Book Review: The Red Hunter (Lisa Unger) @lisaunger ‏@TouchstoneBooks

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After reading Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger earlier this year (you can check out my review for that one HERE), I developed a slight author obsession.

I feverishly purchased all her books, so, when #cjsreads decided to read The Red Hunter as one of April picks? I was thrilled.

Unger does not disappoint in her newest psychological thriller.

I devoured this one in a single sitting.

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Book Review: Ragdoll (Daniel Cole) @HarperCollinsCa @eccobooks @Daniel_P_Cole

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A body is found; however, this is not a regular, run of the mill body. Instead, this body is made up of several dismembered parts, stitched together like a puppet, a puppet that the press names the “ragdoll”. Assigned to this case is Detective William Fawkes, known as the Wolf. He has a shady past and a killer instinct. As the “Ragdoll Killer” taunts the nation with a hit list of names and numerous kills, Wolf and his partner, Emily Baxter, must use all their resources to catch this killer before it’s too late.

Ragdoll, the debut by Daniel Cole (which is out TODAY in Canada) was one of my most anticipated reads for spring, and for good reason! This book was downright addicting.    I opened up to the first page and was instantly sucked into the plot. Heart-pounding, consuming and entertaining, Ragdoll had me on the edge of my seat and up late into the night.

I have been very open lately with my struggle reading police procedural novels, and I am happy to say that Ragdoll exceeded my expectations. Fast paced, intricate and complex, I never once felt as if I was reading the same old story. Ragdoll felt like a breath of fresh air in a seemingly overdone genre. A classic battle between good and evil, this one will leave you gasping.

The novel opens with a trip down memory lane, setting up the backstory for Detective Fawkes. Flash forward, Fawkes is recovering from his past indiscretions and trying to rebuild his reputation when he is assigned to the Ragdoll case.

I absolutely loved Detective Fawkes and was more than thrilled to find out that this book is the first in a series that will feature this eclectic character.  Perfect amounts witty, flawed and lethal, Fawkes is the type of character that you root for and want to fight alongside.   Told through multiple POVs, we hear not only from Fawkes but also from his partner and other members of the police force as they work to try and navigate the world of this killer. ). I did feel as if there were moments where the POV switched randomly without warning and it became slightly confusing, but overall, I was able to easily follow the story even with these choppy switches.

Entertaining until the last page, I will be eagerly awaiting the next novel in this series and to see what William Fawkes will be up to next.  And can we for a second pause and acknowledge that this is a debut…WHAT?!

5/5 stars. I’d consider it a must read.

Thanks to Harper Collins Canada, Ecco Books and Daniel Cole for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

March 2017: Wrap Up #wrapup

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March was an incredibly busy month for me, both personally and on the blog!

I  finalized a bunch of plans for my wedding, celebrated multiple birthdays (including my own!) and transitioned into some new routines.

I participated in multiple blog tours, completed several buddy reads with #cjsreads and was able to connect with some pretty amazing authors for Q&As.

While all this was going on, I managed to read thirty-five books! THIRTY-FIVE.

Needless to say people, I think I need a new hobby.

Keep reading to see my March wrap up!

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Blog Tour: Cursed (Thomas Enger) @EngerThomas @OrendaBooks

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Thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for Cursed by Thomas Enger today. I have been lucky enough to read several Orenda titles since Clues and Reviews was born and I have never been disappointed.   This novel did not end that streak.   What a fantastic book!

When a woman goes missing, Henning Juul, reeling from his own personal tragedy, is dragged into the case of a missing woman when his ex-wife, Nora, joins the search.

As the pair becomes immersed in the case, they find themselves entangled with one of Sweden’s most prominent families and, as the truth comes to light, Juul is willing to risk everything for answers.

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#cjsreads2017: Say Nothing (Brad Parks) @Brad_Parks @DuttonBooks

screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-6-18-39-pmI am starting off this review with a Public Service Announcement.  You will need to buy this book.  You will need to add it to your TBR lists.

I am even going out on a limb here and stating that this one has been my favourite of all our #cjsreads picks we have read to date; I loved Say Nothing by Brad Parks. Keep reading for our reviews and a synopsis of the book.

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#cjsreads2017: The Whole Art of Detection (Lyndsay Faye) @MysteriousPress

screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-6-18-39-pmBy Jove!  #cjs reads have chosen something completely different for our first March read.   We read The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye which is out TODAY!  Keep reading for a synopsis of the book and our thoughts…

 
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February 2017: #Wrap Up and Update

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February is typically my least favourite month of the year; it always seems to go by too slowly. Luckily for me, I had a whole bunch of books this month to keep me busy! This month, I was able to read 28 books.

Keep reading to check out what I read this month (and which reads I gave a 5-star rating!) and an update on my reading challenges!

 

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#cjsreads2017: The Girl in the Red Coat (Kate Hamer)

screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-6-18-39-pmThe Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer was a book I had been eagerly anticipating; in an effort to beat my backlist and after several of my book blogging friends (namely, my good friend Janel at Keeper of Pages) sang the praises of this book, I decided to move this one to the top of my TBR pile. Luckily for me, #cjsreads decided to make this one of our February picks so I had to follow through!

 

Did I think it was worth moving to the top of my pile?

Keep reading for a synopsis of the book and what we thought about this pick!

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Book Review: Silent Child (Sarah A. Denzil) @sarahdenzil

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Emma, a young mother, is devastated when her son drowns during a terrible flood. His body is never recovered and Emma is consumed with grief. Ten years later, Emma has adjusted to a new life; she is married, pregnant and feels at peace. Until, suddenly, Aidan returns.   He cannot speak, he cannot tell anyone where he has been for the past ten years; his body tells a story of abuse. Emma, her life turned upside down, begins to try and reconnect with her teenage son and uncover the truth surrounding his disappearance.

I started this novel in the midst of a book slump. Turns out the cure for such a slump is this book!

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