Guest Post: The Power of the Internet – An Opinion on Assassination Nation

The internet is a two-faced jerk. It can make us feel loved and precious and hyped up to soaring heights, or it can leave us lonely and hated and at the absolute bottom of a bottomless pit of rage. It has the unique power to universally unite us as people. It has the historically unparalleled power of dividing us and creating problems where there were none before. And the extreme ambivalence I feel when thinking about this two-faced jerk results from the fact that embracing the good side means the acceptance of the bad side. As I open my door wide to the beautiful face of the internet, the ugly face sneaks in behind my back while me and the beautiful face hug it out in the doorway. I invite one face into my house, but both faces come in.

The internet’s good side is its magical power to connect people from all over the world. It enables me to see and hear things from remote cultures that I would otherwise never come in contact with, thus broadening my horizon, forming me into a more complete, more tolerant and educated being.

The internet enables me to share my creativity with others in the hopes of making their day a little bit better. And the very best thing about it is that entire generations can share their experiences with one another, be it through memes, or tweets, or TikToks, sending out into the world the very clear message that we all need to hear: you are not alone.

Especially now, in pandemic times, the internet and its ability to connect us are more important than ever. I know a video call with my friends will never replace their actual presence in my living room, but it offers me something of a reprieve until I can hug them in person again. And seeing my exact experience and feelings summed up in a meme created by someone from the other side of the world on Facebook reminds me, again, that I am not alone in this.

So the internet’s best side brings people together to create something beautiful. However, there is a dangerous downside. The troublesome thing is the reason why people get together, because it can be to share love or creativity, but it can also be in order to unite against someone else and ostracize them.

The internet’s bad side that piggybacks on the good side is the way in which it has changed the way we communicate with one another. It has completely deconstructed the notion of facts, as David Mitchell explained on the Graham Norton Show: thanks to the internet, the truth may never be recognized as such again. There is no certainty of factual evidence on the internet, because the internet has given everybody the chance to share their thoughts on any matter, and the result is an endless web of facts mingled with opinions that are then misunderstood as facts and again mingled with opinions until nobody can actually comprehend what is true and what is not. There is no way to share your thoughts without them being misconstrued by someone else, and that is one of the big downsides to the internet’s ability to give everybody a voice: people think that because they have the opportunity to express their opinion, their opinion is automatically important, and it is not. Your opinion on a subject needs to be informed, or it is completely useless, but this idea of information is rendered more and more obsolete.

The result of this desire to share your thoughts on any subject with anyone simply because the opportunity is there has led to what I would like to call audience entitlement. Everyone obviously is entitled to their thoughts and opinions. Your mind cannot be controlled, it is yours and yours alone. The problematic thing about the internet’s open platform of opinions, however, is that people appear to have developed the feeling that because they have an opinion, it needs to be listened to. And while this feeling of being entitled to an audience in itself might not be inherently problematic, it very much becomes so once it leads to what Joe Rogan once called “recreational outrage.” People become habitually upset about things they read on the internet and, thanks to their audience entitlement, share their outrage and demand it to be taken seriously. If enough people share their outrage about the same thing on social media, their combined outrage is bundled into a shitstorm. And there have been outrages that were completely justified. The internet pools and combines worldwide forces to fight against injustice and that is beautiful. The issue is that it has become habitual, recreational, for people to try and kickstart shitstorms. In the process, we become desensitized to our own outrage and its consequences. And this desensitization is the bad consequence of the beautiful unification of the people.

The bad is created out of the good, then. The question I have come to ask myself is: is the good created out of the bad? Do they condition one another, or is it a one-way street that ends in doom and destruction? I have to admit I am not sure I have a definite answer, but Sam Levinson’s 2018 film Assassination Nation opts for the pessimistic view that yes, it is a one-way street, yes, it does end in doom and destruction, and that is because it is human nature. It is the human way of handling things, and it has been since colonial times, if not before that.

The film uses the analogy of the witch hunt to make this drive to destroy explicit. The city in which the plot takes place is Salem, Massachusetts, which is historically known for the Salem Witch trials, during which women were burnt at the stake or otherwise executed over accusations of witchcraft that the accused failed to disprove. What the film makes clear through the connection created between the history of witch trials and the postmodern process of the online shitstorm is that both kinds of hunts are not about the accused’s actual culpability. They are about scapegoating.

In Assassination Nation, a group of teenaged girls are blamed for a hacker’s leak of personal information that concerns the entire town of Salem. The girls are actually innocent, but once the town has settled on them as the guilty parties, nobody cares to prove or disprove the assumption of their guilt. And as one Salem citizen after another becomes the victim of a shitstorm concerning their private data (now open for the whole world to see), these victims become the perpetrators of a new shitstorm, namely the hunt for witches. As the hunt for the four girls escalates into a massacre, people die, blood is spilt, and Salem becomes a battleground for a war that started online, but has entered the real world. The fascinating thing is that the film takes the idea of the recreational outrage of online shitstorms, which are a safe, sanitized form of hunting someone without ever having to actually face the victims, and places it in the analog world. An execution in the street is an online shitstorm taken to its logical extreme. As such, Assassination Nation is the satirical, over-the-top conclusion to the trend of online outrage. The internet brought us together for us to share love, but the film proposes that it inevitably transforms the world into an assassination nation.

I watched the film because I saw it in Amazon Prime, and I had no fleshed-out expectations; Wikipedia described it as a black comedy thriller, so I might have expected some laughs, but to be quite honest, it was a horror film to me. You can easily read Assassination Nation as a slasher, with the four girls at the center as the final girls and the entire town as the killers. Reading it like that makes the expectations heaved upon girls by patriarchal structures in the postmodern age even more explicit. The most horrific thing, however, must be the fact that these girls are innocent. They have done literally nothing to deserve the town’s persecution, and it does not matter at all. Nothing makes you feel powerless like telling the truth and being called a liar. The girls have the truth on their side, but we live in the age of alternative facts, so really, who cares? Apparently, we don’t want the truth. We just want someone to blame.

As such, I can’t really find humor in the film. It scares me too much. I am aware of its satirical exaggeration in the Tarantino-esque escalation of bloody violence, but it felt too real for me to be satire. Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian described the film as “social media revenge porn,” which best describes what Assassination Nation presents to the audience: the consequences of lives lived on social media that then (literally) bleed into the real world. Ultimately, the film seems to suggest that the two forms of life (online and offline) do not mix. The intersection between online and offline is also a one-way street. The real world barely affects the online world, but the online world has massive consequences for the real world.

That being said, I really enjoyed Assassination Nation for its artful inclusion of social media into the medium of film. I always enjoy films that explore the limits of the medium, and the internet is so much a part of our lives that we will cease to exist without it.

Miri

Guest Blogger: Miri

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Maybelline Superstay 24h Lipstick Review

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I am going to talk about the Maybelline Superstay 24h lipsticks. I own six shades and I do have quite mixed feelings about them, so I thought I would share them with you.

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Let’s start with an overall review of the lipsticks. They are long-lasting, but they are more on the dry side, which means you have to take very good care of your lips before and after, but I feel like with all long lasting lipsticks that’s the case.

Furthermore, some of the colors have a great color pay off, others not so much, which is sad and disappointing especially because they are from the same range. The colors with the best color pay off are 760 Pink Spice, 185 Rose Dust, 542 Cherry Pie. Rose Dust has to be my favorite of all of them!

150 Delicious Pink is more of a tinted lip gloss in my opinion to get an even finish you have to go over quite a lot. About 140 Roaring Rose I just have bad things to say, so I keep it short – bad to apply, no even color and does move a lot when trying to re-apply lipstick or add color.

310 Forever Heather is a great color and with a couple of coats of it you get an even finish, but you have to put quite a lot on, which is annoying, considering how little product there is in a tube.

If you have tried any of them: what did you think about them? Let me know in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

 

L’Oréal Paris – Smooth Sugar Glow Scrub Review

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I am going to talk about one of my newest obsession and that is the L’Oréal Paris – Smooth Sugar Glow Scrub.

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For a while I’ve been looking for a scrub I could use on my face, which is gentle enough but efficient. And then I came across the new L’Oréal Scrub Series and just had to try them. As I’m always up for some extra natural glow I obviously had to choose the glow scrub.

If I remember correctly there are three scrubs available: L’Oreal Paris Smooth Sugar Nourish Cocoa Scrub (softens and smooths), L’Oreal Paris Smooth Sugar Clear Kiwi Scrub (Purifies, Lifts Blackheads) and L’Oréal Paris Smooth Sugar Glow Scrub (Polishes, Boosts Radiance).

I definitely want to try the other two as well, but for now I really enjoy using mine.

Here’s how to use it:

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1. Apply to dry and clean skin. (Avoid your eye area!)

2. Add warm water and start rubbing it in until the sugar is melted.

4. Rinse it off.

Here’s what the results are supposed to be.

RESULTS:
Immediately, skin is clean, soft and polished. 
Use for one week produces a glowing complexion and a refined skin texture. 
Extended use helps skin remain baby-soft, radiant and revived.

And I can totally agree. Your skin feels super soft, all the excess skin will be gone and it gives you such a radiant glow that lasts about 2-3 days, it really depends if you wear makeup everyday or not. I use it up to 2-3 times a week, and you really just need a tiny amount.

I’ve been using it for almost 4 weeks now and I would say I have about 2 to 3 weeks of product left, which considering the price range the scrubs is in is amazing.

Have you guys tried any of the other scrubs from the series? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin

 

Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Lip Kit Review

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about the Lip Kits from the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid collaboration. I have bought two shades that I thought would suit me and which I had some kind of interest in. I bought Taura and Erin

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First of all, let’s talk about the formula and how they apply.

When I first applied them, I’m going to be honest, I did not like them at all. It felt super thick and too creamy. I tried to wear it for a good couple of hours, but took it off after an hour, because it felt like it was smudging and not holding on to my lips. Which in a way, was true, it faded quite a lot, but down to an amount of lipstick that did not feel heavy.

A week later I decided to give it another try, and changed up a few things. I did not apply the liner to my entire lip, instead I just lined them. And I used a brush to apply the lipstick itself. In that way I could control the amount of product I was putting on. And guess what, I quite enjoyed it. They won’t be my favorite, because I still don’t feel like they’re the best formula, but for the most part they are wearable.

Erin

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Erin was not what I expected when it arrived. And sadly I do think I cannot pull this color off. Its something about the under-color that does not suit my skin color, or at least that’s what I think. So I swatch it on the back of my hand and on my lips for you, so that you can make up your own opinion.

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When I swatched it on the back of my hand I thought it looked like a pretty chocolate-y brown with a light purple under-tone, but somehow it was way darker on my lips. See:

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The purple under-tones show up way more, I think, and I personally would have preferred it, when the chocolate-y brown was showing more. But all in all, the lipstick is applying thick, but smoothly and the color packs on quite good.

Taura

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Taura disappointed me a lot when it arrived, but mainly because my expectations of the color were different. The picture that I had seen online showed a nude color that was one to two shades darker than what Taura actually looks like on the lips. And I think you can see the difference in the tones in the swatches.

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Here it is the nude that looks like the pictures I’ve seen and also is a lot warmer in the shade. But when you apply it to the lips it is lighter. See:

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And again, I don’t know if it is my skin tone or the formula, but I personally think that the two swatches look different even though it is the same lipstick.

All in all, I’m on the fence about the Lip Kit, while I really hoped to like it, I was quite disappointed by them. But then again, it could just be my personal preferences and skin tone.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin

L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks Review

Hey my loves,

today I am going to talk about some of my favorites when it comes to face masks. I’ve recently shared my evening skincare routine with you and told you briefly about one of the masks.

L’Oréal Paris – Pure Clay Face Masks

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I’ve been trying the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Face Mask for a little over six weeks now and I’m absolutely loving it! First of all, it says that the container should last for about 10 masks, BUT you don’t need so much product so it will definitely last you longer than that.

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Furthermore, I love the color, I know that’s quite odd, but it’s just so much fun to apply to your face! You almost look like a cute smurf! haha xD

But here’s the deal: the mask does its job! I apply it whenever I feel like I’m about to break out, or if I already have some major blemishes and the next day, your skin looks amazing! It feels fresh and clean. However, I can only advise you to put a hell lot of moisturizer on afterwards, because – and it may just be my combination skin – but my skin is undeniably more dry.

I thought I had found the ONE, the one face mask that rescues my skin and is my go to, BUT that was before I tried the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Face Mask. – Boy, oh boy, do I hype that mask!

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I LOVE IT! If I could use it everyday I would, but you should NOT do that. I just love the feeling of my skin after applying that mask, it feels tight, clean, fresh and looks super healthy and also it feels like that. And that’s right after washing it off. The next day it is even better!

What I noticed the day after is that my makeup applies super smooth and it even holds longer! Also I do not get any blemishes for a couple of days after using it which is bomb! I can highly recommend that mask.

But one thing is super weird about that masks and in some way  I really like it, when the mask dries down you can hardly move your face and if you do its first of all really hard to do and second if you look closely into the mirror, and for me it’s especially around my nose, you can literally see your pores. It’s insane! One tip though: Use a lot of moisturizer afterwards, I feel like you get this is with all clay masks.

I really hope I could give you a good insight on how much I love these products! If you have any question feel free to ask me!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

NYX Love Contours All Review

Hey my loves,

long time no see again. I’m so sorry, but I have been busy with the move of my grandma and Uni started again, so I haven’t gotten around to writing. But today is different, I have a day off and completed everything I had to do for University so I can write for you guys guilt free.

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I recently bought the NYX Love Contours All Eye and Face Sculpting Palette, and the KIKO Milano lipstick in 106 and I was able to play around with them little bit. And I have to say: I LOVE THIS PALETTE! And the lipstick is as always great too! The color pay off is amazing and the eyeshadows stay on all day, which I personally love since I’m usually in Uni all day.

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Ok, now a run down of everything that is in this palette: You’ve got two highlight shades, two contouring shades, nine eyeshadows and two eyebrow powders. And, as you can see in the picture, the shadows are a mix of matte and sparkly. Both of the contour shades are matte and that is amazing! I do have to say though that I liked the lighter highlight powder more, simply because I feel like I don’t have enough tan on.

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All in all, I have to say that this palette was a great investment and that I absolutely adore it! I can only recommend it, especially if you are on the look out for a palette you can take on holiday with you! Here’s where you can buy it:

NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL ASOS

NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL ULTA

NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL BOOTS

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I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to share it and also it would mean a lot to me if you could thumbs up this entry! Thank you so much!

I wish you all a wonderful day and a great start into the new week!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

Body Blendz Mandarin Mist Body Scrub – Review

Hey my loves,

today’s video is a very short one, but very special one. Body Blendz has been so nice to send me their ‘Mandarin Mist’. Check out my video for more information:

I hope you enjoyed this special video and I see you on Friday with a new one!

I wish you all a wonderful week!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Summer Reading List – My Recommendations for you – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you five books I absolutely loved reading and of which I think they are perfect to make it on your summer reading list. As you might or might not know I love a good thriller so there is not really a surprise that almost every book I’ve read are pretty intense. But I still hope you enjoy this entry and if you do make sure to give it a thumbs up! I am not going to tell you too much about the books, basically I’m going to write the blurbs here so that you get a nice little feeling of what the book is about. And maybe I’m giving a hint or two what I loved about it.

So here are my recommendations for you:

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Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects

If you’ve been a reader for a while you might know how much I love this book. I wrote an entry about it, check it out here: Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects Review

What is it about?

“Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: She must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story – and survive this homecoming.”

Cody McFadyen – The Face of Death

It’s the second installment of the Smoky Barrett series by Cody McFadyen. It’s seriously so gripping and I absolutely loved every single book of the series.

What is it about?

“The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. She claims “The Stranger” killed her adoptive family, that he’s been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her. No one has. Until now. Special Agent Smoky Barrett is head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, the part of the FBI reserved for tracking down the worst of the worst. Her team has been handpicked from among the nation’s elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; they’ll have to be to deal with this case. For another vicious double homicide reveals a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an “artist” who’s molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim—and the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger—an adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost. This time Smoky is going to have to put it all on the line. Because The Stranger is all too real, all too close, and all too relentless. And when he finally shows his face, if she’s not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky won’t have time to do anything but die.”

Dave Eggers – The Circle

This one is very, very close to home. With technology surrounding us every time. So be prepared to be freaked out.

What is it about?

“When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America–even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.”

Chris Carter – The Crucifix Killer

I only recently wrote an entry about this book, so check it out here: Chris Carter – The Crucifix Killer Review

What is it about?

“In a derelict house in LA, a young woman is found savagely murdered. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the has been ripped from her face – while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck is a carved strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that’s not possible. Because, two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this be the work of a copycat? Or is Homicide Detective Robert Hunter forced to face the unthinkable? Is the real Crucifix Killer still out there, taunting Hunter with his inability to catch him? Robert Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining…”

Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper

You need to keep tissues handy for this one! I’ve cried so much while reading it and if you have seen the movie you know what I’m talking about!

What is it about?

“Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.”

Do you have any recommendations for me or have read any of these books? Let me know in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Cattier Paris – Masque Argile – Green Clay Mask – Review

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing a product with you that I have been trying for the last couple of weeks and absolutely adore! It’s the ‘Cattier Paris – Masque Argile – Green Clay Mask’!

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This product is truly amazing and I only have good things to report about it! I used it so much that it is almost empty, but I will definitely re-buy it! This mask is intend to remove excess oil and is supposed to act refreshing and balancing for the skin and all I can say is that it does really work! Your skin feels brand new after using this product and your skin looks and feels younger and a lot brighter! I use a brush to apply the mask to my face because I find that you get a more even application of the product and also that you use a lot less product! It only takes 10 minutes to dry and I love that it is that quick and easy! I would recommend this to everyone with blemished and oily skin, I have combination skin and acne, and it still works amazing. I apply it only to the areas where I don’t get dry patches and apply a layer of moisturizer afterwards, so it works perfectly! Whenever I used this product my skin felt amazing and it also cleared my skin very well!

Cattier Paris also has masks for other skin types so if you’re more of the dry skin type I’m sure the other products of this range will work just as amazing as this one!

Have you tried this mask before? What were your experiences with it? Let me know in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up, I would really appreciate it!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

Chris Carter – The Crucifix Killer – Review

Hey my loves,

today I am going to review a book I recently finished reading and fell in love with. It’s ‘The Crucifix Killer’ by Chris Carter! If you are a big fan of the thriller genre then keep on reading:

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So let me tell you a bit about the story: It’s about the hunt for a psychotic killer whose name is ‘The Crucifix Killer’. It’s the first book of a series about the Homicide Detective Robert Hunter. Detective Hunter and his partner are trying to find out who this serial killer is and enter a hunt that is gripping, dangerous and definitely not for people who cannot handle distress. I don’t want to give to much away, so I think that is all you need to know about this book.

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I love a good thriller and this definitely is one of the best ones I’ve read in my life so far! I absolutely love the storyline and the characters! It’s super intense and I even cringed a few times about a some things in the story and that says a lot, because I don’t cringe easy! But that only made the book even more fantastic! You fall in love with the characters and root for them and the end, oh my god, the best part ever! You had absolutely no clue who the killer was and when it all unravelled you were left shocked, excited and completely overwhelmed! I love the detailed storyline and immediately bought the second installment of the series.

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If you love thrillers and a good detective story and aren’t of the squeamish kind you will fall for this book very hard! I would recommend this book to all the thriller lovers out there!

Have you read any of the ‘Robert Hunter Series’ books by Chris Carter? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up. I would really appreciate it!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.