Wychwood

This was a thriller which made me think that perhaps, I should just grab books off the shelf. Apparently, it manages to make me enjoy much of the story.

Especially if it blends fiction with reality, and here the Carrion King was an intriguing tale which was used here. And that almost all of them fitted well, with the writing doing all it can to bring suspense.

I like Elspeth, she was easy to follow, determined and intriguing. Although I do like more emotionally invested characters, but Elspeth just somehow works despite having little to no connection with the main story.

But it works this way, in a sense.

And the investigation went beyond the usual interrogation, there were many of those scenes. But many times, it included Elspeth using some unconventional methods to get what she wanted. And answers were far from easy.

Each suspect has their own motives, and something that can ruin them which is why they cover it up. I enjoyed certain reveals, in how real it was and in how it is shameful, and will cause a lot of trouble.

And the villain, despite how little we actually see of him was brilliant executed. In a sense that he was always there, and in a sense that he will have motive. Such as the secret regarding what happened decades ago, and his wishes.

And for the ending, I did want to know more about what he actually used to kill them. It is weird, and left completely unsolved. But I guess we can’t get everything, but the book managed to keep me in it for most of it. Which is still amazing.

Overall, I enjoyed this mystery for the way it was executed and written. The characters are easily relatable, and understandable. The villain actually had decent motives, and actual circumstances to why he will have done this. Eventually.

Well, when this works, it just does. And for all those who like mystery, then this is for you.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Searcher For The Dead

I just didn’t enjoy much of the book at all. I did feel that it could have been done much better. A lot better if you ask me since I didn’t care for the characters at all.

Well, I was initially intrigued. But there just wasn’t anything interesting that was happening there, and I really didn’t care for any of the characters at all.

At first, I liked the setting and the situation. It is the late 1500s, when Queen Elizabeth was hardening her position against Catholics. But there just wasn’t enough of anything that was happening, around this or anything for that matter to the plot.

And well, if I neither like the characters nor can even find where the plot is, I’m dropping it.

Rating: 2 out of 5

The Last Hours

I found this tale utterly intriguing, about the black death and mostly the main character, Lady Anne.

By all means she was the character which I connected the best towards. Such as how she acted towards her daughter, and the way she was with her. It was entertaining, her wise and ability to see through the black death.

The story is set in England, and for once I actually care about all the characters. The author made it easy to see through them, even for an unlikeable character. A very unlikeable character.

I really disliked Eleanor, for all her actions showed it. She was sympathetic at first, and as time went by Anne became to shine. We are made to hate her, but yet I found her to be even more selfless than anyone. Because of her actions.

The plot is simple, such as the way that the black death affected them. The struggles they had, and the adversity they faced. Although it went in a way that I didn’t expect it to.

Lady Anne is the star of this show, and she is a surprising character. She is a middle aged woman with a daughter, and I like her the most. She is the main character, she is the one who does what she can to save them.

As such, this was purely enjoyable. The black death in its wake, and the way that it could have been avoided. As long as they practiced hygiene, which was nonexistent in those times. And I will likely continue with this series because of how it made me care for their struggles, which is rare as you know me.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Fifth Gospel

This grabbed me from the start, a tale of secrets betrayal with history. Which all together made for a very good read. Even when I’m not Christian.

I like how Alex is so important to the story. His past, his character all affects changes. And that even when faced with the harsh truth about his brother, he chooses to make a selfless sacrifice.

I felt many things for him, many times over. From the times he looked at the Gospels, to the times he talked about his father, his brother and even how wife Mona, each of them are all in a way that makes him all around a likeable well rounded character.

Even when at times, his actions are not the most perfect. But he does it because he can take it, while the person he is taking the rap for cannot. That it is all they have left.

The plot is so well thought out that I’m completely blown away by it. All the reveals come at the right time, and all the threads come together to pack a punch. In a way that has you doubt everything that you have been fed so far.

As for the research regarding the city at 2004, as well as the theology and history included in all of this. It will have taken a lot of research, and even more work to not make it a boring session. I was completely sucked into all of this, although I’m a history buff but it was interesting enough that it caught my attention and had me hooked completely to the story.

So, read it if you have a love of history, religion and mystery. To me, this was just something I could not forget at the end of the day and U savoured almost every word.

Rating: 5 out of 5

The Walled City 

I found the whole idea enthralling. But at times, I just got really bored by the book itself in the beginning. The research I believe was did to the best of the author’s ability, and even then she took plenty of liberties here. Which was fine with me, as she was carefully in her portrayal. 

It just took a long time to get to really know or even like any of the characters. I like Jin Ling and Dai. While Mei Yee often just fell flat on me. First person narration can be hard when it comes to this number of characters it is shuffling through. And here, I think it just didn’t work too well. I cared about Dai and Jin Ling, but I felt that there could have been more. 

As in really more. 

More depth, and more grit. As in how life in the Walled City really was a horrifying experience for them. I didn’t really get that feeling here. Or even the themes that the story wanted to touch either. 

The plot was pretty decent, nothing gets easily done and the ending was a nice touch. After all they have been through, it is frankly impossible that any of them will be able to go back to normal without serious help. And it doesn’t do anything to say that it will be easy either. 

I guess the book was a nice read with romance, but it just didn’t dig deep enough for my liking. Which was something I will have enjoyed more, as you can see from the kind of works I enjoy. But overall, still worth the time I spent reading it. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Deadly Cure

Well, this was incredibly surprising and even addictive to read. The moment I picked it up, I found myself intrigued by the mystery behind a death and medicine.

Noah was precisely the character with enough motivation to seek this kind of thing out, as he was the one who treated the boy before he died and if he simply lets it go, who knows what may have happened.

Although the mystery at the end of the day did explain everything in a coherent way, I wished a little more time was devoted to really developing the true killer. But I could see why Noah ignored her all the way.

I mean, she wasn’t someone that I even expected. But she barely made an appearance and more of an appearance could help it become a lot more believable, rather than have another character be the red herring for most of the book.

The writing was well suited to the time, with it truly feeling like it was the 20th century, and well researched as well. All the while making me think that it was modern century, but nonetheless

I enjoyed the story for how it is about greed, and the way it could drive people. Not to mention, the fact that some just want to escape the consequences of their own actions.

As for Dr Frias, there were some surprising things about him. And towards the end, he is surprisingly interesting. Such as his words and eventually what he does at the ending. From the kind of doctor driven by greed that we were led to believe, to someone a little more complex than I thought.

And linking him to Noah’s father, having that little bit be said about him. I liked that it does have some link to Noah, and some things are revealed here about him rather than just being a character which exists to solve the mystery.

Overall, the plot is well thought out. As well as Noah’s character factoring into the mystery quite well. All the while it is a tale that is all too relevant today, if you ask me. Such as what people will do for money, just that the ways have changed with time.

Rating: 4 out of 5

All Her Secrets

DNF

Well, something about this just didn’t work. Apart from the fact that I cared almost nothing about Victoria or Sam but I found dreadfully boring.

Even when Victoria was getting kidnapped. And well, she didn’t seem to be thinking too hard as to how to get out at all. Although I get that she panicked, but why don’t you use your brains a little to sort it out. It doesn’t make any sense at all. Even more when her father is creating something that can change humanity.

As for Sam, I don’t understand why he is an important part when he has zero motivations. An unlucky chap to be roped in, yes but that doesn’t make him interesting. It just makes me wonder where his brain cells went to agree to kidnapping a girl. Just to get back at her father or something like that. The girl here is blameless.

And well, after all the chapters which were sort and did nothing to advance the plot. Other than Victoria telling her life, getting kidnapped and Sam telling his life and how it was like being her kidnapper.

And well, if it doesn’t try to make itself seem meaningful I’m out. It reads like stream of consciousness with zero focus on the actual plot, or even anything for that matter. I just didn’t feel the need to finish a book when it is like this.

Rating: 1 out of 5