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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.

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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

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Review: Sharp Objects

Sharp-ObjectsTitle: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Release Date: September 26th 2006
Pages: 254
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery

❝Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.❞

I’ve read Flynn’s books in reversed order, starting with Gone Girl and ending with her debut novel, Sharp Objects. The interesting thing is that even though I consider this one distinctly different from the other two, it’s still very dark and gruesome. I wouldn’t have it any other way, truth be told!Continue reading

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Review: Dark Places

Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Release Date: May 5th 2009
Pages: 349
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?❞

No author makes up story lines as twisted and dark as Gillian Flynn does. If it’s possible, Dark Places might be even more gruesome, more nauseating than Gone Girl was. And I love it!

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Review: Gone Girl

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Title: Gone Girl
AuthorGillian Flynn
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date: May 24th 2012
Pages: 422
Genre(s)Thriller, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon
❝ On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? ❞
Let me just start of by saying: holy shit, I did not expect that. The plot was interesting to start with, but the narration and mind-blowing plot twist changed Gone Girl from being an average crime novel into an actual masterpiece. As you may well gather from this description, I loved this book.

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