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.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Review: The Devil's Star

The Devil's Star The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Devil’s Star is the fifth of Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series, and by this point in the series I believe it is safe to say I’m not a crazy fan. I’d heard so many good things about this series, yet I’m finding they’re just okay reads for me. I’m continuing to read them as I brought a collection, giving me the first seven books in the series, but after that I doubt I will be continuing on. I can see the appeal, but these stories are not blowing my mind in the way I had hoped they would.

Although I’m not crazy about this series, I was excited to dive into The Devil’s Star. Since book three, there has been an underlying story, lingering details I have wanted to see come together. I went in with the knowledge that there was resolution in this book, that things were finally brought together, and I was excited to see what played out. After all, the underlying stories that interlink books in series are one of my favourite things – I appreciate a good standalone crime thriller, but when these standalone stories are linked by tiny nods you’ll only understand as a continuous fan I find myself extra pleased.

If I’m being completely honest, the way things were resolved in this one was rather anticlimactic. I had been expecting so much more from this one, I had expected a lot more drama, and things seemed to come together much easier than I had thought they would. With the way the prior book ended, I expected there to be so much more than what we were given. In reality, things felt rather tame in this one in regards to the continuous story arc I had found myself rather invested in.

That being said, the crime in this one was one of my favourites in the series thus far. I love a good serial killer read and this one certainly had me turning the pages to see how it all came together. I may not have been completely content with how the continuous arc was brought together, but I was content with the standalone crime of this novel.

Overall, another okay read in the series. I do have book six sitting on my shelf, yet I believe I will wait a wee while before diving into it.

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