Vodka Doesn't Freeze (A Detective Jill Jackson Mystery #1)
When a middle-aged man is brutally murdered in the hills overlooking a children's pool, it is immediately clear to Sergeant Jill Jackson that someone has stopped a dangerous pedophile in his tracks. Jill is at first ambivalent about pursuing the killer, but when more men dieall of them known to police as child sex offendersshe is forced to admit that a serial killer is
Was the story worth going to such...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!
She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, with the defence force, and...more