Posts Tagged ‘suspense novel’

Desires of  the Dead”Desires of the Dead” is the 2d installment in ‘The Body Finder’ series. I liked the first book but was not happy with the crime part of the story. But I still wanted to read and see how things went afterwards so I picked up the second book. Crime and romance go well together, I mean it is a good combination to read. OK, may be this two shouldn’t really go together, but what I meant was it is fun to read.

Dead bodies calls to Violet, not only that but the murderers will also have this different smell and aura around them which will attract her like magnet. This echos and imprints help her to solve the crime cases for her uncle and father who works in the crime related department. Only those closer to her know about her capacity but when a dead boys body calls her she gets into trouble, now FBI are aware of her special instincts and they want her to tell everything about it. When she is happy dating her best friend Jay, there is this new guy and his sister in town who are kind of obstacle for her love life.

I rated this book- 3 out 5, compared to the first book it was brilliantly written. There was lot of suspense and crime detail involved which made this book an interesting read.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea I’m kind of torn with this book. I am utterly uncertain about how I feel for this book. Did I love it or did I hate it? I really don’t know. Set up and atmosphere gets 5 stars but mystery and romance is what I didn’t quite buy as much as I wanted to.

Violets parents have been in Paris for months now. They are off exhibiting their paintings there, leaving Violet with her brother Luke. When they run out of money violet decides to rent out the guesthouse and a teenager named River West comes to live in their guesthouse. But strange things begin to happen around and their small town is in chaos. Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark haired sexy teenager for whom violet will fall for.

I liked the story, it was really creepy and for some odd reasons I like creepy stories. If you are looking for a good paranormal mystery with a little Gothic touch then this is perfect choice. My rating: 3 out of 5.

Hannibal ”Hannibal” is 3rd book in Hannibal Lecter series. Lecter is one of the most appalling,brilliant, classy, terrifying, ruthless and popular characters of fiction world. Widely known as ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’. I agree its hard to live up to the success of ”The Silence of the Lambs”. But author had done pretty good job with this book. Other than ”not as good as expected” ending I liked the book.

After 7 years of Dr. Lecter’s escape he is back but this time to help  FBI agent Clarice Starling, the woman who once stood for him and in a way responsible for his escape.  FBI agent Clarice Starling is facing some serious issues and Lecter wants to help her. But there is someone out there waiting for his revenge on Dr.Lecter, who is more than willing to do anything to get to him. Clarice Starling is going to be pawn for corrupt people who take orders from insane multimillionaire.

My rating is 3. I wanted to give 4 but then the ending was not at all satisfying. I almost felt like Thomas Harris went out of his way to include tawdry little details in his book and that cheapened it.

*Spoilers Alert*

  • did we really need a body-building lesbian sister, after her brother’s sperm?
  • did we need to feed a man, parts of his own brain?
  • did we need man eater Pigs?
  • Did we need Clarice Starling to get brain dead and follow Dr. Lecter?

I wanted more actions from Clarice Starling‘s side and there was not much. I liked how the actions and suspense played in the story but I am disappointed with the ending. More than crime thriller it felt like a sappy romantic ending. There is more book in the series – ”Hannibal Rising” I think its about Lecter’s childhood life, so the story of Clarice Starling almost ends here.

 The body finderI really don’t know how to rate this book, I did enjoy it in parts and it was definitely not boring, but I had expected more.The Body Finder is first book in ”The Body Finder” series. It has got some great imaginations and ideas.

Violet can sense echoes, feelings, smells, colors or sounds left behind by murder victims, which not only make it possible for her to locate dead bodies but also to find their murderer. So far she had to deal with finding dead animals but when a cruel serial killer is on the loose in her hometown she witnesses more than that. When she finds victims of this killer she believes it to be her responsibility to stop him. With her ability to smell and sense the murderer she starts off to find him but soon she realizes that she is in danger. In meantime she has to deal with  Jay, her best friend since childhood and fast growing feelings for him.

The crime part was flat here, I expected a list of suspects and bit more action. It was more into romantic kind, but I enjoyed reading this book. The concept is new and fresh. My rating: 2 out of 5. I may read the sequel but not anytime soon.

amelia anne is dead and gone”Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone” is YA fiction. It is a well written book with small town setting and parallel character development. The story goes around a murder case but if you think its just another crime novel, you are wrong.

Becca is a small town girl with her big ambitions to break free. But  discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends everyone including Becca into into a tailspin. Becca’s summer and the last chapters from dead girl Amelia’s life are woven in parallel manner.

This book’s title and cover are captivating, despite my desire to like this book, it just fell short of every expectations. But have to agree with wonderful writing of Kat Rosenfield. But I personally did’t feel closer to any character. There was no love in relations and the characters were just twisted according to the plot. The ending was unbelievable and unsatisfying. Main story and sub story was tangled and at some point it lots its sense. Everything was so convoluted. My rating: 2 out of 5. I gave this rating by keeping the story in mind.  But personally I feel that Kat Rosenfield is a gem of a writer and her writing skills are amazing but just this story didn’t make sense to me.

KillerKiller is the sixth book in the ”Pretty Little Liars” series and every book gets our 4 girls from Rosewood in to more and more danger. After fourth book I kinda got fed up with the series, I felt like the author is dragging the story by repeating the same thing like Spencer’s parents problem, Hanna’s dad’s problem and her battle to become queen bee of Rosewood, Aria’s confusion of falling with wrong guy every time and Emilie’s dating issues.

Hanna is fighting with her step sister for queen bee position and for getting that they both are trying for same sophomore guy. Spencer is in search of her real mother, looking at the way her parents her treating her she doubts that she is their own child. Aria is into a boy, her old crush but when everything is going so well his past stars haunting her as ghost. Emilie as usual into boy friend issues. Every single problem is created by A. When they thought that Mona, the A is dead and Ian is in jail for Ali’s murder, a new A emerges from the shadows who knows their hidden secrets and lies.

My rating: 3 out of 5. Its my standard rating for the books from Pretty Little liars series.

A Bend in the Road Nicholas Sparks books are like comfort food, you need them once in a while to feel good.”A Bend in the Road” is a romance and mystery smash up, unlike other books from this author.

Miles Ryan’s, deputy sheriff of New Bern is living with only one goal- that is to catch the person who killed his wife in hit and run accident. He doesn’t believe that it is an accident, he thinks it as crime. He lives with his son Jonah and all the time worries about him and wants to bring the man to justice who took away Jonah’s mother and his wife. Then Miles meets Sarah, Jonah’s second grade teacher who moved recently to New  Bern, hoping to start over a nasty divorce. Soon Miles and Sarah are falling in love but they are unaware of a secret which is bound to them. Once the secret is out it will make them question everything, including their love.

It is a good novel, with lot of emotions, romance and a little mystery. Surprisingly I didn’t cry this time reading this book as I do always while reading books from this author. My rating: 3 out of 5. A good read, recommended for people who are looking for a light read filled with emotions.

 

Untamed Untamed is the fourth installment in the popular House of Night YA fantasy series by P.C & Kristin Cast. After reading 3rd book in the series  ”Chosen” I was not sure weather I liked the series anymore. But ”Untamed” was interesting read.

Zoey Redbird’s friends are pissed at her, in one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none. With the brutal murders of two important vampire teachers, The House of Night has upped it’s security. But Zoey is not safe, dark evil is slowly raising it’s head. Neferet is playing a dangerous game and has decided to raise an ancient demon. There’s a new powerful fledgling in The House of Night: James Stark who Zoey Redbird immediately forms a connection with. But while going through change he dies! Eric is back but he gives her silent treatment for cheating on him. This book is full of suspense and it is the best installment compared to first 3 books in the series.

It is a good story but few things are repeated.  For example vocabulary lessons from Damien, dressing style of ”Twins” and they are not really related but how they are ”Twins” and how grandmother  calls Zoey the Cherokee word for daughter and how  the word makes her feel safe. People who are reading series will get bored becuase they have read it hundred times before reaching the 4th book. My rating: 2 out of 5. I wanted to give 3 for the interesting story but then looking at the writing style and repeated explanation I gave 2.

Red Dragon I loved Dr. Hannibal Lecter from the book ”The silence of the lamb” which is second book in Hannibal Lecter series. Then I decided to read this series to get more details about Hannibal Lecter. ”Red Dragon” is the first book and it doesn’t give much information about Hannibal as  Will Graham takes the major role here. But still Hannibal succeeded to give the readers  creepy feelings few times.

FBI Special Will Graham has retired and lives  with his new wife Molly and her son Willie. He is retired becuase of the nearly fatal encounter with Hannibal Lecter, whose capture he was responsible for. But then his peaceful life was disturbed by his old boss when he came asking for help catching a serial killer named ” Tooth fairy” who killed two families so far. The Tooth Fairy, a serial killer who is named becuase of the tooth marks he leaves and for dicing his victims with shards of broken mirrors. But Will Graham decides to visit Hannibal in his asylum where he is kept guarded. But his encounter with Hannibal brings back the memory and the bitter realization that he can track killers becuase he can think like a killer. Killer is a fan of Hannibal and soon he tries to get in touch with Hannibal through letters and papers which is found out by FBI. Will Graham in his weak mental condition can he catch the killer? Who is this Killer who calls himself as The Red Dragon? What is the mystery behind all these murders?

I totally liked this book. Unlike other books it gives complete information about killer somewhere when you reach the middle of the novel. You will  know who is the killer, his childhood and his mental condition.  It’s like  you are just witnessing how he is killing and how FBI is working to catch him. The mystery is revealed in the beginning but getting hold of this mystery is a big mystery. I liked author’s  writing style. My rating: 3 out of 5. I heard there is a movie adaption by the same name, planing to watch it soon.

Feed by Mira GrantKellis-Amberlee is a fact of existence. You live, you die, and then you come back to life, get up, and shamble around trying to eat your former friends and loved ones. That’s the way it is for everyone.

We all know zombies, we like to watch them in movies and read about them. No idea who created such a terrific walking dead characters. ”Feed” is all about a world full of zombies. They die and come alive start killing more. This entire story starts in 2014 when the first time Kellis- Amberlee virus is discharged by mistake. People have no worries, they  have cured common cold, they have cure for cancer but no one actually dies too.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives  they have been selected to follow a political rally with future president. They are Bloggers, they live to create sensation among people. But soon they will see dark truth hidden behind the world. There is someone who wants them to leave. But Georgia is one brave newsie who breathes news and lives for that.  Will they ever come to know what is cuasing deaths of innocent people?  Even after getting control over the dead after so many years. Is American politics is affected by zombies or people inside it?

There are lot of interesting facts about zombies in this book. Like: its caused by virus and it can not effect small animals like cats, every time some one goes out to field and comes he has to go through blood testing, this virus can also cause some peculiar eye damage which most of the women will get. This book is all about blogging. Blogger with top rating is a celebrity there.  Georgia and Shaun Mason are top bloggers who broadcasts everything about the political rally to get their ratings.  My rating is : 3 out of 5. Its  a good book but in some places it is slow going. If you are expecting a lot of zombie action then it is not a good choice. This book is mixture of politics, blogging, and zombies.