Archive for May, 2013

Brief Description:

Approached by the police, former government hitman John Becker emerges from a self-imposed retirement to hunt down the twisted killer who has been preying on innocent people.

****Spoiler Alert*****

This is one of the scariest books that I have read. It told the story from the killers perspective and the FBI man that was hunting him and how it takes one to know one.

Becker is the FBI man on leave from the FBI because of the last assignment he was on. You get to hear some of the conversations between the government psychiatrist and Becker as well as what Becker doesn’t really tell him. Psychiatrist Gold seems to be the perfect fit for Becker as he does not judge what Becker has done in the past running down serial killers. He seems to understand the conflicts that Becker has and want to help him as much as he can. Becker is a little on the fence about whether he needs help or not. I loved the conversations between Gold and Becker because you could feel the pain and suffering of Becker but understand that he had a lot of good things still going for him even though he was conflicted.

I didn’t really like the killer’s perspective, but it was very good because you also saw how he evolved from a little boy to a killer that didn’t believe that he was doing anything wrong. This was the very scary part, for me anyway. I had trouble sleeping after reading what was done to the victims.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 because number 1; it was the first book in a series about Becker and number 2; it was so real, I had trouble reading all at one time.

11TH HOUR by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is number 11 in the Women’s Murder Club Series.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:
Your best friend

Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department’s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer–even her closest friends.

Or a vicious killer?

Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she’s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims.

You won’t know until the 11th hour

A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay’s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to–especially not Joe. 11TH HOUR is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women’s Murder Club novel ever.

MY REVIEW:

I found this book lacking in depth.  The sentences were short and choppy and that is not a style that I like.  I felt like I was back in third grade reading again.

The story didn’t really interest me, and it took me forever to get this one read.  Usually I can’t wait to turn the next page.  That was not the case.  You would think with a title like this one, it would have had so much suspense that you wouldn’t be able to put it down.

I won’t be rushing to buy the next one.  The plot was thin and I didn’t really care who did it.  Even the ending, although a happy one,  was just that a happy ending.

I am giving this 2 out of 5 stars.  I believe this is the worst book that I have read so far this year.  Maybe if instead of putting out a book every year, it would be better to hold off until content and suspense were making you want to read the next part.

IMMORTAL ECLIPSE by Sherry Soule is 273 pages in e-book format.

I was given this book for review by the publisher so following a brief description will be my thoughts.

Brief Description:

 

MYSTERY, MURDER, and MANOLO BLAHNIK….

A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . .

When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.

Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike again.

Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian Delacroix, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.

Determined to play detective—instead of the fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can’t explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.

My Review:

First of all, I am not sure what genre this would fall into, because there are many facets to the story.  These are just a few bullet points that I came up with:  Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Mystery and even Humorous in places.

I thought the writing style was good, it just seemed to take forever to get where the action was.  I was six chapters in and all I really knew was Skylar liked fashion and especially shoes.  Because that is not something that I know anything about, this wasn’t something that interested me.  This, however, did not detract from the book, just wasn’t my taste.

The book had hints of sex, but no actual details.  There were some pretty strong lust scenes within the pages and these were tastefully done.

There is not a book that I have read in recent years to compare this one to, as it is very unique in nature.  There are some real horror scenes, but again, tastefully done.  Horror is not generally a genre that I would read but it was light and was a small part of the story.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars.  There were words missing in some of the paragraphs, but my copy was an advanced reader’s copy so I am sure they will be fixed before being published.  Sometimes the mind is writing the story faster than your fingers are typing.  I believe this to be the case in this book.  I think the story could have been a bit more suspenseful.  I didn’t feel the pull to keep reading the next page until I got almost to the end.   I would like the book to engage me so that I have that pull.