Happy publication day to Kierney Scott and ‘Now You See Me’! Very excited to be one of many bloggers on today’s blog blitz. Huge thanks to Bookouture for the ARC. Here is my review:
As she saw his face for the first time, she knew he was going to kill her. She just
didn’t know when.
When the dismembered body of Lydia Steiner is found washed up in the waters of a
blisteringly hot Louisiana swamp, Detective Jess Bishop knows for certain this isn’t the murderer’s first kill.
Three other dismembered bodies have been found, all bearing the same marks. Marks that strike fear into Jess’s heart. They are identical to those from a case she’s spent her entire career trying to forget.
As Jess and her team try to link the victims, another body is discovered and they fear the serial killer is taunting them. They know it’s only a matter of time before he kills again.
As the body count rises, and the hunt goes cold, Jess knows she has to confront her past in order to catch the killer, even if that means making herself the bait…
What does TWG think?
First of all, let me make something clear – this book is not for the faint hearted. Trust me. As an ex-wimp when it came to crime/psychological thrillers, I would have read this book through my fingers. Now that I can read this genre without acting like a complete and utter wuss, I was able to rub my hands together with glee the more descriptive this book got. And by golly did this book get descriptive!
We start off learning about a body and a conscientious detective who goes by the name of Bishop. Jess Bishop (sorry, always wanted to do that). As far as Detective Bishop is concerned, their killer is a dab hand at what he does. Who knows, maybe the killer might even blow his own trumpet and believe that too. I mean, they are dismembered bodies….
At first I really liked Jess. Her professionalism was on point and she didn’t seem to be one of those detectives who is unable to take anything seriously. Bishop did things by the book. But, as the storyline progressed, something about her started to grate on me. I know that the case was starting to hit a raw nerve, but at that point in the book, I didn’t know the ins and outs, yet I still took that into consideration. It seemed like her guard was starting to come down big time, which revealed a completely different side to Jess. It almost was as though it was a brand new character. Unfortunately I found it quite difficult to put the two sides of Jess back together, which meant that my opinion changed of Jess changed drastically as there was no seamless difference between work Jess and personal Jess.
As for the storyline itself, I found the groundwork really clever. It was very clear that a lot of thought and research had gone into creating an authentic and stone clad base for the authors story. Two words – vapour rub. Who knew! Ingenious!
‘Now You See Me’ has such an addictive and gripping storyline – it didn’t take me long to find myself under Kierney Scott’s spell with this book, that’s for sure. The author took me down so many different paths as a reader, my mind started to play tricks on me and I no longer knew who I could trust. How crazy is that?! Clever of course, but what a head funk! Even my nerves were starting to fray in the lead up to the conclusion! I have to be honest though, I did have a slight inkling but I dismissed it straight away due to how this particular came across in the book. Obviously I’m not going to tell you who that is, but I can’t wait to read other reviews to see if anyone else thought the same!
Whilst ‘Now You See Me’ had me on the edge of my seat with goosebumps the size of Mount Everest, the concluding chapters didn’t seem as clean-cut and believable as the rest of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I was still entertained by it, but I couldn’t help but think that it was a teeny bit rushed. That is my own personal opinion of course – nothing to do with the style of the authors writing at all. I mean come on, Kierney Scott can write – look how she got me liking a character to then disliking her! This author allowed me to become rather invested in her complex and out there storyline, igniting multiple reactions throughout the duration of the book.
Due to the intense and graphic details within the book, I really would love to know what goes through this authors mind to be able to write a storyline so detailed that they’re able to put you slap bang in the middle of the action. Plus, I would really love to know what goes through the author’s mind as in a ‘how on earth do you come up with this sort of stuff!’. Impressively mind-boggling!
Addictive from the get go, memorable for the future, and fantastically gruesome for the entire duration. Roll on book two!
Originally from California, Kierney Scott lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband
and their daughter.
In her spare time she likes to read and invent new recipes. Her stuffed peppers are
particularly popular with her family, as are her grain-free chocolate chip cookies. In an
effort to convert her family to the joys of pumpkin, she created the Great Pumpkin
Challenge. For the ten weeks before Thanksgiving, they tried a new pumpkin recipe
every week. Pumpkin arancini and pumpkin queso were a big hit. She has promised her
daughter to never again roast pumpkin and call them chips.
She loves hearing from readers. If you would like to get in touch, you can email her at
KierneyScott@gmail.com or follow her on twitter @Kierney_S
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