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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Recent Mystery Reads

WATCHER IN THE WOODS

by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Rockton #4
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
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My friend, Rashika, got me invested in the Rockton books last year. It didn't take much convincing from her as I had previously read and enjoyed a few of Armstrong's YA novels. This series, however, is my absolute favorite. I don't quite know what it says about me, but there's is something so morbidly intriguing about murders in a small town. Rockton is even more fascinating given that it's a secret town that homes a lot of unpleasant characters, as well as victims of crimes. Armstrong is at her finest with these books because every detail is carefully thought out. I was a little wary going into this 4th book of the series. How much longer can the author keep my interest in these books I wondered, but I had nothing to worry about. It's so interesting to me how diverse in personalities the characters in this book are. I continue to love and root for my power couple, Casey and Eric. They are very comfortable around each other now and you would think that it would make it boring for readers, but far from it. It's actually quite nice reading about a couple who are so open and trustworthy of each other. We also get to meet some newer characters here, including Casey's sister and Sebastian, who was quite possibly my newest favorite. Then, there was the actual mystery. For a small secretive town, Rockton sure was full of activity, which includes murder and more secrets than Casey can handle. Armstrong handled it all like a pro, of course, keeping me engaged all throughout. I especially love that she continues to maintain the eerie atmosphere of Rockton so brilliantly. As with the previous books, Watcher in the Woods ends with a bang, wrapping up the main storylines, while also leaving some open for exploration in future books. Watcher in the Woods was another excellent addition to this fantastic spooky series. I want more.

THE HUNTING PARTY

by Lucy Foley
Genres: Mystery, Adult
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★

The Hunting Party caught my interest because of the comparisons to the legendary Tana French in the summary. I was excited to read this book. I mean the promise of a friend reunion, an estate in the Scottish highlands, a blizzard and a murder is sure to have any crime thriller fan intrigued. While enjoyable as a whole, I, unfortunately, did not find The Hunting Party to be all that memorable. That probably has to do with the multiple POVs. I understood why the book was written this way, but it was hard to keep track who was who. It didn't help that pretty much all of them were so unlikeable! I enjoyed the setting and I thought the author did a good job at keeping the air of mystery strong throughout the book. I did, however, feel that it was a bit slow-moving at times which took me out of the story. When the murderer was finally revealed, I thought it was a little bit wishy-washy and quite uneventful for me personally. It wasn't a revelation that had me gasping in shock, which was what I was hoping for. Nevertheless, it was still an entertaining read for the duration that I did spend with it, so I would still recommend it if you're into whodunnit type of mysteries.

What are some recent mystery books you've read and loved?
Let me know in the comments below!

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