There are your typical run of the mill thrillers and there are thrillers that stand out because of their uniqueness. This is one of those thrillers that stand out among the rest, as I haven’t read any novels that even closely resembles Hostile Takeover.
Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read standalone — although I wouldn’t have minded having a little more backstory on John Lago by reading the first thriller in the series. Not to worry, though, as I’m ordering the first book soon – which, by the way, is going to be a major motion picture at some point in time. It’s been said that the John Lago series is like Dexter working in the office. Now I haven’t watched Dexter at all, but this book convinced me I need to so I’ve loaded that up on Netflix to begin watching.
I saw Exposure listed on NetGalley, and, being a guy, of course I was interested. A book about sex? Sweet! I’m all for learning about the porn industry. After all, sex sells, and yet it’s such a taboo subject in our culture. Many people do it, and yet it’s still frowned upon, talked in secret, and misinformation (or lack of information) is given to teenagers. So, Chauntelle Tibbals set out to explore the adult entertainment industry.
I’ve got mixed feelings on this book. I didn’t care much for the first half, and mostly enjoyed the remaining half. I liked it but didn’t, such as to the point where it’s difficult to decide if three or four starts is more fitting since I don’t do half stars. In the end, I think three stars is the better fit.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this opener to the Broken Lies series. It has some good moments. It’s a decent dystopian novel, it’s just that for the first 40-or-so percent I didn’t really care for the book. I felt like I didn’t really know what direction the book was heading in for the overall plot/conflict. Luckily though, after the somewhat bland beginning, things picked up and got more exciting.
The book immediately gets your heart pumping, beginning with a real life Saw-like scenario: two friends are placed someplace they are unable to escape, such as a deep, empty pool or an abandoned factory. In the room is a gun. Your ticket out? Kill the other person, and the survivor is set free.
Hair of the Dog is the third novel in the Dan Mahoney series by author Susan Slater. Dan is an investigator for the insurance company United Life and Casualty. This time around he’s sent to Florida, where five racing greyhounds, all heavily insured, were lost in a fire – not to mention an employee was found dead in a pool of blood with the word “thief” carved on his forehead, too. While everything initially seems to be nothing but dead ends for Dan, over time pieces of the puzzle come to light.
Monthly crates seem to be the in thing right now, especially in the book world. As much as I’ve wanted to try OwlCrate, I can’t really justify $30 just for a book and a few bookish items. Uppercase Box is a bit cheaper cheaper, but again, you only get one book. So when I heard that Bookcase was starting a monthly crate service, I figured that $15 for 3 books was a steal. (note: prices have increased slightly now that this first crate batch was sent out)
“Eventually every lie becomes an unexploded bomb lurking beneath the surface, rusting away, ready to detonate”
I’ve been toying around with the thought of whether I’d rather this 3 stars or 4 stars since I don’t do halves in my ratings, and ultimately I feel that 3 stars better suits my liking of this book. Ultimately, I did not care the constant narration that made up a large portion of this book. Yes, there is some dialogue, but not a whole lot compared to the average fiction novel you might read.