This continues to be an excellent series, and I found this one to be the best yet!! Her side characters are rich, and as per usual, the story quicklyThis continues to be an excellent series, and I found this one to be the best yet!! Her side characters are rich, and as per usual, the story quickly picks up the pace as it rolls along, one event sequencing smoothly into the next. At first, I found the plot unrealistic, as Sharon is a top-notch investigator, and what would be the problem in solving this one in a timely manner, and how could an identity thief/stalker get the best of her? But, Marcia Muller clearly unfolds the scenario, showing the reasons in great detail, exploring the issues of stalking and the powerlessness it can give even a smart, strong individual. She does not fold, however, although her frustration mounts as the clever stalker learns to almost read her mind. There is also a side story centered around Ted, one of her employees. Ted is acting strangely and chooses not to confide his problem to anyone. Although I had the problem figured out about half way in, I still found it interesting.
A great story, and well worth the read, especially if you like this series.
Another great Deep Space Nine book, continuing after the TV series ends. It's good to read these in order, but not totally required. I would still recAnother great Deep Space Nine book, continuing after the TV series ends. It's good to read these in order, but not totally required. I would still recommend it, though. ...more
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I am disappointed. I did finish the whole book, though, so I could write a fair review. The onlThis is the first book I have read by this author, and I am disappointed. I did finish the whole book, though, so I could write a fair review. The only reason I gave this two stars is because the beginning was funny and I liked the heroine. She had spunk and she was quite amusing. Otherwise, it would have been an easy one star rating.
I found two major turnoffs for me in this novel.
First, I thought the hero, Conner, was a dud. His character started off well, being amused and appreciative of Gillyanne's efforts to stall him and his companions from whisking her off and marrying her for her land.
After marrying her, glimpses of Connor's feelings were few and far between. Not knowing how to treat a woman has been used before in historical romance, but here it just doesn't work. If anything his character seemed to regress into a neanderthal ignorant oaf, an alpha male wannabe, and close to one-dimensional. Wow, that sounds really harsh, but I haven't run across such a total unlikable hero in a long time. Maybe I need to read more.
Anyway, this leads to beef number two. Despite his lack of expressive feeling towards her she falls in love with him anyway, and way too soon in the story. Ironically, Gillyanne is supposed to have a gift that lets her sense what another is feeling, but she cannot sense his. Could it be he doesn't really have any? I think it would have been a lot more interesting if she could sense them, and then maybe falling for him so fast might have been somewhat believable.
I'd like to end with a positive note, so as to balance the review out a little bit. I liked some of the other characters very much, and her family has some dimension and appeal. Since this book is part of a series, perhaps the others are better. I'll be taking a pass, though. ...more
I liked this one a lot more than some of the later books I read in the series and had a hard time putting it down once I got in a few chapters. I onlyI liked this one a lot more than some of the later books I read in the series and had a hard time putting it down once I got in a few chapters. I only didn't finish it faster because I've been reading a few at one time. I read this series out of order and although they can be stand-alones, I like filling in some of the holes. The others I've read were good, but this was a solid effort and well worth my time. It's on to the next one when I finally get to read how Bentz meets Olivia. Besides this one, I though Shiver has been the best of the series so far....more
The end with it's nice twist and surprising villain bumped this book up from 2 stars to 3.
The characters were ok, but not memorable. The inclusion ofThe end with it's nice twist and surprising villain bumped this book up from 2 stars to 3.
The characters were ok, but not memorable. The inclusion of a character on life support was slightly odd to me, since the character was, according to the doctors, in a brain-dead state and yet their brain was active and pleading for anyone to notice it was so. Was the author trying to intimate something here about coma - brain dead patients being alive even when all outward appearances show they are not? I never got the point of that other than a slight creepy factor and the addition of another twist to the story.
At times, the book held my interest, but slowed down in parts, not begging me to finish it. I am glad I did because the end was good, but a long time in coming. ...more
I loved the setting and the suspense part of the story was well crafted. Some of the dialog was kind of hokey, though. I took this in stride, though aI loved the setting and the suspense part of the story was well crafted. Some of the dialog was kind of hokey, though. I took this in stride, though as I did like the plot. Lucky was a definite alpha male, with the soft tortured side. I thought the arguing he and Serena did almost throughout the whole book, especially at the beginning was overdone and at times irritating. However, the progression of the softening towards one another was set at a realistic gradual pace based on actual events in the book. The walls that blocked his compassion cracked at just the right times.
Still, I wanted to roll my eyes in exasperation and tell them all they were being like children. I also didn't like the harshness of the grandfather. It was too extreme. I get the point of what he was trying to accomplish, but it could have been done with a little more compassion and kindness. There just wasn't enough of that in any of the characters until the end. More depth, please!...more
This is my second read of this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love this series. It makes the paranormal look like a scientific certainly and I lThis is my second read of this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love this series. It makes the paranormal look like a scientific certainly and I love the way it's used within an FBI organization. Top notch stories and characters as well. This one features a female agent, Riley, who wakes up one morning with blood on her and can't remember the last three weeks. She is amazed to find that she's been sleeping with Ash, the district attorney and struggles to remember anything helpful. Since her psychic abilities are on the fritz, she has to rely on investigative techniques, patches of memory and other people who she might or might not be able to trust. Superb writing!!...more
This one didn't suck me in right away, but after about a chapter, I started really enjoying it. It's part government, part psychic, part serial killerThis one didn't suck me in right away, but after about a chapter, I started really enjoying it. It's part government, part psychic, part serial killer and thriller. Kerry is someone who is currently working as an arson investigator. She's very good at her job; she can pick up impressions from the remains of an arson scene. However, this gift also proves difficult for her as she can not control it if she is personally linked to the crime in any way, and refuses to let anyone teach her. Enter our hero, Silver, who has a unique gift as well, although he can control it, almost too well. I won't go into the details of this as it may spoil part of the story. He maneuvers Kerry into joining in a government investigation into a secret project involving a mad serial killer who with fire.
It's an interesting plot with great action and a nice twist at the end. I half guessed the twist, but there was enough mystery to still make it thrilling and interesting, wondering just how it would actually play out. The characters are well defined.
The reason this didn't get 5 stars is because at times, I felt the urge to roll my eyes at some of the dialog. Also, Kerry was a frustrating character. Strong and purposeful yes, but continually second guessing the obvious things she needed to do to achieve her goals. While I can't really relate to some of the "intrusions" she feels are not acceptable, I still found myself wanting to shake her, she was so dense. The reader was good, and I didn't have much trouble differentiating the characters for the most part. I think the voice of Silver could have been done a little better, and Kerry almost always sounded a little too dramatic, which worked in the actions parts of the story. I would recommend the book over the audio on this one. ...more