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Preview — Mania by Craig Larsen
A City Gripped By Fear
Seattle newspaper photographer Nick Wilder has snapped his fair share of gruesome homicide scenes. But when a serial killer dubbed the Street Butcher takes his sick crimes to new depths of depravity, Nick finds the case suddenly getting to him in more ways than one
A Killer Who Knows No End
With each new murder Nick is shocked by what he won't soon...more
This book was like a grade-A steak sandwich on moldy bread. I hated the beginning and end, loved the middle. It started off very slowly, which is an odd thing to say for a story that begins with a murder. Larsen's descriptions of scenery seem like filler rather than setting any mood, and slow the pace down. But with the int ...more
I don't think thrillers are all created equal. I think this book is a thriller because there isn't a sales category called "Noir" although, given the rate at which this kind of novel is being published, there soon will be.
I wasn't thrilled by the gory, bloody, lovingly depicted death and torture in the book. I wasn't thrilled by the editor's decision to leave a dizzying number of time-shifts in place. I wasn't thrilled by the sheer vileness of so many of the characte ...more
The story in Mania takes ...more
Once I'd realised that this book wasn't going in that typical psychological thriller direction, I really had no idea where it was going! There were a number of subplots going on, and I hone ...more
I've really agonized over how to rate this book. In the end I gave it only 2 stars - not because it was a bad book - but because I felt it was too predictable. That is to say that I felt like I knew who the bad guys - or most of them - were from the first page of their introduction, so when they turned out to be the bad guys I wasn't surpri ...more
Nick, younger brother to Sam, finds he’s deep in the throws of conspiracy, murder, and mayhem. Problem is he doesn’t know where he fits in and who the players are. In the end betrayal tells the tale.
Craig Larson pai ...more
I think if I could, I would rate this a 4.5. I feel bad for the timing of receiving the book and the corresponding events of my life because it took me far too long to really sit down and READ this book. Once I sat down to really read it, on Friday night, it was difficult to set it down. I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed Shutter Island.
Larsen's Mania centers around Nick, a young newspaper reporter. A killer known as the Street Butcher ...more
Centering on the events surrounding the death of protagonist Nick Wilder's brother, this novel immediately drew me into the confusing and claustrophobic mental world that Nick inhabits. Almost from the very first sentence I could feel the cloying anxiety that seemed to effect Nick.
Frequent flashbacks throughout the novel also add to the atmosphere. Each time there is a flashback, a new piece of inf ...more
This is one of those books that I can only read ev ...more
Mania is a suspense/thriller that I feel definitely fit the bill. It had an ending that I didn't see coming, and that is a plus. Seriously, when the ending was reveled my mouth dropped. Your led to believe that someone else is behind everything, and then BAMB turns out that someone completely unexpected was pulling the strings all along.
Right off the bat ,in the first couple pages, you are brought into the murder of Nick's brother Sam. Nick and Sam are walking from a jazz clu ...more
This was an interesting read although it was confusing in the way that it jumped from present to past and back again. It began with the murder of Sam Wilder and then jumped back a month earlier to begin the story. From there it jumped to after the murder, then to Sam and his brother's childhood, then to differing points within the month leading up to the murder. This alone would not have dropped the rating to 3 stars if the ending which explained the murder and his brother's related issues was m ...more
So. Nick. Creepy guy. From the start, he creeped me out. I knew that if I had ever met him in real life (if he actually existed off of the pages this novel), I would probably get that "creepy guy" vibe off of him. Now I know why... but I can't tell you that without giving it away!
I found the dynamic between characters interesting. This is one of the few books I've read where I didn't like absolutely everyone a ...more
Basically, protagonist Nick Wilder is a semi-freelance photographer for the Seattle Telegraph, his paren ...more
From the opening, disorientating chapters in which the reader is introduced breathlessly into the present, hurled to the past and dragged kicking back into the here and now, there is a masterfully crafted sense of paranoia and delusion, the purpose of which only becomes apparant towards the end.
The main protaganist is Nick Wilder, a down on his luck freelance photographer, whos job is to be first on the murder ...more
It isn't as if this plot is super intricate, or unexpected (I guessed several major plot twists way before they were revealed), bu ...more
I found his use of the flashback to be somewhat distracting, but effective. Unfortunately, it takes a long time care much about the main character. He is difficult to like from the start since he seems to be such a shallow and self absorbed person. Once you get into those flashback, you begin to see him in a little differe ...more
The book was honestly a little depressing. This was one of those stories where our protagonist Nick was not allowed to be happy. Ever. Sara brought some light into his life as the love interest, but the moments were swiftly smothered by the case surrounding his brother and the serial killer. The more Nick finds out about hi ...more
Why? Because it’s what I do. It’s how I make my living and it’s what defines me as a writer. It’s in my blood and I can’t ever imagine doing anything else with my life.
That said, I now turn to “Mania.” This book puts the reader right into the crime scene so he or she can view it from a reporter’s eyes.
Granted, Nick Wil ...more
When I first started reading this book, the switching back and forth from present to past threw me off a bit, as I found it wasn't too clear about what time the author was describing. That being said, the more I got into the book, the more everything started to make more sense and the more the flashbacks worked. There was even one point in the book where I thought the protagonist had dreamed it all and none of it really happened (I don't know if this would have been an awesome, ...more
The main character Nick Wilder is a newspaper photographer who f ...more
I enjoyed this book so much that it practically read itself - I finished it in three days and was left feeling sati ...more
ETA - This is unlike the usual books I read, in that the deepest I usually go into the thriller category is James Peterson's Women's Murder Club books and Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta series. And my affinity to those books is tied to the fact that I have gotten to know the characters over the course of the series and look forward to learning more about their lives. However, I entered to win this with the hope that I could pass it on to my husband, who is a ...more
He was born in 1968.
Craig also states that Stephen King has influenced him by his characterization. In addition, Craig states that ...more