Dean Koontz’s Breathless: A Novel of Suspense was rather fun, with an excellent dash of horror running through. Two mysterious, intelligent beings make an appearance, and a wide variety of seemingly unconnected people are sent hurtling toward their fates. There’s murder-for-hire, reunited families, a veterinarian trying to make sense of a new creature, and more. It’s a little on the amorphous side as stories go, but it definitely had some good stuff in it. The twins (adults, not children) were probably my favorite part. Let’s call it a 4/5.
Grady Hendrix’s The Final Girl Support Group–yes, I finally got around to reading this–was freaking genius. Lynne is part of a therapy group for final girls, the last survivors of massacres. Their lives have been franchised. Their enemies have fan clubs. And Lynne? Does Lynne even really belong at all? When the final girls start dying off one by one, who will be the final Final Girl? There’s just so much to delight over in this one. Red herrings, clever details… so much to keep you glued to the page! This one is definitely a 5/5.
Next was James S.A. Corey’s Leviathan Falls (The Expanse Book 9). It’s hard to believe this wonderful series is over. And it’s amazing to think that for me at least, this final installment lived up to the build-up. That’s really hard to do. When it was over I felt a blend of satisfaction and melancholy. Again, a 5/5.
J.D. Robb’s Forgotten in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, 53) is the story of two women who died decades apart, and who seem to have gone wholly un-missed. Eve has to get justice for the recent death of a homeless woman and the long-ago death of a well-dressed pregnant woman. As usual, this installment is a wonderful chance to see justice served as Eve bullishly sets her mind and skills to helping the dead. I’d say a solid 4/5.