Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What I'm Currently Reading

Lately I've been having the issue where I will start reading a book and get excited about it but then I'll get another book and I'll get excited about that one so I'll start reading that one.  This is what I am currently working my way through at the moment:

I saw this one while I was perusing the library online catalogue so I snapped it up and started reading it straight away just because it was on my wishlist.  So far, I'm glad that I've picked this one up though as it has been really funny and an interesting mystery.

Just a review book on netgalley that I have slowly been working my way through.  It's a really good story but because it's a PDF I have to read the book on my computer which makes it hard going  but I'm getting there.

I have had this one sitting around for quite a while and I've been looking at it on and off and the other day I finally picked it up and started reading it.  I just haven't picked it back up since I put it down.

I had been reading a chapter of this for my assignment and basically just kept on reading it.  I'm almost finished the book but it's taking me a while.

I got this one for my birthday and just decided to pick it up one day and have read about 75 pages so far. 

This is a short story collection so I've pretty much been making my way through this one slowly.

This is a book I have had for quite a while and I've been wanting to read it for a really long time.  I've read about 100 pages so far but haven't read any more for a couple of months.

So, those are the books that I'm reading at the moment.  I'm hoping to slowly work my way through them and NOT start any more books until I've finished all of these ones but we'll see how that goes.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Title: Once

Author: Morris Gleitzman

Published: Puffin, 2008 (first published 2005)

Pages: 192

Series: Book 1, Once

Summary: Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn't know anything about the war, and thinks he's only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them—straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland.
     To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him. Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library. But as Felix's journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain.
Despite his grim surroundings, Felix never loses hope.  (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I had read a few books by Morris Gleitzman a while ago and I remember how Morris Gleitzman has a way of adding humour into serious topics.  None of the books I’ve read by him have been about a topic as serious as World War II in Nazi Germany however, so I was interested in seeing how he would do this.
I think that Morris Gleitzman did a good job of turning the events of the Holocaust into a children’s book.  It’s not something that I imagine to be an easy task but he managed to make it realistic but also added in small elements of humour.

In all honesty I found it a little hard to read parts of Once, the naiveté of Felix was quite hard to read about.  It did get better though, as Felix grew and understood things a little better as the book went along.

There were some interesting characters in this book, some of the people that Felix met along the way were quite interesting people.  I particularly liked Zelda, as she just seemed to have something that really made her stand out amongst the other characters.

I notice that this is a series consisting of four books.  I am curious about what becomes of Felix and Zelda so I may pick the next book up at some point.

Overall, I thought that Once was quite an interesting book and feel like it was very well written and well done given the heavy subject matter.

Source: AudiobookSync

Friday, July 26, 2013

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Title: Carter Finally Gets It

Author: Brent Crawford

Published: Disney-Hyperion, 2009

Pages: 300

Series: Book 1, Carter Finally Gets It

Summary: Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it's a lazy nickname, but he didn't have much say in the matter.)

Here are five things you should know about him:

1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons.

2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day unless he gets distracted. 

3. He's a virgin, mostly because he's no good at talking to girls (see number 1).

4. He's about to start high school.

5. He's totally not ready.
Join Carter for his freshman year, where he'll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he'll almost kill a trombone player, face off with his greatest nemesis, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), get caught up in a messy love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I feel like I’ve been reading so many heavy novels lately that I felt like I needed to read something more light and funny.  Carter Finally Gets It has been one that was recommended to me so I was really happy that audiobook sync had it as a free download.

This book is reminiscent of Youth in Revolt by C. D. Payne it just isn’t as hilarious but it does have a lot of humorous elements to it.  Carter has the WORST luck when it comes to everything and so he ends up in these hilarious situations.  I couldn’t help but laugh each chapter that something went wrong for him.

I did find myself laughing every couple of chapters; there are some very memorable chapters which were really funny.  I think that the movie chapter was pretty hilarious.

I found Carter to be an interesting character.  It’s always nice to read a book from a male perspective.  The supporting characters were alright, I thought Carter’s sister Lynn was pretty funny.

I really enjoyed reading Carter Finally Gets It and I am curious about the next book in the series so I think that once I get my reading pile under control I’ll probably pick up the sequel to read through.

Source: Audiobook Sync

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Synopsis Etiquette

Or, what should and should not be in the summary when reading the jacket or back of a book.


Tell me everything that is going to happen in the book!  There are some books out there that give a summary of practically everything that is going to happen in the book.  I don’t like this as I would actually like to read the book and discover the ending for myself.

Give me a description that sounds absolutely amazing but is not at all what the story is about.

Describe the tiniest portion of a book so that I think that must be the main focus of the book when in fact it is a minute fraction of the book.


Give enough details that I will understand the tone of the book and what the main focus of the book will be without giving away any spoilers.

Make the book sound intriguing and something that I would want to pick up without stretching the truth of the contents too much.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell

Title: The Body Farm

Author: Patricia Cornwell

Published: Sphere (originally published 1994)

Pages: 384

Series: Book 5, Kay Scarpetta

Summary: Black Mountain, North Carolina: a sleepy little town where the local police deal with one homicide a year, if they're unlucky, and where people are still getting used to the idea of locking their doors at night.

But violent death is no respector of venue, and the discovery of the corpse of an eleven-year-old girl sends shock waves through the community. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner on a similar case in Virginia, is called in to apply her forensic skills to this latest atrocity, but the apparent simplicity of the case proves something of a poisoned chalice - until Scarpetta finds enlightenment through the curious pathologists' playground known as the Body Farm... (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After reading the first four books in the series I was so excited to start this one.  As soon as I had the book in my hands I started reading it and didn’t put it down until I finished it.

I love these books so much, they have this air of mystery which I absolutely love and then it also has the scientific element involving the forensics and I think it’s really good because there are computer forensics in there sometimes too.

One thing that bothers me a little book about this series is that I find it really odd that for every male Kay works worth they either have romantic feelings for her or they really do not like her.  Surely, there should be some guys who either only views her as a friend or as a neutral acquaintance.

I feel like some of the characters in this book went a little off the deep end and their behaviour was so not like them from the previous books.  Only one of the character’s issues had some semblance of being resolved so it will be interesting how the next book portrays these characters.

Not trying to divulge spoilers I just want to say that I think it’s great that there is actually some continuity between this book and the last in terms of the crimes although, that was once again left open as it seemed to be forgotten about in the last few chapters.

I did however, have my suspicions about who was behind some of the crimes taking place in the book and I was surprised by how I was right which was just awesome.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Body Farm and I will be curious to see what happens next in the series.

Source: Purchased

Friday, July 19, 2013

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

Title: She Stoops to Conquer

Author: Oliver Goldsmith

Published: Kessinger Publishing, 2004 (first published 1773)

Pages: 84

Summary: MISS HARDCASTLE. (Alone). Lud, this news of papa's puts me all in a flutter. Young, handsome: these he put last; but I put them foremost. Sensible, good-natured; I like all that. But then reserved and sheepish; that's much against him. Yet can't he be cured of his timidity, by being taught to be proud of his wife? Yes, and can't I--But I vow I'm disposing of the husband before I have secured the lover.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: It has been a while since I've sat down and read through a play but I do enjoy reading through plays so I was quite interested in reading She Stoops to Conquer.

The story line of She Stoops to Conquer was quite an interesting story.  It’s typical of a romantic comedy although in reading about this play after, I discovered that there is a large debate over which type of comedy this play contains.

I was lucky enough to listen to this through audio but I found an ebook version online to read through as well.  I found the audio was good because as this is a play it’s meant to be performed and so I got a feel for how the characters act and such.

I enjoyed the writing style and the language used, which given this book was written in the 1700’s is something to be admired.  I always enjoy older prose as it has a more sophisticated feel to it.

Overall, I would say that I really enjoyed reading She Stoops to Conquer it had a lot of funny parts and was a really enjoyable story.  I would definitely recommend this to those who enjoy reading comedic plays.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The TBR Plan

I know that a lot of people tend to do monthly tbr plans and list the books that they would like to read for the month.  I have done this before myself but stopped a while ago after I found myself making really long lists and not getting very many of the books read.

Lately I’ve been thinking about whether or not this has some benefit to it.

On the one hand I can see it can be a good idea as you can have a general goal and it gives you books to look forward to reading for the month.  It’s always exciting seeing which books to read next.

It also allows you to make a list which is one thing that I absolutely love doing.

However, I feel like making a list of books to read for the month could end up making one feel like they have to finish those books and just fly through the books they’re reading without stopping to enjoy your current read.

This year I told myself that I wouldn’t concern myself with the number of books that I read, I wouldn’t set a goal for how many books I want to read as it would make me try to fly through books so I could get the right amount of books read for the year.  Last year I aimed to read 200 books and while I achieved my goal it was a little rough going.

So far this year I have read 37 books and am just reading whatever book I feel like reading without trying to force myself to aim for a specific goal and it seems to be working.  I’m really excited every time I pick up a new book to read.

Now I just need to focus on reducing my tbr pile and not buying more books than what I read in a month.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Author: Jeff Kinney

Published: Amulet Books, 2007

Pages: 224

Series: Book 1, Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Summary: It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have been in need of a laugh of late and so I bought myself the first book in the diary of a wimpy kid series as I’d seen the movie and thought it was hilarious.  Needless to say, the book was just as funny.  I'm pretty sure that every two pages I would crack into a smile and laugh out loud.

When I ripped open my mail and saw this was in the package I basically sat down and didn't get up until I finished the book because it was really fun.

Not only does this book have the usual text but it has really fun drawings, that had me laughing out loud.
The text and the drawings just go together so well and create an engaging and hilarious novel.  It’s definitely something I feel can be enjoyed by anyone of any age provided that it’s your kind of humour.

There’s not a lot else to say about the book to be honest, other than while it is very similar to the movie there are some additional parts that are absolutely hilarious as well.  I would definitely recommend reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it is so funny.

Source: Purchased

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell

Title: Cruel and Unusual

Author: Patricia Cornwell

Published: Sphere, 2010 (first published 1993)

Pages: 416

Series: Book 4, Kay Scarpetta

Summary: When convicted killer Ronnie Joe Waddell is executed in Virginia's electric chair, he becomes what should be a routine postmortem case for Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. But after Waddell's execution, the murders continue, as everyone connected to him begins to die -- including a member of Scarpetta's staff. 

Then, when crucial records disappear from her files, Scarpetta comes under fire for incompetence. Caught in a web of political intrigue, betrayed by those she trusted, Scarpetta must fight to free herself from murderous insinuations-- and threats to her own life. 
To save her career, Scarpetta soon finds herself retracing Waddell's bloody footprints, following a trail that might lead to long-hidden secrets deep within the state government. Either the truth will set her free -- or unleash upon her a punishment both cruel and unusual.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: As soon as I started reading Cruel and Unusual I felt that this book had a much more sombre tone than the previous three books.

There is also quite a large jump between books and reading the books back to back it’s hard to figure out how much time has passed by in the books and things that happened between books are casually mentioned and sometimes they’re HUGE things.  I mention this because in Cruel and Unusual this happened in regards to a character featured in book 2 and 3 and their fate was just casually mentioned.  It was a bit of a shock in all honesty.

I found myself getting really annoyed with Kay towards the end of this book, she just kept fighting against everyone and just wouldn’t do what people told her to do so that things would be better for her.  I just wanted to yell at her and tell her to listen to what her friends and the people trying to help her were saying.

A lot of details in this book were mysterious and things were eluded to but not stated outright and they were only talked about later on.  Some of the details got a little confusing after a while but I got the gist of everything that was happening in the end.

I felt that things were only loosely tied up at the end which is more realistic than stories that tie everything up in a neat little package so it wasn’t too bad.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Cruel and Unusual.  It was exciting and a fantastic addition to the Kay Scarpetta series, I’ll admit that it isn’t my favourite of the series so far, but it has still made me keen to read the next book in the series.

Source: Purchased

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Changes: Coming to terms with the idea that I obviously do change and that sometimes the squidgy scenes aren’t really that creepy

As I’m getting older I always thought I would be interested in the same things all the time and that included the books that I like to read.

When I first started blogging I was really into the YA genre and read a few adult books here and there such as The Robert Langdon books and Tom Clancy’s Net Force series.  That being said, after blogging for a while almost everything I read was YA of some description.

Then I read a book that was a YA novel and I just felt drained reading it, I thought it was probably just that book in particular but I noticed that a lot of the YA books I had been reading were starting to feel draining and some of the things I loved about them were being cast aside and the things I didn’t like were coming out in full force.

So I decided to try my hand at some of the adult books I had seen around and I absolutely loved them.  They didn’t have the teenage angst or the awkward romances but didn’t really have characters my age.  Let me tell you, it is incredibly hard to find books about characters aged 20-24 so a lot of the time I find it hard to relate to YA or Adult books.  Thankfully there seems to be a few more books coming out with characters that age which I am all for.  (As an aside I am not so keen on them being called New Adult but that is a post for another day.)

For a long time I didn’t read adult books because I am a huge prude and THOSE types of scenes are in adult books and that really put me off.  It sort of made me feel uncomfortable reading about sex; but then I realised that only I know that I’m reading those scenes and they actually aren’t that embarrassing or weird.  Most authors tend to write them rather tastefully.  In fact, I don’t squirm away from those scenes in adult books anymore, (Hello I have read the first six books in the Night Huntress series and the two spin-off books) but I find it weird in YA because they’re teenagers and it’s awkward and I just feel really squidgy reading those scenes in YA now.

So my point is that I have now been reading more adult books because I have grown up a bit more and while I still enjoy YA and MG and even the odd children’s book, my tastes are changing.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

Published: William Morrow Books, June 2013

Pages: 181

Summary: Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I was really excited to read The Ocean at the end of the lane and was very surprised by the size of it.  This book is tiny; I was expecting a large novel of 300-400 pages but that’s alright as I was able to read it in no time.

This book has a lot of dark undertones and it goes into some quite dark places but through a child’s eyes which I felt made it feel a little bit darker than it actually was.  I think it also depends on your own personal morals and values whether or not you think some of the events are really all that ‘dark’ or not.

Anyway, I felt a little unnerved throughout the entire book.  I didn’t like the new housekeeper at all, and I have to say it was very interesting what Neil Gaiman did with her, as he showed that there are two sides to every story and that Ursula Monkton can be seen as both bad and good, depending on which way you see her.

For the most part I enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane but there were a couple of things that bothered me a little bit.  The first was the relationship between the main character and his father, in the beginning it seems like a standard father son relationship but then later on the main character talks of how him and his father never really got along and there were a couple of events that showed this too.

I thought the Ocean and the three women who lived at the end of the lane were really interesting but I would have liked to have seen more of them.

Overall, this book was slightly reminiscent of Coraline but in a more adult context, if you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman then I would suggest giving this one a read.

Source: Purchased

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Diabolist by Layton Green

Title: The Diabolist

Author: Layton Green

Published: Thomas & Mercer, June 2013

Pages: 375

Series: Book 3, Dominic Grey

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Summary: In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another Satanic cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous. 

Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I really enjoyed the first two books in the Dominic Grey series so I was really excited to read The Diabolist.

This is the third book in the Dominic Grey series but you don’t have to have read the other two books in the series to enjoy this one.  There are only a couple of references to the previous books and they are by no means too invasive that you won’t understand what is happening.

The thing that I enjoyed the most about this book was the philosophical tones in the book which is something that I am very interested in.

While I would say that the second book in the series is probably my favourite I still really enjoyed reading this one as it had the right amount of mystical intrigue and possible logical explanations for some of the things that were happening.

I really enjoyed that we got to know a little bit more of Viktor's past as he is a lot more of a mysterious character than Dominic and so I quite enjoyed that this novel was based around his own personal life.

One thing I didn't like so much was that I felt the ending was quite abrupt, like, the resolution just seemed so easy when there was a lot of foreshadowing about how difficult this adversary was going to be to take down.

That being said, however, overall, I really enjoyed The Diabolist by Layton Green, these books are always interesting and if this book sounds like something you'd enjoy then I would definitely say you should give it a go.

Source: NetGalley

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

June Book Haul

This month I went a little overboard on book buying but most of those haven't arrived yet so those will most likely be in my July book haul.  However, I did get a few books this month and this is what they were:

The dead of night

The Old West town of Lily, Arizona, is home to the Gilded Lily, a former theater; and bawdy house. These days, it offers theatrical productions geared to tourists, but the recent discovery of a skull, a real skull, among the props and costumes shakes everyone up.

So, who do you call? The Krewe of Hunters, a special FBI unit of paranormal investigators. In this case, it's agent Jane Everett. Jane's also a talented artist who creates images of the dead as they once were. But the Krewe always works with local law enforcement, and here that means Sloan Trent, former Houston cop and now sheriff. His great-great-grandmother was an actress at the Gilded Lily and she's not resting in peace.

Then more remains appear in the nearby desert. As they search for answers, using all the skills at their disposal, Jane and Sloan find themselves falling into danger and into love.

It is 2000 BC in Egypt and Imhotep the Ka-Priest brings home his beautiful young concubine Nofret. But not all the members of his family welcome her. When she is found dead Imhotep’s daughter, Renisenb, suspects it might not have been an accident. The death unleashes the greed and hate that have been building up within the family and the horrific events that follow tear it apart.

"He thinks he sees a flash of emotion in her eyes. Sympathy? "

"Then it's gone. 'Whatever you think this is going to be like, ' she whispers, 'it's going to be worse.' "

When beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell captured her last victim - the man in charge of hunting her down - she quickly established who was really in control of the investigation. So why, after ten days of horrifying physical and mental torture, did she release Detective Archie Sheridan from the brink of death and hand herself in?

Two years on, Archie now returns to lead the search for a new killer, whose recent attacks on teenage girls have left the city of Portland reeling. Shadowed by vulnerable young reporter Susan Ward, Archie knows that only one person can help him climb into the mind of this psychopath. But can Archie finally manage to confront the demons of his past without being consumed by them?

Plagued by insane nightmare visions, Walter Gilman seeks help in Miskatonic University's infamous library of forbidden books, where, in the pages of Abdul Alhazred's dreaded Necronomicon, he finds terrible hints that seem to connect his own studies in advanced mathematics with the fantastic legends of elder magic.

Carrie White is no ordinary girl.

Carrie White has the gift of telekinesis.

To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie - the first step towards social acceptance by her high school colleagues.

But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her . . .

Heavy rains have burst the banks of the Willamette River; several people have died in the furiously rising waters...but the latest victim didn't drown. She was killed before she went into the water. Soon, other victims are found, and Police Detective Archie Sheridan realises that Portland has a new serial killer on its hands.

Reporter Susan Ward is on the story, but she's got other leads to chase, and some secrets can be frightening for prying eyes. With Archie following a bizarre trail of evidence, and Susan close behind, the pair must unearth the identity of a vicious murderer, and uncover the truth behind a mystery more than sixty years old...

Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

And that was all of the books that I got this month, hopefully I'll be reading them very soon.  All descriptions were taken from Goodreads.

Monday, July 1, 2013

All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

Title: All That Remains

Author: Patricia Cornwell

Published: Sphere, 1992

Pages: 416

Series: Book 3, Kay Scarpetta

Summary: In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. Following a macabre trail of evidence that ties the present homicides to a grisly crime in the past, Kay must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer who is as skilled at eliminating clues as Kay is at finding them...  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: As soon as I finished the second book in the series, I really needed to read the third book so I picked it up and basically ploughed through this one.  I finished it in no time.

There is so much mystery in this one.  It was so hard to know who to trust and who to believe.  There is a lot of politics at play in this novel and I usually don’t enjoy reading books like that but this time it didn’t really bother me.  I found it to be quite enjoyable.

It was good to see and hear from a couple of characters who were in the first book because I felt like there was a slight disconnect between books 1 and 2 and I felt like book 3 kind of bought in elements from both books 1 and 2 to connect the three books together as a series.

Finishing All that Remains I have to say that it had a lot of sad undertones and I was left feeling sad for a lot of the characters.  I don’t really want to delve too much into details as I could be at risk of spoiling things but I will just say that some of the characters paths through the book were just really sad.

I thought that All That Remains was really good and I loved it just as much as the other two books in the series.  I am definitely loving this series.

Source: Purchased