The Fly and the Tree


I received a free ebook of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

This had a really interesting premise.  A young Phd candidate is reviewing her data and finds an anomaly in some tests run on some brain matter retrieved from a corpse.  The victim was supposed to have died peacefully in their sleep according to the police report but Baz’s findings contradict that.  She needs to be able to explain the anomaly to defend her research so she starts to look into the source of the brain matter, one Cathy Marsden.  The problem is the Cathy’s death has been marked a closed case and no one really appreciates her poking her nose in.

The idea for this novel is really interesting.  The character of Baz is a great female lead with a strong science bend, which is somewhat unusual.  The book does need some editing in terms of writing dialogue and tightening up.  There is a long section of Baz explaining her research that dragged on right at the very beginning that almost had me put the book down. I think a good editor could have made this a much stronger book.  As is, there are definitely good elements to it.

His & Hers


I received a free ebook of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

This was quite a ride of a novel.  It tells the story of a murder or two and the conflicting view points of the news reporter (her) and the detective (him) entangled in an investigation.  Oh, and the reporter and the detective used to be married.  The twists and turns here are rapid and the reader has to pay attention and not make too many assumptions or they will get lost.  There are other characters moving within the orbit of the story as well and they are well written and fully fleshed out.

Themes of alcoholism, domestic abuse, secrets, family loyalty,  and second chances are explored here.  Well done psychological thriller with a twisted ending.  Fans of Girl on a Train will enjoy.