Book Review: Abandon by Blake Crouch

Abandon - Blake Crouch

Abandon was Criminally Good Book Club’s December pick; my only read by Crouch prior to this was Dark Matter, which I loved, so I was excited to read another of his books.

Book Description:

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold-mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins—and not a single bone was ever found.

One hundred sixteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them to the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened. Recently, a similar party had also attempted to explore the town and was never heard from again. Now the area is believed to be haunted. This crew is about to discover, twenty miles from civilization with a blizzard bearing down, that they are not alone, and the past is very much alive. Continue reading “Book Review: Abandon by Blake Crouch”

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Book Review: The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner - Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner is November’s Criminally Good Book Club pick – with all the hype surrounding the TV series, I was so excited to read this one!

Book Description:

Cora Bender killed a man on a sunny summer afternoon by the lake and in full view of her family and friends.

But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body?

For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and started his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unravelling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell.

Hailed as Germany’s Patricia Highsmith for her bittersweet thrillers where the innocence of childhood collides with horrors enacted by adults, Petra Hammesfahr has written a dark, spellbinding novel which stayed at the top of the nation’s bestseller list for fifteen months. Continue reading “Book Review: The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr”

Book Review: Unsub by Meg Gardiner (Unsub #1)

Meg Gardiner UNSUB

Wow, what an incredible read! Unsub is this month’s Criminally Good Book Club book and it may just be our best book club read to date!

Book Description:

A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB–what the FBI calls an unknown subject–the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders–eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh–was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss? Continue reading “Book Review: Unsub by Meg Gardiner (Unsub #1)”

Book Review: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (Stillhouse Lake #1)

Stillhouse Lake - Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake is this month’s Criminally Good Book Club book and what a good book it was! Stillhouse Lake is a lesson in paranoia.

Book Description:

Gina Royal is the definition of average – a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor – the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake – and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed – or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop. Continue reading “Book Review: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (Stillhouse Lake #1)”

Bookish Rambling: Online Book Clubs

Free stock photo of wood, coffee, cup, relaxation

I’ve neglected bookish rambling posts of late, so I’m making an extra special effort to do more of them – starting with today’s post about online book clubs. I run my own online book club and readalong with several others, so I thought it’d be cool to share with you the book clubs I readalong with. I tend to dip in and out of most of them based on the book/s they’re reading. This post won’t be anything to complex, just a quick look at the book clubs, what books they’re reading and how you can take part. Obviously, I’m going I’m going to start with my own…

Criminally Good Book Club

Platform: Instagram – @criminallygoodbookclub (search hashtag: #cgbookclub)

Genre: Crime, mystery, thriller, suspense (books are voted on by book club members)

Moderator: Janel @keeperofpages Co-host: Ashley @b00ksinparadise

How to get involved: Follow on Instagram, readers are encouraged to use the hashtag so members can find each other and your photos may be re-posted on the book club account. Discussions are held at the end of the month on Instagram.

What they’re reading in September: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine Continue reading “Bookish Rambling: Online Book Clubs”