The Shining Girls

Lauren Beukes The Shining Girls is weird and absolutely horrifying. A serial killer that travels through time and has his victims picked by a house. There are many time loops where the killer, Harper Curtis, visits his victims years before their death and leaves a memento from a different victim from another time.

Beukes manages the characters and the time line really well and leaves hints and victims as she goes through the story. This was a fantastic read! I really enjoyed the weirdness mixed with the grotesque.

Read February 2016.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

I absolutely loved the first 3 novels in this series written by Stieg Larsson and was very excited to read this novel. While David Lagercrantz is a talented writer, The Girl in the Spider’s Web just didn’t have the same intensity that the original 3 had.  Even so, there is a lot to enjoy about this novel in its own right, especially the arrival of Lisbeth’s sister filling the hole that her father’s demise left in the criminal underworld.

This was a good book and a great story. I look forward to the next novels and the continuation of the story. Its just a shame that Larsson wasn’t alive to finish his own series.

Read January 2016

Dust

This is my first Patricia Cornwell novel, and I really enjoyed the perspective of the Medical Examiner and how they can influence an investigation by their findings. This was an enjoyable, page turning story about how Chief Medical Officer Kay Scarpetta dives into a murder investigation which seems very similar to murders for a closed FBI serial killer case, but the facts aren’t adding up. The deeper Scarpetta digs, the more obvious a cover-up was done in the FBI’s case and the more danger she is in.

Read January 2016