**spoiler alert** I did find the overall story interesting and at times suspenseful. There were a couple of items that bothered me enough though that b...more**spoiler alert** I did find the overall story interesting and at times suspenseful. There were a couple of items that bothered me enough though that by the time I read the end the book the story just became okay. 1. About mid book we determine that there might be a second killer working in the area as bones are found in a hog pen. However, by the end of the book these murder(s) are abruptly dropped. 2. We never truly know why the murderer actually kills his victims or what his wife's background is though it is implied that her back story might be an interesting one.Since our hero is a profiler I felt there should have been more explanation as to why this killer did what he did. 3. The chief deputy is so awful I ha difficulty believing he would ever have been hired much less maintained keeping his job. 4. This is personal on my part but I didn't buy the relationship between our heroine and hero. She had such a contentious relationship with her own father I kept thinking she was falling for the profiler as a daddy substitute. I found the relationship to be a little creepy actually.(less)
I found this as a book on tape. I had read one of Cottam's earlier books so I thought I'd give this one a try. I found it to be truly suspenseful and...moreI found this as a book on tape. I had read one of Cottam's earlier books so I thought I'd give this one a try. I found it to be truly suspenseful and at times even frightened me. There were a couple of occasions where I just wanted to sit in my driveway and wait until the CD I was listening to finished. I had a few minor quibbles, but overall really enjoyed this book.(less)
I rarely read a book in one sitting anymore and while it did take me two sittings I have to say I enjoyed the book. A definite page turner for me. I'm...moreI rarely read a book in one sitting anymore and while it did take me two sittings I have to say I enjoyed the book. A definite page turner for me. I'm just sorry I read the book as it first came out because now I'll have to wait a year for the sequel to find out what happens to Sam.(less)
**spoiler alert** This is one of those rare occasions that I did not care for the narrator of the book. This may have influenced partially my feelings...more**spoiler alert** This is one of those rare occasions that I did not care for the narrator of the book. This may have influenced partially my feelings about the book but this is the second mystery I've read in a month that a really did not feel was my cup of tea. Normally this is one of those books that I’d like, lots of characters who are shadier than they appear on the surface, femme fatales, intrepid female detective and all with a noir feel. Sadly, the book just did not click with me. I do understand that with noir you aren’t going to get an in depth character analysis but I would have liked a little more background as to why the characters do what they do. I’d also like a little more show than tell. For example, everyone in the book keeps saying how David Loogan is a dangerous complicated character yet we are never shown that. I got the impression instead that he was a rather passive character that allowed things to happen to him. I never understood why he started an affair with the wife of the man he purported to like. We are simply told that they have an affair, did she seduce him, is she so gorgeous and with such a compelling personality that he couldn’t resist. We don’t know because the author never sets the scene for us. Nor do we know why David Loogan would help his boss bury a body simply because his boss asked him to. I certainly wouldn’t do such a thing even if a family member asked so why does Loogan? We are never shown why Logan likes Tom Kristoll so much.
Finally, for me, the final point of disbelief is that Kristoll and subsequent characters had to die to protect the fact that another character had been ghost writing a famous mystery author’s books. Yet, the young lady who is actually blackmailing said author is not killed and conveniently drives (literally) out of the story. Okay actually that was the second to last breaking point, the breaking point was when yet another character was killed not by any of the main players but because he had an affair with one of the other suspects and the girlfriend of the suspect, who we’ve barely met, was jealous. I like convoluted but really?
I enjoyed this book because I learned a whole lot more about Colorado than I ever did sitting in the classroom. Of particular interest ot me was the d...moreI enjoyed this book because I learned a whole lot more about Colorado than I ever did sitting in the classroom. Of particular interest ot me was the descriptions of both the railroads and the mines as well as the hardships "regular" folk faced in just trying to build a new home/community. The author did a great job in describing the history of the region. I did not feel that personally connected to the two women who came out to teach. I would have liked to have been able to read more of the actual letters sent home. You do get the impression that the women were impressed by there surroundings as well as the people the met but to me, it still felt like there was a bit of a wall between what the author tells us and what those woman must have actually felt. So 4 stars for the history but more of three star for the memoir portion of the book.(less)
A page turner for me though I had wished I'd started with an earlier novel. I have no idea how Quinn, our protagonist, started out as a "cleaner" nor w...moreA page turner for me though I had wished I'd started with an earlier novel. I have no idea how Quinn, our protagonist, started out as a "cleaner" nor why he seems to have no problems with his profession. This distracted me a bit from the story but shouldn't be a bother for others already familiar with this character. My one quibble with the book involves his sister. Quinn's family has been placed in harms way due to his profession so he tries to keep them safe while trying to expose the treat to his mother and sister. Quinn hasn't been in contact with his sister since he left home at 17 yet flashbacks to the siblings childhood indicates that they were close. SO it did not ring true to me that he wouldn't have been in contact with his sister at all since he left home nor that she would dislike him as much as she clearly does. His sister almost enters into too stupid to live territory at one point as well. After having finally bought into the fact that, yes people are trying to kill her, she then attempts to leave the hotel where her brother has stashed her. The reason being that she is so angry with him that she doesn't want to speak or interact with him.(less)
I was hooked from the second paragraph “Being a seasoned Londoner, Martin gave the body the London once over – a quick glance to determine whether th...more I was hooked from the second paragraph “Being a seasoned Londoner, Martin gave the body the London once over – a quick glance to determine whether this was a drunk, a crazy, or a human being in distress. The fact that it was entirely possible for someone to be all three simultaneously is why good Samaratanism in London is considered an extreme sport….” The writing is witty, our main character Peter grant is a likeable if somewhat clueless constable and the various supporting cast is also enjoyable. Overall a fun read.(less)
This book was not my cup of tea,,,but it might be yours. The good – The book was well written and, for the most part, the plot moved along briskly. The...moreThis book was not my cup of tea,,,but it might be yours. The good – The book was well written and, for the most part, the plot moved along briskly. The author had also put a great deal of thought into our hero and his personality. Dragos is much like you think if a dragon would be put in human skin. He is secretive, avaricious, acquisitive, quick tempered and impulsive. I also enjoyed some of the secondary characters and would like to spend more time with them and their stories. I also like the fact that not everyone loved the heroine and that was true even at the end of the story.
The less good (for me) The heroine, Pia, alas, was one of my problems with the book. I just felt that the author spent less time making up her background. We know that she had to move a lot growing up, that her mother was paranoid about Pia being hurt, that she had few long lasting relationships, and that she worked in a bar. And, oh yeah, in spite of the fact that she held down a low level job she had a fair amount of money hidden around the city. I don’t know about you but I don’t have 100,000 in my savings account. This is a nitpicky point, I know, but that huge amount of money with no explanation as to how she and/or her mother earned it bugged me. I would also have expected Pia to be pretty resilient and pretty much able to take care of herself – in other words – your typical urban fantasy kickass heroine. Instead she seemed kinda whiny and teary throughout the book. She reminded me of the heroines’ from the 80s who sort of swooned and let THE Man take care of everything. Her occasional bouts of snark didn’t win me over into thinking she was a strong character either. My other problem is that, well, I don’t like alpha men and this is why you might love the book but I didn’t. The rather rough sex accompanied by bruised flesh did nothing for me. I also had problems toward the tail end of the book when Drago suddenly goes against centuries of behavior and decides to reduce his hoard …really? I was fine with him seeing her as a possession because that worked with his nature but this sudden “oh I’m going to be a slightly kinder less greedy” person just didn’t do it for me. Two final nitpicks Why was Drago the only wyrdragon? They are far more common in various countries fables and myths than, say, a thunderbird (of which there are evidently three) I kinda wanted to know. The author had started a good job with her worldbuilding but I think she needed to put in a view more details not only in re Drago but also how the humans and wyr and elder races really lived amongst one another.
And finally stop with the showering already…I swear I’ve never had so much bathing in a book in my life Every few pages Pia had to bath yet again. And before you carp, no it had nothing to do with setting up a sex scene most of the time. And finally…spoiler alert Figuring out Pia’s wyr form took me about 2 and ½ seconds to figure out. Mom didn’t do a very good job keeping it hidden. (less)
**spoiler alert** Kate is a free lance producer on a variety of "true crime" shows. She is also a woman who was going through a messy divorce when her...more**spoiler alert** Kate is a free lance producer on a variety of "true crime" shows. She is also a woman who was going through a messy divorce when her husband turns up dead. Kate is ,of course, a suspect in her husband's murder. She also becomes more interested in the disappearance of a young woman than her job calls for. What I liked about the book - I really enjoyed the inside look of how a reality television show is produced. The authors inside knowledge definitely adds to the story. I also appreciated how Kate began to become a more interesting person as she truly began to think about her marriage and her husband. I found the clues and suspects to be less well developed as the two mysteries played out. I felt the author tried too hard to make us suspect certain individuals while not really fleshing out why the actual killer of the young missing girl did away with her or why he ended up stalking Kate.(less)
Loved it, loved Simon Jones narration, loved the character of Bartimaeus. This is the first book listened to of Storud's. Won't be my last. Now lookin...moreLoved it, loved Simon Jones narration, loved the character of Bartimaeus. This is the first book listened to of Storud's. Won't be my last. Now looking forward to Amulet of Samarakand(less)
Let me state up front that I had problems with the book. The characters were too immature word for me as a reader. All four of our main characters wer...moreLet me state up front that I had problems with the book. The characters were too immature word for me as a reader. All four of our main characters were just too damn whiney and self-absorbed for me to really care what happened to them. We have one individual who complains that he always wanted to be a lawyer but is stuck in his dead-end job so he can pay child support. There is no mention of him ever looking for another job, going to night school etc. The other three characters also had complaints about how lousy their lives were. Everyone complains about their job, spouse, kids etc. sometimes but these guys just never let up. They seem content to wallow in their misery and, for me I need some hook in an unsympathetic character in order to root for them. Instead I felt like slapping some sense into them. The plot also seemed to drag at times and I felt that the action should have zinged a bit more quickly. Once again, I think this draggy feeling might have been due to the large amount of time we heard what each character was feeling – great for a relationship novel, less so for a thriller. The last few chapters of the novel do redeem the book up to a point so that I went from a total loathing of the book to a more moderate “too bad these guys couldn’t have begun their transformation a touch sooner, and then I would have been more vested in their survival”. Sakey does show very well how friendships that might have seemed so solid can crumble so quickly under stress. (less)