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Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday … Firstly, I want to thank you for visiting the blog today, and secondly, I hope you consider subscribing.

Most importantly … how is everyone doing today? I hope everyone is staying safe and above all being mindful.

I’m back today with a new book review and the upcoming books on my TBR list.

Thanks to “The Mighty B” for gifting me this good read.

June Review, More… June Reading, and Upcoming Good Reads

The Chestnut Man (Reviewing)
Gods of Jade and Shadow (Currently Reading)
Night Film: A Novel (Next Read)
Mexican Gothic (Upcoming Read)

My Review

The Chestnut Man, A Novel

Chestnut ManAuthor| Soren Sviestrup

Pages| 528

Genre| Mystery & Crime,  Thriller

GR Rating | 4.21

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis |If you find one, he’s already found you.  A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.

Therefore to save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

The Review

(CONTAINS “LIGHT” SPOILERS) / The Chestnut Man is a crime novel about the abuse of the system. A system designed to help the helpless of all … children. Halloween, 1989 and a gruesome murder set the trajectory of what would become The Chestnut Man. This novel is not for those who don’t like crime, mystery, or true crime, and as a result, it depicts graphic scenes.

“If you find a little chestnut man, he’s already found you”. The killer stalks his victims through the system to right the neglect and abuse of his childhood. Could these killings be connected to one person? Accusations, of the wrongfully accused, and everyone is a suspect. What is the killer’s true objective?

I enjoy mystery and crime novels, and I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited to read this book, as the author (Søren Sveistrup) is the creator of the television series “The Killing” which ran on AMC in 2011. The characters were interesting, in their many facets and gave a broader perspective on the mystery surrounding the events.

Subsequently, the authorities in most crime novels follow the same guidelines. In other words, they’re bright, always two steps behind, tired of the system, and working the case without all the information.

Overworked agents trying to put the pieces together, while the Commissioner of the department just wants everything resolved.  However, two detectives who are constantly challenging the evidence. They know that a quick rush to judgment can prove deadly when you’re trying to catch a killer.

Above all this book kept me guessing from beginning to end, and if you enjoy a thriller … set in the fall, The Chestnut Man is a good read.

Currently Reading

My current read changed this time around because I didn’t want to go from one crime novel to the next, therefore I’m taking a break and reading a YA Fantasy novel.

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Gods of Jade and Shadow, A Novel

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Author| Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Pages| 384

Genre| Fantasy

GR Rating | 3.9

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

Next Read

Night Film

Night Film a Novel

Author| Marisha Pessl

Pages| 640

Genre| Thriller, Suspense

GR Rating | 3.78

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | On a damp October night, 24-year-old Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

Upcoming Read

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

Author| Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Pages| 320

Genre| YA, Fantasy

GR Rating | 4.15

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Free Resources for Books

For a complete list of resources check out Book Riot.  Also, check out your local libraries that allow for free book downloads with a library card.

With that, I’ll end today.  Thank you to NetGalley for part of my Summer reading list.  Above all, I hope I’ve given you some great resources for your Summer reading list.  Don’t forget to like this post and comment below on what your reading.  — Peace —

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