Cari Hunter gas a new book out, Alias. You don’t need to read further to know that this is a damn good book. It was written by Hunter, a damn good book is guaranteed each time she puts one out? I will expand because this is my review, DUH :), but one thing you can count on is that when you pick up a book by Hunter it is going to be awesome. She is an amazing author that weaves intricate tales and keeps you right on the edge of your seat.
Alias introduces us to a woman, Rebecca Elliott, who has been severely injured in an automobile accident. She has large gaps in her memory and has no clue who she is and how the accident happened. The passenger how was riding with her is deceased and the Welsh police are asking questions about what happened on that fateful night. The clues just aren’t adding up, something is definitely off. I won’t go into more details, I’ll just leave you with this Rebecca is not who she seems and there is a big ol’ can of worms about to get opened.
Detective Bronwen Pryce was the first one on the scene. She has a gut instinct that this automobile accident is way more than what it seems. Nothing fits and something continues to niggle at her mind. Pryce refuses to let things go and write this off as an accident. She needs to know more about Rebecca Elliott and why she was headed out of town in such a hurry.
In Alias, I loved the mystery, crime, suspense of the book. I thought it was done fabulously. Perfect if you will. What nags me about this book is I thought the romance was misplaced, ill-timed and surprisingly unnecessary. If it wasn’t a romance it would have been better, it just didn’t help the book at all. It felt like an afterthought that was pasted into the book and didn’t really jive with the characters or the flow of the story. It would have been so much better if the characters had a moment in the end when everything was squared away and all the I’s were dotted and the T’s were crossed.
Overall a fabulous mystery that I highly recommend.
4.25 out of 5 stars
I have said it before, and I will say it again Cari Hunter writes fantastic books. She is hands down one of the best authors in this genre. The Dark Peak series has been an absolute delight. I completely adore the two main characters of this series, Meg and Sanne. I have loved seeing the progression of their relationship and the craziness that they have had to endure. With that being said, I was not floored by this particular book. To me it’s good. It’s just missing some of the sparks of the previous two stories.
A Quiet Death begins as Sanne and the other EDSOP crew uncovers the body of a teenage girl who succumbed to hypothermia out in the Peaks. This young malnourished woman was half dressed and had a multitude of injuries, including being sexually assaulted. This is the beginning of a much larger case, with a swarm of bad guys that are beyond horrendous. This case is gritty, dark and reeks of perversion. While Sanne is chasing clues, Meg is dealing with ER politics and helping Sanne’s mother cope with her husband’s alcoholism and the punishment it has done to his body.
The first seventy percent of the story to me was somewhat dry. The majority of time is spent with Sanne or Eleanor (Sanne’s captain) as they begin to try to unravel the possible sex trafficking ring linked to the young teen. Basically a police procedural, involving questioning unsavory characters and of course a stakeout. This is very much a crime based book, if you are looking for romance you will find it scattered throughout the book, but it basically comes to Meg and Sanne cuddling in bed after dreadful days at the office. To me, this is where the book lacked from the other books in the series. That spark of these two was missing. Their interactions are limited and bland. I missed Meg and Sanne together and their banter and wit.
The last 30 perfect goes into hyper drive and how the case is resolved in stellar. It was done masterfully and you could see every part as Hunter unraveled this tangled web. The ending is fantastic and really takes you on a wild ride full of twists and turns.
I may be the only person on the face of the Earth that doesn’t love this one. Its good, it truly is but it’s just not great. Cari Hunter has set an exceptionally high bar, though.
3.75 out of 5 stars
Cold to the Touch by Cari Hunter is the second book in the Dark Peak series. The novel picks up a few months after the last book, No Good Reason. If you haven”t read the first one, I have two things to say: 1) Where have you been? and 2) Hurry up and read the first one, so you can get to this one!
Detective Sanne Jensen is struggling. After being brutally attacked in the last book, she is not operating at top a level. She is struggling at work, and has detached herself from her friends and family, including her best mate Meg.
Dr. Meg Fielding, has a girlfriend, and much to my disappointment it wasn’t Sanne. She has been dating another doctor from the hospital named Emily. Emily is fine, if you like controlling women, who try to subtly change you to fit their mold. Meg has bigger problems than Emily’s critiques though. Her brother is out of prison, and is looking for her. He is definitely not the kind of guy you want to hang out with.
I loved this book. Right from the beginning I was hooked. Cari Hunter did a great job of of keeping me 100% invested in the lives of Sanne, Meg and company. The mystery, (Sanne’s current case), surrounding a rash of stabbing related deaths was intriguing, and had me in suspense till the end. Not only that played a big part in why this book is so good, there are so many moving pieces that are in play. Meg’s brother, why she cannot confide in her current girlfriend, Sanne and Meg’s relationship standstill, all of this is so well put together. Hunter never gives the reader a chance to get bored.This book is intelligently written, and gives you and action packed adventure, with great characters. It is by far a fantastic way to spend your time. Read this book!!!
4.75 stars out of 5