Friday, May 5, 2017

Blog Tour: The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack + GIVEAWAY

The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack
Published September 13, 2016
Summary on Goodreads
Review:
The way how this book was narrated and the setting reminded me of the 80’s – not that I was even alive in the 80s but if I was around during that time, this is how I would have imagined it.  It had that classy, old-school feel to it which is very unlike the books written these days.  So I thought this was a fun read.  This is also a 3.5* review.

Anyways, moving on the plot and the characters.  The plot was pretty decent – there were a lot of plot twists that kept your mind thinking about who was the murderer, what exactly is going on, is there even a conspiracy, was the accident an accident or something more sinister, etc.  It also didn’t help that Jake Boxer, the guy who narrates and is the main character, was confused half the time and for most of the book, he was pretty much either certifiably crazy or on pain meds to the point that either his pain or the meds would overcome his thinking.  So as the reader, you’re pretty much f’d. 

I felt that there weren’t a lot of explanations for a lot of the circumstances that had occurred.  I mean, granted it’s a mystery but you really don’t get anything for the first 80% of the book until things finally started to become clear and some of the questions are finally answered.  Until then, I was pretty much in a lost.  For example, the whole Bullseye show and how Jake became known as a conspiracy nut which ultimately led to his demise wasn’t fully explained.  There was that short crazy speech but then that was pretty much it.  There also wasn’t really any sort of reasoning as to why Jake married Claire after her husband died while on a Bullseye rendezvous.  It was just a little strange to me.

I definitely have to give props to the way how the mystery was solved.  I’m really bad at following clues and whatnot so I love mysteries/thrillers because they usually surprise me at the end with the true culprit.  This was definitely the case for this book.  I was very surprised to see how everything finally revealed itself but I was also a little disappointed at the end.  I’m not going to say exactly why because that would give out a lot of spoilers that I’m sure no one wants especially in a mystery novel.

Honestly, I doubt I will pick up the next book in this series mainly because the one thing that irked me was Jake and how he was always so paranoid.  It made me a bit paranoid while listening to the book too to the point that I think if I continue with this series, I might become a conspiracy paranoia too.
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3 comments:

  1. Great review! I had to laugh at what you said about it making you feel paranoid, too. I felt the same way by the end -- kinda flustered and unsettled! I really enjoyed it, though, and I'll probably stick with it for another book.

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

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