My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Scary looking dog on the cover freaked me out every time my eyes happened to fall upon it. Talk about how a book's cover can effect how you feel about the book and this one sets a menacing tone to go along with the inside contents, yes I was actually freaked about what was going to be inside before I even opened the book up. Aaahh, the power of a book's cover!
Okay so onto The Good Suicides...
The book picks up almost a year after the end of the last book in this series, The Summer of Dead Toys, and follows two different story lines; one of the stories revolves around Inspector Salgado and the batches of suicides he is investigating and the other story revolves around Leire, who was Inspector Salgado's partner in the last book but who is now on maternity leave and who is on her own time secretly investigating the disappearance of Ruth, Salgado's ex-wife, which happened at the end of the last book. Sorry about that spoiler if you haven't read the first book in the series yet! I made that bold so maybe if you don't want a surprise about the first one yet because you haven't read it then maybe you could just skip this part entirely! So Leire is very pregnant and is putting herself and her unborn child at a great risk by investigating Ruth's disappearance but she feels so compelled to do it she can't seem to talk herself out of it even though she knows deep down it would be better for her just to let it go and rest as much as possible before the baby is born. She finds out quite a lot of things about Ruth that Salgado probably doesn't even know and some of these secrets are not so good, like why would Ruth be seen on a videotape visiting the man that her ex-husband beat the crap out of and nearly lost his job who then wound up murder and decomposing in the apartment under Salgado's apartment in order to implicate that Salgado had something to do with said evil man's death? Very, very interesting!
So now that I covered Leire's part of the story here is Inspector Salgado's part...
The Alemany Cosmetics company's employees seem to be having a bit of bad luck lately, one went nuts and killed his wife, daughter and then himself; then another employee either jumped or was pushed on to some train tracks; then another was fed sleeping pills until she slept the eternal sleep. Seemingly random incidents but when you start compiling a list of all that these three have in common you have one weird "how it all happened". Just like with Antonio Hill's first book in this series I was blown away at the originality that his stories possess it is truly unlike any other books you will read in this genre. I didn't figure it out until Inspector Salgado's investigative efforts were laid out upon the page, which if you read a lot of my reviews you will see me complain that I know who did it before the solution is actually confirmed by the author and this is one thing that lowers my opinion of books like this but luckily the type of mystery Antonio Hill writes raises my opinion of his writing!
A must read if you love an unconventional mystery/thriller!
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