No the blurb does not reveal a whole lot, I know, and I don't think I will let you know much more about the story. Why? Well If I have learned anythinNo the blurb does not reveal a whole lot, I know, and I don't think I will let you know much more about the story. Why? Well If I have learned anything from reading Carolyn McCray's books it is you just need to read it.
The story starts off with action right away which had me on the edge of my seat right from the start. And fortunately that stayed that way throughout the story.
I love Kent, he is arrogant and bolt, but I am unable to hate him for it. Then there is his relationship with Nicole, who is quite the opposite from Kent, but they are so good together.
Carolyn McCray can come up with some of the most sick serial killers, it gives the story just that extra "creepy" factor which I love.
I thought that with Plain Jane (the first book in the series) Carolyn McCray surprised me with the ending, but I can tell you I did not see this one coming. There are lots of twist and turns in this story and the ending was a complete surprise. This with the high "creepy" factor this story has made for a very enjoyable story....more
I absolutely loved the premise of this story and the story itself did not disapoint.
Dan Grey works as a homicide detective and dreams of a big break (I absolutely loved the premise of this story and the story itself did not disapoint.
Dan Grey works as a homicide detective and dreams of a big break (or a sexy case as he calls it) so he can get his Amber badge. And this happens when he gets three homicides in the same week. Working to solve these cases with limited resources Dan will find out not everything is what it may seem.
Dan Grey is a character that can annoy the hell out of me but not enough that I dislike him. He is a good detective with his heart in the right place that has some serious jealousy issues. He wants to get up the corporate ladder and the sooner the better.
I liked the world created by mr. Shean. This whole world about a corporate police department is a very unsettling thought, I mean it isn’t great to know the ploce will solve crimes only to make profit. The police here also think that they are better then the other just by their rank and please don’t let anybody higher in rank get on your case because that is bad. Yeah teamwork isn’t a big part here in solving crimes.
I really did get annoyed by the fact that seemingly a lot of people here are very beautiful and this isn’t stated ones but numerous times.
Due to the horrific crimes and the strong language in this book I can definitely say this is not a book for everyone, but if you can handle it I can recommend this to you because it is a fast read, a good story in a great, but unsettling world....more
Reilly Steel, born in Ireland, moves from California to Dublin to lead the Dublin forensics team to modernisch the lab. She is not really excepted theReilly Steel, born in Ireland, moves from California to Dublin to lead the Dublin forensics team to modernisch the lab. She is not really excepted there, only by the younger crowd walking the lab. And while trying to teach them something they have murders to investigate. Together with Detective Chris Delaney and his partner Kennedy they have to figure out the clues that were left by the killer. But they really have to do some puzzle work to try and figure this one out.
Where normally a crime novel is all about detective work, this book combines the detective work with the forensic work that comes with crime solving. I really liked this combination although I thought there was room for some more details on the forensic part of the story. I liked these characters. Reilly is a strong woman who knows what she's doing. Due to events in her past she suffers from nightmares. And even when nobody wants to go along with her therories based on evidense she doesn't give up. I really liked Chris Delaney and Kennedy. Their interaction is great and they compliment eachother well. Chris warms up to Reilly fast while Kennedy takes a while to even consider her theories and her "touchy-feely" way of finding evidence.
The story itself has a great build up to the plot. Where the murders are gruesome, the writing misses that bit of detail to give them a real impact when you read it. But on the other hand I love it when I totally picture a crimescene and others don't so it's totally personal. On the other hand the writing does make sure you're on the edge of your seat and let you flip page after page to see what else they uncover....more
Robert Hunter is back. Our nearly perfect detective, together with his partner Garcia. To be honest I've come to like Garcia better then Hunter becausRobert Hunter is back. Our nearly perfect detective, together with his partner Garcia. To be honest I've come to like Garcia better then Hunter because Hunter just is a little bit to perfect for my taste (a second pair of handcuffs????)
But that said this is yet again a great written crime novel. It's dark and gritty. And definitely isn't for the faint hearted. The crime scenes are graphically written and there is a seriously sadistic serial killer on the loose.
Just as in the Crucifix Killer we get two serial killers for the price of one in this book. In the Crucifix Killer the 'secondary murderer' really added nothing much to the story but this time this 'secondary murderer' is woven well into the story. Although I wasn't all that fond of the psychic part which came with this part of the story.
The story is fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. With the events taking place and the short chapters it is really hard to put the book down. And even though the motive is revealed halfway through the story the identity of the killer was a surprise for me. I would not have guessed that and Chris Carter even had me fooled at one point. The plot was well thought out and the motive of the killer is a global, social issue which makes it that even though this is a sadistic serial killer this makes him human.
I really enjoyed this second installment of the Robert Hunter series and I'm looking forward to reading more from Chris Carter....more
After reading the back cover I was looking forward to reading this. This book was not I was expecting it to be.
The story is about Karin ex- cop who loAfter reading the back cover I was looking forward to reading this. This book was not I was expecting it to be.
The story is about Karin ex- cop who lost her child and husband to a serial killer. He killed them because she caught him by accident. The story starts off a while after these events. So what we are left with is a first person story told from a depressed and suicidal woman. So after he escapes she waits for him, she knows exactly how he will enter her house (and yes that happens just the way she expects it) but fights back ones she figures out he is going to kill the rest of her family. He escapes, she is hurt and now they are going to try to catch this guy.
This guy escaped not once but twice. leaves domino's at the scene to let them know who is next the problem with this is the numbers are in any particular order and can mean anything from an age, to a birthday, to the last number of a social security number or a house adress, which kind of makes them useless unless you know where to look. And of course they know where to look this time.
There wasn't a single moment when I read this I was on the edge of my seat not when the guy was there to murder her nor when her niece disappeared. There were no fancy twists or plots nothing made me go "What!" or "Wow". When the crimes of this guy were described all I thought was "Mwaw". It was predictable. You should think that you feel something for this woman or her family but to be honest I couldn't care less if anything happened to anyone of them.
But I must say this is an easy read and I went true it no time. And I still picked the book up to finish it. Katia's writing style is good, the story was just way to predictable. ...more
From the moment I read the blurb of this novel I knew I wanted to read it. The story sounded really good and well give me a book with a serial killerFrom the moment I read the blurb of this novel I knew I wanted to read it. The story sounded really good and well give me a book with a serial killer and I'm all happy (yeah I know me and my twisted little mind)
Wisp is what you get when you put some gruesome killings, well developed characters, a dash of horror and a great plot together.
The story is told from different points of view. We hear from different townspeople so we get see what these murders did to these people and how they reacted to them. But the most part the main focus are Stan and Alex trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together. Stan from a cop’s point of view and Alex is trying to get Stan to look outside of the box.
So now to the murders.
We have a few clues here. A few misshaped footprints at the first murder that stop a few feet from the body. Than after the third murder we get some DNA, but the person has a solid alibi and definitely couldn't have done it.
The three victims don't seem to have anything connecting them to each other. The first victim, a real estate agent, is killed in the woods. The second, a teenage girl who snuck out of the house to go on a date with her boyfriend, on the street a few meters from her home. And the third, a no good, lowlife, girlfriend beating, bastard (sorry can't think of another thing to call him, well maybe worse) inside a locked bathroom.
Then there are the townspeople who all know each other, who have their own little secrets and cannot be connected to all of the murders.
So who's done it?????
Yes well for that you will have to read the book because I'm not going to tell you and Kevin saves that one for the end.
The Crucifix Killer is Chris Carter's debut novel. And I can honostly say that he wrote a crime novel just the way I like them, dark, gritty and withThe Crucifix Killer is Chris Carter's debut novel. And I can honostly say that he wrote a crime novel just the way I like them, dark, gritty and with the emphasis on solving the crime.
This book is about Robert Hunter, a homicide detective for the LAPD, who's assigned a new (rookie) partner, Carlos Garcia, and their first case is the gruesome death of a young woman found in a remote cottage. She is hung from two poles and her skin has been removed from her face while she was still alive. Soon after looking at the body the double-crucifix is found on her neck and Robert knows this is going to be one tough case, cause the killer to which this mark belongs was executed two years earlier. So is this either a copycat or the real killer still out there.
Although I'm not fond of detectives with personal issues (that just makes the story slide away from the crime solving) but Detective Hunter needed it. He received his PhD in the age of 23 and his thesis paper had been made into a book and became a mandatory reading, he has all the luck with the ladies and is always right. Without a little flaw in the guy he would hardly be an interesting character, but thank God he isn't as perfect as he looks. So in this case being a cynic and having a drinking problem can make you human. The work relationship between Hunter and Garcia is interesting. Hunter is experienced and works from instinct and Garcia is a rookie and is methodical doing things as learned from books. This means they quite disagree on a few occasions.
This book definitely isn't for the squeamish. The crimescenes are quite detailed and the killings are all as gruesome as the first one. The book is told from different perspectives which gives you a more oversee of the events and case that is unfolding in this book.
Chris's writing kept me right on the edge of my seat even after I figured out who done it (don't know how that happened but yeah half way through the book I figured it out) I still was gripped by the events that took place. And there were still enough twists and turns in the story to make it interesting.
I'm looking forward to reading The Executioner. ...more
This is Sean Slater's debut novel and I must say I really liked it. You get pulled in right from the start and it doesn't let you go until you close tThis is Sean Slater's debut novel and I must say I really liked it. You get pulled in right from the start and it doesn't let you go until you close the book.
I thought the story was great. We all know that school shootng take place from the news but Slater made the plot really great. So no sully high school kid who goes on a rampage here.
No he made this story about. The background of Red Mask is well thought out and believable.
The characters are well developed. Striker is a tough man and cop, with the usual trouble for authority figures, although I must say I would hate Laroche to (he is an ass) and is trying to combine work and raising his 15 year old daughter Coutney. Courtney is a typical teenager, does everything she is told not to do and picks a fight about everything, but she is a smart girl. The relationship between father and daughter isn't that bad but a dad who is working a case 24/7 and a teenage girl combined, kind of screams trouble just like in real life.
The book is told from different points of view and that made it easier to get to know the different characters. The chapters from Red Mask's point of view gave you more insight on his motives and it made him look human eventhough everthing he does makes him a monster.
There are some very grisly and violent scenes in this book but I must say they weren't all that graphic which I thought was a shame but also makes sure that a lot of other people will be able to like this book.
This book was sent to me by the publisher Simon and Schuster for review as part of the mysterie suspence challenge 2011 hosted by Book Chick City ...more
Meet Harry Dresden, a wizzard for hire, a private investigator sort of and he's a consultant for the police department whenever something just doesn'tMeet Harry Dresden, a wizzard for hire, a private investigator sort of and he's a consultant for the police department whenever something just doesn't look 'human'. Harry isn't your typical hero, a bit more a anti-hero. Don't get me wrong he know's what he does but it just goes wrong most of the time and what goes right mostly is by accident. He doesn't date much, has bad luck with woman so he says, he has an (enormous) cat named Mister, and he has a fire spirit named Bob, who lives in a skull and helps Harry with his wichcraft. And he has some sort of evil 'babysitter' named Morgan following him everywhere, since he killed another wizzard with magic and well murder with magic means the dead sentence, but since it was supposed to be out of self defence he got another chance and Morgan watching his every step.
Harry is called in by the police for a consultation on a double murder to see if he can figure out who or what did this and how. To him it's quite obvious it's black magic. And because of his past there are (otherwordly) people who suspect him. So now he has to help the police solve this crime but more importantly he has to clear his name. He is also helping a lady to find her husband, he assumes he's run of with another woman......but is that really the case. And on top of that someone has sent a demon after him just when he's having a date, the first one in a very long time.
This book is what you get when you mix a detective with the supernatural and add in some humour. It's fun and has all the good thing that come with a great detective/crime novel and you have your wizzards, fairy's, vampires and demons. ...more