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Crow Girl and Hunger Fire

Erik Axl Sund’s  Crow Girl was the first part and Hunger Fire the second part of a trilogy.  I read Crow Girl a while a go and Hunger Fire last week.

When I started to read Crow Girl I wasn’t able to let it out of my hands, it was so good and intense. The book left the story unfinished and I had to wait to get the second part from the library. Eventually I did.

Both books are suspenseful, intense, dark and twisted and I liked them very much. The authors manage to tell you about these horrible things (abuse and violence) without feasting with blood and extreme details about the events. The narration is fluent and there’s nothing extra, no purposeless details. In other words you enjoy reading.

The second part wasn’t as exciting as the first one. I wondered why and I came to the conclusion that I knew the book wouldn’t end the story, it would leave it incomplete. It was intense and exciting, but it was the middle book, it didn’t contain the finale, the thrilling ending.

I have to wait for the third and final part, Pythia’s Instructions.

I’m on the waiting list.

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Sankta Psyko

This book drew my attention because of it’s name, Sankta Psyko. Then I read the back of the book and I was interested. I went to the library and borrowed it. It took me only a few days to read it.

Sankta Psyko is written by Johan Theorin, yet another Swedish writer. I find myself reading a lot of books written by Scandinavian writers, especially thrillers.

I had no idea what was coming. Little by little the story of the main character Jan, and some other people, start to open. It’s like pealing an onion, layer by layer, little by little, with some tears. They all work in the day car center for the children whose parent, mother or father, is in the mental institution. Visits to the hospital, Sankta Psyko. Desperate search of a women that was Jan’s crush when he was younger.  He has not been able to forget her, Rami, and Jan thinks she’s in Sankta Psyko. Well, she’s not. He thinks everything is the way he imagines. It’s not.

Some other people, coworkers of Jan, try desperately to find the truth about a missing young man, murdered. And the killer in the hospital, not telling anything. They think everything is the way they imagine. It’s not.

Many things happening at the hospital at night, that’s for sure. And there’s no happy ending.

The only thing that bothers me is the ending. It confused me and it was not what I expected it to be. I’m not sure if I liked it, I haven’t decided yet. I didn’t fully understand it. But, as a whole, I liked the book and I will surely read more Theorin’s books.

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Dog Day

Dog Day (Petra Delicado Mysteries, # 2) is a detective story written by Alicia Giménez Bartlett.

The lead characters in this book are detective Petra Delicado and her policeman partner Garzon. What I liked about this book, as well as in book Death Rites (Petra Delicado Mysteries, #1), is the friendship between these two very different people. They are colleagues but they also care for each other as friends. Their discussions are humorous as well as moving. Their support to each other is genuine and sincere. They are humane, they are like real people.

The story dealt with dogs. I’m not an animal person, but the dogs didn’t bother me. What bothered me that the story was not very unique or addictive. It was good, but it was not brilliant. To me, the narration was a little plain, too simple. I had this feeling that the book didn’t quite get to it’s peak and left me wanting something more. The crime was solved, so it wasn’t that.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly the missing elements that you would’ve liked to have in a book. Some books have those elements, some don’t and some rest in the middle. Dog Day is in the middle. I probably will read the next Petra Delicado mystery, if it comes, so Death Rites or Dog Day were not that bad.

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The Stonehenge Legacy

Another book from the sale, Sam Christer’s The Stonehenge Legacy.

I’ve read quite many books about conspiracy theories and old cults or secret societies. The Stonehenge Legacy was one more to that collection.

This book was a quick read. The story moved at a fast pace and had some interesting details in it yet some of the rituals described in the book were a bit disgusting. The story was interesting but not brilliant. The book held my attention throughout but it didn’t leave me with a feeling of a great reading experience.

I may remember this book later from Stonehenge which was an essential part of this book. I will not remember this book from it’s spectacular language or unusual plot. Just another thriller among other thrillers.

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Let the Devil Sleep

Another detective story I like. Let the Devil Sleep by John Verdon. The main character in this book is homicide detective Dave Gurney, or retired detective actually. Verdon always writes interesting stories, I’ve read his other books Shut Your Eyes Tight and Think of a Number. Especially Think of a Number was so, so exciting I couldn’t put it down.

Let the Devil Sleep is not as brilliant as Think of a Number. Still it’s a very good detective story. I also like how Verdon describes the relationship between Gurney and his wife Madeline. There is warmth and trust between those two and it’s a nice story beside all the murders and crimes. It’s also interesting to follow how Gurney tries to cope his problems that are result of the situation when he was shot. And how, when he gets in to the investigation, he forgets almost all his pain and anxiety.

Let the Devil Sleep is a good mystery, thrilling, addictive and definitely worth reading. It would be nice if someone would make movies based on Verdon’s books.

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The Sherlockian

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore was entertaining. I bought this book from sale and it was cheap. I started to read it with no expectations and I was positively surprised. The story was well written and interesting, so it took me only a few days to read it. I enjoyed the two stories, the present day and the historical tale with Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stroker. Two different crime stories in two different times.

When I read this book, it made me want to read the real Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ve read only The Hound of the Baskervilles. Maybe I’ll go to the library and lend me some books of Conan Doyle.

The Sherlockian is not the best book I’ve ever read but it was well worth the money I spent on it. Probably I’ll forget about it soon, but it offered me some good entertainment. Mission accomplished.

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The Eight

It felt that it never ends.

Katherine Neville’s book The Eight  seemed interesting, when I saw it in the bookstore.  Another book about chess and old mystery. Nuns, murders, history and the present day. When I started to read this book I was expecting an entertaining reading experience.

It wasn’t so entertaining, it was a bit boring. The book just didn’t convince me. It has 667 pages and it took me ages to read it. Sometimes I read the same number of pages in three days, when the book is good and interesting.

The idea of the book was good. Not very original but good. That good idea didn’t help, it just was too long. The narrasion was not fluent, I felt that it took a long time to read just one page. This book may be an international bestseller but it didn’t impress me. Sorry.

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