I love serial killers. I love reading about them. I love writing them. I wouldn’t want to meet one, and I don’t glorify them, but there’s something deI love serial killers. I love reading about them. I love writing them. I wouldn’t want to meet one, and I don’t glorify them, but there’s something delicious about getting inside the mind of one via a good book. Anne Frasier released the thriller Hush in 2002 and it went on to become a bestseller alongside many other bestsellers among her 24 books published so far. Frasier writes a serial killer with the best of them, just as creepy and absorbing as Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs and as tense and satisfying in its conclusion as Michael Robotham’s 2012 Say You’re Sorry (named by Stephen King as one of his top three reads of that year.
The Madonna Murders as the press have named the killings is back again after a break of almost two decades. He brutally and mercilessly kills mothers and their babies. And now it seems the killer is back.
Ivy Dunlap, the only survivor of the Madonna killer, her son murdered by the killer, comes back to assist with this new outbreak of killings. She’s now a skilled FBI profiler with a degree in criminal psychology. However, Chief Homicide Detective on the case, Max Irving, is not welcoming. In fact, he doesn’t understand why they need her or whether these fresh murders could really be the Madonna Killer after all these years. Meanwhile, Max is also dealing with his teenage son, Ethan, who has changed in recent months and become distant from his father.
There’s depth to this story and the last hundred pages you can barely turn quick enough. The twists and turns and view into the mind of the killer are intriguing and the characters wonderfully imagined. This is a story about a particularly horrifying killer; killing babies is a terrible spectacle, even in words. However, Frasier handles this well and with respect. If you love your thrillers dark and absorbing, HUSH has got to be your next read. ...more
This is not a well written book. Nothing happens much in the first 100 pages & by then I'd had enough & gave up. It's pretty Hunger Games doesThis is not a well written book. Nothing happens much in the first 100 pages & by then I'd had enough & gave up. It's pretty Hunger Games does some kind of alien competition & not very well. If they spent as much money on the book writing as they did on these people creating clues for the competition it might have worked better. All I can say is End Game's end couldn't come soon enough, so I skipped it all & jumped to the end & that wasn't great either ...more
It's Stephen King's Misery for the twenty first century. Caroline Kepnes is a gutsy author. She writes about obsession with the cleaI LOVED THIS BOOK!
It's Stephen King's Misery for the twenty first century. Caroline Kepnes is a gutsy author. She writes about obsession with the clearest prose I have every read, and I warn you that she doesn't mince words. If you are a touch prudish this may not be for you. (I am, but I'll put that aside for an author who knows how to handle their characters and story.)
Original, exciting, and a book you will never forget. Caroline Kepnes has created a character in Joe that will creep you out but have you coming back, thrilled with anticipation each time you open the cover. You don't want to look, but you must. The ending is perfect and satisfying.
Read this book as soon as possible. Everyone will be talking about it.
I was given this book by Simon & Schuster Australia in return for an honest review....more
When you discover a new author it’s such a thrill, isn't it? I remember, in my twenties, reading Robert Ludlum’s The Matarese Circle, Ken Follett’s E When you discover a new author it’s such a thrill, isn't it? I remember, in my twenties, reading Robert Ludlum’s The Matarese Circle, Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle, Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal and being blown away. How did these guys write like this? I was hooked on them and, subsequently, read everything they wrote after that. Somehow over the years I drifted away from spy thrillers. They became cliché, mostly derivative of these master’s genre work. So when I was handed The Swimmer by Joakim Zander, I wasn’t expecting to become excited about the genre again. But Zander’s book has everything that Ludlum, Follett, and Forsyth's books did. His skill with words, the imminent feeling of suspense, and a layered, intriguing story combine perfectly for an exciting read. What makes it even more amazing is that this is a translation from Zander’s native Swedish. Klara Waldeen was orphaned as a child and raised by her grandparents in an isolated area of Sweden. As an adult, she now lives in Brussels and works as a political aide. A million miles away, in another life and another country, an old spy who had prioritized his job over his family now ponders his choices in life; his only solace, swimming. Then, on Christmas Eve, Klara is dragged into a race against time and unseen enemies via an ex-lover Mahmoud Shammosh when he, inadvertently, comes across sensitive information. Thus begins a wild chase across Europe against pursuers who will kill to maintain their secret. Elsewhere, Swedish lobbyist, George Lööw, is assigned a client with a suspicious agenda. He suddenly finds his life threatened and involved in the pursuit against his will. When the retired spy realizes who Clara is, he, too, becomes embroiled in the chase. Little does Klara know that a man she doesn’t know, but has always wondered about, may be the only person who can save her. After setting up the characters, this book ramps up and doesn’t let you go. The Swimmer has an unassuming cover, but within that cover is an explosive read that will have any spy-thriller fan rejoicing. This is the perfect thriller.
I love this story. Its one of my favourite short stories, ever. It is a classic and one that I will be reading more than once. Well done, Kate Danley.I love this story. Its one of my favourite short stories, ever. It is a classic and one that I will be reading more than once. Well done, Kate Danley. What a talent....more
I gave up at page 80 or thereabouts. Somewhere in here is a fantastic book, but I didn't have time to wait around for the author to get to that part.I gave up at page 80 or thereabouts. Somewhere in here is a fantastic book, but I didn't have time to wait around for the author to get to that part. Read the other negative reviews. They've pretty much got it covered. I don't like to leave negative reviews, but seriously what is all the hoorah about this book. I do not get it....more
I really enjoyed this book until the last few chapters. Stephen King tells writers to NOT write meekly. Yet, It think he went a bit meek at the end. HI really enjoyed this book until the last few chapters. Stephen King tells writers to NOT write meekly. Yet, It think he went a bit meek at the end. However, it was still an enjoyable read, and he did a lot of less "digressing" to his normal writing. I still love him. Nothing he's written recently, is as good as 11/22/63. If you are a King fan, I really recommend that book....more
Since Not A Penny More, Not a Penny Less, I’ve idolized Jeffrey Archer as an author. Jeffrey Archer is the master of characterization and suspense. SoSince Not A Penny More, Not a Penny Less, I’ve idolized Jeffrey Archer as an author. Jeffrey Archer is the master of characterization and suspense. Somehow he commands that you care about the results of a high school exam, the vote for a board Chairman, or whether a cruise-ship will meet its construction deadline. None of these challenges are exciting mysteries. Yet we must know the answer.
At age 74, after 35 years as a best-selling author, and over 270 million copies of books sold, Lord Archer has brought us a great series: The Clifton Chronicles, which follows the life and story of Harry Clifton and his heirs. We meet Harry in 1919 Bristol and follow him and his friends through to the 1940’s and the Second World War, and in Be Careful What You Wish For, the fourth volume we are taken through 1957 to ’64.
This book is essentially Harry Clifton’s wife, Emma Barrington-Clifton’s, story. Readers enjoy front row seats at the boardroom drama of Barrington’s, Emma’s family’s ship-construction company. The board-members are gambling the future of the company on the building of a luxury liner. High stakes criminal Martinez, who bears a murderous grudge against the Clifton family, is out to scuttle Barringtons, and there is much fun with wheeling and dealing in shares and board appointees. Like the previous books, this leaves us hanging on a cliff. It has all the twists, turns, dirty tricks, tragedies and vendettas that have made this series so fabulous.
Jeffrey Archer is possibly the greatest storyteller of our time. The Clifton Chronicles, his most ambitious story, requiring of Archer a commitment of more than five years, with rumors that the five-part series may become seven. The series only curse is that there’s a year's wait after each book.
I don't understand all the great ratings. It started off well but I couldn't stand the repetition of the same information. By page 350, it really slowI don't understand all the great ratings. It started off well but I couldn't stand the repetition of the same information. By page 350, it really slows down. By 520 I skipped to the last chapter and I don't think I missed anything. And this is the 1st of a trilogy. How can you not tell a full story in 800 pages?? This book would gave been great if it was cut to 400 pages....more