[605]: Cracked by Barbra Leslie

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It’s been driving me mad for weeks. This book arrived at my doorstep weeks ago and still have no clue who sent it. At first, I thought Titan must be connected to Penguin Random House Canada or Simon Schuster. Because they’re the only people who send me unsolicited books for reviews. But I’ve yet to find the connection. If any of you knows, please feel free to enlighten me. In any rate, I’m thankful. Cracked had sparked my long lost love for pulp fiction.

DANNY CLEARY

is an unapologetic mess. After her marriage ended, she flitted from alcohol abuse to the oblivion that only drugs can provide. She has no intention of getting clean. Not even when she got a phone call informing her that her twin sister, Ginger was found dead in a seedy motel. Far from the rich neighborhood where she and her perfect family lived.

Armed with the determination to find her killers, Danny, and her brother set out to exact revenge to those responsible. In California, they’ll find their brother in law in jail under suspicion of murder, their nephews missing, and a trail of clues that will lead them to her ex-husband’s shady past.

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Reading pulp fiction is always a different experience. Everything is raw and visceral; bloody with a tinge of humor only a few of us would be able to get. Cracked is exactly that. It was dark and ripe with violent tendencies. The heroine works hard to appeal to the reader’s sympathetic side and was somewhat successful for the most part. While I tend to be unforgiving with characters who knowingly walks the path of destruction, I am a bit more generous with those who has gone past the point of no return. Danny, bless her, has fully owned being an addict. It’s the fuel that drives her- the spark that electrifies her. Knowing fully well that it could kill her one day.

This book is not for the faint of heart. It is not afraid to show all its dirty parts. It’s an honest portrayal of a woman whose weakness could very well be what keeps her alive. In that, it’s a dangerous novel, but only to those with no appreciation of what being human is like. Barbara Leslie is a woman who knows a thing or two about being an addict. As someone who’s well on her way to recovery, she’s been in that position before; where the need to use wars with the need to survive.

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[591]: Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø

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Series: Blood on Snow, #2
Penguin Random House Canada | Hardcover, 288 pp.
November 5th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Crime | Suspense
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Jon is on the run. He has betrayed Oslo’s biggest crime lord: The Fisherman.

Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary amongst a local religious sect.

Hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother and her young son, Knut.

But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies, the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity.

And then he discovers that The Fisherman’s men are getting closer…


Jo Nesbø’s follow up to his Blood on Snow noir series is what you would expect from his other novels. It features a mostly competent assassin on the run from his former employer. An assassin who has had one reason or another for the life of crime from whom he was trying to escape. The Fisherman from the first book is what ties these two books together. But there’s very little difference from Olav and Jon as both characters were reluctant assassins in one way or another.

HUNTING SEASON

Jon found himself on the run after he failed to deliver on his last assignment. And if there’s one thing he’s sure of about the Fisherman, is that he always finds what he’s after. In the remote northern town of Kåsund, he hopes to find sanctuary among a devout group of people. But he knows that peace is only temporary. Especially if money and drugs were involved.

There, he meets Lea and Knut; a mother and son townsfolk with whom he’d developed a kinship. He would later find out that Lea’s husband was lost at sea, and that they’ve lived a difficult life all through their existence. And with very little fanfare, he falls in love with Lea. He knew he shouldn’t entertain the thought of having a life after everything that’s happened. And with the Fisherman still gunning for his life, he couldn’t give Lea and Knut a future they both deserved.

TAMED PULP FICTION

This book is less deserving of the Scandinavian-noir tag being thrown around when one hears the name, Jo Nesbø. It was even-tempered and surprisingly romantic, which is a bit unusual for the genre, to be honest. The gore, which is characteristic of Nesbø’s books, came at the bitter end. Disappointing as it felt like an addendum more than anything. Regardless of how I felt about this instalment, I still consider Nesbø as my go-to whenever I’m in the mood for crime fiction.

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