The Guilty Ones is the 4th in the DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans by Joy Ellis. Why do I enjoy Ellis' books so much? It has much to do with the ensemble casts that Ellis creates for both this series and her DI Nikki Galena series. I am at home now in the Fens and with either DI's team. The characters are familiar, and I enjoy their sense of commitment to each other.
That feeling of familiarity with characters in a book is similar to the reason I like certain television series. I like the folks who inhabit the stories, and although the cases and problems are different each time, there is a sense of comfort when rejoining the characters in each new episode or new book.
When Jackman's sister-in-law commits suicide, circumstances are too close to home. Why would a happily married woman who adores her children do such a thing?
This one gets a bit elaborate, but kept me engrossed throughout. The conclusion leaves an opening for a story-arc to be continued.
Mystery/Crime. March 14, 2018.
Imperfect Memories (The Temporal Shift Series Bk 1) by Jody Wenner is an odd book, but one that kept me steadily reading...and wondering.
A bomb explodes in a local coffee shop. Nina's husband and daughter are among the dead. A senseless act of terror, but the perpetrator is caught and sent to prison.
Nina is unable to come to terms with the incident and the loss of her husband and daughter. She begins having nightmares, difficulty sleeping, gaps in her memory. Which is odder that it seems because Nina is one of those rare individuals who remembers everything. She has hyperthmesia, a neurological disorder that enables to her remember with remarkable detail the events in her life.
As she feels her self unraveling, she approaches the man responsible to get answers. Who can Nina trust if she can't trust herself?
A strange book that left me wondering what is really going on. The conclusion is sort of a "to be continued," as one thing is wrapped up, more questions arise. A fast read. I'm in for the next one.
Mystery/Suspense. Feb. 16, 2018.