Zodiac - Anamaria Ionescu (Book Blog Tour)
"When investigator Sergiu Manta is handed the investigation into a series of bizarre murders, he can't sure what he's getting involved in as he has to work with regular detective Marius Stanescu, who has his own suspicions about the biker he has been told to work with, and wants to get to the truth. The twists and turns of their investigation takes them from the city of Bucharest to the mountains of rural Romania, and back."
I received Zodiac by Amamaria Ionescu for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour for Love Books Tours. Love Books Tours offer book tours, cover reveals, book blitzes and more! If you'd like to know more or join the host family then please check out their website, Twitter and Instagram! Zodiac is available on Amazon and can also be found on GoodReads.
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Trigger Warnings: swearing, sexual themes, rape
In Zodiac, Chief Inspector Marius Stanescu of the police force is investigating the death of an old woman when it turns out that it could be connected to a string of murders by a possible serial killer. The only connection between them being their birthplace and an imprint of a zodiac sign left behind on their bodies. Now he has to partner up with the mysterious Sergui Manta. Little does he know that Sergui is a trained spy working for the secretive "The Agency" and is not necessarily going to be following proper police protocol to catch this killer.
Marius is your classic, stubborn, by-the-book police inspector. He is a family man, with a wife and an unborn child on the way. He has a high moral conscience and wants to do the job properly so that they can bring this killer to justice.
On the other hand we have Sergui who is cheeky with a good sense of humour and is a bit of a charmer but he is also not afraid to play dirty to get the job done. Even if it means having to sneak behind Marius' back so that he can fulfil his employers' orders of killing the murderer on sight.
Sergui was recruited into "The Agency" when they gave him a choice between a twenty year jail sentence for a crime he committed or work for them. Easy choice right? However, this lifestyle comes with consequences. Sergui has had to abandon his previous life and loved ones and if anybody gets too close to the truth they are systemically taken out by "The Agency". Which could be a problem as Marius is getting more suspicious of Sergui everyday and is getting closer to putting his own life in jeopardy.
I love this dynamic so much and it really reminds me of Neal Caffrey from White Collar where Neal, a convicted con artist, spends his jail sentence helping the FBI catch criminals instead of in a jail cell.
Morally grey characters like Sergui always make a story interesting because it is so hard to predict what they're going to do next. Especially in comparison to morally good characters such as Marius. It's great to see how much they end up influencing each other as the story goes on.
Additionally, I loved how the story was set in Romania! It's so different to what I've read before and also a place that I would love to visit so I found it absolutely fascinating.
Zodiac was captivating right from the start and it was so thrilling I felt like I was in an episode of Criminal Minds which is one of my favourite TV shows! I loved how it was a mix of a classic cop story and an action filled spy story - it is definitely worth a read.
Anamaria Lonescu can usually be found on her Twitter.