Friday, 2 January 2015

Book Review -- Danse Macabre by Cristelle Comby

Danse MacabreDanse Macabre by Cristelle Comby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Simply wow! It's been a pretty long time since I've managed to get my hands on a completely clean and decent heart-pounding thriller and mystery such as this! I loved it from end to end, and I have to laud the author for not having resorted to the stereo-typed elements of steamy romance, substance abuse or violence in her scenes. This was the first book I read in the Neva and Egan series, and I was in for a tremendous surprise as the characters stormed into my mind and now it's really hard to shake them off.

This particular story revolves around a young and promising ballerina goes missing. Her mother, alone in her conviction that there's more to her daughter's disappearance than a teenager's crankiness, and her quest to find out what happened to her daughter, turns to Neva and Egan desperately for help when she finds no aid from the legal system. As Neva and Egan step in, they find a lot of powerful dealings behind this one single disappearance, and the discovery of the ballerina's brutal murder makes them realise they're on to a serial killer. With the Winter being specifically torturous, Neva and Egan trudge along in their journey of seeking the truth and unraveling the sad mystery. Do they succeed, is what the book takes us through.

The unlikely friendship and business partnership of Neva and Egan is something I would love to get to the bottom of - I can't wait to read the other stories now. Now that the team has become a formidable one, having solved 24 cases, and having crossed a year, they seem to be working in easy camaraderie and rhythm. Remarkable characters, both of them! The pace flows very briskly and the narrative is so engaging that at times the heart is almost in the mouth.

This was a brilliant piece of work and I recommend this to all lovers of thrillers and mysteries.

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