Blonde Ice + The Dark Room | Page-turner reads

December 8, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 9 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Blonde Ice + The Dark Room | Page-turner readsBlonde Ice
by R.G. Belsky
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publication Date: October 18th 2016 by Atria Books
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Book Depository
4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

Son of Sam. Ted Bundy. The Boston Strangler. All of these infamous serial killers who made front page news shared a common trait—they were men who killed women for a sexual thrill.

But now Gil Malloy—ace reporter for the New York Daily News—is on the trail of a different kind of serial killer who breaks all of the rules. Dubbed “Blonde Ice” by the media, she’s a sexy blonde who picks up seemingly random men at bars and clubs, has sex with them, and then brutally murders them afterwards.

Malloy—who is already in the middle of a major political story about the election of the next New York City mayor—finds himself drawn to the case by secrets from his past. As he digs deeper, he begins to suspect that there could be some kind of link between the mayoral race and the emergence of the Blonde Ice killings.

As the body count and the political stakes continue to rise, Malloy soon realizes he’s covering what could be the biggest story of his career. All he has to do is live through it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book had me beyond intrigued, what with a woman killing men for fun. A man was brutally murdered in a hotel room with traces of having sex before he was killed. That same man was Victoria’s husband, a woman who used to be a prostitute by the name of Houston and who’s linked to Gil Malloy. He joins the case and makes more discoveries than the police itself when the woman starts sending him messages and clues as to where to find the other victims. It’s clear that Gil is dealing with a stunning woman who targets men who cheat on their wives and is always a step ahead of everyone.

Honestly, this novel had my attention just by the description. It’s mostly guys who are serial killers so a woman who’s kind of killing for fun but also men who cheat on their wives? I had to read it and it didn’t disappoint at all. This was a real thriller killer who had all the characters, including me, on their toes for what she was going to do next.

Blonde Ice is without a doubt a very thrilling, page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

divider

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Blonde Ice + The Dark Room | Page-turner readsThe Dark Room
by Jonathan Moore
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publication Date: January 10th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Book Depository
4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

Gavin Cain, an SFPD homicide inspector, is in the middle of an exhumation when his phone rings. San Francisco’s mayor is being blackmailed and has ordered Cain back to the city; a helicopter is on its way. The casket and Cain’s cold-case investigation must wait.

At City Hall, the mayor shows Cain four photographs he’s received: the first, an unforgettable blonde; the second, pills and handcuffs on a nightstand; the third, the woman drinking from a flask; and last, the woman naked, unconscious, and shackled to a bed. The accompanying letter is straightforward: worse revelations are on the way unless the mayor takes his own life first.

An intricately plotted, deeply affecting thriller that keeps readers guessing until the final pages, The Dark Room tracks Cain as he hunts for the blackmailer, pitching him into the web of destruction and devotion the mayor casts in his shadow.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Gavin is asked, or more like moved without a warning, to be in a threatening case against the mayor. Black and white devastating photographs have been sent to him in which it shows a woman being tortured and raped. If he kills himself, the photographs will never appear to the public eye. If he doesn’t, he may not be a mayor anymore.

With that kind of plot, who wouldn’t be interested?! I dived into this book and it was hard to put down so I could get some sleep. Each chapter would have something revealing and intriguing that would hold my attention completely. My mind was going crazy with all the possibilities of who could be sending the pictures and why. Not only that, those photographs were taken when the mayor was a freshman in college and now he’s old so I was wondering what their purpose would serve. Turns out, a lot!

I cannot say much without giving the story away. It’s better to go in not knowing a lot. I kind of had a hunch of who could be doing those things but I wasn’t certain. Also, I had another hunch from the beginning of the book and it turned out I was right! I mean, along the way the story I totally forgot about the connection, but when it came to light, I was patting myself on the back for thinking about it as soon as I started the book.

The Dark Room is one of those books that when you think you know what happened, it veers directions and plunges into another stream of questions and doubt. It’s a Crime Thriller novel that will lure you in from the first chapter and then capture your attention until the very last page. I do wish there had been a better resolution or justice to the case. Other than that, this was a great crime novel that I won’t forget anytime soon.

instagram-pic243

FOLLOW THE BLOG

Follow

Genesis
Follow me <3

Genesis

Book Blogger at Latte Nights Reviews
Genesis is a 22-year-old girl who lives in Puerto Rico, an island in the Caribbean. She's obsessed with Instagram (@lattenightsbooks) and coffee shops. When she's not reading or on social media, she can be found eating, at the beach, being with her boyfriend and/or hanging out with friends.
Follow me <3
  • I’ve been waiting for your review of The Dark Room!! It sounds good mystery thriller! It’s also super great to know that even though you were again to get a correct guess you still enjoyed it. Great review, Genesis! 😀

  • These are both new to me!! I needed some new thrillers/mysteries to look into. Great reviews!

  • I’ve not heard of either of these! Two thrillers, interesting. I need to read more thrillers. There used to be a lot of good ones in YA… now I feel like I can’t find good ones.

    Anyway! I’m glad you enjoyed both of these! Great reviews, Genesis. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • I had no clue you read thrillers!!! These two sound awesome. I like the sound of the Dark Room, too 🙂 Awesome reviews!!!!

  • Oh yes, I love good thrillers. Both sound awesome, but the twists in book two have me excited!