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The Black Box (Harry Bosch, #18)
Oh dear. After the fiasco that was The Drop I was hoping Connelly would redeem himself with this. He didn't. There were no plot twists...none, zero, z...more
not set
Dec 01, 2012
The Guards (Jack Taylor, #1)
I found this book to be




(Insert a random passage from some other mystery novel here.)

The main character is the jaw-dropp...more
Jan 2011
Mar 08, 2011
A Land More Kind Than Home
Here are just a few of the clichés in this book:

1. Egomaniacal preacher who is heavily into snakes, poison, and, of course, selected ladies of his con...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
Summer of Night
(This was a goodreads give-away.)

I was so excited when I got this book. I had never read any of Simmons' work, but looking at the back cover, I was de...more
Jul 28, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
The Last Child
(This review is for the audio version.)

That's it with John Hart. I've had enough. His first book The King of Lies wasn't bad. In fact, it was pretty d...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
The Drop (Harry Bosch, #17)
I've read--or rather listened to--all of Michael Connelly's books. Yep...all the Bosch, all the Haller, all the stand alones, everything except the sh...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
Bad Things Happen (David Loogan, #1)
If this book were a story in Gray Streets, it would have had an editor.

If this book were a story in Gray Streets, the editor would have made Harry Dol...more
Aug 25, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
The Unnamed
Boring, repetitive, two-dimensional. The walking away was a clever idea and would have perhaps made an interesting short story. But an entire novel? N...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
As other reviewers have said, this is a good first attempt at a novel. Structurally (told as a series of flashbacks) it's sound and the structure does...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
I am not a fan of nonfiction, but this book...WOWSERS! I was a bit put off by the synopsis--the story of the Chicago Fair AND the story of one of, if...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Mr. Mercedes
Note to Mr. King: Please get your crap together and write something decent!

I am so disappointed in this book. After the fiasco that was Dr. Sleep, I w...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
Ready Player One
I should probably change my rating from one star to two as I did manage to finish this piece of garbage. Is this supposed to be a YA book? I did the m...more
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #1)
I had a hard time with the opening scene of this book. Such a hard time that, had I not committed myself to read it, I would have stopped right there...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
The Confession
There was so much wrong with this book, and so little right with it that it's difficult to find a place to start the review. Although I am anti-death...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
Tobacco Road
This is one of those books which, as you read a sentence or paragraph or episode, seems trivial and slightly annoying, but as soon as you move onto th...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
Whispers of the Dead (David Hunter #3)
Where oh where to start with this train wreck? Probably the most irritating of all are sections written in second person. Yep. That's right Second-Fr...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
Double Indemnity
(I think this is the first 5-star review I've given a book for a long, long time.)

Some books are ok. Some are good. And some, like this, are classics....more
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
The Baker Street Letters
Reggie, the main character, is pompous, over-bearing, rude, and not too bright--a lawyer who doesn't take the time to read a rental contract? Gimme a...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
God's Little Acre
I'm a big fan of Southern Gothic, and this is pretty much as good as it gets. Hard to believe it was written in the early 30s. Very hard. Caldwell's s...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
The Hollow
I've read this a few times already, but it never ceases to fascinate me. What got me this time was the pure malevolence of Lucy. So sweet. So charming...more
Aug 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Proof of Guilt (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #15)
I have really enjoyed the previous books in Todd's Ian Rutledge series. This one--not so much. It seemed the author(s) were trying to throw every plot...more
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
Burning Man
Since the average rating on this book is over 3.5 stars, many of those who read/reviewed/rated it must have enjoyed it. My experience has been differe...more
Jan 08, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
Hello. My name is Pam and I'm a Collins-holic. Books like this are the reason. Just when you think you've got it sussed and can sit back and relax.......more
Mar 08, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
The Quiet Game (Penn Cage, #1)
How I rated this book.

All books start with 5-stars then have stars or partial stars deducted.

1. This book was not jaw-droppingly amazing in the way T...more
May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014
The Yellow Wallpaper
Just about as perfect an example of an unreliable narrator as you can find. Even though it was written two centuries ago, it can hold its own with any...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Night Film
Oh Editor, wherefore art thou?

Thank goodness this was the audio version narrated by Jake Webber. If I had been reading this, I would have given up L-O...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
The only reason I managed to muddle my way through to the end of this piece of crap is because I am a fan of Jasper Fforde and his Thursday Next serie...more
Apr 16, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
Evidence of Things Unseen
**spoiler alert** (Note: When my opinion is so absolutely opposite of the majority of the readers of a book, I feel a bit more than just the star-rati...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
The Damned
Where have I been that I haven't been reading MacDonald? He's like the best of Jim Thompson and Patricia Highsmith all rolled up into one. No, I take...more
Nov 24, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
A Kiss Before Dying
Not too bad. Not great, but not bad. Definitely not in the same class as Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby, but a fine example of early 1950s pulp.
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
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