First off – my apologies for disappearing off the internet for…oh about four months! Let’s just say life got really crazy, really fast! I’ll do a quick life update in an upcoming post so you can see just how busy things have been!
This post however is a book review! Back in June – just before life went mental, I received my first ever review copy of a book! That’s right – someone gave me a book in exchange for a free and frank, unbiased review.
Quick & Dirty
Weave a Murderous Web is part of a series by husband and wife duo Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks. The series follows Jane Larson – a hot-shot litigator for a large New York City firm.
Jane gets “conned” by a friend into taking on a client in a pro-bono divorce and child support case. Her new client isn’t exactly easy to deal with, and the ex-husband is the worst sort of person – a disgraced lawyer who knows how to hides his money.
In unravelling the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets, Jane finds herself far deeper down the rabbit hole of drugs and crime than she expected. Now the dead bodies are starting to add up and Jane has to figure out what’s going on before she ends up a murder victim herself.
My partner and I have completely different reading tastes. I tend to like ballsy female protagonists, fantasy, and the odd murder. Tim tends to like rather serious books that are either non-fiction, historical or are based in reality. It was therefore quite surprising that both of us liked this book!
The book was pretty fast-paced and easy to read. Tim is a slowish reader but he finished it over two days. I didn’t feel compelled to skip over bits like I sometimes do when the plot starts to drag a bit which is always a good sign.
Usually I’m the sort of person who guesses the “secret bad guy” fairly early on in the book. I didn’t figure this one out until pretty much the last minute – which is a big plus for me as it kept me engaged.
If you’re the kind of person who has to “like” a character in order to enjoy a book, you may struggle with this one. The characters tend to range from nasty to irritatingly spineless. Even the heroine, Jane Larson, has a tendency towards irrational emotional swings. I found it difficult to get emotionally invested in the characters. It’s lucky then that it’s a murder mystery. What kept me engaged was the suspense of the whodunnit and who’s next? I could not care less who was murdered so long as it progressed the story!
All in all – this was OK. It isn’t a contender for my Top 100 but it was entertaining and kept me thinking; so I enjoyed it for what it was. I don’t know why but I tend to migrate towards murder mysteries and thrillers over winter so this book came into my life at just the right time. I liked this book enough to want to search out the other titles by the book’s authors (see below). Mind me, Milady looks super creepy so I might check that one out if I can find it.