[Book Review] Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem

24659165Title: Victim Without a Face*
Author: Stefan Ahnhem
Genre: Fiction, crime, thriller, Nordic Noir

Where I got the book: This book was gifted to me and I’m reviewing this on my own initiative.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: Criminal investigator Fabian Risk has left Stockholm in order to start fresh in his hometown of Helsingborg. It doesn’t take long before he is asked to help investigate the brutal murder of Jörgen Pålsson, one of Risk’s former classmates. Soon however, more mutilated bodies of his old classmates are found and the killer must be caught before the entire class is murdered – and before Risk himself becomes a victim.

* I read the Norwegian translation of this book under the title “Offer Uten Ansikt”.

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[ARC Review] The Last Kid Left by Rosecrans Baldwin

51f9eic3bhl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Last Kid Left
Author: Rosecrans Baldwin
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, crime

Publisher: MCD, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: June 6th, 2017

Where I got the book: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary (modified from Goodreads): Nineteen-year-old Nick Toussaint Jr. is driving drunk through New Jersey on his way to Mexico, with the dead bodies of Toussaint’s doctor and his wife in the backseat. When Nick crashes the car, police chief Martin Krug becomes involved in the case. Despite an easy murder confession from Nick, something doesn’t quite add up for the soon-to-be retired Krug. Nick is extradited to his hometown of Claymore, New Hampshire, where the local scandal rocks the residents. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Emily Portis, rallies behind her boyfriend. This story charts the evolution of their relationship and of Emily’s own coming-of-age in the face of tragedy and justice.

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[Book Review] The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke

51emj1pgool-_sx323_bo1204203200_Title: The Explosion Chronicles
Author: Yan Lianke
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, mythorealism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: The village of Explosion was first founded by refugees fleeing a seismic volcanic eruption, hence the name “Explosion”. In the post-Mao era, it rapidly grows from a small rural community to a massive metropolis. Three of Explosion’s major families are behind this successful growth: the four Kong brothers, the daughter of the former village chief, and Cheng Quing, a former secretary turned politician and businesswoman. Through ambition, desire, and betrayal, these families transform their hometown into an urban superpower.

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[Book Review] 20 by Vatsal Surti

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Author: Vatsal Surti
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, romance

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: She is an aspiring model, he is a troubled writer. For their first encounter, she almost runs him over with her car. For their second encounter, they happen to meet again at a restaurant the following night and this time they make contact. Eventually a relationship develops and together they struggle to tackle loneliness, love, hopes, and dreams.

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[Poetry Review] Bright Minds Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia

41mwivoomsl-_sx311_bo1204203200_Title: Bright Minds Empty Souls
Author: Jennae Cecelia
Genre: Prose poetry

Where I got the book: I purchased this collection through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: A poetry collection about falling in and out of love with yourself and others. For the hopeless romantics and those who need a friend to comfort their late night thoughts.

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