#NewRelease #Review 5* Genius #Righteous by @JoeIdeTweets @wnbooks @mulhollandbooks #FanGirl

*I received an arc via the publisher in the USA in return for an honest review*

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Righteous by Joe Ide
Synopsis:

‘Joe Ide is the best new discovery I’ve come across in a long time’ Michael Connelly

‘In a way, the hate felt good. You were righteous, godlike, the dispenser of justice . . .’
Super-smart sleuth Isaiah Quintabe – IQ to his friends – has built a mostly respectable life for himself, helping out friends and neighbours when he can and taking the occasional case to make ends meet. But there is one mystery that still haunts him almost ten years later – did his brother really die in a hit-and-run or was there more to the story behind his death?

IQ has been approached by his brother’s former girlfriend Sarita, whose younger sister, an erratic DJ and gambling addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas – with a frightening loan shark, Chinese Triad gangsters, and her own deadbeat boyfriend hot on her tail. Accompanied once more by his fast-talking, don’t-call-me-a-sidekick partner Dodson, IQ heads off for the casinos and massage parlours of Las Vegas. His quest takes an unexpected turn when he meets a criminal mastermind who knows something about the murky circumstances that surrounded his brother’s death. But when Isaiah learns the truth, what will he do with it?

I am a huge fan of Joe Ide’s writing style and his IQ series. I am most definitely a #FanGirl of this author & protagonist!

Link to my review of IQ, Joe Ide’s debut novel and #1 in the IQ series here: https://annebonnybookreviews.com/2017/02/12/review-iq-by-joe-ide-5-genius/

Link to my Q&A with Joe Ide, after reading IQ here: https://annebonnybookreviews.com/2017/03/16/qa-with-edgar-award-nominee-joe-ide-author-of-iq/

My review:

This novel had me gripped and from page 57, I already knew, Joe Ide has written another 5* Genius novel! Isiah aka IQ, for readers new to the series, is the complex protagonist of Joe Ide’s genius novel. IQ is the Sherlock Holmes from the ghetto, with a golden heart and an intellect that outwits and manipulates, to bring justice within his local community of LA. IQ is articulate and was destined for Harvard University when tragedy struck! I am a huge fan of crime fiction and IQ is easily on my list of favourite characters.
Righteous is the second in the IQ series.

Isiah Quintabe is back, the novel picks up right where it left off. With the discovery of the car used in the hit and run that killed Isiah’s big brother Marcus. This leads Isiah into a path of revenge and the dying need for vigilante justice. Within this plot we see another side to Isiah, one not yet explored we see his self-reasoning and questioning as he struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding his brother’s death.

Aside from his own personal situation, he has an ongoing case, one that will similarly lead right to the heart of the consequences of violence! After receiving a call from Sarita (Marcus’s girlfriend at time of his death); he is thrust into a complex case involving gambling debts/addiction, human trafficking, gangs, violence and ultimately gang warfare. The characters surrounding the many different gangs are exceptionally well written. They all have depth, a back story and are incredibly iconic. This is a case where we see IQ with his back against the wall. Gangs are notoriously known for being built upon secrecy, violence and loyalty.
Where betrayal is a capital crime and violence is meted out with ease.
An environment where gangbangers are always scheming and threatening, so who can you trust?

The novel goes on to explain how and why gangs are formed and the inner working of triads, cartels and street gangs. But this is done within the story telling from a variety of perspectives. I felt as though I was in LA/Vegas watching it all unfold. Throughout this novel, I had an enduring feeling IQ would suffer emotionally upon the discovery of Marcus’s past and the facts surrounding his death.
This kept tension throughout the novel and moved me to tears at times.
Don’t think because this is an action packed read, it lacks an emotional edge!

This novel is not only a sensational read, I found its message rather inspiring.
Violence begets violence and harms all it touches.
I highly recommend this novel 5* Genius!

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Joe Ide
Authors links:
Website: https://www.joeide.com/
Twitter: @JoeIdeTweets
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14958880.Joe_Ide
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joeidebooks/

*Righteous is released in the UK today! I wish the author much success with its release. Happy UK publication day Joe Ide!*

 

 

#NewRelease 4* #Review #LookForHer by @emilycwinslow @AllisonandBusby

*I received an arc via the publisher in return for an honest review*

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Look For Her by Emily Winslow
Synopsis:

Annalise Wood has haunted the town of Lilling near Cambridge for decades. She went missing in 1976 and although her body was later found, the investigation went cold with no one held responsible. The memory of her and the grief and speculation surrounding her disappearance are engrained in the community.

Forty years on, another young woman stokes her obsession with Annalise, believing that sharing a name with the dead girl has forged a bond between them. When DNA evidence linked to the Annalise Wood murder comes to light, detectives Morris Keene and Chloe Frohmann re-examine the case, picking apart previous assumptions and finding sinister connections to a recent drowning.

With her trademark skill in weaving together multiple perspectives and voices, Emily Winslow paints a complex and compelling portrait of a cold case that is far from dead and buried.

My review:

This novel is very complex with many twists and revelations. I did at times, find the narratives confusing and the assumed names hard to keep track of. But this novel offers an insight into the murky world of cold cases and how secrets stay buried in the past.

The novel opens with Annalise Williams attending a counselling session with Dr Ambrose. Annalise is manipulative and scheming character that I took an instant dislike to. But I wanted to know what she is constantly trying to manipulate those around her. In the session she relates the story of missing teen Annalise Woods. Who having gone missing in 1976, is cause for much gossip and speculation. The body was later recovered in 1992, but this only added to the mystery. The case was never solved and Annalise informs her therapist she was in-fact named after the missing young girl. I found these extremely creepy and morbid. But to be completely honest, so is Annalise herself, so it is in fitting, with her storyline.

When new DNA evidence is discovered, Morris Keene and Chloe Frohmann are called in to re-investigate. The case is largely based on rumours and with it being 40yrs old, it leads to dead end after dead end. But Morris and Chloe, refuse to give up! The police officers are likeable but I longed for more detail about them and there was merely snippets of information of the past. We learn there is a rift between the two, due to Morris’s daughter Dora. However, this is never fully revealed.
Which leads the readers to conjure their own opinions on what happened.

The case develops at a slower pace with it being a cold case investigation. With people having passed away or moved on etc. Then a woman appears claiming to be Annalise Wood’s daughter and we discover this case is much trickier than we the reader predicted.
When the truth is finally revealed, it was not what I imagined and I was genuinely surprised with the ending!

This novel would appeal to fans of mystery novels and those whom enjoy novels set around cold case investigations.
The one piece of advice I can give you, if you read this is trust no one! 4*

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Emily Winslow
Authors Links:
Website: http://emilywinslow.com/
Twitter: @emilycwinslow
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/516065.Emily_Winslow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilywinslow.author

*Look For Her is released today! Happy publication day to the author and I wish her much success with her novels release!*