The Alibi (Jamie Raven)

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A perfect crime needs a perfect alibi…
Crime reporter Beth Chambers is committed to uncovering the truth – and she’s not afraid of bending the rules to get there.
When troubled soap star Megan Fuller is found stabbed to death in her South London home, all eyes are on her ex-husband – the notorious gangster, Danny Shapiro.
Determined to expose Danny as a cold-blooded killer, Beth obsessively pursues him. But in her hunt for the truth, her family are set to pay the ultimate price…

First things first: confession time. I didn’t know if I was going to like this book. The cover didn’t interest me at all, but I had seen that some of the best crime books use this kind of pictures, so I was determined not to let that affect my opinion. The other factor was that I wasn’t sure I was the right target for this genre. I usually read more classic police procedurals, but I haven’t read many “crime thrillers” yet.

Turns out I didn’t have to worry at all. I enjoyed The Alibi so so much that I’ve decided I want to read way more books like this one. So please, if you have any suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments! It seems like I don’t just like mafia and mobsters in movies, you see.

One of the reasons why I loved this so much was that the main character was awesome. Beth Chambers was brave and determined to find the truth. And was incredibly smart. Okay, I would’ve never confronted the bad guys the way she did, but that’s because I’m a coward. Not Beth. She rocks.

This is the story of Ben, a crime journalist who starts investigating Megan Fuller’s murder. Beth thinks Megan’s ex-husband and notorious mobster Danny Shapiro might be the killer, but there are plenty of other suspects as well. Meanwhile, we get Danny Shapiro’s perspective, as well as Ethan Cain’s, a mysterious man that behaves suspiciously…

The first chapters packed a few twists that I honestly didn’t expect, which is always appreciated. Also, I do think that the mystery was well-crafted and complex and I would’ve read this in a day if I hadn’t gone to work. I had such a fun time reading this book, that I had to give it all the stars. It was thrilling and fast-paced and even though some tiny things were a bit predictable, the ending caught me completely by surprise. Yay!

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Avon, 2016

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves to listen to old songs and watch 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

34 thoughts on “The Alibi (Jamie Raven)

  1. This sounds like an interesting genre.How is it different from cop procedurals?Does it have detectives?Sounds like a great read though.Awesome review and I hope you get some good reccomendations for crime thrillers 🙂

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    1. Well, I don’t know if it’s exactly a genre… I mean “gritty” books about mafia, corrupt policemen.. and the main character was not a cop! Kind of like Sirens.

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  2. It’s brilliant when an unexpected read turns out to be amazing. I’m going to live through you! I just finished another ‘run of the mill’ psych thriller – I want a book to set my soul on fire with excitement 😂

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  3. I have to agree about that cover, if it wasn’t for your review I would’ve completely passed this book by! A 5 star review….totally going on my TBR! I love it so much when a I hesitate about a book and then it turns out to be so fantastic, that’s the best feeling. Until I finish and then have to go in search of the next great read😆Great review!

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    1. It’s probably more of a 4 star read, but I was so happy with it, that I went along… hahaha I’m still with The Girl Before because I had a busy weekend, but hopefully I will finish it soon and share my thoughts with you!

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      1. It was good to read. Was about a woman who served time for a crime she didn’t commit. Now she’s out to find out why she was framed. Liked the idea..not a lot of twists but a decent plot. 4 star 🙂

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  4. I wouldn’t have picked up this title based on the cover either, but after your review I’m more than intrigued. It definitely sounds like a great read!

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  5. Agree on the cover – it doesn’t appeal to me at all. I love it when a book you’re feeling a “meh” about turns out to be great though! Great review 🙂

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  6. Once again I would not have picked this book because of the cover either. We are mean people!!!! But I’m glad your review makes me change my mind, especially since I’ve become interested in the Mafia :p

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  7. I got to admit that the cover turned me off as well hahahah I’m glad to hear that the story turned out great! That’s always a GREAT surprise. Pretty interesting that you’ve read more police procedural than crime thrillers. Seems like people often do the opposite hahahh 😀

    – Lashaan

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