These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Review: Just Things

Just Things Just Things by Erin Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just Things, the first book in the Diary of a Serial Killer series, is a hard book for me to review. On the one hand, I was addicted to this story. On the other hand, it wasn’t quite everything I had hoped it would be. I know that many people will positively love this book, yet I’ve read so many books written from a serial killer’s point of view that I fear I’m becoming jaded. These stories will always scream out to me – I’m a disturbed individual in that way – yet it takes a lot for me to fall head over heels with the story. Although this one did have moments where I contemplated giving a four star rating, in the end I decided it was more of a three-point-five read that I opted to round down.

Just Things is told in a very interesting way. Books told from a serial killer’s perspective seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but this one does add more to it that simply following our killer as he acts out his deeds. In addition to finding out what happened, this one allows us to read the musings that occur within his diary. These diary entries vary between rambling details of his sanity to information regarding his past, coming in a range of formats including big meaty paragraphs to simple lists. It’s a very interesting way of telling a story.

Moreover, we get to experience the same thing when it comes to the agent working the case. We get to see details of their daily life in addition to diary entries and notebook information. The parallels drawn between the two are particularly interesting. Although I would have liked more in regards to the agent’s story (I’m a massive crime fiction fan, the tiny case details are my oxygen), I rather enjoyed the way in which we’re able to compare the two characters.

Throughout, we’re building towards the character’s crossing paths. We watch as the noose tightens, as things seem to slip out of control. We’re left with questions of what will come next, curiosities of how everything will come together. Then the ending – well, that just leaves you wanting to pick up the next book. Despite feeling rather sudden, it is a brilliant way to keep you interested in what comes next.

Honestly, it was a thoroughly interesting read. The way in which the story was told, the constant changes in how information was given, was particularly addictive. It’s one of those stories you need to finish in a single sitting, one of those stories you cannot put down. As I said, my three star rating is more so a reflection of how I’ve read so many of these kind of books and have now found myself with extremely high expectations.

Overall, it was a fun read, one that is worth picking up if you enjoy these kinds of stories.

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