I was supposed to read tons of books this year. It already started out great with all the great books I received for Xmas. I started reading right away, but after that I pretty much stopped again. I'm not sure why. I love reading, but I often just don't get around to it or don't feel like it when I have the reading time.
I'm hoping to do better this month, as it's not much of a Book reading challenge if I only read one of two a month. We'll see. Below are reviews of the 2 books I did read so far:
Scream for me by Karen Rose
As a big fan of crime and suspense novels, I've read at least 10 of Karen Rose's novels, I think. I've enjoyed reading all of them and this last one was no exception. The plot is pretty much always the same; there's a sadistic serial killer on the loose who rapes and kills women or children or terrorizes entire families and one (or sometimes two) detectives or better yet, ex-detectives with a lot of baggage, who manage to catch the guy at the end of the book.
Even though the general plot is always similar, this doesn't mean these novels are predictable. Almost every story has some unexpected twists and turns, keeping the stories fresh and interesting to read. The novels are always very fast paced and I usually really like the main characters, meaning the detectives are always pretty cool but the victims are often way too whiny for my taste.
One of Simon's victims' twin sister Alex Tremaine ends up back in the town where everything happened thirteen years ago and of course she gets involved in it. She also ends up falling for Vartanian and the two of them find out they are great together. Original? Not really, but it makes for a very fun read. So if you are looking for a novel to read on the train or on a lazy Sunday afternoon, Scream for me is a great choice.
The Woods by Harlan Coben
I could have given this book the same introduction as the previous one, with the exception being that I think that Harlan Coben is a better writer than Karen Rose is and his stories are a little more original. Or better said, not all Coben's novels have a similar plot. Having said that, it doesn't mean the Woods diverts much from the typical crime novel.
Ok I'm not really doing it justice, because it is well written, fast paced and full of the usual twists and turns. However, after having read hundreds of suspense novels it's hard to come up with new stuff to say about it. What I can say if that I really enjoyed reading it, and it's yet another novel to add to your lazy Sunday afternoon reading pile.