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: The Secrets You Keep (Kate White) @katemwhite @HarperCollins

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I am a complete sucker for a domestic thriller; I love the way they suck me in. I love the way they string me along. I love the way they play with my head. The Secrets You Keep by Kate White was no exception to these feelings. Fast-paced and fun, this one had my absolute attention

The novel opens with Bryn Harper moving into cottage country with her husband, still reeling from an accident. She begins to adjust to her new life. But, after a dinner party goes terribly wrong, leaving a woman dead and dragging Bryn into the investigation, she finds her life spiralling out of control and her husband keeping secrets from her, with terrifying consequences.

White does an awesome job at hooking the reader in, eluding much plot and then throwing in enough red herrings to keep anyone guessing. This was my first novel by White and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. This one was a perfect beach read; not too elaborate or deep, just entertaining to read. This one could easily be read in a few sittings.

My only complaint about this novel was the final few pages; they sum up a minor plot line and didn’t seem to “fit” with the rest of the story.  Do not let this deter you, it is a book worth your time!

If you are a fan of novels like Before I Go to Sleep with characters that are unreliable, then you will thoroughly enjoy this one! I gave it 4/5 stars.

Thanks to the author, the publisher and Edelweiss for the digital copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

 

Book Review: The Possessions (Sara Flannery Murphy) @sflannerymurphy @harperbooks

Screen Shot 2017-02-06 at 8.57.19 PM.pngEurydice, known as Edie, works for the Elysian Society, a company that allows grieving people to connect with their dead family members and friends. Known as “a body”, Edie wears something to connect her to the deceased, swallows a lotus (a pill to summon their spirits) and becomes a vessel for the dead. She cannot remember what happens when she is possessed.   Edie is successful because she is able to stay detached, but things cross a dangerous line when she finds herself falling in love with one of her clients. A client whose wife died under mysterious circumstances. As Edie falls deeper and deeper, lines blur as her obsession deepens. Who can she trust? Who is the danger? And what can Edie do to save herself when her body is no longer her own….

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