Book Review: Copycat (Alex Lake) @HarperCollinsCa

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 10.21.51 AM.pngEarlier this year, I read Killing Kate, a thriller written by Alex Lake. I really ended up enjoying it so I instantly went to Kindle and downloaded After Anna, another title by the author. Needless to say, when I found out that Copycat, the newest release by Alex Lake, was coming out this month, it went to the top of my TBR pile!

The book was written extremely uniquely, which I loved. Written in parts, the first is told in alternating chapters between Sarah, a doctor who finds out she is being stalked, and the mysterious, unnamed stalker. As Sarah’s life begins to unravel and her sanity is called into question, this section is written in short chapters; very easy to get lost in. Lake does an amazing job at capturing Sarah’s anxiety and increasing paranoia. In fact, I loved the Sarah character and as the novel progresses Sarah finds herself sinking deeper and deeper into her own mind as she questions the motives of her “copycat” and the story is very intense! This section of the novel gave me a similar vibe as The Breakdown by B.A Paris.
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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.

Book Review: Perfect Remains (Helen Fields)

In a remote mountain, a body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify her body will be her teeth.   In a basement, not far away, the real Elaine Buxton screams in the darkness after having all her teeth removed. Detective Luc Callanach is called in to work on the case, days into his job, and begins investigating this murder with no leads and no evidence to be found.   When another woman is abducted, it becomes a race against time to find her before she meets the same fate; what Luc doesn’t realize is that these women are facing a different fate. Will Luc figure out the truth before it is too late?  Continue reading “Book Review: Perfect Remains (Helen Fields)”