I'm back in mystery and mayhem mode.
Beneath the Shadows by Sarah Foster is a Netgalley read.
"In this thrilling gothic suspense debut by Sara Foster in the tradition of Rosamund Lupton and Sophie Hannah, a young mother searches Yorkshire's windswept moors for the truth behind her husband's mysterious disappearance."
I didn't find is suspenseful and the characters were one dimensional. Awash in details that didn't further the plot or the characterization. I love the setting on the Yorkshire moors, but the rest, not so much. (Release date June 5)
Dead Scared by S.J. Bolton, another Netgalley read.
"When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge University, DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student’s death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks, and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone. They believe that someone might be preying on lonely and insecure students and either encouraging them to take their own lives or actually luring them to their deaths. As long as Lacey can play the role of a vulnerable young woman, she may be able to stop these deaths, but is it just a role for her? With her fragile past, is she drawing out the killers, or is she herself being drawn into a deadly game where she’s a perfect victim?"
Bolton can do suspense. I like and dislike exactly the same things I've noted about her earlier books, great tension and rushed conclusions. Her plots are kind of out there, and the heroes always have to deal with evil, not just murder, but creepy, spooky, gruesome evil. Bolton does keep my nose in the book whatever criticisms I may have; she skillfully builds tension and keeps the reader on edge...even after you know exactly where things are going. I also liked seeing Dr. Evi Oliver from Sacrifice take a role in this one. (Release date June 5)
The Receptionist (an ARC from Algonquin) by Janet Groth is a memoir of Groth's years as a receptionist at the iconic New Yorker. It starts out well and has two very interesting chapters about John Berryman and Muriel Sparks. She drops a lot of names, as she had contact with some very important literary figures, but the chapters on Berryman and Sparks are much more detailed. Unfortunately, the book slows down, and although I have only about 70 pages left, I haven't picked it up again. I will finish it...eventually. (release date June 26)
I've more than completed the Once Upon Challenge journey I chose, but may continue to read a few more in the fantasy/fairy tale genre. I also watched Red Riding Hood with Gary Oldman, but it was pretty bad.
All I really want to read at the moment are mysteries. :)