The Safe Word; Karen Long

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I was recommended this book just after posting my very first review, and after reading about it online I decided to check it out.  I’m so glad I took a chance and picked this us, I read it in about 2 days and the book just flew by.

[The Plot]:There are rules that every player of every game must abide by, no matter how dangerous the sport.  Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.
Only someone capable of understanding the killer’s creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.
But she also has a dark and dangerous secret – one that will threaten her very survival.

I am so glad that I read this book after the recommendation I received on twitter.  I was in a huge crime/thriller reading phase when I bought it and it was exactly what I was looking for.

This book had me intrigued from the very first chapter.  There was no period of perseverance to fully get into it, I just had to keep reading from the word go.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers for this book as I feel everyone with an interest in crime and thriller books should give it a read, and be taken on the twisting, turning ride for themselves.  You learn Eleanor Raven’s secret in the very first chapter, and straight away we are thrown into a murder investigation.

Karen Long has done an amazing job of describing the murders and includes all of the gory details throughout the book.  Personally, this is something I love to see in this genre.  There is nothing worse for than a crime or thriller book that shy’s away from blood and gore to keep the reader at ease.  As a reader, I want to read exactly what has happened and why, it’s this detail that keeps me on the edge of my seat, unable to put the book down.

Aside from the murder investigation, we learn a lot about the characters throughout this book.  The relationship between Eleanor and Laurence is  awkward at first.  Eleanor is bitter that her previous partner has been replaced after his heart attack, as she thinks he will still be fit for work once fully recovered.  However, the more they learn about each other and work together, the closer they become.  Eleanor really started to trust Laurence and it’s not until something drastic happens that she questions that trust.  I feel as if there has been a lot of character building and setting up with the relationships, ready for the next book.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, The Vault, in the near future. … maybe after payday ;P

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling; Robert Galbraith

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After finding out that The Cuckoo’s Calling was written by J K Rowling (and not enjoying A Casual Vacancy as much as I had hoped I would), I was definitely intrigued by this book.  After reading the blurb, and having gone through a bit of a crime/mystery phase, I had high hopes for the book, and wanted more than anything to enjoy Rowling’s new writing venture.

[The Plot]: After losing his leg at war in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator.  With his personal life in shatters, and financial issues galore, Strike has hit rock bottom.  That is until Lula Landry, the most famous supermodel of the moment, commits suicide and her devastated brother comes to Strike in a moment of need and desperation.  John Bristow thinks his sister was murdered and after the police have shrugged it off as suicide, it’s up to Strike to find out what really happened.

I’ve been going through a bit of a crime novel phase for a while now and had really high hopes for this book from the get go.  The storyline appealed to me after just reading the blurb and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

While I’m not the first to say that there is nothing crazy new about this plot to other crime or mystery books, it did it’s job as far as I’m concerned.  Throughout the entire book I was intrigued by both Strikes personal troubles and the Lula Landry suicide.  I constantly found myself questioning the different characters in the book, are they telling the truth? Are they covering for someone? Are they the killer? Was Lula Landry really suicidal?  At no point did I predict the outcome of the story and without giving away any spoilers to anyone who hasn’t read the book, It comes completely out of the blue.

The relationships within the book, really enable the reader to relate to Strike on a whole new level.  Cormoran’s assistant, Robyn, is just a temporary secretary at first, but proves herself to be more than useful with the case.  With Robyn’s point of view, we see Strike in a completely different light.  We see the more vulnerable side to him, especially when she know’s that he is hiding a lot of his personal life from her for fear of being judged or mocked.  Robyn doesn’t dwell too much on Strikes personal affairs or his living situation, but does her best to help him with the case and even goes to lengths to ensure his clients don’t find out he is living in his office.  The longer Robyn works for Strike, the more he wants her to stay and the more she wants to continue working with him, but much like two school children who have their first crush, neither will offer up their vulnerability until the last second.  They have developed the type of working relationship that a lot of people can either relate to or aspire to, and their need for each other in their work is evident more and more throughout the story.

This book kept me wanting more and I was in that terrible situation of wanting to read on but also never wanting the book to end.  Rowling has definitely redeemed herself with this book in my eyes.  As a huge Harry Potter fan, and being somewhat let down by A Casual Vacancy,  I was thrilled to enjoy this book as much as I did.  I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Silkworm.

I rate this book five out of five stars.

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