join the fanclub!
Title: It Happens All The Tile
Author: Amy Hatvany
Publisher: Atria Books
Date of publication: March 2017
Number of pages: 320
From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times betselling author)—comes a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.
I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.
Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.
Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.
What happens next will change them forever.
In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.
I am not sure what to say about this book. I knew the subject when I picked it up and after I finished it, I was happy to have seen both sides of the story, even though the male protagonist was despicable. I couldn’t find it in myself to try and understand, no matter his background story. This may sound harsh, but the fact that he repeatedly protected himself the way he did had me so angry during the entire book that it’s the only feeling I’m keeping with me now that I’m done with the book. I appreciate what the author did to try and help people see the lines between sex and rape are thin and nothing, I say nothing, can excuse crossing the line. I found Amber’s reactions truly genuine and heart-breaking. The entire train of thoughts and processing of the events felt realistic to me. Even the last part’s events seem right, even though I was expecting something different.
It Happens All The Time reminds us the path towards rape recognition and a change in behavior is far with a raw and hard story that won’t miss to touch the reader. The doubts, the shame, from the different angles are perfectly balanced to make it a strong read.
That’s it for today! Have you read any of those stories? Do you agree with me?