Vengeful spirits? Poltergeists? Ghost dogs? Could you go wrong with a book with this type of paranormal element? Every now and then, I will get into a phase where I want to read certain types of books. I found this book when I was I wanted to read about ghost hunting… Is it weird that I have a specific mood about that? I think I may have an ambition to join the paranormal security business… I’m getting sidetracked. Anyway, I found this book and by reading the description I was immediately interested in it because it felt like it would be something unique and interesting that I haven’t read before.
Dia & Co is a clothing subscription services that is similar to Stitch Fix. To purchase a box, you would pay a $20 styling fee which would be credited towards what ever is purchased. If you would decide to keep everything in the box, you would receive a discount in addition to the styling fee credit. I have noticed, however, that Dia & Co have slightly cheaper prices than Stitch Fix. There is also an option that you could choose some of the items in your box, which is actually pretty cool. I decided to resubscribe to see which boxes seem to fit my style better.
I included a note to my stylist requesting sun dresses that I could wear to the beach. I received this, and I kind of cringed when I saw it. The pattern is a little loud for my tastes, but I could have probably have gotten over that if the material wasn’t so bad. It is a heavier material, and it zips in the back. It felt like something I would wear to a special occasion than something I would wear to the beach. I would have liked this better had it been a lighter material that was more flowy. I’m sending this back.. No thanks.
Jessica Long Sleeve Cage Back Cardigan $55.00
This cardigan was one that I had requested for my box. My closet is severely lacking cute cardigans that I can wear with my 4 million tank tops. When I opened this, I knew I would like it, and I wore it to work. It’s soft and comfortable. The back detailing is so cute, and makes this so much more than a simple cardigan. I really liked the material, and the way this one fit me.
Jardine Capri | Meri Skye $42
These capri jeans were also one of my requests. I really liked them, but the size ran a little small. I might need to go up a size, and I may exchange them. The material was soft, and they were black, so they would be really nice pants to wear to work when it warms up.
Colombo Ponte Pant | Rafaella $65
These were another that I put in a note to my stylist. I requested some burgundy/maroon pants that I can wear to work. These are basically jeggings. They are super comfortable and cute. They were exactly what I had in mind. They are a stretchy material, but they aren’t completely tight around the ankles, so I think I can get away with wearing them to work. Plus, they have pockets, so they won’t be confused as leggings. 😛
Alysson Shirred Sleeveless Blouse | Ryan Wythe $49
This shirt was the last item in my box, and when I saw it I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I didn’t really like the pattern of it, but I thought it might look better once I put it on… And guess what…? I was wrong. I didn’t like it. The fabric was nice. It kind of felt like silk, but it wasn’t. I’m not really sure how to explain it. It didn’t look good on me though. I kind of made me look frumpy.. Is that a word..? I guess it is because I didn’t get the red squiggly line under it that tells me I misspelled it. Anyway, I didn’t like this, so it’s going back.
I think my box was okay this month. If I can get the capris in a bigger size, I would be pretty happy because they may have been my favorite item in the box. I plan on getting another box because I want to see if Dia & Co can keep up with Stitch Fix because they still hold the place of the best clothing subscription in my mind. If you would like to try a Dia & Co box, I will leave a referral code at the bottom. I think they only carry plus size clothing options, though.
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If you have ever watched an episode of Criminal Minds, then you basically know the premise of A Killer’s Mind. If you love Criminal Minds (which I do), then I think that you will enjoy this book.
Goodreads: Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die. But when the contents of three inconspicuous envelopes reveal a chilling connection to gruesome murders from Zoe’s childhood, suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.
While I was reading this book, I felt that I was actually in Chicago visiting the crime scenes, eating at the diner, and hanging out in the motel room. The author creates a vivid image in the way that he describes locations and settings in a way that touches all of the senses. There are 4 different POVs in the story, and I think that most of them are important for telling the story. The POVs are from Zoe’s perspective, Tatum’s perspective, the killer’s perspective, and Harry – reporter that randomly shows up towards the end of the book. I understand why his was included as a POV, but I felt that it was kind of forced into the book. If he was going to be used as a POV, I feel that his contribution to the plot should have been more significant throughout the book instead of towards the end.
The main character, Zoe, is an Forensic Psychologist consulting with the FBI. She gets recruited for a case in Chicago and dives straight into finding the “Undertaker Strangler”. Zoe is trying to maintain a clear and objective mind when working the case; however, she is struggling with her own past that continues to taunt her. Zoe is a very dynamic character, and I think that she is relatable as a character. Reading her perspective was my favorite chapters in the book because the reader is able to see how she is able to make connections and deductions to build a criminal profile. I love psychological thrillers, and I think this was a great read. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy suspense novels.
I really did enjoy this book, and I truly liked it.. With that being said, I feel that there were some details in the book that seem unnecessary, and I will get to that in a minute because I don’t want to include spoilers just yet. When I read suspense, thrillers, mysteries, or whatever, I always try to pay attention to details because I want to figure out who the killer is before it is revealed. The author had details in this book that seemed to throw me off the trail completely; however, I did (almost) figure it out before the big reveal.
When Zoe was continuing to investigate, and she believed the serial killer she faced as a teenager was responsible for the murders, she went to the home of one of the victims friends. At this point, I was convinced that there was a connection and that she and her boyfriend were involved. This was what I meant by throwing me off. Apparently, this detail had no significance other than to redirect the reader. In the case, I will give the author credit. But as a reader who tries to pay attention to detail, it kind of pissed me off. I am so interested in seeing where this story goes, and what will happen in the next book. At the end of the book, there was a cliffhanger. When Rod Glover – serial killer from Zoe’s childhood – shows up in the city she lives in and gets a selfie with Zoe’s sister, I felt that intense emotion that Zoe must have felt. Throughout the book, Andrea (Zoe’s sister) isn’t present much. She is mentioned many times, and readers are able to read about her from the chapters that are from Zoe’s past. Because of this, I felt that I built a connection with Andrea, and I need to know what happens next!
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If you want a book that will take you to the edge, hold you there for a while, then send you straight over with anticipation… read this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It seriously reminds me of Criminal Minds, but I think it is better because the reader can follow the thoughts of the forensic psychologist and understand how connections are made. Zoe is a feisty creature that has a passion for what she does, and I really enjoyed reading about her history and watching her character development.
I haven’t mentioned Tatum yet…. I’m not sure how I feel about him yet. I feel like the author is setting up a romance between Zoe and Tatum, and I like that he is super protective over her. He seems uptight and a bit too focused. I think if he loosens up, then he might be easier to like. We’ll see how it turns out.
I read this on my kindle, so if you are interested in checking it out I’ll leave a link below. I’ll also leave my last few book reviews if you want to check those out. If you’ve read this, or think you might read it let me know your thoughts!