Blood Echo by Christopher Rice

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Ebook

Dates Read: 5/22/19-5/23/19

Okay ladies and gents, buckle in because it’s about to get bonkers up in here. Charley and Luke are still together and #couplegoals. He has to accept that she is doing things for Graydon Pharmaceuticals that he can’t know about, and Charley is constantly trying to find loopholes to make sure he has some semblance of what is going on in her activities.

So Graydon makes Charley chase Richard Davies, a serial killer whose victims are prostitutes that he skins. Charley fights the bad bad man and ends up accidentally killing him due to blood loss. She returns home, trying to cope with this knowledge, thinking that if she tells Luke, he might not want to be with her anymore.

Luke is in a pickle. Lacey Shannon came into the police station claiming that she needs her boyfriend Jordy Clemments in a holding cell. As Luke tries to handle the situation, Lacey leaves, not without leaving him some information. As he begins to cypher what she leaves him, he finds himself stuck in a graver situation than he thought.

Oh, and did I mention Graydon hired Jordy? So now they are in a situation where they can let it all go and not end up on Graydon’s naughty list (there really isn’t a better phrase for sh*t list, is there?) or take care of it, hopefully before Graydon takes care of them.

Dude, I did a really good job of making that summary small. But man, this book is insane, in the best possible way. I did not want to put it down! My biggest issue with it is that now I need to wait until 2020 to find out what happens next!

With that being said, let’s get picky. The ending just didn’t do it for me. I get that you are leaving it open ended for the sake of a sequel, but dude, come on. Also, I don’t like the Graydon twist at the end. Come at me.

I would give this book 4.5 out of 5. If you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

Bone Music by Christopher Rice

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07354S1K7/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

How I Read It: Ebook/ Audiobook

Dates Read: 5/20/19-5/21/19

I’ve debated back and forth about whether to handle these as a complete series or to do each book individually, but due to the sheer size and information packed into this book, I felt like I wouldn’t do it justice if I tried to add another book to the review. With that being said, Thursday will bring a review on Blood Echo, so stay tuned.

Okay, wow. I’m realizing how much backstory I need to give you. So there’s this girl, Trina, right? Essentially, her mom gets picked off by this serial killer couple (the Bannings), and because they don’t want to leave the baby in the backseat, they take Trina in. 8 years later and the FBI come in and figure out “oh hey, these people are murderers” and she is released to the care of her birth father. Her birth father is a pretty cruddy dude who made quite a bit of money on this traumatic experience in her life. (Side note: Trina never saw people get murdered, but she did incinerate their wallets and jewelry and such. This gave her the nickname Burning Girl.) So Trina hated her father, and left his care to be under her grandmother’s (and her boyfriend’s, Marty’s) care. Within the first week of going back to school, there was a kid named Luke who called her Burning Girl, making her the butt of jokes for the rest of her high school career. (Side note: This is important, I promise. Just hold on tight and keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times).

She grows up, right? And she wants to be away from all of that mess, so she changes her name to Charlotte Rowe (aka Charley). She starts over in Scarlett, Arizona, where she meets her new therapist, Dylan. During on of their sessions, he recommends she get on a new drug called Zypraxon. Turns out Zypraxon takes your fear and converts it into paradrenaline, which makes you a million times stronger and practically invincible. It’s bonkers dude. But she had no clue, so she goes back to her house to discover that her stalker of over a decade is there, and she straight up Hulks out. Needless to say, a lot of people got hurt and she went on the run. She turned to her only friend (who also happens to be her lawyer), Kayla, to have someone in her corner. Kayla involves Marty, who then involves Luke, and now we have a weird ragtag support group.

So Dylan. Dylan created Zypraxon with a company called Graydon Pharmaceuticals. GP is a hundred billion dollar company with connects in the tech industry and such. Dylan reaches out to them in the hopes to track down Charley and figure out how to use her for his experiment.

ON TOP OF ALL THAT: There is a serial killer called the Mask Maker. He kills women and then cuts their faces off, preserves them, and then puts the faces in a place that they will be easily found.

So yea, a lot happens. And that’s only the stuff I can tell you. Like that is only half of the insane-ness that comes with this book.

As for my thoughts: I had been reading/listening to a lot of books recently that just hadn’t piqued my interest (*cough, cough* the book I have been reading for the past 2 weeks but managed to write 4 reviews in that time). I literally could not stop reading this book. Whether it be listening to it at work (Just looking at data alone, I went from reading/listening about 3 hours a day for the past week to 6 hours a day for the past 2 days), or reading it at home (thanks Kindle Unlimited), I constantly was tuned in to find out what happens next. I could not recommend this book enough. I will say, this book can be hard to keep up with sometimes. But the overall effect of the book is praiseworthy.

I would give this book 4.75 out of 5 stars. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!