Mary Higgins Clark really was the earliest prototype of the gripping mystery. It was well written with a few good twists, and I loved the story and th...moreMary Higgins Clark really was the earliest prototype of the gripping mystery. It was well written with a few good twists, and I loved the story and the fact that I could read it in less than three hours. There was minimal gore and yet the plot was still interesting and plausible. Take note, modern suspense authors who seem to feel that a novel without the most bizarre, bloody, insane quirks is no sort of novel at all. Yes, I mean you, Karin Slaughter.
Don't get me wrong, I really like Slaughter's novels, it's just that sometimes I'm not quite fascinated by the depth of depravity her killers show. Clark manages to inject just the right amount of creepiness into her villain and into the situation without resorting to gore.
Having said that, I would have liked to see a little more depth to this story... It was a quickie and I would have liked a little more of a slow discovery... But, again, I did like the simplicity of it as well, so I guess this just means that I'm confused. Overall: a good read!(less)
Karin Slaughter always gives a pretty good thrill, but I'm getting a little tired of the whole Grant County scene. I absolutely love Will Trent, and I...moreKarin Slaughter always gives a pretty good thrill, but I'm getting a little tired of the whole Grant County scene. I absolutely love Will Trent, and I'd like to see him well away from Angie and preferably with Sarah, but all these serial killer-type situations in one tiny, minuscule, happy, joyous (as Slaughter delights in reminding us) town is getting a bit old, frankly.
It was entertaining, especially the interaction between Lena and Frank in the beginning. I was really sort of looking forward to a showdown between Sarah and Lena, but I think it was a good call on Slaughter's part to just leave out all the drama that would have ensued. In short, I like Slaughter's writing, I just really wish she'd branch out a bit more. Maybe change up the characters and the setting. I really like Will, but if dropping him is what it takes to add some spark to this constant whirlwind of Lena-Sarah-Jeffrey's issues, then I wish she'd just get on with it. Strangely enough, I don't like the stories about Will and Faith, either; she reminds me too much of Lena - harsh and forceful. You can certainly see how these characters have personality and come alive, but Will and Sarah by contrast come across as sweet, innocent angels to Faith and Lena's unhinged, unexpected rage. It's just kind of cynical and depressing to read. Amanda Wagner (Will's boss) could be added to this number too. Why can't the girls be more... balanced?
But I digress. 'Broken' is quite good if you're reading this author for the first time; not so good if this is your eighth experience with the books in this series. (less)
This book was pretty well written in terms of mystery. When I saw the bit about drug lords and things, I was disappointed, but resolved to stick it ou...moreThis book was pretty well written in terms of mystery. When I saw the bit about drug lords and things, I was disappointed, but resolved to stick it out.
It was worth the read, I'd say. I really liked Joe Dillard's character; I love how the author managed to make the relationships in this novel so sweet without making them disgustingly sappy. Joe and Catherine's relationship, especially was so REAL - it was beautiful to read!
However, I didn't really like the melange of cases that was occurring because it seemed to me that they had to be so mixed because they couldn't stand on their own. I thought the book would have been a lot better if Pratt had just focused on Ray Miller's suicide and Judge Green's subsequent death, and maybe added a few more twists.
I also wish it'd had more courtroom scenes, but overall it an interesting read. I'd pick up another one of Pratt's but I really hope he picks a cause and sticks with it rather than flitting about from one issue to another. (less)
This is seriously one of my favorite books of all time. I can't say... anything, because I really want you to read the novel and be smacked about by e...moreThis is seriously one of my favorite books of all time. I can't say... anything, because I really want you to read the novel and be smacked about by each surprise the author throws at you.
This is one of those books that takes you hostage and drags you along, unable to even blink between pages. Triptych is one of Karin Slaughter's best books - she's really shown how a novel can't be constrained by writers' or readers' minds, if that makes sense at all. She's written it in such a way that readers are forced to be along for the ride, rather than in the front seat, yawning and driving. I also love Will Trent as a character, so that made this novel doubly fun to read.
Slaughter usually writes unpredictable, twisty novels, but this is undoutedly (in my mind) her best. (less)
Once you start reading mysteries, you can get bored pretty easily. I usually take long breaks between forays into this genre because I end up either c...moreOnce you start reading mysteries, you can get bored pretty easily. I usually take long breaks between forays into this genre because I end up either cynically bored with the excess gore that writers come up with, or just plain bored because even a stray dog would be able to point out the killer by the first 50 pages but the main characters will just grin or mope around uselessly until the 'surprise' in the final chapters of the book.
The Missing does not fall into either of those categories.
This is such an amazing, well-written, well-thought out novel, that I almost literally could not put it down. I liked all of characters, including Darby, which is rare (for me), and the chasing down and discovery of this twisted killer made for an excellent read.
I haven't had a chance to read any more by Chris Mooney, but I wish I had! I can only hope the following novels are as good as this one. (less)
Really kind of boring and forgettable. I disliked Adriana, who was stark, cool, warm, loving, apathetic, and worried all at the same time. She was per...moreReally kind of boring and forgettable. I disliked Adriana, who was stark, cool, warm, loving, apathetic, and worried all at the same time. She was perfect, unbelievable and... boring to read about, actually. Gage was really boring too. I'm being redundant here, but I just cannot think of another way to describe these characters and this book. The only thing that vaguely interested me was the backstory about Adriana and the other baby. I feel like Burton was trying to make all this backstory to give her characters depth, but it totally fell flat. I neither feel sorry for them nor care enough to want to read more. The ending was good, but predictable, although Burton did throw a lot of red herrings in. Again, she seemed really desperate to make it serious and mysterious (ditto for the characters), but it remained superficial. Bottom line: Give it a miss.(less)
I heartily dislike McFadyen's style of writing as well as his characters. I had previously read another book featuring the same protagonist and found...moreI heartily dislike McFadyen's style of writing as well as his characters. I had previously read another book featuring the same protagonist and found her irritating as heck. The plot and the hunt for the killer was good, but the ending was a fail.
Strangely enough, I most liked James (an antisocial member of Smoky's team), Alan (another member of her team) and one of the minor antagonists (whose name I can't recall atm). Smoky herself seems a little sex-crazed, over-dramatized, and... too-perfect? I realize that this is something strange to say about a woman whose face was carved up by a rapist, who lost her perfect husband, daughter, and unborn child to said rapist, and has generally had a pretty sh*tty life, all things considered. However, she is remarkably calm, while at the same time being remarkably badass, she has the sexiest, quietest, most perfect new husband, and she is the most hard-ass-but-at-the-same-time-perfect mother to a severely traumatized little girl (with somewhat psychopathic tendencies?) whom she has adopted. And through it all, Smoky regularly manages to interject deep, insightful soliloquies about the moon, evil, and love. Oops, did I say insightful? I meant cliched, over-dramatic, and over-generalized.
The killer's history was quite interesting, but the reason behind the crimes was most certainly not. The Son was brilliant, totally uncaring, and without a hint of narcissism (or any other emotion, really, which gives the impression that the killer is a an android from the distant future). Smoky catches him precisely because he is so... brilliant and... didn't leave any real tracks? ...I didn't really follow how she worked out where the killer would be, but the thrill of the chase was interesting. However, I still hope I'm not fooled by another one of McFadyen's wonderful synopses, because I've been disappointed twice now.
**spoiler alert** Archie is the damaged detective who faced off against the Beauty Killer... and survived. In this sequel to Heartsick, the reader lea...more**spoiler alert** Archie is the damaged detective who faced off against the Beauty Killer... and survived. In this sequel to Heartsick, the reader learns more about the relationship between Archie and Gretchen and provides a fast-paced mystery that will keep you wondering what will happen next.
I definitely liked Heartsick better. I love Susan, the spunky journalist who knows her faults and stays damaged anyway. I feel like she's the most believable character I've read in a long, long time. However, while the first book was centered around her, in this book she was just another random character following a story that I never got into. I was too into learning about Archie to care about Susan's political expose, and that was a major flaw, as Susan was an amazing character. However, Archie was still well written and I really enjoyed how Gretchen kept the reader guessing. Cain is a good author, but I kind of wish she'd written a different story after the first book. Archie and Gretchen are interesting, but how long are they going to play tag? Susan is quickly losing the spark that kept her so fascinating at first, and the final twist that made the first book amazing wasn't present in this one. But I'll still read the next book in the series, although I really hope Cain takes a hiatus from these tired characters and creates new ones. (less)
**spoiler alert** Hannah is an abused wife who is in hiding with her young son. When she starts getting tapes that mimic deaths that come to pass arou...more**spoiler alert** Hannah is an abused wife who is in hiding with her young son. When she starts getting tapes that mimic deaths that come to pass around her, she is terrified that the killer is her husband.
This was another mystery by an author that I'd previously enjoyed. The book was well written and interesting in that it was almost impossible to have a clear suspect in mind; there were a whole host of characters who seemed shady. However, I didn't really like or empathize with the main character, some of the plot points were really weak and the ending was terrible. I'll still read O'Brien's books, but I'd definitely take a pass on this one. (less)
**spoiler alert** 'In the middle of of the road of life, I found myself in a dark wood, having strayed from the straight path. -Dante, The Divine Come...more**spoiler alert** 'In the middle of of the road of life, I found myself in a dark wood, having strayed from the straight path. -Dante, The Divine Comedy, Inferno'
I pick up mysteries like snacks because they're quick and usually satisfying. This book didn't disappoint, even though it received some bad reviews on Amazon.
I thought Jonna is pretty believable as a hurt new wife who thinks that her husband is cheating on her. She decides to strike back by having an affair of her own, finding the perfect man on her blog. The safe anonymity of the Internet allows her to write the events of her life under the cover of a much more glamorous, experienced, adventurous woman than she actually is. When she realizes that she cannot go through with the affair, she discovers that she has a stalker on her hands. The story was understandably chilling, as Dominic never did anything that would arouse suspicions or allow Jonna to involve the police. The actual plot was slightly twisted and quite interesting, and I thought the characters were well developed.
However, the ending fell flat as it was a little too abrupt for me.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book was insane. I've read Scavenger by Savage before and this was the same type: the books themselves are pretty average, but...more**spoiler alert** This book was insane. I've read Scavenger by Savage before and this was the same type: the books themselves are pretty average, but the endings blow your mind.
Jillian T. is a famous author who is being stalked. In simultaneous povs, the author introduces the villain, sketches the reason for his killings, and describes how Jillian is connected to the killer's story. The ending takes all your deductions about the book and flips them around. Savage is brilliant writer. (less)