Stacking the Shelves #310

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On n’attire pas les hirondelles avec du vinaigre -Juliette Sachs

Camille, une journaliste sympathique et un brin gaffeuse qui atteint le cap de la quarantaine, a l’impression que sa vie est au point mort. Lorsqu’elle apprend que son ex a eu la promotion dont elle a toujours rêvé et qu’il va se remarier avec une sublime créature bien plus jeune qu’elle, Camille décide de reprendre sa vie en main. Aux grands maux, les grands moyens : dans la petite ville où vit Camille, des femmes seules sont retrouvées étranglées chez elles. Bille en tête, la journaliste se lance dans une enquête secrète et périlleuse : elle veut en savoir plus sur les meurtres et tenter de publier un scoop qui boostera sa carrière.

Mais elle n’imagine pas les péripéties dans lesquelles son enquête va la conduire : elle devra s’inscrire sur un site de rencontres en ligne et jouer le jeu de la femme célibataire qui se cherche un partenaire, tout en cachant la vérité à son séduisant chef et à sa meilleure amie. Sans oublier sa mère qui la rend folle ! Autant dire que Camille n’a pas fini d’en voir de toutes les couleurs !

La disparition d’Annie Thorne – C.J.Tudor

« Une nuit, Annie a disparu de son lit. Il y a eu des recherches. Tout le monde imaginait le pire. Finalement, au bout de quarante-huit heures, ma petite sœur est revenue. Mais elle ne pouvait pas – ou ne souhaitait pas – dire ce qui s’était passé.
Quelque chose lui est arrivé. Je ne peux pas expliquer quoi. Je sais juste que, quand elle est
rentrée à la maison, elle n’était plus la même. Elle n’était plus ma Annie.
Je ne voulais pas avouer aux autres et encore moins à moi-même que, parfois, j’avais peur d’elle.
Et puis, il y a deux mois, j’ai reçu un e-mail : Je sais ce qui est arrivé à votre sœur. Ça recommence…

The Girl in Red – Christina Henry

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic “Little Red Riding Hood”…about a woman who isn’t as defenseless as she seems.

It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods….

Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer

Synopsis: Irresistibly drawn to mysteries, if only to debunk them, reporter Lionel Page exposes supernatural frauds, swindlers, and charlatans. His latest case is an obsession—at least for an ancient and wealthy heiress: verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript circulating through New York City’s literary underworld. But the shrewd Regina Dunkle offers more than money. It’s a pact. Fulfill her request, and Lionel’s own notorious buried past, one he’s been running from since he was a child, will remain hidden.

As Lionel’s quest begins, so do the warnings. And where rare books go, murder follows. It’s only when Lionel meets enigmatic stranger Madison Hannah, his personal usher into the city’s secret history, that he realizes he’s being guided by a force more powerful than logic…and that he isn’t just following a story. He is the story.

Now that the true purpose of his mission is revealing itself in the most terrifying ways, it may finally be time for Lionel to believe in the unbelievable.

Review: I was very curious when I discovered the theme of this novel. An impossible manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe or even the somewhat paranormal side that the author has added? All this could only intrigue me! That’s also why I plunged into the story with pleasure.

Lionel is a journalist whose mission is to find and expose charlatans. But now, his past catches him up, a past he does not want to hear about, or even to remember. To prevent this, he spends a deal with a strange woman who wants him to find and authenticate a manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe. However, this investigation will take him on unsuspected paths that will change his life and that will allow him to meet Maddie.

I thought the ideas and the mix were very interesting and original, and if I was interested in events from a distance, I admit that I had a hard time getting into the story. I also admit that I have trouble explaining why, but perhaps it is due to the somewhat complex style of the author. I do not know.

An interesting novel in many ways, but with which I had a little trouble.

The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay

Promise Falls, Book 3

Synopsis: It’s May 23, and small town Promise Falls finds itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe with dozens dead from a flu-like virus. Investigator Cal Weaver quickly zeros in on mass poisoning and a tainted water supply.

Meanwhile, a college student has been murdered, and Detective Barry Duckworth recognizes a killer’s handiwork from the unsolved homicides of two women in town. Suddenly, the strange events from the last month start to add up….Bloody mannequins in car “23” of an abandoned Ferris wheel…a fiery, out-of-control bus with “23” on the back…“23” on the hoodie of a man accused of assault.

The motive for hurting the people of this town points to the number 23—and working out why will bring Duckworth closer to death than ever before.

Review: If I didn’t read the first volume, I really appreciated the second and was curious to discover this third story. We find all the characters, and the story is in the continuity of what happened before. This time, in addition to the previous events, a very serious new problem is emerging in the city: water has been poisoned and deaths are accumulating… But when a murder also occurs, our protagonists will have to try to understand what is happening.

I always have a little trouble when there are many characters and it took me a little while to situate everyone again. Apart from that, once it was done, I loved discovering this new novel, discovering what the author had planned and I must admit that I am impressed by the intrigues that unfold throughout all the volumes and the one that is concentrated here. We have several revelations, many that I didn’t see coming at all and I must say that I am really curious to see what will happen for David after the last events. There’s another novel after that, so I’m very curious to see what it’s going to be about now!

As I was saying, the author presents us with a story that keeps us on our toes throughout the story. We doubt the characters and we are perfectly manipulated to finally discover the truth. Once again a very good time!

Vraie folie de Linwood Barclay

Promise Falls, Tome 3

Résumé : Intoxication meurtrière, assassinat sauvage d’une étudiante, disparitions inquiétantes… Après Fausses promesses et Faux amis, un final apocalyptique pour clore la trilogie consacrée à la petite ville (pas si) tranquille de Promise Falls.

A priori, c’est un samedi matin comme tous les autres qui commence à Promise Falls en ce 23 mai. Chacun se réveille, prend sa douche, son café, son petit déjeuner. Mais soudain, une sirène d’ambulance, puis deux, puis trois ; des gens inanimés dans leur cuisine, sur le pas de leur porte, dans la rue, les urgences saturées…

Un dénominateur commun à ces victimes : toutes ont bu de l’eau du robinet. Il faut se rendre à l’évidence, le réseau hydraulique de la ville est contaminé. Drame sanitaire ou crime de masse ?

Pour l’inspecteur Barry Duckworth, la réponse ne fait aucun doute. L’insaisissable meurtrier fanatique du nombre 23 a encore frappé. Et il n’a certainement pas l’intention de s’arrêter là.

Comment préparer les habitants aux dangers qui les menacent ? Le policier et le privé Cal Weaver vont devoir unir leurs forces dans une mortelle course contre la montre. Mais qui sait combien de fous furieux se sont donné rendez-vous à Promise Falls ?

Alors qu’il enquête sur d’autres disparitions, le privé Weaver se retrouve une nouvelle fois sur le chemin de l’inspecteur Duckworth. L’heure est venue pour eux d’unir leurs forces dans cette mortelle course contre la montre… Mais comment préparer les habitants au danger qui les menace ? Et qui sait vraiment combien de fous furieux se sont donnés rendez-vous à Promise Falls ?

” Cette leçon commence maintenant. “

Avis : Si je n’ai pas lu le premier tome, j’avais beaucoup apprécié le second et j’étais curieuse de découvrir cette troisième histoire. Nous retrouvons tous les personnages, l’histoire est dans la continuité de ce qu’il s’est passé auparavant. Cette fois-ci, en plus des évènements précédents, un nouveau problème très grave survient en ville : l’eau a été empoisonnée et les morts s’accumulent… Mais quand en plus, un meurtre se produit, nos protagonistes vont devoir essayer de comprendre ce qu’il se passe.

J’ai toujours un peu de mal quand il y a de nombreux personnages et il m’a fallu encore une fois un peu de temps pour arriver à les situer tous à nouveau. Ceci mis à part, une fois que ça a été fait, j’ai adoré découvrir ce nouveau roman, découvrir ce que l’auteur avait prévu et j’avoue que je suis impressionnée par les intrigues qui se déroulent à travers tous les tomes et celle qui se concentre ici. On a plusieurs révélations, de nombreuses que je n’ai pas du tout vu venir et je dois dire que je suis vraiment curieuse de voir ce qu’il va se passer pour David après les derniers évènements. Il y a encore un autre roman ensuite, du coup, je suis très curieuse de voir sur quoi il portera maintenant !

Comme je le disais, l’auteur nous présente une histoire qui  nous tient en haleine tout au long du roman. On doute des personnages et on est parfaitement manipulé pour découvrir finalement enfin la vérité. Encore une fois un très bon moment !

Bedfellow by Jeremy C. Shipp

Synopsis: It broke into their home and set up residence in their minds.

When the . . . thing first insinuated itself into the Lund family household, they were bemused. Vaguely human-shaped, its constantly-changing cravings seemed disturbing, at first, but time and pressure have a way of normalizing the extreme. Wasn’t it always part of their lives?

As the family make more and greater sacrifices in service to the beast, the thrall that binds them begins to break down. Choices must be made. Prices must be paid. And the Lunds must pit their wits against a creature determined to never let them go.

It’s psychological warfare. Sanity is optional.

Review: This is a very intriguing novel and I was really curious to discover the story.

The Lund family saw a man appear in their house one day. They don’t know him. Yet this thing is far from ordinary. He takes root in your life and makes you believe that he has always been part of it. It creeps in gently, from family acquaintances to family and you do everything for him. The thing has a strong grip!

I had a really good time with that novel. The idea is quite original and it was very interesting to discover this thing called Marvin. He is a very special character and at the same time very intelligent. I was curious to see how this little family would manage.

As I said, I had a good time, it’s a very interesting subject.

The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George

Inspector Lynley, Book 20

Synopsis: Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are forced to confront the past as they try to solve a crime that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of a quiet, historic medieval town in England

The cozy, bucolic town of Ludlow is stunned when one of its most revered and respected citizens–Ian Druitt, the local deacon–is accused of a serious crime. Then, while in police custody, Ian is found dead. Did he kill himself? Or was he murdered?

When Barbara Havers is sent to Ludlow to investigate the chain of events that led to Ian’s death, all the evidence points to suicide. But Barbara can’t shake the feeling that she’s missing something. She decides to take a closer look at the seemingly ordinary inhabitants of Ludlow–mainly elderly retirees and college students–and discovers that almost everyone in town has something to hide.

Review: This is a series I didn’t know about, but I must admit that the synopsis intrigued me. Well, you may think that starting a series with the 20th volume may be complicated, and you’ll probably be right by the way, but I figured that like all series of this genre, a different investigation is always highlighted in each volume. This novel was no exception to the rule.

I think that, even if there are some points that would have been clarified if I had read the previous novels, I didn’t really have big problems of confusion. Besides, I had a really good time. I was a little scared at first, because I had a little trouble getting into the novel. However, I am glad I hung on to it, because this investigation was really exciting. Moreover, I was very surprised: it was the first time I saw such a big novel for this genre, but it was really perfect!

We find Lynley, Barbara and Isabelle for an investigation that could hide many secrets. A deacon died, this deacon who is accused of paedophilia killed himself in a cell. It might be easy to explain and yet…. When the police starts investigating the case, they don’t expect everyone to hide the truth, believing they can protect their own. However, little by little, they will unravel the true from the false and I must admit that the whole thing was really very well done.

It was a really very interesting novel and I am now curious to discover the other novels to learn more about all the characters!

Just Before I Died by S.K. Tremayne

Synopsis: Why did you do that to me Mummy, don’t you love me?

Kath lives with her husband Adam and daughter Lyla in a desolate stone longhouse deep in Dartmoor National Park. She likes her life the moors are beautiful, if bleak and she counts herself as happy, even if they struggle with money, and work, and her daughter’s shyness.

But one day Kath wakes up from a coma, with a vague memory of a near-fatal car accident. She hugs her daughter close, likewise her husband Adam. But there’s something wrong. Adam seems furious with her and Lyla is acting evermore strangely. They should be delighted to see her alive, snatched from certain death. But they won’t meet her gaze

Then Kath learns that the car crash wasn’t an accident, and her whole life collapses into a world of panic, and danger

Review: This is an intriguing synopsis and I must admit that I was curious to discover the story!

Kath was in an accident, her car fell into the water and she barely survived death. However, she can’t remember the latest events, and her head injury was almost fatal. But here it is, since her return, things are not normal, she feels that something is not right. Everyone hides things from her… But why is that? Strange and morbid things are happening not far from home and Kath and her husband also have to manage Lyla, their beautiful little girl whom they assume to be autistic. Kath is determined to understand what happened, who is watching her and why. Is it her husband? What exactly happened that day?

I loved following this novel and was eager to find out what was going to happen and what had happened to our dearest Kath. Things are not simple and like her, we doubt everyone, we try to understand and yet we do not expect such a revelation. I also really appreciated this approach to autism with Lyla, to see how difficult it could be for this little girl to feel special, to see how helpless her parents could sometimes be.

Yes, it was a very interesting thriller that completely took me away, and I’m glad I discovered this novel!