Tag: Books: Suspense

Review: Night Film

Posted 6 January, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Night Film
By: Marisha Pessl
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

Another one of those books that have long been on my TBR queue (two years, maybe?). I must’ve added it to my autumn TBR list a few times but I think the length sort of kept me from picking it up and finally delving into the story. Anyway, I finally got around to reading it last autumn (hurrah!).

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Review: The Guilty Plea

Posted 30 December, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Guilty Plea (Detective Greene #2)
By: Robert Rotenberg
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

On the morning that his headline-grabbing divorce trial is set to begin, Terrance Wyler, youngest son of the Wyler Food dynasty, is found stabbed to death in the kitchen of his million-dollar home. Detective Ari Greene arrives minutes before the press and finds Wyler’s four-year-old son asleep upstairs. When Wyler’s ex-wife, a strange beauty named Samantha, shows up at her lawyer’s office with a bloody knife, it looks as if the case is over.

But Greene soon discovers the Wyler family has secrets they’d like to keep hidden, and they’re not the only ones. If there’s one thing Greene knows, it’s that the truth is never simple.

I read the first book to this series last year, Old City Hall (review), which was really cool and refreshing because it was a mystery thriller series set in Toronto. I had been meaning to read the other books in the series since and finally picked up this book earlier this year.

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Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Posted 10 December, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)
By: Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

I found out about this book when news hit that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. Like everyone, my curiosity was piqued but I was in no rush to check out what her mystery series was about until recently. I guess after going on a historical romance romp, I was in a mood for a mystery thriller marathon so I decided to start reading it shortly after picking up a copy.

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Review: Casino Royale

Posted 28 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Casino Royale (James Bond #1)
By: Ian Fleming
Format/Source: eBook

In the first of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, 007 declares war on Le Chiffre, French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH.

The battle begins with a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat, gains momentum during Bond’s fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy, and reaches a chilling climax with fiendish torture at the hands of a master sadist. For incredible suspense, unexpected thrills, and extraordinary danger, nothing can beat James Bond in his inaugural adventure.

Suffice to say I’ve been wanting to read one of the James Bond novels for as long as I’ve known that the movies were based off books. Book covers would change, milestones would be reached, and still I kept on pushing off reading anything from the series. It was only recently with my family marathoning the movies that I decided to finally pick up one of the novels to read 😛

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Review: The Well

Posted 12 May, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Well
By: Catherine Chanter
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA

From the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a brilliantly haunting and suspenseful debut set in modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at The Well—the farm of one seemingly ordinary family whose mysterious good fortune leads to suspicion, chaos, and ultimately a shocking act of violence.

Ruth Ardingly has just been released from prison to serve out a sentence of house arrest for arson and suspected murder at her farm, The Well. Beyond its borders, some people whisper she is a witch; others a messiah. For as soon as Ruth returns to The Well, rain begins to fall on the farm. And it has not rained anywhere else in the country in over three years.

Ruth and her husband Mark had moved years before from London to this ancient idyll in the hopes of starting their lives over. But then the drought began, and as the surrounding land dried up and died, and The Well grew lush and full of life, they came to see their fortune would come at a price. From the envy of their neighbors to the mandates of the government, from the fanaticism of a religious order called the Sisters of the Rose to the everyday difficulties of staying close as husband and wife, mother and child—all these forces led to a horrifying crime: the death of their seven-year-old grandson, drowned with cruel irony in one of the few ponds left in the countryside.

Now back at The Well, Ruth must piece together the tragedy that shattered her marriage, her family, and her dream. For she believes her grandson’s death was no accident, and that the murderer is among the people she trusted most. Alone except for her guards on a tiny green jewel in a world rapidly turning to dust, Ruth begins to confront her worst fears and learns what really happened in the dark heart of The Well.

I found out about this book from the publishers. It sounded interesting, a mix of suspense and a post-apocalyptic world of sorts. I was provided with an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available on 19 May 2015.

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