The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

The Beautiful Dead

There’s no safety in numbers . . .

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.

When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions.

One is public murder.

And the other one is her . . . 

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I’m not a huge fan of reporter based mysteries, but with all of the great reviews on Goodreads, I decided to give The Beautiful Dead a chance. Sadly, it did remind me of why I don’t like reporters as the main character of a mystery. I feel that with reporters, it’s about the fame and the struggle between them and other reporters to get the best story. It’s less about the victims and solving the mystery.

I did like Eve as the main character and I loved her interactions with her father who is suffering from dementia. He was easily the best part of the novel. I didn’t love the mystery/serial killer portion since I was waiting for a twist to happen, but sadly it never did.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. Wasn’t the novel that I was expecting. More of a softer mystery that I will forget about by the end of the year.

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Snap by Belinda Bauer

Snap

On a stifling summer’s day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she said. I won’t be long.

But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.

Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you.

Meanwhile Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother.

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I feel like I have been reviewing a lot of 2 or 3 calculator reads lately, so I’m super happy to be reviewing a novel that I really enjoyed! It’s so much easier to review novels that I loved instead of only felt ok about.

The best part about Snap was the characters. I loved 14 year old Jack, even though he is unlike any teenager boy I have ever read about! I really enjoyed reading his story and his perseverance in finding his mother’s killer.

I even liked the detectives Reynolds & Marvel who are working for the first time together. Marvel is a homicide investigation and he doesn’t hide his disappointment when the biggest crime in the town is a breaking and entering case.

Even though I tend to love thrillers that throw out a lot of big twists, I really enjoyed Snap. It’s a slow burn novel that doesn’t have any crazy twists, but it’s still a great thriller.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Read it and I will have to check out more of Belinda Bauer’s novels! Any recommendations?!

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