BOOK REVIEW: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line – by Rob Thomas

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Title: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
(Veronica Mars #1)
Author: Rob Thomas
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
First published: March 25th 2014
Finished reading: January 19th 2016
Pages: 336
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“There weren’t many people in this world who would let you be vulnerable and still believe you were strong.”

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I think I’m one of those clueless persons that didn’t know there was a Veronica Mars TV show or movie (I’m giving my living in a Spanish speaking country as a weak excuse). Now I’ve read the first book in the Veronica Mars book series, I want to hit myself on the head for not discovering Rob Thomas‘ writing earlier. And if the TV show is just as good as the book, I’m sure I would love it as well… The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line is fast-paced, has interesting characters and plot and a prose that works like a charm. It’s been a while since I read a good, well written and entertaining mystery/thriller story and this one is definitely one of my new favorites. I really liked Veronica Mars as a character and the way how she is able to find out things that others may not have guessed earlier. Another bonus: Rob Thomas was able to incorporate a few interesting plot twists that I definitely didn’t see coming. The basic plot might not sound all that interesting, but he was able to turn the story into something special anyway. All in all, if you are in the mood for a good mystery read, look no further!

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Veronica Mars left Neptune California as soon has she graduated high school, but after ten years she is back to help her father with his private investigator business. She traded in her law degree for her old license and now she is struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat. Everything changes when a girl disappears at a party during spring break… Veronica is called in to investigate the disappearance and the promise of a big paycheck helps her take her mind off the things that worry her. And that might just be for the best, because it turns out to be something a whole lot more complicated AND dangerous than the typical missing person’s case. And Veronica is not even safe from her past when she plunges deeper into the case… What secrets will her investigation reveal and will she find the girl on time?

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Veronica Mars is one of those series I wish I had discovered earlier. I immediately fell in love with both the characters and the prose and I literally flew through The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line. The title had me worried a minute it was going to be one of those cheap and tacky mystery novels, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. This story by Rob Thomas is an example of the well written mystery/thriller read I have been looking out for, and I am already looking forward to pick up the sequel. If you like the genre, make sure you read this book!

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WWW Wednesdays #74 – January 20th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve started reading my pending ARC, Eternal War: Armies Of Saints by Livio Gambarini yesterday. It’s a historical fiction/fantasy read and I’m really enjoying it so far! I’ve also finally picked up The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings… I have been wanting to read this sequel for too long now so I’m glad I finally did.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman. People kept recommending this book to me and I have to say it was just as good as I thought it would be. Minor complaint: I NEED a physical version because the creative layout doesn’t look nearly as good on my kindle. 😦
* I then finished Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, which turned out to be quite a slow read and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I though I would. It’s more about the family history than it is about the missing girl… And somehow it didn’t manage to convince me completely.
* The last book I managed to finish (I DNFed Death Of Secrets by Bowen Greenwood) was The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas. Finally a good mystery read and a new series I can add to my favorites list!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I might try to read I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios next, although I’ve heard mixed things about it… Confessions by Kanae Minato is also still on my list as well, but I might read Defending Jacob by William Landay first since I’m in the mood for mystery/thriller reads. Last but not least, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is still my newest TBR jar pick…

Teaser Tuesdays #77 – January 19th: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at A Daily Rhythm. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I ended up DNFing my last mystery/thriller read (Death Of Secrets by Bowen Greenwood), so I decided to play it safe and pick a new one with a high goodreads rating. I have been wanting to read The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas for quite some time now and I’m glad I finally did, because so far it’s an excellent mystery read!

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My teaser (4%):

“The room’s blinds gaped open, letting in a ray of pallid light. Leah was sprawled across the bed with her head shoved under a pillow, still wearing a sequined dress from the night before. Her legs were bruised and smudged with dirt.”

What are you reading right now?