Shadows Still Remain (O’Hara & Krekorian #1)
A Beautiful Woman, Missing
New York City, 2005. Thanksgiving weekend. A topless Kate Moss peers down from a billboard over rain-spattered Houston Street. Escaping a troubled past, Francesca Pena came to the city and reinvented herself. At New York University, her beauty and charisma are the envy of her privileged pals, yet none kn
By the time I reached the bottom of the first page I had rolled my eyes several times. With sentenses like "Pena turns west at fifty-second and with long athletic strides traverses another cheerless block. She passes six-storey walk-ups, a basement dry-cleaner and another cheerless pub...." Tsk tsk! Very sloppy!!
And don't get me started on the characters: an Irish de ...more
When a woman’s body is found brutally murdered in East River Park, Detective Darlene O’Hara of the Seventh Precinct rushes to the scene. Darlene has taken a missing person’s report from David McLain who states that Francesca Pena, a beautiful, promising student at NYU did not come home for Thanksgiving dinner. David planned a Thanksgiving dinner for Pena and could not understand why Pena failed to come home. Detective O’Hara feels sure that the victim is Pena. O’Hara and her partner Serge Krekor ...more
It is an easy to read, fast paced novel. Francesca Pena goes missing from a New York bar and is later found tortured and killed. Detectives O'Hara and Krekorian find themselves with 72 hours to solve the crime before the Homicide Unit take over the case. They s ...more
Perfect Summer read. Be warned, not for the youngsters.
I believe this is a debut novel and very good for a first novel. The title is a good one because even after the mystery is solved, shadows still remain as to the why of things. Darlene O’Hara is a cop who, when on duty, interviewed a man who walked into the police station and said his roommate, Francesca Pena, was missing. She had gone out the night before Thanksgiving, ...more
The story is about the murder of a young woman, ...more
As O'Hara and her partner follow the clues, they also bump heads with the lead investigator on the case, Lowry. Because of their dislike for each other, O'Hara keeps information from Lowry and gets herself into all kinds of me ...more
My only complaints:
The detailed focus on NYC neighborhoods. Normally, getting into this much detail about the neighborhoods has a pertinent outcome to the story. This just probably excited the locals who were familiar with the territory.
There were too many characters initially introduced. Again, they had no bearing on the story. (I had a hard time keeping track and started writing down the names and info about them.)
I liked the fallibility of the characters and the backstory.
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When I read romance or crime novels, I expect formula. I like formula. It's reassuring. So when a crime novel takes its time to deliver a body and tells me about the detective's high school years, I get bored.
The murder plot was suitably disturbing and the second half of the book perked up enough to get three stars from me.
I wouldn't recommend this one for people who don't like horrible, twisted characters and events in their fiction. It's messed up. I was actually surprised at some of the awfulness.