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September 2013

Book Reviews, Books, Crime

Criminal – Karin Slaughter | Review

September 30, 2013
Karin Slaughter Criminal Book Cover Kindle

No major spoilers, I promise! 

September has been a busy month for me which means I’ve only had chance to read two books, one of which is Karin Slaughter’s Criminal.

This time last year I read Fallen, which is the third book in the Georgia series, and I fully intended to the start of the series and read Undone. While I had very good intentions of doing that, I really wanted to know how things went with Will and Sara so instead of reading the first book in the series I picked up the fourth.

The story kicks off with the body of a college girl being found in a way which echoes a case from 30 years ago and main character Will Trent is confused and frustrated to find out that his boss Amanda Wagner won’t let him work on the case and demotes him to Airport duty.

Hours later he finds his boss Amanda Wagner snooping around the Children’s Home where he grew up, which results in yet more frustration, confusion and minor injuries after he spent hours scouring the basement for whatever Amanda was looking for.

From previous books we’re well aware that he has an unpleasant past, something he’s still trying to come to terms with 30-odd years later and in Criminal we get to find out all the gory details.

The book is told from multiple points of view, combining the past and the present with points of view from victims, Will, Amanda and his girlfriend Sara.

Points of view from the past look at how the original case was solved with Amanda and her partner Evelyn heading their first case, much to their colleagues disapproval. Her point of view also explores what life was like for a female Police Officer in Georgia in the 1970s and we get to learn a lot more about Amanda and Evelyn. (Evelyn is Will’s partner, Faith’s, Mother)

I won’t go into any more details though as I don’t want to ruin it for you, however I can tell you it’s a gripping read.

If you’ve read any of my previous book reviews you’ll know I’m a fan of multiple perspectives as it can really add to a story, however with so many victims it did get confusing sometimes and I found myself having to back track to remind myself who was who. Though fair play to Slaughter she pulled off multiple perspectives pretty well. (I hesitate to say perfectly because the sheer amount was tricky to keep up with.)

As well as learning about Will Criminal does a lot to explain why Amanda is the way she is. She comes across as a steely, hardened woman who can sometimes be too harsh on Will so it’s refreshing and weird to see her as a young vulnerable woman.

Immediately after finishing the book  I felt that a little too much time was spent in the past but on reflection it seems that the real story was actually the crime being solved in the past and was a clever way for us to learn more about Will and Amanda without it being talked out in a psychologists office or something cheesy or predictable like that.

Overall it’s a great  read and Slaughter managed to weave the past and present together brilliantly and even threw in a few twists to keep us hooked.

As I always do after finishing a book I visit Goodreads to see what other readers thought and there seem to be quite a few of Slaughters fans saying this they like this one the least or it’s her worst book. If this is her worst book, I can’t wait to read her best.

I’ve only read two of Slaughter’s books but after finishing both of them I’ve felt sad that it was over and excited to read the rest, so I best work my way through my ‘to read’ pile pretty sharp-ish.

If you’re a fan of crime and mystery, I’d definitely recommend this. You don’t need to have read any of the previous novels in the series, however the first book is probably a good place to start. (I should follow my own advice)

4 out of 5

If you’ve read Criminal, or any other Karin Slaughter novel let me know what you think. Also if you have any recommendations for books (of any genre) I’d love to hear them. 
Italy, Life, Travel

A Cure for a Good Time Hangover?

September 16, 2013

Monza

The moment I woke up this morning my brain was kind enough to remind me that it’s been a week now since I returned from Italy (thanks brain) which has put a serious dampener on my day. 

It’s fair to say I’ve been a miserable git for the past week. Having to return to work after doing my dream job for a few days was cruel and I can’t shake off my good time hangover.

Most of us suffer from it after returning from a holiday and going back to our ‘normal lives’, so how do you get over it?

I’ve been pretty busy since getting back and have even started looking into next years races and planning them which has helped a bit.

How do you get over a good time hangover?

Italy, Life

Wordless Wednesday: Old Banking

September 11, 2013

Monza old banking

While at the Italian Grand Prix last week, we went on a hunt to find the old banking, at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

I’ve seen plenty of pictures of it previously but none of them do it justice. It is incredibly steep, I tried to climb to the top of it and failed miserably. To think that cars used to race around seems absolutely crazy when you see it.

At some point this week I will be posting about my trip to the Italian Grand Prix! 

Italy, Life, Travel, Writing

Buongiorno from Italy!

September 5, 2013

Bergamo Italy

Boungiorno from Italy! 

I arrived in Italy yesterday afternoon after one lovely flight (yes I said that!), it wasn’t as bad as I expected and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. So after nabbing a window seat I could see the entire way and was treated to a lovely view as we flew over the Alps.

The scariest part of the trip was actually the trip from the airport to the hotel in the taxi; I have experienced some awful taxi driving in my life but that trip took the biscuit.

The lady who runs the hotel gave me an upgrade which was lovely and I’ve got a great view. The front looks out into a little street and there’s a bakery ACROSS the road and the picture above is my view out the back!

Another brucey bonus was managing to find Estee Lauders discontinued Raisins palette in the duty free store at Manchester Airports and I also picked up a lovely YSL lipstick, so there will be reviews on both of those when I get back.

Today I’m off to the circuit (if I can figure out how to get there!) to start my reporting duties. I only have a couple of posts scheduled while I’m here as I’m unlikely to be able to reply to any comments and I’ll feel mean ignoring you folks.

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