30 September 2019

Their Little Secret; Mark Billingham

Their Little Secret (Tom Thorne, #16)Their Little Secret by Mark Billingham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let's call this a comfort read: coming back to a set of characters you know, in a slightly different setting, satisfying ending. Thorne is similar to Logan McRae in that his career is not on a smooth trajectory, and here he's not an upward swing. But somehow... some way... he gets involved with a serious case and once again proves why he can't be counted out. And I can't wait for what's next.

Wake, Siren; Nina MacLaughlin

Wake, Siren: Ovid ResungWake, Siren: Ovid Resung by Nina MacLaughlin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Do you know the source material? That may not matter, but having some understanding of who the gods are and what they have done to humans does matter. They're cruel, capricious, misogynistic: we're pawns and objects to them. There isn't one story here, it's a series of short stories, so easy to dip into or skip a story if it is too disturbing.

eARC provided by publisher.

29 September 2019

The Pretenders; Rebecca Hanover

The Pretenders (The Similars, #2)The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The questions raised in the first book about clones and friends (or frenemies) are answered to a large extent here, and the revenge plot really ramps up. So much, in fact, that it feels over the top - perhaps another book, drawing out the reveals, would have been better. Still unsure if this is it or if there will be another book; if there is, I hope the constant twists become occasional ones. Having said that, the school and the originals and clones are people I want to spend more time with.

eARC provided by publisher.

Your House Will Pay; Steph Cha

Your House Will PayYour House Will Pay by Steph Cha
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on a real event, we get the decades long after-effects of an unfortunate racial shooting on the families of both the shooter and the victim. Can healing ever happen? Or is everyone permanently scarred by that event? This is being billed as a thriller or mystery, but I don't see it. To me, this was more of a character study, looking at how events and people have layers that maybe aren't seen by those we interact with and what we read in the news. I hope people can get past the genre label to read this as a look at what we know and what we think we know about (sadly) recurring current events.