Tuesday, March 01, 2016

MINI REVIEWS: One Kick & The Girl In The Ice

Hey everyone! Lately, I've been in a very dark mood where I'm hooked on thrillers, suspense, and mystery novels. So here are two books I've read that I really enjoyed (especially One Kick) and if you haven't read them, make sure to check them out!

One Kick by Chelsea Cain

Title: One Kick
Author: Chelsea Cain
Series: Kick Lannigan
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Publishing Date: August 19th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Rating: 5/5
Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…


Wow. I sped past this book in less than a day and all I can come up with is wow.

This is the first book I've ever read of Chelsea Cain's, and I have to say, she did not disappoint. It had me hooked from page one and now I am dying for book 2, Kick Back. I love our main protagonist, Kick, and she had me addicted from the moment we were introduced. She is very strong, physically, and although she still has to deal with her memories from the past, she is also very strong willed mentally as well. Bishop is another character who I fell in love with, and I could not get enough of the mystery that surrounds his background and personality. Seriously, I'm so intrigued by him and I'm always wondering for the reason behind all of his lies. Bishop is a total mystery, let me tell you that.

This book dealt with serious issues such as kidnapping, child abuse and pornography, and I have to say, this isn't the sort of book I would normally be drawn to. But after reading it, I cannot get enough. The subject itself is very raw, explicit and graphic, but it hooked me all the way through. There were moments where it had my jaw clenching, muscles locked up, and I pushed through those scenes with a big sigh. That's how hooked I was. 

Overall, I fell in love with this book and I seriously cannot wait for the release of the next instalment! I've heard of Chelsea Cain's other series starting with Heartsick, and it sounds right up my alley :D I hope to pick up that series soon while waiting for Kick Back!

The Girl In The Ice

Title: The Girl In The Ice
Author: Robert Bryndza
Series: DCI Erika Foster #1
Publication Date: February 12th 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Rating: 4/5
Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza’s new series today – at a special launch price.
Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster
She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes. 

My Review

A great thriller debut! 

I haven't read a crime thriller in a long time and this was a great book to get back in the genre. Bryndza did an amazing job at creating a crime scene, and I was hooked from the start. I was so surprised when I realised this book was based in Forest Hill in South East London, which is where I live and I could imagine every scene clear in my head. 

The character of DCI Foster, Erika, was such a great character. She went through a lot of major character development and I grew to love her by the end. The side characters like Moss and Peterson was also amazing, and I enjoyed every scene with them. 

The suspense and thrill itself was such a hooker. My brain was working throughout the whole book and I kept asking Who's the murderer? 

Overall, this was a great thriller debut from Bryndza! 


So there you go!
I hoped you enjoyed these two mini reviews, and let me know if you have read these books or wanting to read them! I recommend One Kick especially to those who likes thrillers that deals with heavy topics as well as those who enjoys a bit of mystery :D

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