Blood and Bone – Valentina Giambanco

Happy belated paperback release!

Thank you to the awesome people at Quercus for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

BLOOD AND BONE by Valentina Giambanco

This is book three in the Alice Madison series, but it did read well as a standalone!

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

Typically, like most readers, I’m not a fan of jumping into the middle of a series. However, BLOOD AND BONE by Valentina Giambanco, could definitely be read as a standalone. I do feel like I should go back and read the other two in the series so that I can get better acquainted with Alice Madison.

Taking place in Seattle, Alice Madison is a homicide detective and she is finally feeling as if she has found her place in life. Loving her position and people around her after two years working for the Seattle PD. Burglaries begin to escalate in number but one ends in a gruesome murder. Alice is on the case and she quickly discovers this isn’t an ordinary killing – it is in fact the doings of a serial killer that has been on the loose for years.

When one of the killer’s past victim’s wife is being stalked, Madison worries that it could be the killer waiting to strike again. What is she willing to do to put a stop to this brutal serial killer that has haunted Seattle for so long?

Alice Madison is a great character. I felt that she was still well-developed, even with this being book three. It didn’t feel like I was missing out on everything because I jumped in late. I always appreciate that when authors continue detective series that way. I still want to go back to read the first two so I can see more of her growth! The serial killer is brutal and has taken 11 previous victims. Will Alice and her team be able to find the murderer before he can strike again and disappear?

Overall, this was a great crime thriller! Just what you want – quick pace, great characters, a killer on the loose, and piecing together all the clues. The small details make the biggest different in solving murders and this had the perfect balance between police procedural and thriller!

Have you read any of the Alice Madison series?

–Jess

 

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