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The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith

Summary: The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

My Review:   When I found this book I was super stoked to read a book from JK.   Like everyone I am a fan of Harry Potter, in fact I often say Harry Potter got me through my first two years of college.
This book was fantastic which is to be expected as it is written by JK.   The characters are nicely developed and dare I say she might have built a mystery better than she did a fantasy world.  JK guys Harry Potter is better… but only because it is Harry Potter.

This book is well written and complex enough to keep you up on a work night.   I loved reading  this book and trying to solve the mystery.   Such a great story that I highly recommend you read if you need a good crime novel fix.

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Summary: Prequel to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty, but soon after their marriage, rumors of madness in her family poison his mind against her. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals.

My Review: I discovered this book in a late night googling session. I was researching books set in Dominica for my upcoming trip. SO I admit I simply requested the book from my local library and went about my day. I had no expectations I just needed a relevant book.

What I got was something amazing. This book is in fact a prequel to Jane Eyre, as I am some one that LOVES that book (hated in high school, loved in college) I knew I had to read it.

This book tackles hard subjects, namely slavery and what happened to people who were slave owners when you know, slavery became illegal. This book was a fascinating tale set in Jamaica, Dominica and England.

If you are someone that loves very realistic fiction that just so happens to be a prequel to one of the greatest books ever I highly recommend reading this book.

The book is divided into three parts.  All of the parts make up the journey as to how she became the mad woman in the attic and all work in one amazing way that even though this wasn’t written by Bronte it could have been.   In fact, this book really made me want to re-read Jane Eyre.

 

 

Review: Zom-B (Zom-B #1) by Darren Shan

Summary: Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, “It’s a big, sprawling, vicious tale…a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!”

My Review:  I FREAKING loved this book.  I am a bit addicted to zombie novels and always searching for more.   This book was unique because it tackles serious issues such as wife beating and racism.  Which of course has been done before but what makes this book unique is the main character struggles with the fact that even though his father is a racist he wants to make him proud so he will do racist things.

It is such a well written book and a very fast read.  IT has one heck of a cliffhanger that will make you scream “the F” at 3am.   It is so good!

The characters are well developed and you are able to opinions quickly believe me because they are so well written.   The plot is fantastic and very well paced.  I couldn’t put it down, I really hated that I had to return my library copy… which just means I will buy it so I can read it again 🙂

Have you read Zom-B… pretty wicked moment huh? 

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

 

My review:  You know I can’t wait for this to be made into a movie (because eventually it will be.)   This book read like a very good suspense thriller movie and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Lo was very believable to me.  In the beginning of the book, I wasn’t quite sure what the hell was going on but the author developed this story with a slow burn that eventually it was full on boil that had you turning page after page.    Her development was believable she started very weak and developed into an outright strong chic and I dug it.

This was set on a cruise and if you have been on a cruise you know, you don’t really have anywhere to go until you make land.  What if you witnessed a murder?  what then… what if there was no evidence of that murder?  Creepy as hell even more creepy cause  you HAVE NO WHERE TO FREAKING GO.

Such a great book that I highly recommend you read if you haven’t already.