#ThrowbackThursday The Rosary Girls by @RRMontanari

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies. Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams–and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him, and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most. 

I read this a few years ago and I really loved it. The Rosary Girls was the first in a procedural series (Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano). Unfortunately,  I didn’t read any of the following books (ouch!); I really need to keep up with my series!

This was a thrilling and old-fashioned thriller featuring a sadistic serial killer in the city of Philadelphia. I loved the partnership between Byrne and Balzano and the way the author made me care about both the characters and the case. I was captivated from the very first page, as the prologue was creepy and mysterious.

I don’t recall everything about the plot, but I remember I couldn’t stop reading and I felt like I had discovered a new favorite series.

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#ThrowbackThursday See Jane Run by @joyfielding

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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What do you do when you don’t know who you are… Jane has lost her memory. …Where you are… Jane is found walking the streets wearing a blood-stained dress with $10,000 in the pocket. …What you’ve done? Unable to get answers from her husband, Jane is forced to seek the truth about her accident on her own. But the truth doesn’t always set you free… When you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

I read See Jane Run when I was fourteen years old and I was so shocked that today I still can remember everything about this novel. I’ve read other Joy Fielding books and enjoyed most of them, but as it usually happens, the more books you read by an author, the more you start predicting everything that’ll happen. This was my second book by Fielding and probably my favorite, although it left me quite uneasy, as it’s not a happy book by any means.

I read it in about two days and I can even tell you where I was while I was reading it (summer vacations in Madrid). I remember telling my aunt all about the plot and how addicted I was. I even told her about the twist and the ending and all the characters and their motivations.

So yes, I really loved this book when I was in my teens. Would I love it now? Probably not as much. But nostalgia is undeniable powerful and I think I’ll remember this book forever.

 

#ThrowbackThursday The Cartel by @DonWinslow

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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Don Winslow is coming to Barcelona next week, so I wanted to read The Cartel, the sequel to The Power of the Dog, which I loved last year. He’s also the author of The Force. I think all three will become films in the future.

If you’ve read The Power of the Dog, you know what to expect from The Cartel. Fast-paced action, and Art Keller trying to win the war of drugs… I love Art Keller. He’s an unconventional hero who’s obsessed with his work and will never stop chasing the bad guys. No matter what he has to do. I got to know him in the first book, and he hasn’t changed a bit. 30 years have passed, but he’s still relentless.

I loved The Cartel, and I really like Winslow’s writing (he’s direct and straight-forward, you’re not allowed to get bored) but I think I loved The Power of the Dog a tiiiiiny bit more. It spanned more years and it had more of an “epic” feeling. However, the last 100 pages of this book were simply unputdownable and I absolutely loved the ending *gasps*. Not a saga for everyone, but if you think you’d enjoy it and you love Narcos, don’t miss this author!

#ThrowbackThursday The Kim Stone Series by @WriteAngie

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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A year later after reading my first Angela Marsons book, I’m finally up to date with the series. The “Kim Stone” journey has been fantastic and this is already one of my favorite series ever! I’m so happy that we have plenty of books ahead to look for! I liked all the books, but my favorites were #3 & #6 and I will talk a bit about them.

I thought Silent Scream and Evil Games were unbeatable, but Lost Girls proved me wrong. It was such a compelling and twisty crime novel that I read it almost in one sitting. I didn’t realize I was on a plane. I was with Kim Stone, helping her bring the two girls home. The kidnapping case was smart and unpredictable, it changed directions more than once and provided some great twists that I never expected. And Angela Marsons is an excellent mystery writer, but she also writes the most beautiful and touching scenes.

After reading the fantastic Play Dead and Blood Lines, Dead Souls became my next favorite and the case was another gripping one. Old human bones were unearthed and a series of hate crimes are threatening the team… the last section of the book was equally terrifying and fascinating, it reminded me a bit of The Purge and Get Out and I couldn’t stop reading.

The last one, perhaps because it was my most recent, was equally impressive. An abandoned baby, murdered prostitutes… and an ending I never saw coming. Plus, Stacey and Dawson got to be partners and I loved their interactions in this book. And Dawson’s secret broke my heart. Did I mention how much I love him? Of course, Bryant and Stacey are great characters as well, Bryant is perhaps the most perfect man there is 😁

Here’s to many more books featuring Kim Stone and her team!

#ThrowbackThursday I Found You by Lisa Jewell

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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Surrey: Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. East Yorkshire: Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home. But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?

I Found You was one of those tiles I wanted to read based on blogger reviews. I bought it this past summer and I couldn’t wait to start it and see if I enjoyed Lisa Jewell’s writing as much as everyone else did. I must say I was instantly engaged and I loved the story from the very beginning. The peculiar family, the man from the beach, Lily’s missing husband, the flashbacks… All the stories were interesting and I couldn’t wait to know how they’d come together.

This wasn’t a dark book, and I kind of appreciated that. I’d say it was mostly contemporary fiction with a mystery touch. And that’s okay, because I wanted something like this to finish 2017. However, even if the themes weren’t that dark, there was a character who was pretty scary and I loved the way he was written.

My issue with I Found You was that I thought the last section of the book to be rather unsurprising. I wasn’t shocked by anything, I don’t know if I was expected to believe Frank was someone else, but I never had a doubt. Despite my disappointment, I still think this is a deeply entertaining novel and I’d read another book by this author without a doubt.