Review – Echoes by Joshua Hale Fialkov

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Echoes – Get it here (Amazon) or here (BN)

Author: Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist: Rahsan Ekedal

Genre: Graphic Novel, Suspense

Publication Date: 5 April 2016

Disclaimer: This book was received in exchange for an honest review.

For fans of: Criminal Minds, Dean Koontz, and Chuck Palahnuik 

Synopsis:

From acclaimed author Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor, Pilot Season: Alibi) and rising artist Rahsan Ekedal (Creepy, Think Tank) a disturbing story of murder and mystery wrapped in questions of sanity. Minotaur Press premieres with a story of madness, family and death. Brian Cohn was learning to deal with the schizophrenia inherited from his father. Supportive wife, new baby on the way, drugs to control the voices. But, when on his father’s deathbed he learns that he also inherited the trophies of his father’s career as a serial killer, will his madness send him further down into the crawlspace of his father’s mind?

Review:

I am not usually a suspense fan, but I love Criminal Minds. So when I read the synopsis for this while looking for new books to review for you lovelies, I knew I needed to read this. I was so, so, so excited about starting this graphic novel… and Joshua Hale Fialkov did not disappoint.

It starts out kind of jumbled in the beginning to get you used to Brian’s jumbled mental state. Once it really gets going, however, and Brian finds his father’s trophies, his mental state begins to unravel. His ability to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s happening in his head comes completely undone when he meets a cop looking for a missing girl.

If I had to use a series of one words adjectives to explain this book it would be: dark, suspenseful, mind-bending, and creepy. Fialkov excelled at making me want to root for Brian Cohn. As the story unfolded and things got more complicated, I wanted to reach into the book and save Brian but I was also afraid of him.

Brian is broken and confused. Sinister forces are at work and you aren’t sure when Brian got to be so scary. I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. My stomach was tense and knotted while I read and I found myself holding my breath as I turned the page. When I reached the end, I needed more.

I’ll be picking up the print version with all five parts as soon as possible because I need to know what happens.

Rating: 4.5 Stars!

 

 

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Full Exposure by Tracy Wolff

Full Exposure

Summary:

Desperate to leave a traumatic past behind, photographer Serena Macafee prefers sex with no strings attached—no commitment, just pure pleasure. Her new subject, sculptor Kevin Riley, seems like the perfect man to fulfill her hottest fantasies. And where better than the torrid wetlands of Baton Rouge, where Kevin works—and plays? But as their sessions heat up, so do Serena’s feelings for Kevin.

As she opens herself up to emotions she never wanted, Serena leaves herself vulnerable to everything she thought she’d escaped. As her guard breaks down, her fears are aroused. Something has followed her to the sweltering southern bayou, exposing her to the twisted fantasies of someone in the shadows—and to dangers beyond her wildest dreams.

Review:

After having read another book by Tracy Wolff I couldn’t help but form a kind of preference. Where Tie Me Down caught my attention right away and really held my attention I found that this one dragged but slightly. It wasn’t as fast paced and I had to put it down a couple of time. Also the main character grated my nerves after a while. Serena is a professional photographer who is doing a photo essay on a hot up and coming artist Kevin. Serena has gone through a lot in her life, her twin was brutally murdered ten years before and she was there when it happened. I understand being affected by something but they way she reacted to things just really drove me crazy.

If you like suspense/ thriller books I’d say give it a chance but seeing as how I’m just getting into the genre I wasn’t too impressed with it. It was just okay.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Disclaimer…I received this book for review from Netgalley

Tie Me Down by Tracy Wolff

Tie me down

Tie Me Down

Summary:

As the only woman on her homicide squad, star investigator Genevieve Delacroix maintains a tough-as-nails attitude that keeps men at arm’s length. She never gives in to her secret fantasies—until she meets a mysterious stranger who teaches her how little control she really has over her mind or her body.

Cole Adams arrives in New Orleans believing Genevieve is his last hope for solving the murder of his younger sister. He just doesn’t expect the hard-bitten detective to look like a blond bombshell. Once he breaks through her inhibitions, he soon finds an unexpected obsession driving Genevieve right to the edge of desire . . . and beyond. But when the serial killer who has been terrorizing the streets of the French Quarter sets his sights on Genevieve, they realize that they both have let down their guard. And losing control can have fatal consequences.

Review:

Going into Tie Me Down I wasn’t sure what to expect. The books I read fall into 2 categories.. Either books that are super popular that I have an idea about the plot going into it or books I pick based on either the genre, cover or maybe even just the title or author. In this case it was a combination of both the title and the cover. After a quick check on Goodreads I saw that it was an erotica with BDSM. I didn’t however notice the fact that it would be a suspense and thriller too! I was so surprised at what a fun read this was! It was so refreshing from most of the contemporary reads I’ve been into lately where I can usually figure out where the story is going to end up before I’m even half way through the book. The main character Genevieve is the only female homicide in the French Quarter and stumbles upon a serial kill who is infatuated with her.

The first few chapters are pretty much a sex fest between Genevieve and Cole and I was worried that that was all that was going to happen but I was pleasantly surprised. I’ll give it to the author the the sex was hot! They are both pretty stubborn and there were a few instances where I wanted to yell at them to get their shit together and get over them selves. Cole with being a stubborn jerk who didn’t want to open up and Genevieve with her constant ignoring signs it got a little frustrating at times but I really did enjoy this read. It was a lot of fun and every time I thought I had it figured out something else popped up and had me questioning everything that I was thinking!

I’d totally recommend this to other people its opened me up to this whole murder mystery genre I’d never read before and I can’t wait to get to some more!

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.