Saturday, 11 May 2013

Review ~ Killer Scents - Adelle Laudan

Ebook received from the author in exchange for an honest review


Pages: 166


Becca and Randy are Harley riding detectives who join forces to find the ruthless killer the press have dubbed The Florist. What does the flower he places in his victim's hands have to do with the sick, twisted way he ends their lives? Will they track him down before he strikes again, or will a turn of events find one of them at the mercy of a demented killer?

My Opinion

This was a fast paced and gripping book that had me both turning pages at a rapid speed and also wanting to put it down at points, especially with the way it started. The start split my opinion but I think the book won me over by the half way point and by the end I was glad I stuck with it and didn't let it put me off.

Normally I hate things like what was described in the first few pages (the way the serial killer murders his victims). I had to skim read it as I'm pretty squeamish for things like that and I really thought I was going to have to give up on the book if it continued. Thankfully though the POV switched to following the detectives with the odd part written from the killer in occasionally so I was able to enjoy the book. The parts where the killer was speaking affected me weirdly, it was twisted and insane and everything was screaming at me to skip it but it in a way the description keeps you transfixed in a perverse way as you don't want to stop reading.

Murder mysteries aren't something I read usually as most of the ones I have read in the past are predictable. Killer Scents was however not. The author concealed the identity of the killer and his motives well as she unraveled the mystery slowly which was great. This may have been down to the lack of background involved in the story so the reader has nothing to guess as we have no information to assume who the killer is though. Personally I would have liked a bit more background, especially on Randy and Becca as it would have helped me connect with the characters more and would have added length to the book as it was a pretty short read.

I liked Becca's strong character and how she could handle herself. She was a great protagonist. As well as this the subtle romance that develops throughout was a nice change from the darker and more twisted side of the book. It added a bit of light and happiness.

The one thing that did annoy me slightly was that throughout the book the font kept changing from bold to normal and I couldn't seem to find a pattern as to why it was happening. I don't know if it was deliberate or a formatting issue but it put emphasis on random sections and was slightly distracting as it kept switching. The other this was the font size did change when journal entries were written and again this caused the same problems. I would have preferred they stayed the same size and were put in italics.

Overall Killer Scents was a dark and twisted murder mystery that was weirdly interesting. It keeps you hooked with its fast pace and unpredictable plot. If you like crime, mystery or books with murder check this out.

Rating 3.5


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