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Review: Mastermind

Mastermind by Andrew Mayne My rating: 3 of 5 stars I'm in a rut of mediocre books apparently. I didn't love this book nor did I hate it. There were a lot of words but nothing seemed to happen. Blackwood and Theo would suddenly make epiphanies out of nowhere but wouldn't explain it until much later. Also, talk about a super abrupt ending. Apparently this is also a team up from two different characters from two separate series. I had no idea of that until they kept referencing past events and decided to check. That probably detracted from my like of this book. You shouldn't watch the Avengers without seeing Iron Man first. I think I'll check out the first books of the series to see if I like it before the sequel comes out. Not going to chuck this into the void quite yet. View all my reviews
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Review: The Other Emily

The Other Emily by Dean Koontz My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book started strong and then got really out there towards the last quarter of the book. Would have preferred for it to stay as a mystery or quasi supernatural thriller than the hard right into ridiculous sci-fi territory. The serial killer house subplot also was given a ton of focus without really paying off. It should have been eliminated or built to something more important. As I wrote this review, I decided to knock off a star. Just skip it. Koontz has other good works to check out. View all my reviews

Review: The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides My rating: 3 of 5 stars An enjoyable thriller that has many twists and turns. Gets somewhat predictable towards the end. Without delving into spoiler territory, this book suffers from what I call "Why is the bad guy pretending they didn't do the thing that they did when they are alone" syndrome. Drives me crazy, as it's a way to force a twist. View all my reviews

Review: The Darkest Flower

The Darkest Flower by Kristin Wright My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great legal thriller about moms from suburbia. I honestly didn't see it coming until right before the reveal, and then it became very obvious in retrospect. It was a great listen, with a bit of an abrupt conclusion. My best advice? Avoid tiger moms who know how to garden. View all my reviews

Review: Cause of Death

Cause of Death by Jeffery Deaver My rating: 4 of 5 stars Enjoyable short story - great as an audiobook. Love how Deaver makes a short story feel as compelling as an entire novel. View all my reviews

Review: Murder Worth the Weight

Murder Worth the Weight by D.M. Barr September 13 - October 8, 2021 Virtual Book Tour Synopsis: Whenever Terry Mangel's body acceptance revival meeting rolls into town, local diet execs and "fat shamers" turn up dead, often in grotesque, ironic ways. All single murders in small suburbs, no one's noticed a pattern, until rookie investigative reporter Camarin Torres takes a closer look. Torres is a crusader against discrimination. She reluctantly accepts a job offered by handsome publisher Lyle Fletcher, a man with a vendetta, who sees the recent college grad as salvation for Trend , his fledgling fashion magazine. Torres, however, detests everything the publication stands for, and joins solely to transform its judgmental, objectifying content. As an unexpected romance blossoms, the overconfident, justice-hungry reporter defies orders and infiltrates Mangel's world, only to find herself in the crosshairs of a vigilante group targeting the $60 bil

Review: Jimmy

Jimmy by William Malmborg My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jimmy has some major issues and tries to address them in the most brutal of fashions. Give this one a read... and then be sure not to walk home alone. View all my reviews