10 November 2014

Review #65: Live and Let Die by Bianca Sloane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.”
----Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Bianca Sloane, an American author, has penned her new debut thriller named, Live and Let Die which is based of madness and obsession. This dark thriller made me freeze to my bone and left my mind numb with its stark fear and chill. And honestly this is the best debut thriller book that I ever read. For a first time, author, it's not easy to unfold a gripping and clever mystery, but Bianca has skillfully and smartly pulled all the strings correctly, thus resulting in an intriguing mystery that will take you places where you would never expect to go.

On a bitterly cold January evening, Tracy Ellis went for a jog along Chicago’s snowy lakefront and disappeared. Her body was discovered days later, her beautiful face bashed in with a rock. Police determine her brutal death to be a mugging gone wrong and drop the matter into their cold case files.
Over a year later, Tracy’s sister, Sondra, still can’t come to grips with what happened. She throws herself into her work as a documentary filmmaker to try and forget the cruelty of her sister’s death. However, a chance encounter with a man from Tracy’s past rips the wound open and sends Sondra on a desperate search for answers about the secrets from her sister’s life that may have led to her death.

As Sondra struggles to uncover what happened to Tracy, she’s launched into a tangled web of deceit and danger that put her on a collision course with life and death…

I can't praise enough to the author for her incredible talent to pull off such a compelling thriller and that too for the first time. The author has crafted her characters with lots of thought and imagination, because after reading about them, you might think that these kinds of characters are so real and we sometimes happen to cross them on our paths. Sondra, the key character, sounds determined and brave and a complete chain-smoker, who cannot put her mind to rest with her sister, Tracy's mysterious death, but when she started to see things differently, she found so many loose ends and many unanswered questions related to Tracy's death. Sondra turned out to one of the most likeable character in the book.

The author's narration is something, for a first time author, her narration is smooth and easy and the readers can easily blend into her story. Her well-developed plot has all the elements to hook a reader from its very first page. Although we knew, who the real culprit in the prologue was, still there were many unraveling mysteries that the author peeled very gently along with the flow of the story. And with that powerful climax, I can only say that Bianca has made me her fan. I simply feel for her use of simple and articulate words to make the plot engrossing for her readers.

Verdict: A must-read thriller that will make your heart beat with fear and thrill.

Courtesy: Thanks to the author, Bianca Sloane, for giving me the opportunity to read and review her book. 

Author Info:
Bianca Sloane is the author of the suspense novels, "Killing Me Softly" (previously published as "Live and Let Die") chosen as “Thriller of the Month” (May 2013) by e-thriller.com and a “2013 Top Read” by OOSA Online Book Club and "Sweet Little Lies." When she’s not writing, she's watching Bravo TV, Investigation Discovery, reading or cooking. Sloane resides in Chicago. 
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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my book! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words. And I'm glad that you liked my review :)


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