Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such a fun and exciting story! I loved the animated characters with distinct personalities, and I enjoyed how their long working relationship has made them connected in a special way.

Billie, Helen, Natalie, and Mary Ann are assassins who have been working together for so many years, and now it’s time for their retirement! YAY!… except it seems that this all-expense paid cruise was a set-up and now they are the targets!

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All the Broken Girls by Linda Hurtado Bond

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fantastic crime and investigative thriller! I enjoyed the mystery and found the characters to be interesting and easy to invest in!

Mari Alvarez lost her mother years ago to an unsolved murder. Now Mari is an investigative reporter and has found another murder that resembles her mother’s death. When the murders continue, Mari knows she has to dig into what is happening to save future victims and maybe herself.

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No One Will Hear Your Screams by Thomas O’Callaghan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

No One Will Hear Your Screams had an excellent plot that had some great twists that kept me on the edge of my seat! I loved how the pieces all fell into place rounding out the entire stories and leading to those great “AH HA!” moments as the book wrapped up.

My Synopsis:

Homicide Commander Lieutenant John Driscoll is back with another case to solve. Someone is murdering prostitutes through the city of New York. The killer is calling himself Tilden and he has set out to rid New York City of what he considers utter filth.

As Lieutenant John Driscoll dives into this case, he finds that Tilden is an eccentric murderer. Driscoll discovers that the women are being embalmed while still alive, leading to more questions about who Tilden is.

Can Lieutenant John Driscoll and his team find and stop Tilden before he kills again?

How I Felt:

This book had a great plot that I felt was really well put together. All the pieces fell into place and there was a good amount of suspense and surprise throughout the story.

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The Diary of a Serial Killer’s Daughter by L.A. Detwiler

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This entire book is written as diary entries from the perspective of the daughter of a serial killer. I really liked the changes made as the daughter grows. Her sentence structure changes, her view on the world, and her vocabulary, all evolve as she grows.

How I Felt:

I was somewhat disturbed by this book, and yet I could not stop reading it. That doesn’t happen to me often. I’ll DNF a book if I find the subject matter to be too much for me, but in this case, I just couldn’t put it down. It was a well-written and extremely intriguing story. I’m putting my CONTENT WARNINGS at the end of my thoughts, so please read them before deciding if this is a book for you.

The story starts when Ruby is 6 years old. She’s just gotten her diary and discovers how much she enjoys writing in it. She shares all of her thoughts and secrets with her diary and we, the readers, begin to see that Ruby views the world differently than many people. I think that she may have had some OCD and autistic tendencies. She repeats words a lot, always in threes, and she likes the number 7 for things. Schedule is extremely important to her, and she is bothered by loud noise, among other things. Her diary entries begin to discuss the game her daddy plays in the garage, where there is always red, red, red.

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The Flower Arranger by J.J. Ellis

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The setting of this book was in Japan and covered a variety of locations. The writing really took me to each of these places and made me appreciate each one’s beauty.

How I Felt: I loved this book. It was fast-paced with a lot of action to keep my attention all the way through. The beginning of the book was a bit of a struggle as there are a lot of Japanese words thrown in right at the start and, not knowing what they meant, I struggled. I finally just realized that I didn’t need to know what they meant, context would help me, or I could look them up. And after that, it wasn’t an issue for me anymore. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I was interested in the characters and their part in the plot, and I was invested in the story.

To Read or Not To Read: If you enjoy action-packed crime fiction and thrillers, this is a good book for you! It’s a murder-mystery focused on a serial killer that must be stopped.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Holly Blain is a reporter in Japan covering the celebrity stories, while she really wants to be covering crime. A connection with the police department falls into her lap and she convinces her boss to let her cover the story. She very quickly realizes she has stumbled into quite the story. Two non-Japanese girls are missing, one has just turned up in a city dump, dead with flowers attached to her clothing. Holly and Detective Tanaka are able to find ways to get so close to the serial killer, and yet just miss him. This story takes us through their chase of the killer. As more girls go missing, will they be able to stop the killer before he makes his next masterpiece?

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This book was provided to me by the publisher, Agora Books, in exchange for my honest review.

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