Thursday Three: 100 word reviews

book squareA copy of these books were made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through my partnership with the now defunct Red Letter Reads. The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

I’ve been going through drafts and realized I don’t think I ever shared these. Let’s make the reviews quick. 100 words…AND GO!

Rosarito Beach, M.A. Lawson.

Mystery/suspense is a favorite genre and Rosarito Beach ultimately didn’t disappoint.

It was slow to get started, but things got moving quickly with an unexpected twist. Once the action started, I didn’t want to put the book down and read the rest of it in one sitting.

Kay Hamilton was tough to like. Hard-nosed characters don’t read well for me. When she softens a bit, the book has a much better feel.

Even with the slow start, I liked this book. I did feel that Lawson was trying too hard for Kay Scarpetta, but I would read the next one.

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things: Mister Max 1, Cynthia Voigt

What an adventure for a 10 year old to be on! Max’s parents leave him to fend for himself while they run off to parts unknown.

Max fends for himself using his ability to act and being a resourceful kiddo. He does have the help of his grandmother but is more interested in doing it on his own.

There are different mysteries, ones Max is solving, how he’s going to care for himself, and the larger mystery of what happened to his parents.

I generally love Cynthia Voigt’s books, but not this book. Maybe reading the next one will help?

Delia’s Shadow, Jamie Lee Moyer

Delia’s Shadow had an interesting premise I suppose, but there was very little to knock my socks off and keep me glued to my reader for hours.

There was really quite a bit of potential that failed to develop and I had a hard time keeping my mental picture in the right era. I liked it well enough, but found that the plot was a bit predictable. Ultimately, this was just too flat to really catch my interest.

It was Sixth Sense meets Zodiac Killer and might be one of those books that might actually be better as a movie.

Are any of these something you’d read? Why or why not?

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