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When this bundle popped up, I was really excited. This last year, crime thrillers haven't gone well for me, but this one was a real surprise and a great boost to remind me why this is the genre I love so much.
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Me and 1st person don't get alone. But this one didn't even make me blink.
It's how the story is meant to be told. The addition of the murderer's POV was a nice twist, even when it was small and at the end of each of the relevant chapters. Not only was the writing fantastic, in a way that I'm now sure I will love anything else Stephen Osborne puts out there. Once I'm done, I'll gobble up the rest of them without hesitation. But, on top of that, the characterisation was perfect, without those stereotypical information dumps that I hate. Instead, Osborne managed to supply the relevant information — whether background, history or information that we needed to understand the story — in individual chapters that were contained, insightful but never too much and always at appropriate times.
I absolutely loved the drama, the danger, the romance and the realism of a crime story with a paranormal element. For the world building that Osborne wrapped everything up in, so well explained and explored, nothing felt far fetched or out of place. Everything that happened was within a reasonable expectation for the world and the characters. Speaking of which, I loved nearly all of them! Duncan and Robbie were my favourite, naturally, with Gina following a close second.
I liked Nick, but I wasn't sure about his place within the story or how his 'relationship' with the characters would progress. It was a matter of it being too good to be true and being unsure of what might happen next.
Even the cases — of which I loved that there was more than one — all revolved perfectly within Duncan's capabilities and the plot. They intersected at appropriate points while still managing to maintain their individual stories and being believable resolved.
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Got to give him credit for that. With the addition of new characters, including Vallis, who was an intriguing complication. The way he behaved and reacted to the various situations made him a side character worth keeping an eye on. I really loved getting Robbie's POV in this story.
The reason for it was important and it was a really great addition to the plot; Gina and Robbie really were the driving force of this story, though Duncan was the one who did all the dirty work for them. The combination of that made the story perfectly paced. If possible, this book was even better than the first.
I cried, I laughed, I was scared for the main character and I left this with an absolute emotional overload. But I never said the coffee had sugar in it! The little gray cells, they surpass themselves! That means the person who stole the skull is none other than Sir Templeton Bassington-Phipps! Every story in this series just gets better and better.
It was a great addition, letting us see how it all began firsthand. I didn't even mind about the 3rd person interlude, since I was starting to get used to it and understood the necessity. I liked that it not only made sound sense in the terms of explaining things Duncan' couldn't know but which would be helpful to us and fun to read, but it also provided a brief step back from Duncan's life and from the possibility of these books reading like a formatted system, like some other series develop.
Each book in this series is completely individual, in every way.
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What came across to me more in this story than the previous two was just how great of a main character Duncan really is. I mean, he's in no way perfect. His boyfriend, his complicated love life, his weird pet and his witchy best friend show that well enough, but in this story we really get to see just how delicate he can be, physically. Though Duncan is your strong main lead, emotionally messed up but dealing with it pretty well and with that tough guy persona that fits with his career, he's in no way untouchable, infallible or perfect.
He gets hurt, he makes mistakes and sometimes those mistakes have tragic or even just disappointing consequences. It only makes him a great flawed, but realistic, hero. At the same time, the cases are never the same. With their big, floppy shoes, horrifying red noses, those balloons tied to sewer grates, and… Oh, wait.
Okay, so… This book is… how can I say this? What I thought I knew, and what actually happens are two different things. When we start the story, we meet Flynn, who has just signed on to be the tech guy for a group of ghost hunters, who are hoping to score a television deal. The two of them are sweet together, and things progress very quickly. Things begin to fall into place—or maybe fall apart would be a more apt description—as they visit an abandoned hospital, and this is where things take a turn for the weird.
Raises the creep level of this book by a LOT.
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But it also starts us on the path where things really click. Everything Sean does has a reason and a rhyme, for which Blaine and Flynn are characters in a story of their own, but… not. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
What Will is reading now. Will Reads. The Supers by Sean Michael is hauntingly good.