Good afternoon lovely people, it has been a hot second since I have been around and written a book review. I have been focusing on my Instagram lately and haven’t had enough time to split myself in as many directions. However, I am very excited to share with you guys a book review – I was very excited to receive this books since the author is Romanian and so am I.
Genre: Crime Fiction
Publisher: Corylus Books
My rating: 3.75 stars
Thank you Corylus Books & Love Books Tours for gifting my a copy for review purposes.
When investigator Sergiu Manta is handed the investigation into a series of bizarre murders, he can’t sure what he’s getting involved in as he has to work with regular detective Marius Stanescu, who has his own suspicions about the biker he has been told to work with, and wants to get to the truth. The twists and turns of their investigation takes them from the city of Bucharest to the mountains of rural Romania, and back.
This novel was a quick following two main characters set to find a killer – one of them is a police investigator, the other one is a spy so things usually are not by the book. This is a novel full of twists and turns, taking the reader on a journey across the country to find a killer with an unique MO: imprint of a zodiac sign left behind on the victim’s bodies.
The main characters were full of charm, and their differences increased the tension in the story, but not in a bad way – I really enjoyed their interactions actually. I loved the dichotomy between the morally good and the morally grey characters, and I think the writer did a great job at building up the characters and the world. The plot was engaging from start to finish and loved the lack of unnecessary fluff appreciating the novel in it’s shortness.
I am also biased with the setting/world building since I am from Romania myself, although haven’t been in Bucharest in over 8 years now.