This edition of Mini Reviews looks at some recent crime books I’ve read.
The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone
The Paris Diversion is book two in the Expats series. It’s been a long time since I read The Expats, so I had to refresh myself with the plot of book one and would highly suggest you do the same before starting. The Paris Diversion tells the story of a terrorist incident in Paris from the viewpoints of everyone involved, and from Kate and her husband. The Paris setting will be familiar to readers, with many of the major landmarks playing key roles in the events of the book. I loved the way this was written and the way all the stories linked together. Getting the different perspective gave some interesting insights into the events. The book also delves deep inside Kate and Dexter’s marriage, and it is not pretty. Both are hiding things and are distrustful. It sometimes made for uncomfortable reading, but definitely added an interesting dimension to the story. The Paris Diversion is a intricately plotted thriller with lots of clever twists and turns. A perfect read for anyone who enjoyed The Expats and for fans of thrillers and spy novels.
Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse
This book though. I think Sweetpea might be the most dark and hilarious book I have ever read. It is about a female serial killer (which in itself is unusual), written in first person which is a really interesting insight and perspective for a thriller. Rhiannon is delightfully vicious. She’s a character you very much should not like, but I fell in love with her immediately. She had me laughing out loud from the first page. She has big issues with relationships. Her friends are obsessed with getting married and having babies, and her snarky view on this was brilliant. Rhiannon is incredibly witty. She starts most chapters with lists of people who are pissing her off at any given time, which may be the most relatable thing I’ve read in any book ever. Despite the humour of the book, Rhiannon is also utterly terrifying. There is some properly shocking violence in this book, and yet it’s still impossible not to love her and cross your fingers that she will get away with everything. The ending of this book was brilliant and horrifying. I need the next book in this series yesterday.
Have you read any good crime books lately? Do you know of any others written from the view of a female serial killer? Because I definitely want to read more like this.