I have owned this book since 2012 and never cracked it open. Since reading Memory Man, I felt like reading another hard-boiled police procedural and cI have owned this book since 2012 and never cracked it open. Since reading Memory Man, I felt like reading another hard-boiled police procedural and chose this. I am now in the process of reading The Coffin Dancer and am contemplating buying the entire series. The Bone Collector was just that good!
If you like or have an interest in a lot of technical information walking crime scenes, forensic science, the early history of New York City or even just a really good mystery, then I really think you will like this book. Throw in a burgeoning relationship (maybe), throw out your notion of Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme and dive in. I wonder just how many readers figured out who was doing it...I sure was thrown for a loop and I sure do love that fact. I hate reading a book, thinking I knew who did it and find that I am right. I love to be surprised and this book did it for me. It sure had my heart pounding towards the end.
The first half or more I really disliked the protagonists Lincoln and Amelia, however I understood them which allowed me to keep reading without too much prodding, the last half brings in another character I didn't like very much. I soon came to understand him too and I wonder if we will see more of The Chameleon in further books?
It may be cliché of trite of me to say, but this was a heck of a page turner that kept me from my sleep and kept me at the edge of my chair, biting my nails down to the quick while turning pagers as quickly as I could! LOL!
* If you do not want to read about euthanasia or about anyone contemplating euthanasia-then take a pass on this book....more
I can’t say that this is a new series by David Baldacci because the book lists it as a standalone, but the author would be a fool NOT to make this a s I can’t say that this is a new series by David Baldacci because the book lists it as a standalone, but the author would be a fool NOT to make this a series. It would be fresh and exciting with a ton of fascinating, quirky, hyper-smart characters. And with a mind like Mr. Baldacci’s and using this book as an example, the plotting and mysteries would be mind-boggling.
As trite as this is going to sound, this book had me riveted from the very first chapter and glued to my chair for the rest of the book. I haven’t read anything by this author in a very long time and I am very sorry that I haven’t kept up with him if this book is anything to go by.
The story-line was a unique one for me, as is said in the book description - Amos Decker could never forget anything. Not since dying twice the very first time he stepped onto a professional football field and into an extremely violent collision with another player. He ended up with hyperthymesia and syynesthesia (and I did have to look these up just to satisfy myself that they are real conditions of the brain!). Now he is a cop or more precisely a Detective for the town of Burlington and one night he enters his home and things will never be the same for him again…even more so than when he died twice.
16 months later -When something terrible happens at the town’s high school, Amos is called in by the police department to aid in this new case and from here Amos can try to put some of his life back together.
I have to admit for a little while I was worried about whom exactly the murder was. I was hoping that the author didn’t pull a Stephen King (The Dark Half). But I was wrong thank goodness, and when I found out the who and the why of it all, I was flabbergasted. The last couple of chapters are real eye openers, and will show you just how this book just screams to become a series. Actually, since the last chapter does set this up to be a series, so I hope the author does get the chance to do so.
This book actually gives you something to ponder; more than just the mystery…you may walk away wondering what YOUR life would be like if you could never forget the minutest detail of your life and all that passes by you.
You may finish this book, but as odd as this may sound, this book isn’t finished with you.
If you have read Stephen Kings “The Dark Half”, then you will get the joke behind this rather mediocre short novel. At 200 and a few more pages, it re If you have read Stephen Kings “The Dark Half”, then you will get the joke behind this rather mediocre short novel. At 200 and a few more pages, it reads more like a novella or an unfinished novel.
If this was supposed to be a humorous or even satirical book, I just didn’t get it. The characters are thinly written, the plotting was weak, the story-line was silly and so unbelievable that even for horror it had me scratching my head in bemusement and the humor was for me- non-existent. I couldn’t find myself emotionally bonding with any of the characters.
On the other hand this book does seem to find so many of today’s issues that are plaguing the writing world, especially the self-published and yanks these issues out into the open and lays them bare.
I wish I had read this book in its finished format to see just how the author explains her using Stephen Kings name (among other very famous authors) and his reactions when Ms Oates made him a plagiarist as part of her story.
I have heard of Ms. Oates before and had always meant to read something by her, but if this is what I can expect then I think I will take a pass at anything else.
Fool’s Gold doesn’t disappoint. It follows the basic formula of Ms Mallery’s and that is a very good thing. We have the typical two people who are damFool’s Gold doesn’t disappoint. It follows the basic formula of Ms Mallery’s and that is a very good thing. We have the typical two people who are damaged in some way –either emotionally or physically –and in this book we have one of each. Kipling was an Olympic skier who was critically hurt in a skiing accident and Destiny is the product of a seriously dysfunctional family best known for their chart topping country western music and affairs.
Kipling is called a fixer who likes to fix things for other people and doesn’t want to really settle down, and Destiny shies away from love and vows to only have an unemotional, calm marriage made-up of partners who are pretty much just friends. She also believes that making love should just be for procreation purposes. Naturally Kipling takes it upon himself to prove her wrong with the sex part!
Toss into this merry mix Destiny’s fifteen year old step-sister, Kipling’s abused sister Shelby, (a tertiary character)Miles (a tertiary character also) who loves ‘em and leaves ‘em, and you have quite the recipe for disaster –Fool’s Gold style.
The characters are seemingly well developed but I still found something to be a little lacking. So much of this book dealt with other things and not just one the budding romance. Normally this works for this series, but I found it to not work as well in this particular book.
The plot seemed a little ho-hum also.
All in all not a horrid book, but I felt it wasn’t the best of the Fool’s Gold series. ...more
I think that this is an excellent start to a new Young Adult series. However, there are some gruesomely described and bloody scenes which some youngerI think that this is an excellent start to a new Young Adult series. However, there are some gruesomely described and bloody scenes which some younger kids may be sensitive to. Also if you are familiar with Jennifer’s “Elemental Assassin” series, you may notice some slight parallels (the Mafia type family’s for one) between the two. For the older reader, this might be a fairly predictable story. For the younger reader it will be a story filled with betrayals, fights and twisty turns – even a tiny bit of romance which is great for those readers who crave such. I think the romance will be developed slowly and delicately.
The magical element to this book is for me, an interesting twist on what we usually see in these types of books. The characters are well developed, the story is just complicated enough to keep you engaged and the surprise ending to the mystery of just who was trying to take out Devon was just surprising enough without being over the top or too unbelievable.
I enjoyed this book even though I am not the targeted audience and am looking forward to the next one in this series. ...more
I bought this book not ever having read anything by this author. I ordered it because I love stories about the Fae and this sounded like a great optioI bought this book not ever having read anything by this author. I ordered it because I love stories about the Fae and this sounded like a great option, and in some ways this book was great. However, in other ways this book left me cold. The first 50% of the book, I was thinking about throwing it against a wall and promising myself not to buy anything else by this author, but I kept on and really enjoyed the last half of the book.
My problems were that the heroine of the novel was such a spineless, nearly TSTL, unthinking and wimpy woman. The men around her had egos the size of Texas, they almost seemed like caricatures (especially Frank her ex-husband and Egan his buddy) and all they did was use her, even Conn. As I kept reading I realized that her spinelessness was due to being an untrained Druid - yes she still was unthinking, putting herself into constant danger, but these actions made more sense the further you read.
I think with the next book, (and I have already bought it) I will have a better understanding as to what I am reading and enjoy it more.
The world building in Cold Iron was a little sporadic at times. The character building of the main characters Beth the Druidess and Conn the Destroyer was fairly in depth and they were smartly written. In a way I don’t think we were supposed to like them very much until the story grew. The secondary characters are fascinating and I am glad to know that they have their own book Silver Skin, which is the next book in this series.
There is romance but less actual sex than you would have expected – there is more building up to it than the actual act. Don’t mistake me there is sex, but this is more of a traditional romance and the act takes up less page time than the coming to love each other does.
The ending with Conn and Beth is great –I love it when women have the upper hand to some extent yet the men are still their own creatures. ...more
If you love reading about the Fae that you find in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell Hamilton but would prefer no sex…at least so far - you are in foIf you love reading about the Fae that you find in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell Hamilton but would prefer no sex…at least so far - you are in for a treat with this book. The worlds are quite similar. So is some of the story-line. The exception is that there is no Dark Court and no Light Court – there is only one Sidhe High court and High King, but there are the other types of Fae that we’ve come to understand from other books. The romance is very much lacking in this first book, but there is plenty of action to take your mind off of that aspect. There are also vast differences in the two series also; besides the lack of sex. I’m thinking that with this first book, this series is going to be just a tad better also. Then again, you never know just how something will turn out.
This book deals with several story lines at one time and it is told through several points of view. This is a little different than I am used to, but I really liked hearing about the different situations right from the ‘horse’s mouth’ shall we say! It is interesting to hear what Nick, a human who has come to Faerie sort of by accident has to say about what is going on around him.
Speaking of Nick, a human policeman – he is probably the shakiest aspect of this story and his character isn’t as fleshed out as some of the others. It is clear though, that as he gets a bigger part in this series, we will be learning more about him and his brother David.
I had no problems immersing myself into this book once I got past the prologue and first chapter…as a matter of fact, I just could not put it down; to use a horrid old cliché!
This is a quick wonderful read, one that ends on a bit of a cliff hanger. I certainly cannot wait for the next book in this series.
On one hand I wanted to give this book a solid 5 stars because I love Lucy and her family. I love the era that these earlier books are set in (a timeOn one hand I wanted to give this book a solid 5 stars because I love Lucy and her family. I love the era that these earlier books are set in (a time before cell phones as cheap and common tools of the everyday, having a video camera that costs more than a thousand dollars!) and I adore the setting of Tinker's Cove. I liked learning about how spouse abuse was handled in this time period and the murderer was difficult to really figure out (plenty of red-herrings).
I also wanted to give it a one star because of what I really thought doesn't fit in a typical cozy. Now I realize that this is not a typical cozy series. What I hated was the brief passages about child abuse and even infant abuse, by the child's own father. Yes, I know it is more common than I really want to know about...but not in my cozy mystery. However, this abuse was an integral part of the secondary story line.
So I took my 5 stars and one star and settled on a 3 star rating.
The story itself was an interesting one or should I say, both stories were interesting. One story dealt with the disappearance of a beloved elderly ballet teacher who I thought had been murdered. I thought that this was who the story would revolve around. But I was wrong. The murder mystery actually was about someone else. An elderly really nasty man and everyone thought that the murderer was someone who had (maybe), years ago killed her husband. Read to the end…it was sure a surprise to me!...more
Without a doubt, this was one of the most unusual murder mysteries I have ever read. I have never met such an evil, bone chilling antagonist that wasnWithout a doubt, this was one of the most unusual murder mysteries I have ever read. I have never met such an evil, bone chilling antagonist that wasn't written into a horror novel before!
Nina think that she is safe defending a filmmaker from having her film of long ago disappearance, suppressed. Little does Nina know that this is going to become so much more.
With this novel we learn so much more about Nina and her son Bobby, Nina's brother Matt and even about Nina herself.
This turns into one of the most seemingly convoluted mysteries I have ever read. Several times I wanted to just put it down, but something about it kept calling to me to finish it-that I would never figure out who done it and why. I would never have a moments peace unless I knew what happened. I'm glad I kept at it, because the ending was just WOW!...more
This is an interesting concept, but I feel that a lot of detail that would have made the story clearer to me, was left out---or maybe just not thoughtThis is an interesting concept, but I feel that a lot of detail that would have made the story clearer to me, was left out---or maybe just not thought up by the author yet? I felt as if there must have been a book before this one that explained things better.
Not a romance per se, but I can feel like there might be one later on. Several twists and and interesting turns.
This may be a book better for the young adult who will feel more for Lark than I did, and really get into the fighting aspects.
If you had read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder you may see a bit of a link to the two stories.
------> POSSIBLE SPOILER<--------Since this is a series - we naturally do not finish off the bad guy. Though a different bad guy for each book would have been interesting too.
Hopefully the author may add some more detail about the Elemental's that I wasn't able to fill in on my own.
Some of this book was written with too much detail, and a lot of repetition and some not enough detail -which made this a bit of a difficult read for me.
I will be looking forward to the next book to see if the author smooths things out a bit and allows some more detail without the repetition....more
I am not sure if I read the same book that everyone else did. Here is what I feel are the Pro's and Con's:
It was a light, pop-corn typeThe Murder Pit
I am not sure if I read the same book that everyone else did. Here is what I feel are the Pro's and Con's:
▲ It was a light, pop-corn type read.
▲ No sex, just innuendo.
▲ No violence, just a dead guy. ▲ I finished it.
▼The Author/Editor made a lot of mistakes, enough to pull you out of the story occasionally and go 'Huh?'. This might make you lose your place as you check back in the book for some confirmations.
▼ Was there a book before this one? I know there wasn't, but there are parts to this story that make me think there should be...things that are assumed but never explained. For instance -why did Daisys husband get so upset that she had a date before they got reacquainted? This detail was over-looked and under-played. The back-story was undeveloped.
▼ The town’s residents and especially her so-called friends are just horrid. The kids are pretty annoying too.
▼ Home-schooling seems to be a major theme and I don't like to be preached to. I did not like how this author treats home-schooling. Do the kids actually ever get any lessons? Do they really learn things while playing in the snow or video games or even board games? Yes they read -wonderful - but not enough educating.
▼I found this not to be a humorous book.
▼The main characters are (especially Daisy Savage) ditzy, easy to anger and somehow unlikable. Jake was just an annoying passive/aggressive complainer.
▼ The reader goes through the book never knowing how the dead guy died. And yes I doubled back to double-check.
All in all, I ended up doing a lot of skimming a second time to see if I had missed something important to the story. ...more
Wow, this book, the second book in the Midnight Texas trilogy (according to Ms Harris' web-site) gives us even more action than we had in book one. WeWow, this book, the second book in the Midnight Texas trilogy (according to Ms Harris' web-site) gives us even more action than we had in book one. We have more action, but we also learn so much more about some of our favorite characters. Have you wondered what was up with the Rev? We had a good idea what he was, but not what type of what! LOL! Now we know! I love how we are seeing characters from Sookies world –so now we have seen characters from all of Ms Harris’ series –I love this concept. Who do you think we’ll see in the third of this trilogy?
There is so much going on in Midnight –a company has come in to reopen an old time hotel. They’ve turned it into a longer stay hotel and a sort of elder care for those not quite ready for assisted living place – it is interesting that all of the older people who come to stay had interesting lives in Reno!
Poor Manfred---well he just about has the poop kicked out of him when a client of his dies as he is holding a sort of séance for her to meet up with her dead husband. So now poor Manfred now looks like a murderer, since she has died under very unusual circumstances…but wait…her son Lewis also is accusing Manfred of a huge theft -Lewis is, how can I say this nicely? A shmuck!
In the first book we learned quite a bit about Fiji and Bobo; in this book we learn a lot about Olivia and the Rev…Lemual is away from town so there is very little about him in this book.
The Rev…what can I say. We finally find out just what he is and we get to do it in such an interesting way. The Rev is child sitting. Yep, that’s right; he is watching after a very unusual youngster who literally grows right in front of your eyes. A youngster whose father had to go off for a job…a father who was once one of Sookies lover’s (though not for very long).
Great writing, great set up for the next novel, some frustration because we get no satisfaction with Fiji and Bobo (will there really be any? At least, to our satisfaction?) And just why the heck are Teacher and Madonna in Midnight. How the heck does everyone live –there really are no customers.
Many questions are asked but not all are answered.
This book is an interesting mix of Robert’s earlier work Swan Song, mixed with Stephen King’s The Stand add a healthy dose of War of the Worlds and st This book is an interesting mix of Robert’s earlier work Swan Song, mixed with Stephen King’s The Stand add a healthy dose of War of the Worlds and stir. Then you shake all these up and add a smidgen of comic book action –Zombies, flesh eating and shape shifting, Area 54 - to it you will have The Border.
This was a great book, although pontificating and plodding at times; then there are other times that it just felt it was going at warp speed. Some of this book really made me philosophical and had me pondering the state of our universe, the world cockiness as to how we think we are ‘the big bad’ and what may or may not be out there; some other parts just made me roll my eyes.
It seemed to me that the characters had not been fleshed out very well. I never really felt for any of the characters. I never had any sympathy for what they were going through nor did I ever feel enough about them to have any empathy for them. Learning about Ethan –what he was becoming, what he was is a fascinating aspect of this book. I wish this aspect had been explored a bit more. I never thought I would say this about a book, but I think it should have been maybe 200 to 250 pages longer and then it really could have fleshed the characters more, made the story seem less comic bookish and made more of an impression on me. ...more
This novel is as I said in the title, a bleak but mesmerizing look into feminism, the weight loss industry and one woman’s dissatisfaction with her ro This novel is as I said in the title, a bleak but mesmerizing look into feminism, the weight loss industry and one woman’s dissatisfaction with her rotund body. To top it off there is a fascinating and mysterious side story about a group called Jennifer who are in the business of revenge and avenging mistreated and exploited women around the world.
This is not a frothy story with a typical happily-ever-after; this is the real deal –alternately depressing and eye-opening. This novel is written in a rather unique style, more like and auto-biography than a fictional novel. The characters are well fleshed (no pun intended) and mostly depressing or down-right dislikable, at times that will include the main character Plum AKA Alicia. Plum will run the gamut from a whiney, overly self-involved egotist. I can sympathize with her at times because I too am a fat woman, but only at times. Sometimes I just want to smack her hard with a turkey and wake her up out of the dream that dieting ( if skinny is all she really wants) is going to be a piece of cake –that a program will do it for her, that she doesn’t need to change, that dieting is easy. Other times I want to laugh with her.
Some of this book just doesn’t seem as if it really needed to be included.
It may take you a while to get into this book; it took me quite a few chapters to do so. Sometimes while reading this, I would think that I should be scouring my toilets instead of reading this (I thought I might not be able to finish this book) so I wouldn’t be forced to continue reading it then there are many moments later on where I don’t think I could have put it down even if my hair had been on fire.