Welcome to #WickedGoodReads Month where we’re spending all month discussing wicked people, creatures, places and things. We always start the month off with recommendations for books that involve Murder … Monsters … and Madness!
… MURDER …
Looking Glass, Andrew Mayne
Kim: I listened to the audiobook of Looking Glass, Andrew Mayne earlier this year after loving the first book in the series- The Naturalist. The protaganist is a scientist, not a detective but his unique way of looking at things makes him surprisingly skilled at solving murder cases.
The desperate father of a missing child, ignored by the authorities and abandoned by his community, turns to Professor Theo Cray for help. Theo is known for catching one of the most prolific serial killers in history using revolutionary scientific methods. The only clues from this new case are children’s drawings and an inner-city urban legend about someone called the Toy Man.
… MONSTERS …
Watchers, Dean Koontz
Tanya Patrice: The audiobook of Watchers, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini won a 2019 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator. I can totally see why! He is masterful at bringing out the emotions, the suspense and the nuances of the characters – whether male, female, human, dog or … monster. The story is fast paced and quite the thriller – especially when listening to the audiobook.
From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose.
… MADNESS …
Perfect Days, Raphael Montes. Translated by Alison Entrekin
Tanya Patrice: Perfect Days is about Teo who finds it hard to make connections with people, aka he’s on the road to becoming a sociopath. Then he meets Clarice who makes him feel something for the first time ever. He becomes obsessed … and the story of his obsession gets creepier from there as he kidnaps her. This book provides a realistic, detailed look into Teo’s mind and how he thinks as he tries to make Clarice fall in love with him. It has some unique twists to the plot and is quite interesting to read.
Teo Avelar is a loner. He lives with his paraplegic mother and her dog in Rio de Janeiro, he doesn’t have many friends, and the only time he feels honest human emotion is in the presence of his medical school cadaver – that is, until he meets Clarice. Teo is obsessed. He begins to stalk her, first following her to her university, then to her home, and when she ultimately rejects him, he kidnaps her and they embark upon their very own twisted odyssey across Brazil.
Have you read any of these books? Which #WickedGoodReads did you read this year that was about Murder, Monsters and Madness?