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Read: The Obelisk Gate & We Are All the Same in the Dark

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*chef’s kiss* Muah!

Mm. Yes. Please. More. Thank you.

Loved this, – perhaps not as much as The Fifth Season but – it was everything I wanted from the series so far and more.

The writing is excellent; character building is balanced and the sections with 2nd person PoV are well done and didn’t effect my immersion whatsoever.

The story covers a shorter overall period of time than the first book; in this entry a little over a year passes during the course of the story in which both Essun and her daughter Nassun are improving and honing their skills, albeit they seem to be on a collision course with each other for the third instalment.

Besides this I don’t think I can say much more without spoilers so sufficed to say this is a worthy follow-on and deeply enjoyable ‘next step’ in the trilogy. If you read and enjoyed The Fifth Season, definitely keep going.

This was book 52 of 2020.


We Are All the Same in the Dark: A NovelWe Are All the Same in the Dark: A Novel by Julia Heaberlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an Advanced Reader Copy via NetGalley & the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

We Are All the Same in the Dark is a mystery/thriller set in small town Texas where the stories of two missing girls ten years apart weave and wind together as local cops try to solve these cases.

The PoV switches quite dramatically midway through so we primarily see things through the eyes of two different women. This keeps the story fresh and sets it apart from some the usual police-hunt-badguys thriller staples out there.

Heaberlin builds up two solid, well built main characters who we can sympathise with and understand their motivations. Some of the supplementary characters are a little more obtuse but that’s necessity of the mystery genre.

Overall it’s a well-structured, -paced and -finished novel that delivers a good storyline with believable characters.

3.5/5

I dropped it a half star in my mind because I guessed who the killer was in the first half.

This was book 53 of 2020.


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