Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read March 2 to 3, 2017
I loved so many things about Salt to the Sea. What a splendid and remarkable story this was for me.
Salt to the Sea is told through four intertwining perspectives from four different backgrounds, allowing us to see the four different points of view of the events as they unfolded, using short characters. I loved the easy and fast chapters that carried such a punch with each chapter and character. What made this a remarkable read for me was the characters. Each had me feeling a different emotion as I learned how they came together, how some characters connected to form a bond and came to care for each other.
Salt to the Sea is a stunning and captivating story of a tragedy, that had me understanding the horrible things people are capable of but also seeing the kindness and sacrifices others will make for each other. Highly recommend!.
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Dark Water by Robert Bryndza
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Listened February 25 to March 5, 2017
I got to know DCI Erika Foster in A Girl in the Ice then I got a deeper look and understanding of her in The Night Stalker and admire how she has grown in Dark Waters. She has become one of my favourite characters and I look forward to more of her in The Last Breath.
Dark Waters is a tense, gripping and somewhat disturbing story for me that starts off with DCI Foster doing something different but soon back doing what she does best, investigating a murder. This time of a child, now this is not the kind of storyline I really care for and at first I struggled with the enjoyment of this book, but that didn’t last long. What really makes this a tense and gripping read for me is Robert Bryndza’s ability to slowly reveal little clues as you follow along with the investigation and try to piece together the crime.
Even though you could read Dark Water as a standalone, I would highly recommend starting with The Girl in the Ice to really get the feel of Bryndza’s style of writing and to connect with the well-developed characters. Also they are just so good you don’t want to miss any. I have pre-ordered my kindle copy of The Last Breath and am looking forward to reading it.
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