Title: The Botanist
Author: L.K. HillRelease date: March 31st 2015
Genres: Adult fiction, Crime, Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
My rating: 5/ 5
Source: E-Arc provided by author
It's been quite a while since I've read any adult fiction books. Especially mystery/thriller books. And frankly, my desire to read that specific genre has significantly diminished for some reason. It's not that I'm indifferent towards it because I actually really enjoy it. It's just that I've kind of forgotten about it, I guess.
Upon reading the synopsis for The Botanist, my first thoughts were something along the lines of "This sounds so creepy. I like it.". So I decided to give it a shot. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. And I know I say this often, but it is not meant to be taken lightly. I basically loved this book.
The level of enthrallment that that first chapter held is honestly beyond me. The weird and eerie descriptions found all throughout this book are enough to keep you on your toes. That and the creepiest murderer you'll ever know. I'm still not sure if this was based of something that happened in real life, but whatever the case, L.K. Hill created a fascinating yet repulsive character that you just want to know more of. And also at incorporating the "botanical" aspect from the title.
When you read this book you can tell that there was a lot of thought put into. I'm talking lots of hard-work and research in order to create this amazingly written story with uniquely articulated characters. I felt like Cody and Alex were actual people that I somehow knew. I loved Alex's wit and Cody's determination. Not to mention many of the secondary characters.
The great thing about this book, and the number one indication of how good and intriguing is, is the fact that regardless of its hefty length, it went by surprisingly fast. It was perfectly paced. There's just no other way to put it. It wasn't too dragged out, there were no information dumps not was it too rushed. And when you combine that with the fluid and lively writing, the result is none other than a brilliant book.