Review: The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore


Title: The Poison Artist

Author: Jonathan Moore

Publisher:  Orion

Publication Date: 10 March 2016

Pages:  288 pages

Genre: Crime Thriller

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

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Dr Caleb Maddox is an expert on pain. A leading San Francisco toxicologist, he is mapping the chemical traces that show how much agony a human body can endure. But now a different kind of pain is distracting him from his life’s work – the violent break-up of his relationship with his artist girlfriend, Bridget.

Seeking solace in a secluded bar, he meets a beautiful woman who shares an absinthe with him, then disappears into the night. Instantly obsessed, he starts trawling the hidden byways of the city to try and find her. And when he does, she insists on a bizarre set of rules before he can meet her alone.

But even as he tries to lose himself in Emmeline’s darkly erotic world, Caleb finds himself inexorably drawn back to the study of pain and death. For weeks the police have been fishing corpses out of the bay, with no clue as to how they died, and Caleb’s old friend, medical examiner Henry Newcomb, asks him to decipher the chemical puzzles left in the bloated remains. Soon Caleb discovers evidence of an unspeakable horror connecting all the victims, suggesting that the city is prey to a deranged killer.

And then he discovers that one of the dead men was last seen at the same bar the night he met Emmeline. Suddenly Caleb is plunged into a nightmare where love, madness and murder are clasped in a lethal embrace – and untangling the truth could be the last thing he wants to do.

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Hi folks!

Sorry for the delay in posting reviews – I’m having a few health issues at the moment, and it’s taking all my strength to get through each day right now. Never fear, I’ll be back to posting reviews soon (being ill doesn’t stop me reading!) so keep your eyes peeled for some new posts soon.

In the meantime, enjoy your reading and I’ll keep stockpiling books to review!

~The Forensic Bibliophile

2-in-1 Review: Red Queen and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher:  HarperTeen

Publication Date: 10 February 2015

Pages:  383 pages

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Fiction; Dystopian

Format: e-Book

Source: Bought from store

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Glass SwordTitle: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher:  HarperTeen

Publication Date: 09 February 2016

Pages:  464 pages

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Fiction; Dystopian

Format: e-Book

Source: Bought from store

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If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court wants to control.

Pursued by the vengeful Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the rebellion.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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Mini Review: Once Taken by Blake Pierce

Once TakenTitle:
Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery)

Author: Blake Pierce

Publisher:   Blake Pierce

Publication Date: 18 February 2016

Pages:  235 pages

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery

Format: eBook

Source: Bought from store

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Women are being murdered in up-state New York, their bodies found mysteriously hanging in chains. With the FBI called in, given the bizarre nature of the murders—and the lack of any clues—there is only one agent they can turn to: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley, reeling from her last case, is reluctant to take on a new one, since she is still convinced a former serial killer is out there, stalking her. She knows, though, that her ability to enter a serial killer’s mind and her obsessive nature is what will be needed to crack this case, and she just can’t refuse—even if it will push her over the edge.

Riley’s search takes her deep into a killer’s deluded mind as it leads her to orphanages, mental hospitals, prisons, all in an effort to understand the depth of his psychosis. Realizing she is up against a true psychopath, she knows time is short before he strikes again. But with her own job on the line and her own family a target, and with her fragile psyche collapsing, it may all be too much for her—and too late.

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Mini Review: Once Gone by Blake Pierce

Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery)

Author: Blake Pierce

Publisher:   Blake Pierce

Publication Date: 16 December 2015

Pages:  204 pages

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery

Format: eBook

Source: Bought from store

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Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Virginia, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined. In a frantic race against time, she finds herself pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.

Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE GONE marks the début of a riveting new series-and a beloved new character-that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

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Review: Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

16059468Title: Little Women and Me

Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publication Date: 23 July 2013

Pages:  336 pages

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

Format: e-Book (also available in paperback)

Source: Purchased from retailer

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Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe what she’d change about a classic novel, Emily pounces on Little Women. After all, if she can’t change things in her own family, maybe she can bring a little justice to the March sisters. (Kill off Beth? Have cute Laurie wind up with Amy instead of Jo? What was Louisa May Alcott thinking?!) But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the 1860s world of the book, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won’t be easy. And after being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, it may be Emily–not the four March sisters–who undergoes the most surprising change of all.

I’m often wary of books where authors interweave their plot line with that of a classic, particularly when it’s a book I loved as a child. I’ve re-read Little Women numerous times over the years and figured that as I’ve not seen a book which tackled Little Women before, I would give this a go.

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Review: The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam

cover82124-mediumTitle: The Bones of Grace

Author: Tahmima Anam

Publisher:  Canongate Books

Publication Date: 19th May 2016

Pages: 433 pages

Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction

Format: eBook

Source: Advance Reader Copy from publisher

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The Bones of Grace.

It is the story of Zubaida, and her search for herself.

It is a story she tells for Elijah, the love of her life.

It tells the story of Anwar, the link in Zubaida’s broken chain.

Woven within these tales are the stories of a whale and a ship; a piano and a lost boy.

This is the story of love itself.

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