Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith

Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith

Title  - Alison Wonderland 
Author - Helen Smith
Published - Aug '11
Publisher - Lake Union Publishers 
Pages - 176
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £6.99 Kindle - £2.48
ISBN - 1935597752

When her husband leaver her Alison impulsively takes a job at a private investigators office. Hoping it will help her move on and fix her life. she finds herself searching for missing items and following cheating husbands. But all that is nothing compared to the wonderful and fascinating people she has in her life. A psychic postman, a best friend who's mother is a witch and so much more. 

When I read the title of this book, I immediately thought of  Alice in Wonderland which of course is my favourite book. I love reading adaptations and remakes of it so I immediately chose this book. 

I found this book to be very slow and rather boring. I thought Alison was a rather annoying character and all in all I just couldn't get on with the book. I only read about five chapters then I gave up. I didn't enjoy the writing style, I didn't find the characters to be very likeable and overall I just wasn't enjoying it. For these reasons, I didn't finish the book and therefore am unable to give a full review. 

Rating - One out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - No
Would I Recommend? - No
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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I Am Death by Chris Carter

I am Death by Chris Carter

Title - I Am Death
Author - Chris Carter 
Published - Dec '17
Publisher - Pocket Books 
Genre - #Crime #Thriller #Mystery 
Pages - 432
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £3.24 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 1476765723

I am death is the seventh book in the series by Chris Carter. This book, however, was released as a standalone novel. When the body of a young women turns up near LA's international airport staged to look like like a human five-point star. Hunter knows he has to work fast to find her killer but before he can do anything another victim turns up. The autopsy reveals these victims died in horrendous circumstances for this killer is dead. 

By the time you get to this book in the series, you feel like you really know the characters. This I feel is because of how well Carter has written them. His descriptive writing and his writing style allow you to really understand and love these characters. 

This book was really easy to read with a great plot, fantastic characters that you can relate to and feel empathy for, the characters are also really likeable too. Carters writing style is really captivating and easy to follow, I really enjoy his writing style. I also like the fact that although this book is part of the series, you can read this book as a standalone novel. 

Yet again Chris Carter has done an amazing job. I just love his books. For these reasons I have chosen to give this book Five out of Five Stars 

Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? -  Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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An Evil Mind by Chris Carter

An Evil Mind by Chris Carter

Title - An Evil Mind 
Author - Chris Carter 
Published - July '15
Publisher - Simon and Schuster UK
Genre -  #Murder #Thriller #Crime 
Pages - 496
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £8.99 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 1471132218

An evil mind is the sixth book in the Robert Hunter Series by Chris Carter. Once again Hunter is on the trail of another serial killer. When a man is arrested for double homicide, Hunter is called in by the local sheriff's department. Hunters investigation leads him to a more sinister discovery. A serial killer who has been killing across America for the past twenty-five years. 

I found this book to be a bit slower than the other books in the series, it took a bit longer for me to get into it. But once I got into it I did enjoy it, It was just a slow burner. 

This book focuses a lot more on Hunter and we get to see how he works without Garcia which is a nice change, we also learn a lot more about Hunters history and about his character as a whole. 

Again the discriptive writing in this book is brilliant and really transports you into the story. Its so vivid you can almost see it happening in front of you as you read it. This certainly helps to pull you into the story. 

Another wonderfully written book by Chris Carter and for these reasons I have chosen to give this book Four out of Five Stars. 

Rating -  Four out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? -  Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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The Night Stalker by Chris Carter

The Night Stalker by Chris Carter 

Title - The Night Stalker 
Author - Chris Carter 
Published - Feb '12
Publisher - Simon and Shuster UK
Genre - #Mystery #Crime #Thriller 
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £6.99 Kindle - £4.99
Pages - 464
ISBN - 0857202987

When the body of women is found at an abandoned butchers shop on a table with no apparent cause of death and no marks on her body. She is taken to the morgue for an autopsy and Robbery Homicide detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia are called in. 

The M.E starts to the autopsy, noting the women's lips and female organs have been sewn shut. After undoing the stitches the M.E discovers a bomb inside the women's female parts. But why?

When another body shows up again no apparent cause of death, sewn lips and female organs. Hunter and Garcia don't know what to make of it. This body, however, comes with a message 'He's inside you' What does this mean? Why is this happening? 

Hunter and Garcia are thrown on to one of their sickest cases yet, Carter has done really well with his descriptive writing, it really gives your imagination the tools needed to set the scenes in your mind. This drags you into the story and makes it impossible to put down. With every page turn and every chapter, you find yourself being pulled deeper into the story and the lives of the characters. 

A really sick and twisted story but wonderfully gripping and unputdownable at the same time. For these reasons, I have chosen to give this book Five out of Five Stars. 

Rating -  Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes 
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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One by One by Chris Carter

One by One by Chris Carter 

Title - One By One
Author - Chris Carter 
Published - May '14
Publisher - Simon and Schuster 
Genre - #Crime #Mystery #Thriller 
Pages - 513
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £5.94 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 0857203088

One By One is the fifth book in the Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter. The LAPD Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) deal with some of the sickest and worst criminals and serial killers imaginable. Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia head up the RHD and are in charge of catching these sick minds. 

When Robert receives a phone call instructing him to go to a website there is nothing he can do but comply. When the website shows a man about to be killed and Robert has to choose between two death methods, what can he do? Before they have a chance to do anything another victim and another website is live but this time the whole world gets to vote how they die. Throwing everything into tracking this killer can Hunter and Garcia catch the killer before its too late. Before too many victims are voted for. 

Reading these books makes me wonder about the places Carters mind must go in his mind to write these amazing yet horrifying stories. Carter is a psychologist which I believe shows in his books, the way he writes about his killers and his characters. 

Yet again Hunter and Garcia are pushed to their limits and we see them evolve as characters even more. We as readers are pulled into the story desperate to turn the page and read on, not wanting to put the book down. 

We feel like we know these characters like they are apart of our world and we are apart of theirs. This is down to the fantastic writing and the wonderful imagery created throughout the book. 

Yet again another amazing book by Chris Carter, it had me completely hooked from the start right to the end, I just couldn't put it down. When I finished it, I felt like a piece of me was missing. So for these reasons I have chosen to give this book Five out of Five Stars. 

Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes 
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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The Death Sculptor by Chris Carter

The Death Sculptor by Chris Carter 

Title - The Death Sculptor 
Author - Chris Carter 
Published - Feb '13
Publisher - Simon and Shuster 
Genre - #Crime #Thriller #Mystery 
Pages - 512
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £6.38 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 0857203029

The Death Sculptor is the fourth novel in the Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter. Hunter and Garcia are on the case of another serial killer, another sick mind to hunt down. This time the killer is killing his victims then using their body parts to make a human sculptor. But why? Can Hunter and Garcia figure out the meaning of the sculptors before even more people die? Can they catch this killer?

Yet again we are introduced to Hunter and Garcia. We learn more about their pasts, which helps the reader connect better with the characters which in turns helps the reader to invest more in the story. 

The pace of the book is very similar to the other books in the series, its a really good pace, easy to follow with a really interesting storyline. I found it really gripping and it really pulled me into the story and I just couldn't put it down. 

Were introduced to new characters, the family of the victims, which sends you on a whirlwind of emotions. I did find with this book, I did manage to work out who the killer was quite early on. I had a gut feeling about the killer, there was just something that set of my spider senses. 

All in all, another fantastic book from Chris Carter, in the Robert Hunter series. Definitely one of my favourite series I've read this year so far. For these reasons, I have chosen to give this book Five out of Five Stars. 



Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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Two Little Girls by Kate Medina

Two Little Girls by Kate Medina

Title - Two Little Girls 
Author - Kate Medina 
Published - Nov '18
Publisher - Harper Collins 
Genre - #Thriller #Crime #Psychological 
Pages - 400
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £7.99 Kindle - £8.99
ISBN - 0008214034

This is a Jessie Flynn crime thriller novel. Jessie Flynn is a psychologist who has a dark past which she struggles to deal with. Two years ago a young girls body was found on the beach with a doll left beside her, her killer was never caught. Now another girl has been found dead, she was also left with a doll beside her. DI Bobby Simmons realised he's got a second chance to catch his killer. Dr Jessie Flynn is called in to help with the investigation. But Flynn has a new patient Laura who is dragging her into a dangerous web of lies and deception. 

This is the book I've read by Kate Medina. I must say I rather enjoyed it. Yet again I find myself reading a mid-series book, this is starting to become a bad habit of mine. 

Were introduced to psychologist Jessie Flynn, we learn about her past which we see her struggle to come to terms with. We see the strength she has and the passion she has for her job. I found Jessie to be a likeable character who you find yourself feeling sympathy for. You also want her to be able to face her past and come to terms with what happened. 

I enjoyed the writing style of this book, the book flowed well. The storyline was interesting. I didn't find it as captivating as other books in the same genre. But I did still enjoy it. I'm not sure I would read it again but I am glad I read it the once. 

For these reasons, I have chosen to give this book three out of five stars. 

Thank You to Netgally for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating - Three out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - No 
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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The Crucifix Killer

The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter

Title - The Crucifix Killer
Author - Chris Carter 
Published - Jan '13
Publisher - Simon and Schuster Uk
Genre - #Crime #Thriller #Mystery
Pages - 448
Price - Paperback - £8.46 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 1471128210

This is the first book in The Robert Hunter series. Robert Hunter is a detective with the LAPD Robbery Homicide Violent Crime Division (RHD) 
When the body of a young woman is found, Robert is called in, throwing him into a terrible nightmare of a case. The woman had suffered a horrific death and the killer had carved a double-crucifix on the back of her neck. This is the known signature of the serial killer The Crucifix Killer. 

The problem is the crucifix killer was caught and prosecuted two years ago and he was also executed. So is this a copycat? or did they get the wrong killer the first time around? If this is the case, can Hunter and Garcia catch the right guy this time?

I first read one of the later books in the series and I loved it (See the previous review) it made me want to start from the beginning of the series. So this book as I mentioned earlier is the first book in the Robert Hunter series. We are introduced to the two main characters. Detective Robert Hunter, a solitary man dedicated to his job, passionate about education and learning. He was a child prodigy.

Hunter is a really likeable character, I found myself being able to relate to Hunter a lot. I thought he was a very 3-dimensional character and I could see a lot of my own behaviour and characteristics in him. Carter has done a wonderful job of bringing this character to life on the page. 

The second main character is Carlos Garcia, he is Hunter's new partner. He is new to the Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) I felt Garcia was the Ying to Hunters Yang. 

I found these two characters worked so well together and it was watching their friendship and partnership grow. Again I found Garcia to be really likeable and a really realistic character. Wonderfully brought to life throughout the book. They came to life so much that after reading this book, I ended up dreaming about the pair of them for several nights. 

I found Carters writing style to be really easy to follow, gripping and set at a comfy pace. There was a decent amount of chapters, each a decent length. There's nothing I hate more than hundreds and hundreds of very short chapters, like chapters that are a page long. Thankfully this was not the case with this book. Each chapter flowed well into the next and didn't leave you thinking 'huh' very easy flow and a great read. The pace of the book was really good making the book really nice to read. It takes you through the story at a decent pace, pulling you deeper and deeper into the story so you can't put it down. 

I found the storyline to be very interesting and it kept me guessing throughout, I wasn't easily able to guess what the ending was going to be, which is sometimes so easily done in thriller novels. 

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have added Chris Carter to my list of favourite authors, this series has quickly become one of my favourites series I have read this year. 

I have chosen to give this book Five stars. I believe it very much deserves it. 



Rating -  Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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