This is tough, I'm torn because I liked the 1st book, despite some of the grammar/syntax issues. However, I've found this one painful to read for a vaThis is tough, I'm torn because I liked the 1st book, despite some of the grammar/syntax issues. However, I've found this one painful to read for a variety of reasons, all of them personal. My first clue that I was not as engaged in this story was the fact that I keep putting it down to read fan fiction or anything else that could engage my mind fully.
The timeline indicates that the story takes place two years after the 1st book but there has been little if any character development. That combined with the general feeling that I was re-reading the 1st book, as if the formula worked for the 1st so with a few changes its been reproduced in the 2nd.
Needless to say, no matter how gruesome the murders I personally got bored and lost interest in trying to figure out who the murderer was or the why behind the murders....more
There were sections of this story that made me cringe but the ending was totally unexpected. I will give the next in the series a try to see if it getThere were sections of this story that made me cringe but the ending was totally unexpected. I will give the next in the series a try to see if it gets better....more
I would have given this story 5 stars except that I found the story incredibly slow and painful for the first 4 chapters. Some of the difficulty was aI would have given this story 5 stars except that I found the story incredibly slow and painful for the first 4 chapters. Some of the difficulty was a result of the sheer number of characters that were being introduced and trying to keep track of how things connected. Initially, I started reading this story months ago but I had to put it down because I just couldn’t get absorbed into the story. Earlier this week I picked it back up because I finally felt up for a complex mystery. Let’s just say that I am very happy I gave this story another go and didn’t give up on it permanently. Maybe it was the mental break or maybe it really was that after the 4th chapter the story really started to pick up in pace and got interesting. I read the rest of this story in just a few days and every time I thought I knew who was in on the murders 11 years ago and who was behind the recent missing persons, I was wrong. Then even near the end when I was right… I still didn’t have the motive.
I can see that I will look for another book in the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff series. ...more
The story opens immediately with the killer attacking his next victim, who we quickly learn is the wife/partner of the FBI Assistant Director in ChargThe story opens immediately with the killer attacking his next victim, who we quickly learn is the wife/partner of the FBI Assistant Director in Charge. Needless to say this results in a very specific and personal interest in having this case resolved as quickly as possible with Special Agent Jordan Gray and her partner being asked to work the case “off the books” because the FBI doesn’t have any specific jurisdiction. I enjoyed the story but there were a few moments where the story felt a little disjointed, where I actually stopped reading and tried to figure out how we got from point A to point C. I was able to move on from it, but it happened enough that it stuck with me. The only other thing I was disappointed with was the use of certain language when describing the sex scenes.
This is really a personal preference, but I find that when authors/characters use certain phrases it comes across, in my opinion, as if a male porn star were talking. Again, for me, this detracts from the overall story. Then again, I know there are lots of people who would be un-phased.
If Syd Parker comes out with another “Foxx Files Thriller” I would give that one a try because I liked both Jordan and Rebecca, there characters have lot of potential, and I’d like to see what comes of them. ...more
The story takes place in L.A. and right from the very first page the reader is introduced to Frank and her DetectivI'd really give this a 4.5 out of 5
The story takes place in L.A. and right from the very first page the reader is introduced to Frank and her Detectives as they investigate a homicide. The story is written in a way that reminds me of several TV shows. There is a central crime being investigated but there continues to be lots of other activity and investigations going on in the periphery which makes the storyline seem more realistic.
Frank is a very complex character, who the reader quickly realizes has a lot of issues, some of which stem from the death of her partner. As the story progresses and Frank searches for the identity of a serial rapist/murderer you also realize that as the reader you are only getting a glimpse of what drives her and you definitely want to find out more.
As for the bad guy, more than once I found myself cringing at just out twisted the guy is and there is this tiny (very tiny) thread of sympathy because you get glimpses of how this guy was “made”. This was a very satisfying read if you like Crime novels I would definitely recommend it. I know I will be reading the next in the series which I believe are as follow: I believe these are the next in the series:
From the acknowledgements in the book this is Carsen Taite’s first mystery and the first time she has tackledIf I could give this 3 1/2 stars I would.
From the acknowledgements in the book this is Carsen Taite’s first mystery and the first time she has tackled a series. Luca Bennett is an ex-cop who quite the force under less than auspicious reasons. Now she is a bounty hunter because the lack of rules and people depending on her suits her personality. At least according to Luca.
The mystery was interesting, less so in the fact that you almost always know who is behind the crimes, although there are a few characters where you are left guessing as to their involvement and to what degree. What I think I found more interesting than the crime/mystery was trying to figure out how Luca was going to get out of the mess she was in and who was going to actually help her or betray her.
Overall I think this was a good introduction to the character of Luca and I’m looking forward to seeing another book and how this character develops. ...more
First let me admit that I had been avoiding this book. I’ve read the book description a couple of times and it’s never really grabbed me. Then I hit pFirst let me admit that I had been avoiding this book. I’ve read the book description a couple of times and it’s never really grabbed me. Then I hit period where the books I’ve been attempting to read just haven’t been keeping my attention so I took a break, but the online book group I am a member of selected this as the May book. Yet, I still wasn’t thrilled. Let me openly apologize to the author now: *********** Dear Cari,
Snowbound was an excellent debut book. I downloaded the book Sunday night, couldn’t put it down and finished it Monday Morning before I had to go to work. I’m fairly certain I can give you credit for getting me out of my reading slump. Thank you, especially since watching TV in German is not really an option.
CAB - a new fan *********** There were even times when I found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialog between Sam and Kate. Apparently fighting to stay alive can result in some witty repartee between characters. Well, that or I just find certain strange situations amusing. Regardless I really enjoyed the book and I’m hoping to see what comes next for this author. ...more
Product Description from Amazon “New York City, in the height of summer. Crime seems to have taken a holiday, and Detective Morgan O'Callaghan is boredProduct Description from Amazon “New York City, in the height of summer. Crime seems to have taken a holiday, and Detective Morgan O'Callaghan is bored, bored, bored. Paperwork is mating and multiplying on her desk, and even a jaywalker is starting to look good. Anything to get her out from behind her desk!
Enter Andrea Worthington, Charleston socialite and all-around rich girl, right down to the wealthy fiancé. She's also the new Assistant District Attorney assigned to Morgan's precinct.
Their first meeting is like two freight trains crashing head on. Then a high profile, career make-or-break murder case throws them together again. The investigation has barely begun when Andrea becomes the target of a nearly fatal hit-and-run. But was it really aimed at her? Can she and Morgan find the common ground they need to solve the case and stop the attacks, or are the gaps just too wide to bridge?”
Review Entertaining and engaging but not one that requires a lot of effort. Andrea Worthington, comes from a wealthy family and has moved from Charlotte NC to NYC to be the new ADA, in part because of the job, but also to escape her overbearing mother and family expectations. Andrea and Detective Morgan O’Callaghan are thrown together during the investigation of a high profile murder that isn’t quite as straightforward as it might seem. Things get complicated as Morgan and Andrea’s relationship grows and then is further complicated by an attempt on Andrea’s life. This is definitely a good beach book. I’m sure I could find things about this book that I didn’t like, but the reality is it was an enjoyable easy read and for what I was looking for this weekend. That was enough. ...more
Book Description From Amazon “Lane Cuthbert knew exactly where she wanted to go and what she had to do to get there. Her goal was to challenge the netwBook Description From Amazon “Lane Cuthbert knew exactly where she wanted to go and what she had to do to get there. Her goal was to challenge the network legal gurus for their positions but first, she needed a juicy scandal or murder. What she found was a beautiful woman with a secret in need of a lawyer. When the sheriff charges beautiful and wealthy Bryce Clayton with the murder of her nemesis Preston Garrett, Lane sees her chance at fame. The only problem is, Bryce won’t say where she was at the time of the murder. Although Lane is able to discredit many of the district attorney’s witnesses, she still has a problem – the alleged murder weapon belongs to Bryce. Through twists and turns, the trial reveals secrets that people wished to keep private. Can Lane convince the jury of her client’s innocence or will Bryce pay the ultimate price for her silence? Deception is the pretext that allows secrets to flourish and allows murderers to conceal the truth. A shocking revelation is approaching with a vengeance, and all that stands in its way will be eradicated. Both women are on a collision course to a passion they cannot fight, to a love they cannot ignore, to an ending that will change everything.”
Review This was really an interesting book, in part because the neither of the main characters are completely likeable. Bryce whose been accused of murder is portrayed as a highly intelligent woman with a temper who gets what she wants. However, the reader also gets glimpses of a confused and socially awkward individual. It creates an interesting juxtaposition. On the other hand, Lane is the defense attorney who has mapped out her entire life and everything she does is a step toward her goal of being famous. She comes across as being manipulative and self-serving with occasional bouts of compassion. As the story progresses I started to like aspects of the characters while still disliking other areas, which I would say can be pretty true in real life. What I think I enjoyed most about this story was the murder mystery. There were several times where I was sure I knew who was responsible and the story definitely ended in an unexpected way that still leaves me guessing. Usually this type of ending would frustrate me, but I suspect what will really happen is I will end up going back to re-read the story to see what clues I may have missed. ...more