In New York City, Nights Are Dangerous. Days Are Numbered.When New York University sophomore Megan Gunther finds personal threats posted to a Web site specializing in campus gossip, she's taken aback by their menacing tone. Someone knows her daily routine down to the minute and is watching her—but thanks to the anonymity provided by the Internet, the police tell her there ...more
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SETTING: New York
SERIES: #3 of 3
In the past few years, social networking has taken the Internet by storm. Millions of people use Facebook; many more tweet on Twitter, view videos on YouTube, blog daily, list items for sale on craigslist and find future mates on relationship sites. The social media do serve a good purpose in terms of providing many means of communicating. Unfortunately, though, there is often a darker side to these sites ...more
This was the first book by Alafair Burke that I had read and I must say I loved it! It was fast paced and I did find myself quickly turning the pages, trying to guess what was coming next, and guessing incorrectly and I really found the book hard to put down. I read the book in less than two days and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in crime thriller novels. I have now made it my mission to read the other books in the Ellie Hatcher series!
212 features recurring lead character Ellie Hatcher, an NYPD Detective. In 212 Ellie and her partner Rogan catch a homicide in a penthouse belonging to one of the city's wealthiest men. Although he claims no knowledge of how and why his bodyguard was using the suite, he seems to be trying to control the direction of Ellie's investigation. As doe ...more
When New York University sophomore Megan Gunther finds personal threats posted to a website specializing in campus gossip, she’s taken aback by their menacing tone. Someone knows her daily routine down to the minute and is watching her—but thanks to the anonymity provided by the Internet, the police tell her the ...more
I read this book in one sitting because it was a really fast read. I enjoyed the fact that Ellie was a normal person. I've read a lot of Gillian Flynn lately, so I kept expecting Ellie to flip out and cut herself or sleep with her partner or something equally self-destructive, but, all things considered, she's pretty well-adjuste ...more
One of my favorite parts of this book, as silly as it may be, is the "Ellie Hatcher's Guide to New York" at the back of my edition. I love books that set fiction in well-developed real-life settings. Having real locations in the story and knowing that they a ...more
Unfortunately I accidentally logged a different 'City of Lies' in my 'Want to Read' list, as it has a very similar looking cover, but by the author E.J.Ellory. However, when later posting the book as 'Read' and looking at it's reviews, I noticed my error and found negative comments by other reviewers on E.J.Ellory, whose book has a totally different story. Could this indica ...more
It's a law that in detective novels if you have two completely unrelated crimes being investigated, that one of the things the detectives are going to discover before all the pieces fall into place is that the crimes are completely related -- one is very likely the cause of the other.* So, in 212 we start with Crime A, and then move onto Crime B -- and sure, there's a chance that A was just to reintroduce to this world, maybe show how Ellie ...more
The basics: 212 is the third novel in the Ellie Hatcher series. A bodyguard for a Donald Trump-like real estate magnate is found murdered in a penthouse apartment at 212, a high profile address that shares its numbers with New York City's original area code. Next NYU student Megan Gunther finds threats about her, along with her detailed schedule, posted on a campus gossip website and fears for her safety.
My thoughts: After adoring Angel's ...more
This is a detective Ellie Hatcher and J. J. Rogan book. In this book two parallel things are going on which seemingly become connected. Call girls from escort services are turning up dead and tortured prior to death. The parallel case is that there is an internet site specifically set up for campus gossip and backbiting among students. One student, Megan, sees her name on the site with ...more
Hatcher & partner J.J. Rogan set out to determine the killer of a "protection specialist" in May, but I assume like all serious police investigations they are still hunting when the novel picks up in September, well beyond that critical first 24-hour window. The reader is spared the boring plodding stuff that has so far produced no results. But why did the killer wait to pursue other victims? Pay attention as the clues are laid out in this carefully worked case.
Includes red herrings and plo...more
Ellie’s tendency to speak her mind puts her in conflict with a judge and gets her an overnight in jail.
Back on the job, Ellie and her partner J. J. Rogan are tapped to investigate the murder of an NYU student who had been getting threatening messages on a go ...more