Review: The Doll by Taylor Stevens

The DollLooking for a book to fill the void in your action junkie heart left by the end of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series? If you are, then Taylor Stevens’ The Doll might be for you. With Vanessa Michael Monroe you get a smart, hard, kick-ass woman who rides a motorcycle who has a lot of mystery and danger in her life. In this book she takes on a very specialized international sex trade ring, not specifically by choice, but because they targeted her. There is a lot of backstory referenced and alluded to. I hadn’t realized that there were 2 other books before this one, but it didn’t take away from my understanding or motivations of characters that had already been built up and understood by series readers – and it didn’t spend too much time over explaining to catch me up.

With the holidays and holiday travel on the horizon – this is a good, fun book to read while giving your mind a vacay, like on a plane or lounging with an umbrella drink on the beach. So if holiday travel finds you on the beach (or maybe just wishing you were), you might want to add this to your list of fun reads.

* I received this book from the publisher

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

ImageWhen I was younger I read a lot of thrillers and mysteries, but as sometimes happens – I sort of stopped. I am not really sure why, it may have had to do with some feeling that I should spend my limited reading time on “better” books. So these books got pushed aside and it was probably not until the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series that I was reinvigorated and reminded how good a classic “page-turner” can be. However, I can’t say that I have filled my shelves with new thrillers, but I might start again thanks to Gillian Flynn.

If you have not heard yet of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, please immediately stop reading this post and jump on to your favorite online book ordering site, so run (don’t walk) to your local bookseller if you still have one, and get this book. When I had put out a call to friends looking for some beach reads for a summer weekend, I was told about this book (although I had seen it on the best sellers list, I hadn’t really checked it out). I ordered it up for my eReader, but wound up reading something else that weekend. I wasn’t really certain what to expect – but I know what I go was certainly not what I was expecting. I didn’t get a “shocking” thriller – I got thought and depth of characters and some insight into what happens when a person goes missing. This book had it all for me, including one of the best endings I have read in awhile.

It also is a book that gets people talking, especially since I feel like everyone is reading it (at least around me). So talk to me – did you read it? What did you think? Didn’t read it yet? What are you waiting for??