#5Books: Book recs and Daredevil

#5Books book recs for the week ending 11 November 2018

I’ve finally had a chance to finish watching Daredevil, and WHEW.

One of the things I loved about this season was that Foggy (most especially) and Karen got to be more fully realised characters than previous ones. Even Agent Nadeem proved to be a complex addition, with the show giving more than enough time to draw this character, his love, his life and everything he is.

Matt, I felt, took a backseat this season — weirdly enough. Or perhaps Daredevil, did (which is weirder, because much of this season is about leaving Matt behind and becoming Daredevil). I don’t know, it’s hard to explain with him.

The first few eps in the season with him coming to terms with everything that happened in The Defenders and what it means for him now — and now that Fisk has been released was engrossing viewing, but part of me felt that he was kind of sidelined too long as well.

I wanted more with Sister Maggie though — for obvious reasons. The resolution to that particular storyline didn’t offer me enough.

With Luke Cage and Iron Fist cancelled, what are the odds of Netflix doing another season, do you think, of Daredevil and Jessica Jones for that matter?

The Frame-Up

By day she writes comic books. By night, she lives them.

MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page.

But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they?

When the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure. Unfortunately, MG has a teeny little tendency to not follow rules. And her off-the-books sleuthing may land her in a world of trouble.

Because for every superhero, there is a supervillain. And the villain of her story may be closer than she thinks…

HOW MUCH FUN IS THIS? A comics artist whose comics come to life making her question the existence of superheros? And a supervillain? This made me laugh so much! (also that cover is perfect!)

Someone Like Me

SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME. NOW SHE’S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE.

Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get.

But there’s another side to Liz—one which is dark and malicious. A version of her who will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme or violent.

And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

The only way Liz can save herself and her family is if she can find out where this new alter-ego has come from, and how she can stop it.

Oh hello, a female Jekyll and Hyde! NEED. Also MR Carey scares me and makes this seem all the better at the same time.

In the Court’s Hands 

“If it had rained on the 25th of April at least one woman would not have died. Not that I bear any responsibility for that. Nothing I didn’t intentionally caused anyone’s death.”

Stenographer Beatrice Barrington witnesses a meeting between the defendant in the criminal case she’s working on and a woman who later contacts a member of the jury. Before Beatrice can take any action, the juror is found dead. Still trying to deal with her difficult past, Beatrice is pulled into a world of deception, danger and blackmail. Helped by her friend, retired Detective Gabriel Ingram, she is in a race against time to find the truth behind the death of the jurywoman before the trial collapses and more people die. Then a stalker with a familiar face begins to watch her every move. Now, for her, it becomes a struggle to survive.

Will Beatrice identify the killer in time?

I like the idea of a legal thriller (of sorts) coming via a character I sadly don’t think too much about — a court stenographer. And Beatrice is a character that sounds determined and with much to hide because why would she think she had to take action? Would it have to do with her past?

Such a Perfect Wife 

Must be blonde, beautiful, and a good Catholic girl…

On a sunny morning in late September, Shannon Blaine, a blonde, green-eyed 34-year old wife and mother of two, sets off on a jog along the rural roads near her home in Lake George, New York.  It’s her usual a.m. routine, her “me time” after dropping the kids off at school…except on this day she never returns. The residents in the idyllic lakeside town—which is popular with summer tourists—are stunned. Would Shannon have just taken off, overwhelmed with the pressures of being the perfect wife and mother? Did a stranger snatch her? Or could her husband be responsible for her disappearance?

The hot new online magazine Crime Beat wants to cover the case and they hand the assignment to noted true crime writer Bailey Weggins. It doesn’t take long for Bailey to see that the story has fars more facets than she initially realized:  a bitter sister, an unfaithful brother-in-law, an evasive deacon, and a creepy motel owner who watched Shannon run every morning. When an anonymous caller reaches out to Bailey and gives her the cryptic clue that Shannon was a “good Catholic girl,” the tip eventually leads Bailey to the grisly discovery of Shannon’s body. And suddenly, based on what else Bailey finds, everything about the case shifts, suggesting that Shannon’s murder isn’t an isolated incident but rather the work of a serial killer with a very specific calling card. Bailey sets out to expose the killer before another woman has to die, including herself.

It occurs to me this is a long blurb, though it effectively sets up the scene for the book. I keep asking myself if I would have been interested if either para here had been the only part of the blurb, and I’m not entirely sure about the answer for that. But I digress — still a thriller I want to get stuck into! 

Dead Ringer

A gripping thriller by Kate Kessler (author of the Audrey Harte novels), in which an FBI agent becomes entwined in a missing persons case that directly connects to a horrific event from her past.

Eighteen years ago, FBI Agent Rachel Ward’s mirror twin, Hannah, was taken by the Gemini killer, a serial killer who delights in sending photos of his victims to their twins. Rachel assumes her sister has been dead for years, but she’s never stopped hunting the monster who took her. Now, another twin has been taken, and when the case reopens, Rachel is assigned as an agent. But her relentless hunt for the killer may drive her to her breaking point.

Twins! Having just finished the first in the Atlee Pine series, which revolves around her searching for her missing twin’s body (long story, read the review), I found this one. The interesting thing though? The 18 years between her sister’s case and this one. 

14 Comments

  • I got a copy of The Frame Up from Amazon Kindle’s First Read program. I couldn’t resist it because it sounded so fun. I am also anxious for the M.R. Carey book. Definitely need to get to that one sometime. I will really miss Luke Cage. I actually liked it better than Jessica Jones. I hope they don’t cancel all of them though!

    • Verushka says:

      That is exactly the reaction I had to The Frame Up too — Fun! I need a book like that lol You know, I haven’t yet seen the second season of Luke Cage — I started it, but never finished. And also the Punisher! I think Daredevil and Jessica Jones are my top two of the Netflix series.

  • I haven’t read anything by the author yet, but Someone Like Me sounds really good!! I’m also super curious about The Frame-Up. SUCH a fun premise – thanks for putting it on my radar.

    -Lauren

  • The MR Carey one is intriguing me a bit…!

  • Angela says:

    Iron Fist got cancelled, too?? I didn’t know about that one. Maybe they will do a Luke/Danny buddy show. We still have a couple episodes left of Daredevil. It does feel like Matt doesn’t show up a lot.

    • Verushka says:

      Hopefully a Luke/Danny show is coming up. They really, weirdly are fun with each other. Am curious as to what you think of the end when you get to Daredevil.

  • Sam@wlabb says:

    The concept of The Frame-Up sounds really interesting. If executed right, it could be great. She writes it, then she lives it. Could be amazing.

  • I just read a great review of the M.R. Carey book a couple of days ago. It sounds amazing!

  • Unfortunately I have barely watched any TV in the past few years. I’ve had the odd spurt where I’ll get a couple of seasons of something in (the last one was which I adored!) but unless Paw Patrol and Shimmer and Shine count, I’m so out of date when it comes to TV series! I did however manage to watch the first Fantastic Beasts movie last weekend finally and I loved it!!!!!!!!!! I need to watch the new one at some stage!

    • Verushka says:

      oooh, Di! I just watched the new Fantastic Beasts and I have so many questions! You need to go watch it!! Haaa, Paw Patrol counts, it totally does!

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