Leona: The Die is Cast
Series: Leona #1
Author: Jenny Rogneby
Published: July 17, 2014
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Naked and bloody, a seven-year-old girl walks into a bank in central Stockholm in broad daylight and gets away with millions. Leona Lindberg of Stockholm’s Violent Crimes Division agrees to work on the case. With a long, distinguished history in the police force, she seems the perfect choice. But Leona is grappling with deep issues of her own–a gambling addiction, a strained marriage–that could jeopardize the investigation. As she struggles to keep the volatile pieces of her life under control, the line between right and wrong becomes increasingly unclear–and even irrelevant.
This is a hard-boiled crime novel, filled with unexpected twists and turns, featuring an unusual heroine. Leona makes for gripping reading while challenging feminine norms and posing questions about what lies behind the choices we make.
I’m not sure I’ve ever read a character that I disliked more than Leona Lindberg. Unfortunately, part of the reason that I dislike her is buried in spoilers, so I can’t tell you! She was cold and lifeless and selfish! And the problem is that most of the story is told from her perspective! I’m all about the consequences of someone’s actions, but all Leona did was whine about hers! And she even did that ridiculous justification act where she convinces herself that her family and kids are just too good for her and that’s why she’s free to abandon them! Give me a break.
As for the story:It was ok. The suspense lasted maybe the first quarter, but then everything began unfolding and that took up the rest of the book. If Leona wasn’t so insufferable, I might have enjoyed it more. It did end on a cliffhanger, so be aware if you decide to read it. I’ll admit that I kinda sorta want to keep reading the series, just to see what happens; but then I’ll also admit that I just don’t care. So I kinda enjoyed it, kinda didn’t. Ta-da!
Wrong Place Wrong Time
Author: Gillian McAllister
Narrator: Lesley Sharp
Published: August 2, 2022
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: October 4-10, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Can you stop a murder after it’s already happened?
Late October. After midnight. You’re waiting up for your seventeen-year-old son. He’s late. As you watch from the window, he emerges, and you realize he isn’t alone: he’s walking toward a man, and he’s armed.
You can’t believe it when you see him do it: your funny, happy teenage son, he kills a stranger, right there on the street outside your house. You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your son is now in custody. His future shattered.
That night you fall asleep in despair. All is lost. Until you wake… and it is yesterday.
And then you wake again… and it is the day before yesterday.
Every morning you wake up a day earlier, another day before the murder. With another chance to stop it. Somewhere in the past lies an answer. The trigger for this crime—and you don’t have a choice but to find it…
It seems like 2022 has been the year of thrillers for me as I have found so many I have greatly enjoyed. And Wrong Place Wrong Time is another of those! This is another one that made me go “Whoa!”
Sort of like a reverse Groundhog Day where Jen sees her teenage son Todd murder an unknown stranger in front of their house one night and he is arrested. This would be every parent’s worst nightmare come true. Then she wakes up the ‘next day’ but it is not: It is actually the day before the murder. She lives each day and then wakes up further in the past. How long will Jenn keep going into the past and can she stop Todd from his now future crime?
Jenn is on this on her own for the most part because everything she experiences no one will remember because the next day she moves into the past again.
I can’t say much more because you really can’t without giving everything away! I thought I might know the direction the novel was going, but nope! I was wrong! The story does become more than just stopping this now future murder and we get some unbelievably good twists! And the ending.. I just loved it!!!
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fabulous job with her storytelling and interpretations of the characters.
If you are a thriller lover at all, then go pick this one up now! And prepare to go along for a wild and crazy good ride![Top]
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Author: Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogene Church
Published: May 29, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: September 23-October 3, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.
This one was a re-read because one of my book club’s was reading it for the month of October and our meeting was this past Saturday. This one was just a three-star read for me the first time and it was a three-star read again the second time. I just didn’t connect with Hal, which I think was the book’s downfall for me.
My review from my first time read is here as all my thoughts that are still the same.
Ruth Ware is an “auto-listen’ for me as her narrator is always Imogene Church who always brilliantly narrates! This book club will be reading another of Church’s novels in a few months The It Girl, which I have not listened to yet, I’m saving it for when it is time![Top]