Review of The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)The Murder Complex
By: Lindsay Cummings
Release Date: June 10th 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: ARC

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

My Thoughts:
Overall, I felt that The Murder Complex was a gruesome and interesting read. Cummings writing was to the point and fast paced. Not only that but she had no difficulty in making a hard-core character, Meadow, that wasn’t afraid to shed some blood. It’s rare to find a main character that has little to no guilt about the things they do to save their family. Meadow had no qualms in leaving a trail of blood if it would save her sister. The relationship between Meadow and Peri reminded me of the relationship between a more famous sister dynamic-Katniss and Prim.

Cummings created an in-depth world with haunting descriptions and a society on the brink of despair. There was no part of me that wanted to take part in this society or future she created. Though the world was developed, I still felt that it was an unrealistic outcome to any society. I can’t go into more details without revealing major plot points so I’ll leave it at that. Even with it being a bit far fetched, I didn’t find it too difficult to throw these thoughts aside and enjoy the story presented.

The action scenes were really the strongest in this book. They were beautifully detailed, described and gory. Some of the characters were a tad lacking and felt a bit one dimensional. Overall this was a more plot and action driven book. Though the relationship between Meadow and Zephyr (still have no clue how to pronounce his name) seemed a bit insta-love I managed to enjoy both of these characters and their alternating point of view. Zephyr’s story was the more enthralling for me and I felt very empathetic towards his plight. I felt that of all the characters he was the most well rounded and his past was incredibly sad yet captivating. The only aspect about him that didn’t work for me was his instant connection and attraction to Meadow. I wanted a bit more chemistry between the two.

If you aren’t a fan of cliff-hangers prepare yourself- The Murder Complex has one. And a fairly evil one at that. I’m not horribly against cliff-hangers to begin with but some of the folks that have an adverse reaction you have been warned.

Final Thoughts:
With Cummings’ gruesome imagery and fast paced action, The Murder Complex was a fast read that provided entertainment and descriptions of a world I’d want nothing to do with. I enjoyed this book on the whole and look forward to where the sequel will go.


  1. says

    From what I’ve seen, readers either love this book or not at all, so it’s refreshing to get the perspective from someone who saw both positives and negatives. It’s good to know the world-building is strong, and that Meadow has a sister worth fighting for. BUT as for the insta-lovey relationship between Meadow and Zephyr, I’m a little unsure about. I’ve also heard it’s difficult to distinguish the voices between the couple, but I’m glad you didn’t seem to come across that problem. For a long time, I thought I HAD to have this book in my life, but I think I can live to wait for the release of the sequel. If by then, you think this series is a MUST-READ, then I’ll certainly give it a shot. Great review, Kris!

    • says

      You know, now that you mention it I can’t remember if I had a hard time distinguishing between the two point of views. I think it’s worth the read, and I’m very curious how the series continues. It could go either way. When I first heard of this one I was crazy eager for it but as time passed I wasn’t as ‘had to have it now’ The sequel will really be the make or break for this one.

  2. says

    I agree that the strenght of the book was more on plot than in the characters, but I felt that the world was very well developed too (not withstanding how probable or improbable it’d be).
    I’m glad that you mentioned the cliffhanger ending, I always mention them in my reviews, cause I really don’t like cliffhangers and like to be warned about them!
    Great review, Kristen!

    • says

      You’ve taught me to mention cliff hangers because you do and some people are really aggravated by them. I’m typically ok–it takes a lot to really get to me…like The Falconer…grrr. I agree that this was plot driven, the action scenes were really well done.

  3. says

    It definitely sounds gory. 😉 I really want to read this one…it’s really high on my year-of-highly-anticipated-reads. It’s out by now, I think? (I don’t keep up with the dates so well.) So I should see if my library plans to buy a copy. Hehe. I’m glad the action scenes are super strong! That’s really important in these kind of thriller books, I reckon.

    • says

      Right, right about the action scenes. They are the strength in this one. It has released so hopefully your library can get it for you. I am eager to hear what you think about it.

  4. says

    A gruesome book? I approve of that, lol. I’m nervous about this book, though, as I have seen many bad things about it 🙁 Sniffs. But I’m glad you mostly liked it. <3 Amazing review Kristen. And yess. That ending! EVIL. Though I have yet to read the whole book, lol, but the ending I have read ;p Thank you for sharing and being honest sweetie. <3

  5. says

    I’ve heard a lot about this book. I am looking forward to reading it. I’m sorry that this seemed a bit too unrealistic for you, but sometimes that’s why I like books 🙂 I like that they aren’t like the real world. Thank you for your review! I’m glad that you liked this one well enough.

  6. says

    It sounds like this one is good for a quick, easy read, kind of like a good action adventure flick. Not overly deep, but fun and brainless. 🙂 Thank for the great review!

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