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Zodiac, Sam Wilson | Book Review

Zodiac opening line: Rachel was going to be late for her first day of work, but it wasn’t her fault.

My Blurb:

The book starts with a breakdown of the signs for example, Leos (my star sign) are described as follows. Hear them roar! A small but highly vocal group closely aligned with the Cancers. Also conservative, they often fill the role of entertainers, politicians and pundits. There are two parts to this book. One story that takes place in the present, and one from the past leading up to what is happening now. Daniel Lapton is trying to discover what happened to the daughter he never knew he had. When he learns of her fate his whole world becomes focussed on one aspect.


A series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different walks of life. In a society divided according to Zodiac signs, those differences are cast at birth and binding for life.

All eyes are on Detective Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childs – divided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars but united in their conviction that there is an ingenious serial killer executing a grand plan.

Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart…

My verdict:

After the first 5 chapters I was more than ready to put the book down and stop reading. I just could not get into it. There is no frame of reference in my life for how the signs work in this book. Given that I felt I owed Penguin more than that effort, I decided to read through to chapter 10. After that I would decide whether to proceed or not. The next time I looked I was at chapter 12 and thought I would be able to enjoy this book. And there were aspects I really did enjoy. But overall, I cannot recommend this read. It was just too complicated trying to figure out the sign aspects of the book which are central to the story.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9-780-71818-153-6
Format Trade Paperback
Published August 2016
Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime February 19:

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