Silent Scream by Angela Marsons ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb24I added this book to my to-read list after seeing several positive reviews from friends on Goodreads. Yes, I’m one of those people who stalks hangs out on Goodreads checking out what other people are reading and recommending. If you want to be one of those people, add me! I’m (mostly) friendly. You can find me here.

Anyways, I added this books thanks to my Goodreads friends, and that’s why I recognized it when I saw it in the used book bin at my local bookstore. Silent Scream is yet another debut book by a British author, (what can I say, I think I’m hooked), and is the first installment of an intended series featuring D.I. Kim Stone.

I had a hard time in the beginning. I think I was five pages in when I logged in to Goodreads to double check that this was a recommended book with good rating and reviews. (Yes, if we’re friends, I’ll trust you that much!) And it was. So I kept reading. I’m very glad I did.

D.I. Kim Stone is a very likable character (seems like it’s been forever since I encountered one of those). The plot was well paced and planned, with a nice bonus at the end. And whatever it was that bothered me in the beginning dropped away at some point, leaving me quite happily immersed in the story.

Will you like it? As far as British mystery thrillers go, this is a nice mid-range option; not too cozy, but not as brutal as Mo Hayder. Disturbing, but not in too much detail. It may have the sniffles, but it’s not completely sick. Think early Patricia Cornwell – a nice, meaty murder mystery. Five stars.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb23.jpgThis book was hyped as the next Gone Girl. Let me begin by saying that it’s not, and if read with those expectations, it’s going to be a disappointment. I had to readjust my approach and read this book with no assumptions in mind. After that, I enjoyed it. (I suspect that most authors cringe when their book is compared to another. Every reader wants to recreate the feeling of reading a book they love. But unless it’s the same book, it’s going to disappoint. Read each book as the unique creation that it is 🙂 )

This is a good book. It’s suspenseful and well-written, with well developed characters, a strong plot and some twists and turns along the way. But does it have that big jaw-dropping moment where you look at the book in your hand with amazement and say, “Wow. Didn’t see that coming?” Not really. I think the comparisons to Gone Girl stem from Hawkins’ superb grip on the psychology of her characters.

Don’t get me wrong, the book isn’t predictable, it’s just plausible. There are certain directions that the plot can go, and it goes one of them. There may be a little blindsiding, but I did suspect what ended up happening rather early in the book – although I usually do. That said, the book is enjoyable. It’s a quick, fun read. I liked it. And, considering that it’s a debut novel, bravo! 4.5 stars.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling ~ Nonfiction Humor Book Review

wpb20This book is cute. And funny. And after reading it, it’s apparent that Mindy Kaling is the cute, funny friend that everyone wants, so they probably aren’t hanging out without her.

Kaling briefly chronicles her childhood as well as her struggle to start her career and her slow rise to fame. She then shares her opinions on certain subjects. The book is written in a familiar tone, inviting the reader into Mindy’s ‘inner circle’ and making them feel like a friend.

If you’re looking for a cheeky book that will make you laugh, give this one a try. If you’re looking for something with depth, this book will probably leave you underwhelmed. I personally enjoyed it and reading it made me smile. For that I give it 5 stars.

The Great Zoo of China by Mathew Reilly ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb19Australian author Mathew Reilly has once again delivered a book so full of action that it leaves the reader breathless. I’ve always enjoyed a fast paced adventure novel. Jurassic Park will  always be one of my favorite books, and the book that inspired me to be a writer. To be able to imagine such ideas, to create an entire fictional world in which to house your readers – how incredible is that? Reilly also cites Jurassic Park as his favorite book, and in true dino-might style, this book is an homage to making fantastical fiction more believable with science and well-thought research.

I have just one teeny, tiny complaint. I’ve been a long time fan of Reilly’s, and while I still enjoy his work, my tastes have changed to include works written in a more literature based style. It is these books that I blame for not only making Reilly’s simplistic writing style glaringly apparent, but also at times annoying. I understand that simple sentence structure works best in quick paced action scenes, but some words/descriptions/replies were so overused that they detracted from the story. Other than that, this was a lovely little departure from reality. 4.5 stars, rounded up where necessary.