Book Review: Hour Game by David Baldacci

Since I discovered David Baldacci, I have read his stories with enjoyment. This yarn was no different, encouraging me to turn page after page with my eyes riveted by the words.

The title, Hour Game , suggests a game and the story encompasses just that – a game that has been created by a serial killer. The game begins with a murdered woman in the woods, killed in the style of an infamous murderer. The next victim is killed in a different style, thus making it difficult for the investigators to determine the killer’s motives. Among the investigators are two characters that readers have been introduced to in previous novels: Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, two ex-Secret Service agents. I love that we learn more about these characters in this story and am always excited to see a novel with them in it.

I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. Baldacci kept me guessing as to who was committing murder. Some of my guesses were incorrect as unexpected incidents made me second-guess myself. This novel is definitely well worth the read and I recommend it if you enjoy thrillers that you can finish over a few days.

Have you read any of David Baldacci’s novels?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the third in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

Book Review: The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

I enjoy reading thrillers and when I read the blurb to Karin Slaughter’s novel The Kept Woman, I knew that I could not give this novel a miss. The story begins with the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site and the identification of the dead man as an ex-cop. Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on the case. Evidence links Will and his troubled past to the case, the consequences of which wreak havoc for him in his personal life. His family, friends, and colleagues are all affected. Sara Linton – the newest medical examiner and Will’s lover – realises that the extensive blood loss indicates that there is another victim, a woman, who will die if not found soon.

The hunt is on and, as the case unravels, the reader turns the pages quickly. Often I am able to guess the outcome of the story long before it is revealed. Slaughter, however, manages to keep me in suspense right until the reveal. The story does not unfold as one would expect.- and I love that. Saturday afternoon saw me glued to the sofa as I had to read the last 100 pages non-stop. Would I recommend this novel? Oh, yes. Will your attention be kept right up until the end? Most definitely.  Slaughter’s writing is fast-paced and does not miss a beat. This is a thriller not to miss.

Have you read any of Karin Slaughter’s novels?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the second in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

Book Review: The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

The first book I read for the 50 Book Pledge Challenge was Michael Robotham’s novel The Secrets She Keeps. This book was lent to me with the adviso that the book was ‘gooood!’ and his best novel yet. The blurb on the back of the novel did not give much away except that the story was about two women, Agatha and Meghan. I opened this psychological thriller with anticipation.

I had read about 50 pages of the novel with a feeling of disappointment. The beginning of the novel was too much like what I had read in Paula Hawkins’ Girl on the Train. I read a little more, the plot changed and I became engrossed in the story. This was a perfect read to begin my year with as I was able to read with no interruption.

The story centres around Agatha and Meghan. These women have had different upbringing and life experiences. Meghan appears to have the perfect life, a life which Agatha desires. It is this life that Agatha is intent on acquiring. How she does it, and the steps she takes to achieve this is told to us by a storyteller who has perfected the art of giving the reader tidbits of the story line at a time. While reading the novel, I felt for both the women characters: I felt their triumph, their pain, their loss. Halfway through the book, I could not prevent myself from turning the pages and reading their stories.

Even though the novel was disappointing in the beginning, I enjoyed the story of an experience that a mother never hopes to have. If you enjoyed Girl on a Train, you will enjoy this tale. It is drama at its best.

Have you read any of Robotham’s novels?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was read as part of my 50 Book Pledge)

50 Book Pledge 2018

This year I have decided to join the #50BookPledge led by The Savvy Reader. Not only will I be documenting the books I have read, but I will also have the opportunity to read other readers’ book reviews and participate in competitions. I have participated in book pledges before on Goodreads, and I am interested to see how different this smaller community is to the larger and more well-known one.

I will be tracking my reading in both communities, posting short reviews on my favourite books, as well as posting reviews on my blog. I enjoy reading and know from past documentation that I read more than 50 books a year. This year I pledge to read 75 books – and keep track of them.

If you have pledged to read on either of these communities, look out for me. My profile name is Colline Vinay Kook-Chun. If you follow me, I will be sure to follow you back.

Will you pledge to read 50 books during 2018?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018