Book Review: The Headhunters by Peter Lovesey

Book Review: The Headhunters by Peter Lovesey

Rating: 4/5 teacups


“Jo Stevens’s evening with Rick isn’t going too well, so when she spots her friend Gemma a few lanes down at the bowling alley, she seizes the opportunity for a double date. When Gemma says she’d like to kill her sleazy boss, the two couples joke about forming a club to execute perfect murders. But when Jo stumbles upon a corpse of a woman the next morning, she realizes that murder is no laughing matter. Jo describes her gruesome discovery to Inspector Henrietta “Hen” Mallin who has her work cut out for her as the bodies count continues to climb.”




I generally do not read mystery books, but this one was such a good choice on my part!

It kept you guessing until the end.
When they say mystery for this book, it really was! I mean, it literally kept you guessing as to who had done what until the last 3 pages or so! I mean I felt like I had figured it all out, and I felt so smart too! And then it was a slap to the face to see just how wrong I was. And then it explained how it was who it was and you were like “how did I not see it?!” I love those kinds of books and it was just written so well.

It had descriptive writing and you were able to visualize the story clearly.
Honestly, I don’t know what it was about the writing but I was able to visualize the story so well. I just had this feeling of this small cottage town in England (as that is where the story is set) and I was living the story as if it were grey all the time (#justenglandthings). You really got to understand where the story was taking place. I really don’t know what it was about the writing, as the story wasn’t written in a way that was particularly descriptive, but it just worked!

Not everyone in the story was a perfect person.
I really did like the Jake character in the story. He was this large guy who was just slightly different. People in the town judged him because he was quiet but Jo saw him for who he truly was and it was just nice that there was one of those kinds of characters in the story was well.

It was a traditional kind of murder mystery/who-done-it.
If you are looking for something more from the story, then this may not be it. It was written kind of like a TV episode so it kept the pages turning and it followed the kind of cookie-cutter mold that mystery stories have.  I personally loved it, because I don’t generally read this kind of story, and would recommend it, but if you read these kinds of stories all the time and are looking for something different, it might not be your cup of tea.

Overall, I really did enjoy the book and would definitely recommend reading it. I easily give this reading 4/5 teacups!

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