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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect blend, 24 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Murder in Mind (Sloane Monroe Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
With Murder in Mind, Cheryl Bradshaw takes the Sloane Monroe series into slightly darker territory than we saw with her debut. Sloane is on the trail of the Sinnerman – a serial killer that killed her sister during his last spree. Again, I would say one of the things I take away from this author’s writing is a sense of true balance. We spend our time inside the characters heads as much as we hear them conversing with one another. There is action and there is reflection. Because of the subject, we also see Sloane’s own life becoming interwoven with the case that she is pursuing. Neither one overwhelms the other as we get as much a sense of who Sloane is as a person, of particular note here being the portrayal of how she deals with having lost a loved one to a crime of hate and rage. Her process of working through the feelings this has left her with comes across as very convincing and some of the most touching moments in the book are her inner dialogues with dead sister. Though it would be remiss of me to end this review without mentioning the crown jewel of this novel – the Sinnerman himself. The author could have gone for the black and white portrayal of cosier mysteries and that would have worked fine, but instead we get to see the shades of grey. As abhorrent an individual as he is, we are shown how he came to be in a way that does draw out sympathy and make his impending collision with Sloane all the more effective as the suspense builds towards their confrontation. This is a well-deserved 5-star read as a story that has elements that will appeal to those who enjoy their cosy mysteries, thrillers and tales of a darker, psychological ilk.
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