Top 5 Crime Novels

First can I apologise for our weird activity last week, it was a busy week for us but we’re back and ready to roll. This week we decided to pick our top five Crime novels because I don’t know about Ellie but its one of my favourite genres.

  1. ‘I let you go’ by Clare Mackintosh -Honestly I can never stop singing praises for Clare Mackintosh’s books. I adored I Let You Go and I See You was just as good! Both were packed with thriller vibes and I loved their plots. Both of her current novels are fantastic standalones and it’s no surprise that they’re my first thought when I think of my favourite crime novels.
  2. Clive Cussler novels – Cussler has been my guilty pleasure for as long as I can remember. It’s definitely not the sort of thing that people would expect me to read but I can’t get enough of the Oregon crew series and the others are quite good too!
  3. ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn – How could this not make it to the list? I mean this book was all kinds of messed up (in a good way) but I didn’t suspect any of it which what makes it such a great crime novel.
  4. Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen – Basically any one of the books from her Rizzoli and Isles series. They’re great and it’s got to be one of my favourite crime series, Tess Gerritsen is such a great writer. There’s actually a tv series called ‘Rizzoli and Isles’ based from her books.
  5. Bones series by Kathy Reichs  – Once again this isn’t a specific book but her whole series based around Temperance Brennan and once again there is also a tv show called ‘Bones’ based around these books. If you haven’t heard of them or you’ve watched the show but haven’t read the books I’d definitely recommend you do so!

July Wrap Up

It took me so long to start reading this month because I really had a horrible book to start the month off with. However, I followed it up almost instantly with an awesome book so I quickly got straight out of my reading slump. Altogether I managed to read 11 book this month.

GIFTED by Agapé Pereze
July 12th

I really did not enjoy this book. It took me a total of 10 days to read it and I spent most of the time considering not finishing it because I just really couldn’t get into it. There’s more on that in my review here (x) and on Goodreads it’s been given 2* out of 5.

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I Knew You Were Trouble by Paige Toon
July 14th

Funnily enough, I saw this in my local WH Smiths today and it was so strange seeing an arc that I’d read in a book store!  Despite my review, I think it probably would have been better if I had read the first novel in this series but it is still readable without doing that. My review can be found here, x, and Goodreads gives this book 4.17*.

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Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine
July 16th

I actually loved this book so much! I’m yet to release my review for this one, so I haven’t got an uploaded copy for you all yet, but Goodreads has this rated at 4.07 stars if that is motivation enough to check this out. The writing style (and the characters) in this one actually reminded me a lot of Ally Carter’s books, so you should definitely check this out if you’re a fan of those books~

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
July 20th

adored this book. I hadn’t actually read the Diviners before so when I started this one I was starting out fresh but this book was unputdownable. I probably would have finished it quicker if it wasn’t for my busy work schedule this month. This is the perfect paranormal book and it’s based in the 20’s that gives it a nice little unique spin. It’s currently rated at 4.12 stars on Goodreads and I’m yet to release my review for it.

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The Fire Inside by Michelle Bellon
July 22nd

I wasn’t really impressed by this book to be honest; but nor was I unimpressed. It was a perfectly average book as far as I was concerned as I state in my review here (x). Goodreads rates it at 3.78*.

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Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
July 23rd

This one was a really sad one. Fans of the Fault in our Stars will probably find this one really good (and possibly sadder). My review for this one can be found here (x) and Goodreads has given it 4.18*.

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The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
July 24th

While I’m usually a fan of Gerritsen’s novels, this one really didn’t work for me. I would suggest reading one of Tess Gerritsen’s other novels if you want to start them, because her novels are really great, but this one just focused too much on supernatural themes, which I really didn’t want in a murder mystery novel. I cover this more in my review here (x) and it’s rated at 3.98* on Goodreads.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
July 26th

I was in love with this book until Yoon threw in a twist that complete ruined this for me. The idea was completely unique and I’d not seen anything like this before really but then it all changed and it just ruined the book for me. Hopefully that’s not the same for everyone though. Fans of the Fault in our Stars and books like that will probably enjoy this one! Goodreads has given it 4.12 stars and my opinion is yet to be published.

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Are you still There? by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
July 26th

This book reminded me so much of Thirteen Reasons Why. I found this so enjoyable and I’ve proceeded to recommend it to all of my friends for when the book is released. It was such a nice twist on the usual mystery-themed YA novels. It’s been given 3.98* on Goodreads and unfortunately my review for this hasn’t been published yet.

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Lucky Linus by Gene Gant
July 27th

This was the first LGBTQIA book I’ve read in a long time (with relationships as the main focus anyway) and I really found it to be a good read. There were a lot of terrible moments where you can’t help but feel terrible for the main character but if you can withstand all of the hardships that he goes through then you’ll probably like this. Goodreads has it rated at 4* as well and you can find my review here, x.

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Restless Shadows, Waiting Roads by Yolande Kleinn
July 28th

This is also rated at 3* on Goodreads. I found this quite good at first but I felt like the book ended too quickly and the sudden plot twist at the end was completely unexpected and not really what I wanted to happen? It’s hard to explain without giving any spoilers but it was an OK short story; I just wish that there was more to the plot.

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The Mephisto Club

Author: Tess Gerritsen
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Year: 2006
Genre: Murder Mystery | Suspense | Thriller
Rating: 2

‘You can study a face all you want, but you never really know what lies beneath the mask.’”

Tess Gerritsen has always been an auto-buy author for me. After reading my first Gerritsen novel, I was beyond attached to her characters and the TV series is also such a great pleasure to watch! Naturally, my deep love for Tess Gerritsen novels comes from her awesome ability to grip the reader and make it practically impossible to put the book down. Her plots are usually always thrilling and her writing is sharp. Her ability to mislead the readers is impressive and she almost always manages to surprise me at the end. Her characters are always on point, as well, and even though we’re only six books into the series, I’m already deeply attached to them all and what their future may hold.

I used “usually” a lot during the previous statement because while I usually enjoy Gerritsen’s novel. However this one did not hold the same grasp on me as the others did. This, I believe, is down to the supernatural themes running through this tale and the lack of any real suspense. Before we are even halfway through the novel we’re told the identity of the killer, removing the joy of being able to solve the cases ourselves, as it may be. Now I wouldn’t mind this as much if she’d written it as she had the Surgeon, where she managed to make those parts interesting by showing the reader the inside of the killer’s mind. Here it just seems rather drab. We are shown brief parts of a child’s mind and we never get to experience the adult thoughts.

Additionally Gerritsen’s attempt to involve the supernatural was rather lacking, in my opinion. If she was trying to spark an idea within her readers that perhaps there is a greater evil out there, then she has not done a very good job. There is very little here to really convince us of this ‘second species’ that live alongside us humans. I think she could have done a lot more than was done.

All together, I don’t think that this was that much of an enjoyable Rizzoli and Isles novel. It did capture my attention but I was able to leave it for hours at a time and not feel like I needed to find out what happens next, as I have felt with her previous novels. If you’re looking for a first time Gerritsen read, I wouldn’t recommend this one.