Not quite as intense as book 1... until the end. Absolutely LOVED the ending. Will read book 3 as soon as I can get my hands on it. Great series so faNot quite as intense as book 1... until the end. Absolutely LOVED the ending. Will read book 3 as soon as I can get my hands on it. Great series so far....more
Knocked off a star because the prose is really cheesy at times--it almost made me stop reading before I got to the point where I was fully sucked intoKnocked off a star because the prose is really cheesy at times--it almost made me stop reading before I got to the point where I was fully sucked into the story. But if you can get past the occasional cringe-worthy wording you will find a well-plotted intense political thriller within these pages. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series....more
Loved it! Couldn't put it down--but now it's 2am and I really need to be in bed, so. Review to come.
Now that I've had some time to sleep and digeLoved it! Couldn't put it down--but now it's 2am and I really need to be in bed, so. Review to come.
Now that I've had some time to sleep and digest this story and let my thoughts process...
1. The beginning chapters are a blend of "let me remind you what happened in the first book" with "okay here is this new and WORSE thing that gets THIS story moving." I've read some sequels that don't do this well at all. In False Sight there is just enough info to keep you grounded while still moving everything forward into new territory.
This goes hand in hand with,
2. Could someone skip the first book and go right into the second book without feeling disoriented? In this case, YES. The reason being, in addition to what I stated above, False Sight is its own story apart from False Memory, but is also part of a bigger story arc.
3. Familiar cast of characters PLUS new characters. One of the things I loved about False Memory was the narrator, Miranda. She is pretty kick-ass but also has clear moments of vulnerability. I love that mix, and even though she gets progressively stronger in this book, we still see her weaknesses. She is not perfect, nor should she be. The supporting cast is also familiar but not without some twists. One word, NOAH. Oh my freaking sunshine, Noah. I so so so loved what was done with Noah in this story.
This goes hand in hand with,
4. Scarier villains plus the threat of destruction on a larger scale. I'm betting I have a few nightmares in the future because of the Eyeless. And they aren't even the worst thing Miranda and her team are up against.
Okay, now for some other things I loved about the book that don't necessarily relate to it being a sequel:
This book is twist after twist after twist. I love that feeling of "oh my shit, now what?"
The story is not afraid to go into some really dark places.
Clones clones clones clones CLOOOOOOOOONESSSSS.
The ending. I just-- THE ENDING NEARLY KILLED ME.
The prose, especially in the descriptions, I think, is even better than in False Memory. And the structure feels a little tighter too. The pacing is fast fast fast, but doesn't leave you breathless and confused.
I can't recommend this book, or this author, enough. Can't wait for the next book!...more
So glad to see there is a follow-up to Fracture, since it ended without ever resolving WHY she had this new ability to sense when someone is going toSo glad to see there is a follow-up to Fracture, since it ended without ever resolving WHY she had this new ability to sense when someone is going to die. Fracture was satisfying without that explanation, but I was SO hoping there would be another book, and YAY THERE IS ANOTHER BOOK!...more
I know many have shelved this as paranormal, but it didn't really feel paranormal so much as "sci-fi of the unexplained." The twisty elements were mucI know many have shelved this as paranormal, but it didn't really feel paranormal so much as "sci-fi of the unexplained." The twisty elements were much more scientific than fantasy based, and that's actually one of the reasons I loved this book so much. Maybe supernatural would be a better description, I don't know.
But one thing I don't see it being called very often is "thriller" and that confuses me because this book is most definitely a thriller. It kept me up until the wee hours, reading, because I just had to know what happened next, and there were a few times I jumped up to make sure nothing was lurking in dark corners.
For real. This book gave me some serious chills. If you like that sort of thing, I highly recommend it....more
This book takes the term "unreliable narrator" to a whole new level. Love the concept, love the characters, love the weaponry and fight scenes, love tThis book takes the term "unreliable narrator" to a whole new level. Love the concept, love the characters, love the weaponry and fight scenes, love the brain science. But most of all, I love that it was set in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio because most high concept SF thrillers like this seem to default back to NYC. It's nice to see a change of place, and just a bonus that it's one I'm familiar with. That being said, if book 2 is set in a different city (even NYC) I won't mind. I'll follow this story wherever it goes....more
Intense thriller. Hot romance. INSTANT FAVORITE. Full review to come.
Here is my full review, as it appeared on GayYA.org _____
The first reaction IIntense thriller. Hot romance. INSTANT FAVORITE. Full review to come.
Here is my full review, as it appeared on GayYA.org _____
The first reaction I had to this novel after finishing it was–
MIND = BLOWN
Easily one of the best novels I’ve read this year, but not for those with a weak constitution.
Hushed opens with a highly disturbing scene in which Archer forces Vivian’s brother (one of the people who hurt her all those years ago) to commit suicide by way of a drug overdose. Archer even gets him to leave a note. He’s very good at covering his tracks, which is both scary and brilliant.
So we start out thinking that Archer is doing Vivian a favor, in his own twisted way, and we’re not sure what to think of Archer, but we certainly believe that Vivian is worth it. Possibly. But as the story moves on and we see more of Vivian and Archer’s messed-up leecher/leechee relationship, and then Evan shows up–
Oh Evan. Where do I even begin with Evan…
He is everything Archer needs in a guy yet never had, because Archer was always too centered on pleasing Vivian, even though she never appreciated it. She is always with another guy– an obviously wrong guy– and takes for granted that Archer would always be there to pick her up when she fell.
But Evan helps Archer see Vivian for what she really is– bad for him. And he repeatedly assures Archer that it’s okay to do what’s best for himself once in a while, instead of always what’s best for Vivian. You can’t help but love Evan, because you can’t help but see how good he is for Archer. You also get (more than) a little worried for Evan because he’s unknowingly involving himself with a serial killer.
It’s takes Archer some time to get used to this idea of (1) having someone in his life who selflessly cares about him, and (2) allowing himself to not be so concerned about Vivian. But as he spends more time with Evan and less time with Vivian, and less time plotting and carrying out murders, Archer begins to realize that he really isn’t the monster everyone pegged him for. Not the least of which was his own mother.
He wants to change. He wants to do better. And with Evan’s help, he believes he can.
That’s when Vivian fully reveals she is not the innocent little girl she used to be, the one that Archer holds dear in his memory. Vivian can’t stand not being in first place anymore, and suddenly Evan has become her personal “public enemy number one.” Drive Evan away and things between her and Archer will go back to normal, right?
What happens in the story from there is altogether heart-breaking, jaw-dropping, gut-wrenching, and just about every other cliche’ you can think of, all wrapped into one.
The romance between Archer and Evan is utterly delicious. It builds slowly through the first half as Archer comes to terms with the fact that, yes, he has feelings for this guy. And although it’s never outright stated in the story, I got the impression that Archer had never been romantically involved with a guy before, and Evan had.
But that’s really not the point. Because once Archer admits that he needs Evan in his life, the romantic thread of the story takes on an incredible new intensity, and it’s just as important to the outworking of the plot as the opening murder. Everything becomes so tangled up together– the romance with Evan, the murders, the screwed up relationship with Vivian– that you don’t know how it can possibly all work out in the end.
Well. You’ll just have to read it and see for yourself. Because the best part of this book? Is the ending....more