Review: Based on a True Story, by Delphine de Vigan

based on a true story delphine de viganRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery

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Based on a True Story is the elegant story of the relationship of Delphine (the author) and a woman named only as L. throughout the novel. As Delphine deals with the writer’s block and depression after her last autobiographical book about her mother’s mental illness and eventual suicide, L. becomes very close to her. Little by little, L. starts taking over Delphine’s life, becoming her.

What an interesting book! I wouldn’t call this a thriller, this book is a slow burner, and most of the it is about the relationship of the two women, and discussions about fiction and fact, autobiography and bias. Continue reading

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Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial Killer oyinkan braithwaite

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

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This is such an interesting book! I heard lots about it before I picked it up, and it did not disappoint.

My Sister, the Serial Killer is the story of Korede and her sister, Ayoola. Ayoola has always been beautiful, gorgeous skin, lovely smile, charming personality. She’s full of curves, where Korede is not. She’s full of charm, where Korede is bitter – and for good reason. Ayoola is a serial killer. Her latest victim is her boyfriend Femi, who Ayoola swears attacked her, and she killed him in self-defense. But Korede has doubts about that. When her sister sets her eyes on the man Korede has been in love with for a while, she fears for his life… Continue reading

eARC Review: The Impossible Girl, by Lydia Kang

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

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The Impossible Girl is the story of Cora Lee, a half-Chinese girl who makes a living as a grave robber. To do her dangerous job, Cora dresses up as Jacob at night, her body padded to fake muscles and her chest bound. The bodies she and her crew dig up go directly to universities, and they are valuable for the medical students because of the anomalies in them. But she has a secret: she has two hearts. In the wrong hands, this information might cost her life.

This book gives me Audrey Rose (from Stalking Jack the Ripper) and Elizabeth Barnabus (The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter) vibes. Cora is headstrong, with callused hands from passing for a man for years and constant physical labor as a resurrectionist, and a sharp tongue. Still, despite the difficult life she leads, her heart is in the right place, and refuses to steal and sell the bodies of the poor. I liked Cora a lot, she’s so smart and resourceful. Continue reading

Mini-Review: Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries #1), by James J. Cudney

academic curveball james j cudneyRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Cozy Mystery

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I love a cozy mystery. It’s such a nice thing to read on a chilly weekend and you have nowhere to go. Academic Curveball is the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, and my second James J. Cudney book. I was excited to see he had written a cozy mystery!

Kellan Ayrwick is going to Braxton for his father’s retirement party. But things take a much darker turn when he finds the body of a professor on the night of the party. Who murdered her, and why? Kellan finds himself entangled in the mystery, finding out that several of his father and his friends have ties to the murdered woman and getting himself deeper and deeper into the college’s politics.

I really enjoyed this book! The characters are so interesting, each being very unique and full of personality. My favorite is Nana D, who reminds me of a more sharp-tongued Miss Marple. She’s such a cool character and I look forward to seeing more of her in the next books, hopefully! While the prose can get a bit verbose at times, it’s a very pleasant read. And the ending! I seriously doubt you’ll ever see it coming. The last 10% of the book completely BLEW my mind.

Review: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genre: Classics, Gothic, Mystery

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I am not sure what compelled me to start reading this book, really! I have a personal mission to read as many classics as I care to do, since they interest me much in terms of understanding the society of that time and exploring different writing styles, and also because I like to start drawing similarities/differences between modern literature and classics of the genres. So maybe that’s why?

Also it was free on Kindle (see Amazon link above!), which is always an encouragement. Continue reading

Review: Neverworld Wake, by Marisha Pessl

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery

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I am not sure even how to start this review: how do I write about this book without just yelling to you all to just read it because it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year and I can’t get it out of my mind?

Neverworld Wake tells the story of five teenagers. Beatrice hasn’t seen her friends since the mysterious death of her boyfriend Jim a year before. They decide to see each other and go for a concert, and Beatrice hopes she can get answers out of them: they are all hiding secrets and know more about Jim than they tell. It all goes terribly wrong when they drive back and get into an accident – and enter the Neverworld Wake. A man knocks on the door, explaining they are all hanging between death and life, and must choose only one to survive. Continue reading

eARC Review: Her Last Word, by Mary Burton

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I got this book on Netgalley, but since I have Kindle Unlimited this month, I also got it in Audiobook – I love listening to thrillers!

Her Last Word is the story of Kaitlin Roe, whose cousin Gina disappeared fourteen years ago and was never heard of again. Kaitlin is working on a podcast, trying to gather all information she can to bring the cold case back to the public and enhance the chance of finding her. She was the last person to see Gina, as a man with a clown mask took her cousin, but her memory fails her. Did she recognize his voice? How did she end up with Gina’s blood on her hands? Continue reading

Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Mystery

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So, it seems that this book is titled “The 7 1/2 Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” in the US, and that was the version I had requested on Netgalley and got approved for. Then, because somehow I had convinced myself that 7 1/2 was a sequel, I bought The Seven Deaths myself as soon as it came out in my bookstore. By the time I realized my mistake, I had no regrets – the book is incredible and I’m glad I own a finished copy! Continue reading

ARC Review: ReWired, by S. R. Johannes

Rewired S R Johannes

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

ReWired tells the story of Ada Lovelace, a teenage girl whose real life sucks. Her best friend has committed suicide a few months ago, and she’s been depressed. Online, she’s Dark Angel, a sharp-minded hacker who does hacking challenges with the Orwellians. When she gets busted by the FBI, she is sent to ReBoot, the camp for recovering technology addicts her friend also went to – right before she killed herself. Ada thinks the key to understanding what happened is in that place, where each person seems to know more than they are willing to tell. Continue reading

Review: The Ghostwriter, by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter Alessandra Torre

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery

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To be honest, I didn’t know much about the plot when I started reading this book. I had seen it recommended by many fellow book bloggers and highly so, and although I read the synopsis a few times, somehow I completely forgot about it and thought it was a murder mystery. So I was not emotionally ready for the roller coaster it would get my heart through. Continue reading