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Review: Miracle Creek

Title: Miracle Creek
Author: Angie Kim
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Release Date: April 16th 2019
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley
Genre(s)
: Fiction, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository

My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn’t even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . .

In the small town of Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.

Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night—trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges—as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Miracle Creek was my final read of 2018 and I  couldn’t have chosen a better book to complete my reading challenge. The book engrosses from the very first second and unravels a beautiful but painful story.Continue reading

Review

Review: The Rule of Four

Title: The Rule of Four
Author
: Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Release Date: June 8th 2005
Pages: 450
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository

It’s Easter at Princeton. Seniors are scrambling to finish their theses. And two students, Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris, are a hair’s breadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili–a renowned text attributed to an Italian nobleman, a work that has baffled scholars since its publication in 1499. For Tom, their research has been a link to his family’s past — and an obstacle to the woman he loves. For Paul, it has become an obsession, the very reason for living. But as their deadline looms, research has stalled — until a long-lost diary surfaces with a vital clue. And when a fellow researcher is murdered just hours later, Tom and Paul realize that they are not the first to glimpse the Hypnerotomachia ‘s secrets.

Suddenly the stakes are raised, and as the two friends sift through the codes and riddles at the heart of the text, they are beginning to see the manuscript in a new light–not simply as a story of faith, eroticism and pedantry, but as a bizarre, coded mathematical maze. And as they come closer and closer to deciphering the final puzzle of a book that has shattered careers, friendships and families, they know that their own lives are in mortal danger. Because at least one person has been killed for knowing too much. And they know even more.

Based on the synopsis, I had really high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, the story and mystery did not blow my mind like I expected and the writing was often tedious and long winded.Continue reading

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Review: Murder at Broadcast Park

Title: Murder at Broadcast Park
Author
: Bill Evans
Publisher: Koehler Books
Release Date: October 15th 2017
Pages: 202
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Before this current age of broadcasting acquisitions and mergers, local TV stations were owned by the broadcasters, not investment firms. They lived to tell the stories of their communities. In Murder at Broadcast Park, the CBS station located in the rich resort town of Santa Barbara becomes it’s own story. “We never want to be our own news,” was the mandate from Barry Burke, the station’s news director. Except in this case, people are dying. With three murders, more affairs, but no suspects, investigators peer behind the scenes of the local news. Pull the veil off to find twists, turns, and secrets behind the scenes of this resort TV station and its cast of TV professionals. Nothing is off limits.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Even though Murder at Broadcast Park has the potential to be a great book, in large because of the setting and plot, it fails to live up to that potential and isn’t really my cup of tea.Continue reading

Book vs. Adaptation

Book vs. Adaptation: Strike

Title: Strike/Cormoran Strike Series
Author: Robert Galbraith
Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
Purchase: The Cuckoo’s Calling | The Silkworm

Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street, uses his unique insight and his background as a Special Investigation Branch Investigator to solve three complex cases that have eluded the police.

The TV adaptation of the Cormoran Strike books premiered on BBC on the 27th of August. So far, episodes have premiered on both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. Despite the fact that only wrote about The Cuckoo’s Calling on my blog, I love the entire book series and was really excited when I heard that it was being adapted for television. The TV series has largerly lived up to my expectations, in part because of the superb casting and acting.

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Review: The Murder Game

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Title: The Murder Game
Author: Julie Apple
Publisher: Lawsome Books
Release Date: November 1st 2016
Pages: 340
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Source: Netgalley
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❝ Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension.

Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan’s defending Julian, and Lily’s loyalties aren’t clear. And when Julian invokes a rare—and risky—defense, Meredith is forced to confront their past.

Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Murder Game follows two different narratives. In one, the reader follows prosecutor Meredith as she works on a murder case with an old law school friend as the witness. The other consists of flashbacks as the reader follows Meredith and her friends on their adventures during law school. The two aspects complement each other perfectly and gradually give you hints about the whole story and the mystery. Continue reading