Mystery

The Troop: Review

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Sometimes, after reading a few benign books, you just need a good dose of creepy. You know, shake things up a bit. This book provides that needed creep factor, without losing the elements of a good story.

This story centers around a group of boy scouts, and their troop leader, camping on an isolated island. When a strange, sick man stumbles onto the island; everything just goes a little crazy (that being an immense understatement). The boys face off against the elements as well as each other, and the relatively unknown sickness that threatens to infect every one of them.

There was an ok plot throughout the book. It basically just follows the boys as they try to avoid becoming infected and as they deal with the others who are already infected. Although the reader knows what the sickness is and what caused it, the boys don’t. It’s interesting to follow them as they try to figure things out, but there isn’t much mystery for the reader.

This book is pretty gory, so I would definitely not recommend it if you get grossed out easily. The descriptions of the people who are infected are incredibly disturbing (as are the thoughts that those people have). The description of the “worm” is also pretty disturbing and makes me never; ever want to encounter a tapeworm, or any other worm/snake for that matter.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the news articles that were placed in between the chapters. I understand that they aided in the clarification of numerous points, I didn’t think they added very much to the story as the writing wasn’t as good as the rest of the story. I would have preferred it if they had been left out altogether and the author had just revealed the source of the contagion at the end.

The writing itself is pretty good, other than the news articles. The author does a nice job of describing the thoughts and feelings of the characters in a way that isn’t annoying and does add to the story.

Bottom Line: I would give this book 8/10 stars. Although there were a few things that need some work, the overall story was creepy and pleasing.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.

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Never Go Back: Review

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I received a copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads and was pretty excited. I had read the first couple Jack Reacher novels a few years back and had genuinely enjoyed the books; I couldn’t wait to see what the latest novel starring Jack Reacher would be like.

This book certainly did not disappoint. If you are already a fan of either Jack Reacher or Lee Child, then you will definitely not be disappointed with this book. If you have never read a book by Lee Child and are looking for a great secret agent/mystery book, odds are likely you will be disappointed with this book.

The plot of this book is decent. It’s an intriguing story with a lot of depth and a lot of minute details. There were so many details that the story got a little bit confusing at times. I had a rough time keeping what was hard fact and what was speculation by the characters straight. That being said, I did like all the attention to detail. It was obvious while reading that Child had spent many hours researching and immersing himself in the details of his story, which made the story seem extremely authentic.

I also had a hard time keeping the characters themselves straight. At the end of the book, a couple of characters were reintroduced and I found myself flipping back through the book trying to remember who they were and what their purpose was. The main characters though were very dynamic, Reacher was his typical self and I enjoyed his interactions with the other characters.

The writing in this book is mediocre. Child isn’t an awful writer, and he certainly is better than most at writing realistic dialogue, but there isn’t anything about his writing style that stands out as exceptional. This book read like it could have been written by anyone, not a bestselling author.

Bottom Line: I would give this book 8/10 stars. I enjoyed the story, although things got a little confusing at times, and it was a typical Jack Reacher novel (which is what I was looking for).

Nowhere Safe: Review

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I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway and I just have to say that this is one of the better books that I have received from a giveaway.

There is a lot going on in this book, to the point where at times it is hard to keep track of everything that is going on. It definitely doesn’t help that the point-of-view changes multiple times in a chapter, so you really have to pay attention to the names of the characters.

The fact that there is a lot going on in the story really was what made the book such a winner for me; it was literally edge-of-your-seat action the entire time! Once all of the characters were introduced and I was able to keep track of who was who, I couldn’t stop reading!

The topic of the book is interesting, pedophiles and a killer who takes them out. The author does a fantastic job of portraying the thoughts of the pedophiles in a believable and disturbing manner. I spent a lot of the book being disgusted by what the pedophiles were thinking about.

There was a little too much talk of sex throughout the book for my taste, but I understand that this is a book mainly about pedophiles so it was probably to be expected. The relationship between Jake and September I couldn’t have lived without though, it seemed like it fit awkwardly in the book yet it definitely added more excitement to the storyline.

Although I really enjoyed this book, there was nothing to really set it apart from other books in the genre. While it’s an enjoyable and quick read, this book is probably not one you will remember years down the road…

Bottom Line: I would give this book 8/10 stars, the story was enjoyable but not one that’s destined to become a favorite. I’m still glad that I read it as it provided good, thought-provoking entertainment for an evening.