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Vodka Doesn't Freeze (Detective Jill Jackson #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  304 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
When a middle-aged man is brutally murdered in the dunes overlooking a children's pool, it's immediately clear to Sergeant Jill Jackson that this was no ordinary victim: someone has stopped a dangerous paedophile in his tracks. Knowing first-hand the impact of such men on their prey, Jill is ambivalent about pursuing the killer, but when more men die - all known to police ...more
Soft Cover, 322 pages
Published 2007 by Random House
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I’m struggling a bit with how to rate this book. The first half was quite patchy and disjointed with different voices telling their part of the story and felt like it needed a good edit to make it more cohesive. It was almost as if the author was trying to put too many ideas and situations into the book which deals with child abduction, pedophilia, and child pornography. As the main characters we have a female cop who was herself abducted and abused as a child, a psychotherapist who is feeling o
Jul 17, 2016 Zenta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Šo grāmatu pievienoju TBR saraksta 2014.gadā, kad mani visvairāk piesaistīja tieši darba nosaukums un tas, ka galvenā varone, izmeklētāja ir sieviete. Kad sāku lasīt, pat īsti nepārlasīju anotāciju, tāpēc sākot lasīt jutos nedaudz pārsteigta, kāpēc biju tādu grāmatu ievietojusi lasāmo sarakstā. Šis ir no tiem darbiem, kas atspoguļo skarbu, bet patiesu realitāti, ko vēl vairāk apstiprina autore biogrāfija, ko izlasot beigās jutu vēl smagāku sajūtu krūtīs.
Galvenās varone ir pašpārliecināta, stipra
When Sergeant Jill Jackson was called out on her day off by Scotty, her partner, she didn’t expect it to be the beginning of a violent few weeks. But the murder of a man in his 40s in the sand dunes, overlooking young children swimming and playing in the sand set alarm bells off in her mind. It also caused her own terrible nightmares to resurface. For a camera with horrifying images on it, lying beside a man with his fly open, gave them all the realization that he wasn’t just sunbaking.

After mor
Jul 02, 2008 Sunnie rated it it was amazing

Leah Giarratano is a trauma psychologist based in Sydney. Among her clients have been victims of sexual abuse and men serving sentences for child abuse. VODKA DOESN’T FREEZE is her first novel. I had the good fortune to hear Giarratano speak last year. She talked about the book being cathartic for her. She regarded it as an exercise to purge herself of bottled up emotions. She never expected a publisher to accept it.

VODKA DOESN’T FREEZE isn’t an easy book. It is a very dark subject Giarratano wr
Jun 14, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it
I had been looking for a book set specifically in Australia, but no particular genre. The title grabbed my attention and the description hooked me in. Mind you, I had put my local public library to go to a bit of trouble getting my copy. They kindly had a copy set to me from another library in a completely different State...all the way from Las Vegas Nevada! That's 420 miles away and at no cost to me at all. (We are lucky to have a splendid library system here!)

Was the story worth going to such
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it liked it
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‘Vodka Doesn’t Freeze’ kicks off with the brutal murder of a man with his pants down. Upon investigation it becomes evident that he was a paedophile. Soon, more men are murdered and the common denominator that links them is their membership in a club for paedophiles.

The heavy topic of paedophelia is written very realistically. No morbid details are spared – everything is laid out in an honest way, thus giving you a sense of horror. The villains are written in such a way where their sleaziness an
Tyson Adams
May 11, 2012 Tyson Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really unsure as to whether to rate this a 4 or a 5. Lets call it 4.5

It was only just over a day ago when I gave up on a book. I found I was putting off reading, a clear sign that the book sucked. So I moved on, moved on and picked up Leah Giarratano's first novel. This book was just what I needed.

I met Leah at the Perth Writers' Festival. Aside from being one of the nicest people you will meet, she is also a very good crime writer. She draws on her background in psychology to delve into the
Bree T
Aug 10, 2010 Bree T rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
The book opens with the murder of a man on a high point overlooking a pool where plenty of children play. The digital camera nearby and the fact that his fly is open give a pretty good clue that he’s not there to catch some rays. He’s the first of a series of similar murders. All are unhealthily interested in small children. All are violently bludgeoned or stabbed to death. And all are linked to a psychologist in outer western Sydney who was treating victims of all of them. Something isn’t quite ...more
Rob Kitchin
Jul 14, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
Vodka Doesn’t Freeze isn’t the easiest of reads – child sex abuse and paedophilia rings are not the stuff of light reading. However, Giarrantano draws on her accumulated experience as a psychologist dealing with sex offenders and survivors to handle the material with care. The police politics and rivalries are realistic, but what lifts the book beyond the normal is the characterisation, especially the victims and perpetrators, which is excellent, along with some astute observations about familie ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, australian
Nobody could possibly call reading VODKA DOESN'T FREEZE a pleasure - it's an absolutely heartbreaking and very discomforting book. The author is a trauma psychologist who works with victims, and victims are very much the focus of VODKA DOESN'T FREEZE.

A young girl, victim of sexual abuse kills herself. Her psychologist Mercy treats patients who have suffered trauma, but Mercy seems to be very close to breaking in her own right. A middle-aged man is beaten to death in his hiding spot in the scrub,
Feb 20, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars.

I think this is the first time I've read an Australian crime story. Australia means sunshine and surfers; detective novels mean fog, rain and icy roads (yes, I'm all about clichés today :D). So, in my head, those worlds shouldn't meet. But here, they did!

And I must say it wasn't a bad book.

Two things annoyed me though:
- the main character keeps being assaulted throughout the book. I mean, okay, she was a victim in her childhood (not spoiling you, you learn that at page 10
Shaun (Book Addict Shaun)
Ages ago I searched for crime fiction set in Australia and found this series by Leah Giarratano. Only now after finishing this, the first in the series, am I kicking myself for not reading it sooner! The subject matter made this a pretty disturbing read at times but other than that I enjoyed it immensely and cannot reccommend it highly enough.

I read a lot of crime fiction, though this book was more psychological thriller I felt and the thing I enjoy most about it is 'series' crime fiction. Serie
Charlie Head
Jan 04, 2013 Charlie Head rated it really liked it
This was a very intense read with a very heavy subject matter, would be my first observation. It deals with the rape and abuse of children, which is never a light matter, but it wasn't so horrifying that it completely alienated me.

The characters were beautifully crafted, very believable and solid, they seemed very very real. You had the most disgusting villains and a heroine you sincerely wanted to succeed.

I read this very quickly, for several reasons ranging from addictive horror, a well-pace
Jun 09, 2010 Tracey rated it it was ok
It was not a bad book but what irked was the main character being assaulted not once but twice in 48 hours and it seemed to add nothing to the story line except to say she is female and vulnerable or it was an excuse to get her home and resting with the family or it was an excuse to bring out the characters tortured past. Made me think this character, apart from carrying a lot of baggage is almost incapable of functioning and it really did weaken her for me. I was not looking for her to being a ...more
I've been in the mood lately to go back to reading crime and thriller novels for fun. I visited Toronto's book store The Sleuth of Baker Street and picked up a couple of novels there since they specialize in this genre, and now I'm hooked.

I enjoyed Australian psychologist Leah Giarratano's Vodka Doesn't Freeze. It's part of the detective Jillian Jackson series, and I want to read more! I'm looking forward to reading her other novels Black Ice, Voodoo Doll, and Watch the World Burn.

In Vodka Doesn
Oct 27, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
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Have had Leah Giarratano's 'Vodka Doesn't Freeze' sitting on the bookshelf for a while now, along with the follow up novel 'Voodoo Doll'. Picked it up to read last night - finished it today. Let's just say that I will be starting 'Voodoo Doll' tonight! Great read - really enjoyed it. Probably a 4.5.
Jul 06, 2014 Ellie rated it liked it
A great debut novel! It had a big twist at the end that I didn't see coming which I always appreciate when reading a crime novel. It was relateable as it is set in Sydney. Makes you question what you do and don't know about those around you.
May 13, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, thrills
Heavy subject matter but a gripping read if you've got the stomach for the cracking of a paedophile ring - a fast read to fill in a rainy weekend. A nice change to read a novel of this genre which is set in Australia (I'm so used to Cornwell).
M. Diane Mattson
Vodka Doesn't Freeze

Another great book by this writer. Fast moving story with an ending that was unexpected. Perfect grammar and punctuation. Enjoyed this police investigation about paedophiles.
Nov 23, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story

good read from an author who actually has experience with psychopathy n is a psychologist. a bit of a different take on a cop mystery
Nov 04, 2011 Tien rated it it was amazing
I was taken by surprised as to how much I enjoyed this book. I didn't there would be many crime books to surprise me but I think being set in an area you are familiar with (Sydney & surrounding suburbs) makes a difference as well. What I love most though was Jillian Jackson - what a tough (& smart) cookie!

The subject matter (phaedophilia) is very touchy for me and yet, the book surprised a few tears out of me. It was slightly embarrasing since I was reading on the train ride to work!

Sep 23, 2009 Glen rated it liked it
I bought this book as i watched beyond the dark lands and a heard the chick on there wrote novels. I had mixed feelings about this read. It had me pretty sucked in to the story for most of the way but toward the end i kind of lost me. It felt far fetched and predictable. Which was a shame as i did really enjoy it up till then. I still recomend it as a read and i will proberly check out the other 2 book Leah done, but like i said above the events leading to the end of the book just lost me to be ...more
Nov 14, 2010 Madi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The violence in this book astounded me at the start but as it progressed I realized that the author was using this violence to make a very interesting point about violence and gender stereotypes in crime fiction. The book was very interesting to read and the plot drew me in because it focused on different areas of crime then I was used to. This book was a lucky find at a secondhand store and I am glad I read it because it gave me a new perspective on the genre of crime writing.
Pankaj Katyal
Aug 26, 2015 Pankaj Katyal rated it really liked it
Quite thrilling with lots of suspense.
May 06, 2015 Arathi rated it liked it
tried the 1st book in the series by this author, liked it fairly well though it was disturbing to read about kids being molested!!
Jun 23, 2013 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Two stars for what was a storyline that had so much potential.
The writing however, was horrible at best. I'm quite partial to novels that opt to swap character perspectives each chapter, but swapping between perspectives within one chapter multiple times made the book disjointed. It had no flow, it was slow and there was no real depth to any of the characters.
I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't hold my attention at all.
Rachel Peterson
Jul 06, 2012 Rachel Peterson rated it liked it
I liked this thriller. The police character Jill Jackson is a likeable heroine. It is set in Sydney and is about a pedophile ring where some of the members have been murdered. Quite a difficult topic made all the more chilling by the fact I read this after I saw the author at my local library speaking of her experiences as a clinical psychologist within Long Bay Gaol. I will progress to the next Jill Jackson book.
Nadia Molina
Jan 11, 2015 Nadia Molina rated it it was ok
All I kept thinking when I read this was book the main character has got to be the worst cop ever! The writer didn't write her very well and she's actually a little unlikeable. It was an easy read and that's the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1.
Feb 19, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
This is really 3.5 stars...

Everyone is going on about this book being graphic and disturbing and I actually found it more disturbing how it didn't reveal so much as conceal. Maybe I'm just jaded from reading Mo Hayder's books, but I didn't think there was too much gross detail in this, thank the Gods. haha.

Tight writing, harrowing subject matter and a nicely constructed story.
Jan 18, 2014 Sally906 rated it liked it
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Dr Leah Giarratano has had a long career as a clinical psychologist. Her professional background offers a unique selling point in this genre and gives an authenticity to her writing. Leah is an expert in psychological trauma, sex offences and psychopathology and has had many years assessing psychopaths and treating their victims.

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