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  • Overall a fantastically unique, suspense filled ad

    BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'What She Knew' by Karen Long. This book was previously published as' The Cold Room'. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 15th March 2021. This is the first book I have read by this author and the third book in the 'Detective Eleanor Raven' series but can be read as a standalone I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis. The synopsis stated this book is a gripping, heart-pounding read for fans of Lisa Gardener and others. I am a huge fan of Lisa's books so am interested to see if it will live up to this statement. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of a prologue and 22 chapters. The chapters are medium to long in length. This book is based in Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦. This book is written in third person perspective and the main protagonists are Eleanor Raven, Mo and Laurence Whitefoot. The benefits of third person perspective are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out on anything. A bit of mixed feelings on this one if I'm honest. The majority of the time the book is very well written with vivid and raw descriptions. However, there were quite a few occasions I found that the location and protagonists jumped from one place to another which I found quite confusing for a while. I did start getting used to this happening and think the location/protagonist 'jumps' are well placed for the storyline but perhaps a gap between would have helped. That is the only real downfall I found with the book and it may not bother others, in fact looking at a couple of other reviews I haven't seen anyone else mention it. Overall, it was very cleverly written especially the parts through the Killers perspective!! Moving on to the storyline. The plot was very gritty, addictive and unique which I really enjoyed. I loved how all the crimes linked together and by the end everything is wrapped up nicely so there were no loose ends. The storyline is filled with action, suspense, shocks and was quite gruesome and disturbing in several places. There were several stark scenes and it completely kept me glued to the pages. It was very fast paced and I think that the ending was perfect. I loved how there were several 'background' scenarios going on as well as the main crimes as it gave the storyline more depth. There was plenty of background information on what had previously happened for the reader to be able to understand and read it as a standalone. That being said, I do think that one would get more out of the book if they had read the previous books first. I was completely shocked when I found out what was happening with a certain character and did not expect it at all so a congratulations is definitely in order there as it is not that often I am shocked anymore when it comes to who did what. Eleanor's character is extremely strong and she is most definitely a fighter. She has gone through one hell of a lot but won't let it get to her and keeps going. She is very independent and being female myself I love seeing these strong women kicking butt in books. There was a good amount of background information in the majority of the main characters to give you a good "feel" of their personalities. The only one I found lacking was Tibbs. The rest of the characters I felt I really connected with as a reader. I really felt for Laurence and love what Eleanor did for him!! I was intrigued by the fact that we got to see so much through the Killers eyes and it was fascinating to read his thought processes and how he felt and reacted to certain things and the simplicity of how he "worked". That being said the book did make me question how much of it was down to him as an individual and to what extend a certain person influenced him and others.. Its quite hard to say what I mean without revealing too much so I will leave it at that and once you have read the book I'm sure you will understand what I mean. It was definitely thought provoking. I am looking forward to reading more from Karen and getting to meet the characters again. I most certainly will be looking into reading her previous books in this series. Overall a fantastically unique, suspense filled addictive page turner. Genres covered in this novel include Mystery, Thriller and Crime amongst others. I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Lisa Gardener and anyone who enjoys gritty unique storylines . 304 pages. This book is just £1.99 to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an abs

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  • Great Detective Novel

    What She Knew is written by Karen Long and is book three of the Detective Eleanor Raven series. This book is definitely not one for the faint hearted. The opening of the book gives a massive punch line for the story. The police are called out to a disturbance at a home in Toronto. Angela' Myles ex husband Eddie Myles is on a rampage for revenge that turns into a hostage situation. Two police officers are dead and Detective Raven is called along with her partner, Laurence to assist in getting Angela and there three young children out alive. Sadly only the children survive this horrendous act. More crimes start popping up and has us all thinking, are they all connected and how? This is the first book I have read in the Detective Eleanor Raven series. It is very dark and disturbing, not one to read if you don't like anything gruesome. I will be honest it did take me a bit to get past the the unpleasant parts in this book. It is a well written detective novel and had me flicking through the Kindle pages wanting to know how the story ends. Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Easy-read Police Procedural

    3.5 stars What She Knew by Karen Long is the third in the Detective Eleanor Raven series.  This book was originally published in 2017 as The Cold Room. Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) Detective Eleanor Raven works for the  Homicide Department of the Toronto Police Department.  Her boss, Chief Inspector Marty Samuelson has been her boss since she graduated over 10 years ago, and tries to support her.  Her long-time partner Mo has recently had a heart attack, but is now back part-time. The rest of her team consists of Wadesky, Timms, and her new partner Detective Laurence Whitefoot.   My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Army Lieutenant Eddie Myles kills his wife Angela, right in front of their three terrified children.  His suicide only opens the case further, as a hand is found next to his body.  An autopsy shows he may have been into cannibalism.   He had been under psychiatric care.  His bosses at CFB Base Borden want to handle the case, but DI Eleanor Raven doesn't want to let it go. An elderly lady leads the team to six dead dogs in the boiler room of her building, only to end up dead herself shortly after. She had been beaten. More lives will be lost before Eleanor and the team figure things out. Eleanor is still meeting with Toby Adams at Millhaven Prison where he is being held in isolation for the murder at least 17 people.  He had preserved their bodies using a method that plasticised their bodies. He is keeping her busy by naming more victims, but as she starts to dig up a park rose garden, she is starting to wonder if he is just stringing her along. Eleanor is definitely handling a lot, but she is still undergoing  mandatory psychiatric sessions to deal with the fact that Lee Hughes had actually killed her.  She is feeling better,  but there seems to be a problem with her psychiatrist. My Opinions:    The writing is actually very good, and I love the characters.  Although I have had problems with Eleanor in the past,  she was really good in this one.  She is really a strong character, and the team around her are interesting.  My least favorite in this one was Laurence, who seemed whiny and inept.  So, if you have read my reviews of the other books in the series, it seems that I am taking turns at disliking one of them...not sure why.  I still love her boss, but I am hoping for more depth to all of the characters in coming books. There were a few things in the book that got dropped.  It started out quite good with the murder of the army wife, but nothing further was said about the three children.  Seemed odd since that was such a big deal in the "blurb".  As well, what happened to Dr. Seb Blackmore? So, this was a little dark, and seemed to center a lot on mental illness, although not in a good way.  There were no major surprises, and although there was a lot of action, this one didn't quite thrill me. It is, however, a fast-paced book and an easy read (or will be once the publishers fix a few things), so I will be interested in the next one!

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  • Solid!

    A solid detective novel that will make you want the killer to be caught before there are more victims!

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  • What She Knew

    Third in the series and what a brilliant series it is. Fast paced thriller and twists throughout. Highly recommend.

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