There’s something about doing this post that makes me think of Let Your Backbone Slide by Maestro.
I couldn’t tell you why. But I always want to start by singing…
This is a throw down, a showdown, hell no, I can’t slow down
It’s gonna go down, first offense on the mix down, go on and break down
Okay, party people in the house, may I have your attention, please?
I think what I’m going to do with my #TBT posts from now on is start them off with a little throwback jam. Today’s inaugural jam is my inspiration.
To the fresh side and let your backbone slide…
Thank you Maestro! Now, onto books!
#TBT: READ 🔪
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Published: September 2015
Back of the Book: Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
#TBT Review: I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. It was like a cross between feminist lit and the movie 8MM (which, if you haven’t seen it, you’re definitely missing out – Joaquin Phoenix as Nicolas Cage’s sidekick in leather and mesh? Come on.) The only thing missing from this book was, in fact, Nicolas Cage.
It had everything. Mystery (both past and present), suspense and thrills, murder and arson, tear-jerking emotion, pearl-clutching moments of shock, graphic violence, feminist empowerment and life lessons, family bonds and secrets, marriage insight, depravity and disgust, psychopaths and rich bitches, police and political corruption, soda, purple stuff, Sunny D and Robert Durst in a VIP room filled with Heprechauns – that’s Leprechauns with Hep C – and, yes, those last couple things are made up.
The plot is so intricate, so layered, so perfectly timed that you just keep getting box shots of crazy twists and turns, until you’re nearly breathless. The characters are so real, every alternating perspective didn’t disappoint or bore. I was invested in each character, even the bad ones. Shit, even the dead ones!
11/10 would recommend (and/or bang, if you could bang a book.)
#TBT: WANT TO READ 🔪
Ragdoll (Fawkes and Baxter, #1) by Daniel Cole
Published: February 2017
TBR Since: September 2016
Back of the Book: One body. Six victims.
William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after months of psychological assessment following allegations of a shocking assault. A veteran of the force, Fawkes thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene and leads him to a career-defining cadaver: the dismembered parts of six victims sewn together like a puppet – a corpse that becomes known in the press as the “ragdoll.”
Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them. The final name on the list is Fawkes. Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again.
But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him – and his past – than anyone realises.
#TBT Review: I have heard nothing but good things about this book. And quite honestly the synopsis is right up my disturbed, dark alley. One body. Six victims????
Fawkes’ ex-wife is a reporter and he’s got a dicey history as a police officer?
YES and YES.
And the killer has Fawkes’ name on a list of people he plans to kill?
YESSSSS. I am here for this 100%.
I pray to the literary gods that they show my local library the error of their ways so they get this book in and I can finally read it. R’amen.
Stay safe. Be kind. But, take no shit.
Later, Booknerds ✌️🔪