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Audiobook Review: Secondhand Smoke (Jake Brand, PI #2) by M. Louis

3 Stars

This audiobook was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, it’s been a long while since my last blog post and although I’ve been reading books here and there I haven’t really been able to update my site for a while due to my work schedule… so I’ve decided to get my blogging groove back as my New Year’s Resolution!

It’s been decades since my last mystery read. I think my last one was Dan Brown’s Inferno (which was ages ago) so I welcomed this audiobook with open arms.

First and foremost, I haven’t read “Angel’s Devil”, the first book of this series, so I was worried I might have a hard time understanding the plot since this was a sequel. Thankfully, the book was written in a way that it could stand alone. My first reaction while listening to the first few chapters was “This Jake guy has a really unique sense of humor”, lol. I like how the tone wasn’t too serious like most mystery novels. It’s serious, but not too serious. I think the narrator, Colin McCarthy, did a good job with balancing the tone of the audiobook as well. The story started off nicely and gradually picked up as the novel progressed. There were times wherein I had to stay a few minutes longer in the car just to finish a chapter. There were some really intense moments where I questioned if Jake’s crew would make it. Another factor I really liked was the time spent on Jake’s mundane PI moments. It’s nice to see what he normally does as a PI when not getting himself in trouble (kidding).

Overall, I enjoyed this audiobook. I think the gem of this novel was really Jake’s (sometimes awkward) sense of humor, which made him very likable. I might read Angel’s Devil too and see what Jake got himself into there. I think this book would probably make an enjoyable movie due to the numerous action-packed scenes.

P.S. This book made me wanna visit Portland!


See my goodreads review here.
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

5 Stars

There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.

Gone Girl won a Goodreads Choice award last year so I had very high expectations when I started this book. I admit, I found the first part a little dragging but everything changed when I got to the second part.

To me, this book was able to tread the line between crime fiction and literary fiction, and did so brilliantly. I admire Gillian Flynn for being bold enough to use this style of writing to tell her story. The cliff-hangers were perfectly positioned, each chapter made me want to read more. You think you know, but you don’t. Not even close. I often second-guessed myself and whenever I started to form my theories, another chapter just completely trashes it out the window. I was so deceived I almost felt cheated by the author! But that’s what’s so good about it.

Gone Girl makes you think, it makes you read between the lines, it makes you ask questions, it gives enough lead you on but still deprives enough to be able to totally surprise you. And that is what makes this good fiction.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

2 Stars

Knowledge is a tool, and like all tools, its impact is in the hands of the user.

His most thrilling novel yet?! You’re kidding right? This was my least favorite Dan Brown novel. When I first read this, I was hoping for a plot leaning towards Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons since I kind of missed those religious controversy shiznits, so I was beyond disappointed by this book. And to think I bought this in first edition hard bound the first week it came out?! I was so excited that I devoured it in one sitting, but as the pages went on, my interest also diminished.

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