Ever wondered what people really think of you? Whether the face they put on in front of you is just a mask and the reality as far away from your perceEver wondered what people really think of you? Whether the face they put on in front of you is just a mask and the reality as far away from your perception as possible? When you screw up or when bad things happen to you people may ridicule you, may support you, may taunt you or may criticize you for a time in your life, but what if that supposed screw-up, that assumed mistake is all that matters about you now?
Ignatius 'Ig' Perrish is about to find out just that as a person of interest in the rape and murder case of his girlfriend Merrin Williams. Since no evidence was ever found to prosecute Ig, he was never charged or tried but that does not mean he is perceived innocent. Rather the loss of evidence in a fire, makes people suspect Ig even more. The fact that he is the son of a renowned musician and the brother of a talk show, makes people think his family pulled some strings and let a murderer lose among them.
As the book opens Hill' protagonist wakes up with one hell of a headache and a strong hangover, but that's not all that he finds himself waking up to. Ig also finds that he is mysteriously growing horns on his head and is as expected freaked out about it. Try as he might he cant seem to recall anything about last night or understand how in the world can he be growing horns.
As he meets up with someone with those horns people start telling him things that they normally wouldn't. Right from his fuck-buddy Glenna to his parents and the priest at his church to the doctor. Not only do they spill all their secrets to him but none of them remember doing so.
Everyone in town has always believed Ig raped and murdered Merrin, it is only his brother Terry who ever believed in his innocence and it is under the influence of the horns that Terry finally reveals to Ig, he knows Ig is innocent since he saw Ig' best friend Lee Tourneau murder Merrin and was all this time since Lee made him.
And so the action begins...........
Okay, this is a freaky little book. Not that I had expected it to be anything else. Having read Joe Hill' Twittering from the Circus of the Dead a few weeks back, I had a faint idea of what I am headed for. My intention behind picking up Horns lies in two things - reading more of Joe Hill & getting to know the story of Daniel Radcliffe' upcoming movie.
I liked the concept and the writing, Hill truly is a fantastic writer but somehow this book didn't awe me or impress me much hence the rating. The whole "Treehouse of the Mind" thing was too bizarre for me. Honestly I would have liked it if there was some other explanation involved here about Ig growing horns with supernatural powers, perhaps something like the crossroad devil legend with a drunk Ig making a deal with the devil to find the real killer in return for his life/youth/soul...
This book is a disturbing read... really disturbing. And I mean that as a compliment. Really as a huge horror buff I take pride in the fact that I donThis book is a disturbing read... really disturbing. And I mean that as a compliment. Really as a huge horror buff I take pride in the fact that I don't scare easy ... so when a thing really creeps me out, I kinda develop a respect for it. Yeah, well I am weird in that way. Point is I admired the way Hayes has written this book.
I knew what I was getting into with the synopsis stating - there has been a series of violent attacks on pregnant women in the area, and Claudia becomes acutely aware of her vulnerability. - only I didn't realize exactly what I had asked for. Seriously, as a fan of books about serial killers and psychos I ought not be so easily freaked out; but as a woman it doesn't help matters that the description of these attacks, the nature of these attacks was brutal. Like make you wanna throw up sick, if you have my ability to visualize, I tend to do that when I read sometimes... somehow my mind doesn't really get enough of the written word and I am so sucked in if a book is this good, I feel as if I am witnessing these things for real, so yeah a fair warning. Try not to read this book if you just ate and don't have the stomach for it or graphic violence.
Written by a woman, this book revolves around women as well, with its three protagonists - Claudia Morgan-Brown, the pregnant wife of a Naval officer James, who works with the social services, Zoe, the nanny she hires to help her take care of her two boys - Noah and Oscar, during the pregnancy and Detective Lorraine, the officer who is in charge of the investigation that is trying to track down and arrest the culprit behind the brutal murders. Each woman comes with her own set of issues and it was interesting to see how their stories tie up eventually. But mostly it revolves around the affect the inability to have a child has on women, which for some acts as a trigger of the most dangerous kind.
This one is a must read for fans of the likes of Gone Girl.
I was provided an advance readers copy for reviewing courtesy of Crown Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review of the book. This review is in no way influenced.
Remember the time as a kid you would change your mind about your future profession? And becoming an astronaut was one of those options you considered?Remember the time as a kid you would change your mind about your future profession? And becoming an astronaut was one of those options you considered? Like really what could be cooler than the great beyond out there and imagining yourself there is a thrill like no other. Yeah I did too, when I picked this book up to read.
The plot of the book is somewhat this:
In the year 2018, in what is touted as a dream come true opportunity, NASA has announced a new mission to the moon with a worldwide contest that will allow 3 teenagers between 14 - 18 years of age, the opportunity to become the youngest people to have traveled the moon ever. In what the world sees as an incredible opportunity at worldwide fame & recognition and a chance to make history, NASA has its own motives.
Down on funds and sinking in popularity, the trip to the moon is a desperate attempt made by NASA to stop its sinking.
The three protagonists, Mia from Norway, Midori from Japan & Antoine from France are announced as the winners of the fantastical contest.
The story behind each teen is revealed in the beginning of the book starting with Mia, who is a high school student and couldn't care less about NASA' announcement. All she wants is to make music, have her band become famous and tour places while getting away from her parents, especially her mom, who constantly annoy her. It is her parents who slyly enter her name in the contest without her consent and knowledge and her band-mates/friends who convince her to go on the trip when its announced she has won.
Midori, the second winner wants to get away from her parents as well but not because she is pissed at them, rather because she doesn't wish to lead her life in the conventional way that is expected of her as a Japanese girl. One who has to marry by age 25, quit her job once she is married off and become a housewife who takes care of her home, husband and children and has no life beyond that. Midori' elder sister is a student in London and she thinks her sister is happier in her life that way. Midori wishes to carve her own path and make a life in the big apple as soon as she turns 18 and never look back. Of course, she isn't thinking about cutting ties off with her parents completely, only she wishes to follow in the footsteps of her sister, who makes it home twice a year and that's about it.
Antoine isn't dealing with parents, but a case of heartbreak when he participates on a whim in the win a trip to the moon contest. His girlfriend Sophie hasn't just dumped him, she has moved on with another guy and all Antoine wants is to get away from her. As much as possible. He figures the trip will either get Sophie back with him or allow him a chance to get away from her as far as possible and what could be further away than the moon.
The three teens view this trip as an opportunity to attaining things in their life, not while once considering that all their plans could be for naught.
Looking up for some titles in the YA horror genre I came across Harstad' 172 Hours on the Moon, the summary was impressive and I was intrigued about this trip to the moon that was a disaster in the making.
And quite honestly after having finished the book, all I can think is this is one of the eeriest books I have ever read. What I think is the scariest and yet the coolest part of this book is that the author has managed to scare the crap out of his readers but not giveaway the mystery at the core of all the horror.
The weird signal, the creature that ultimately wrecks havoc on every character is never explained, not explicitly revealed. The who, why, what and how is left unanswered, unexplained. In a typical book that would have been a bummer but the sci-fi element of the book allows the author the liberty of getting away with this and not undermining the plot of the book while at it.
If freaky, sci-fi is your thing go pick a copy of 172 Hours on the Moon asap.
Searching for some horror titles on goodreads I came across this book and read a lot of good reviews from people about it and thougRating – 2.5 stars.
Searching for some horror titles on goodreads I came across this book and read a lot of good reviews from people about it and thought I would give it a shot.
The book as is aptly described by people a perfect mix of horror and something truly psychotic. There is a mass killing in the very opening of the book, followed by a storm that nearly destroys the little town of Oleander, Kansas.
Though the book can be traumatic to many in terms of its content I could not relate to it. To me there were too many POV characters and while that is not always a problem, with this book I sometimes found myself rereading some parts since I was confused by the change in the narrators. Quite honestly I was left with a headache after finishing off with this book and nothing else.
The book may have worked for others but it wasn’t my cup of tea.
The writing is good and if this had been a short story collection I would have rated this higher but since this isn’t an anthology and I couldnt find myself connecting to any characters as the narration was so disjointed with so many characters all over the place I am giving this one a 2.5.
Reading the synopsis, I had figured this to be one of those edge-of-the-seat thrillers with the concept being small town rocked by the mysterious disaReading the synopsis, I had figured this to be one of those edge-of-the-seat thrillers with the concept being small town rocked by the mysterious disappearance of a girl and the eventual discovery of her mangled, brutalized corpse, revoking the memory of another disappearance and possibly death, that happened years ago.
The reality though fell short on my expectations. McHugh' debut novel is set in the town on Henbane - literally Devil' eye and is divided in 3 parts. The first two parts are narrated through the voices of two young girls - the protagonist Lucy Dane and who we slowly discover to be her mother - Lila. The third has multiple narrators which makes keeping track of it a bit confusing, if you aren't paying attention to it.
Lucy has been friends with a mentally challenged girl Cheri all her life, has lived down the road from her and when suddenly one day, almost a year after Cheri' mysterious disappearance her corpse turns up hanging from a tree, mutilated on the land of her uncle, Lucy and the small town of Henbane are shocked to say the least.
Lucy feels guilt and remorse for not being there to help Cheri, figuring had she been a better friend, perhaps the tragedy could have been avoided. One day, a clue Lucy discovers leads her to thinking, that perhaps there is more to the story of Cheri' disappearance, murder and the discovery of her corpse than it seems to be.
This event also makes Lucy wonder whether her mother Lila, a woman who is still a popular topic of conversation; had suffered a similar fate. Slowly and steadily she sets out to discover the truth to find justice for a friend she feels she could have saved and a mother she wishes she could have known herself, a woman who gave her birth - a woman who she has only known through some of her photographs and the stories people say.
I think this book really had a lot of potential and it definitely could have been so much more. As a debuting author, McHugh has done a commendable job but maybe if the mystery wasn't so easily solved, if there was actually that adrenaline rush that I wanted to experience as a reader, which this book lacked, I would have enjoyed it more.
Yes, this is a well rounded book which explores and provides ample opportunity to each of its character, still its a bit of a letdown honestly. The real mystery of Cheri' murder - the narration of the eventual fate of her culprit was so dawdling. Not to mention that I simply could not even digest how the villain could have managed to stay under the radar for so long despite his many crimes, it was a bit puzzling to me.
Also the slow-burn romance between Lucy and Daniel had no real sparks as per me, even if it was mostly a crush they had and not real love.
Still for the effort and for actually managing to round off the story and make all the ends meet I would give this book a 3 star rating. Could be given a shot or a miss, depending on the preference of the reader' taste frankly.
I was provided an advance readers copy for reviewing courtesy of Spiegel & Grau and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review of the book. This review is in no way influenced.
She screamed. Her screaming was beautiful. But, truth be told he missed the crying.
To say I was excited at the prospect of reading 'Game' Barry Lyga She screamed. Her screaming was beautiful. But, truth be told he missed the crying.
To say I was excited at the prospect of reading 'Game' Barry Lyga' second book in the Jasper Dent series would be an apt description of what my state of mind was when I picked up this sequel to Lyga' insanely amazing first book in the series I Hunt Killers, which I had enjoyed tremendously and have reviewed it here.
So when I read the above mentioned quote on the first page of the book itself, naturally the bookworm within me jumped with joy thinking Yes! this is gonna be one helluva ride. Unfortunately as it happens in instances like these, there was a crash.
Lyga continues Jasper' saga in this book after the events of the earlier book. So Jasper is still dealing with the repercussions of his so-insane-he-is-kind-of-a-genius serial killer dad escape from prison, while he handles a crazy grandmother at home, deals with his schools and studies, pays a visit to The Impressionist, a psycho groupie of his dad, all the while healing from the trauma he underwent physically at the end of the earlier book. Not to mention he is trying to put a lid on his emotional and mental scars. Again. And Oh! While at it he is also tackling the issues that plagues every human being that walks the face of this earth once he/she hits puberty - Hormones & Sex.
Yes Jasper Dent is having an eventful life. So far so good.
However the first instance of craziness (not his dad' kind!) pops up when a detective from the homicide department of the NYPD knocks on Jazz' door to seek his help to nab the new serial-killer on the loose in Brooklyn. Because people can totally buy that right?
This guy goes by the name of the Hat-Dog Killer. Yeah the name so does speak of class doesn't it? Not to mention of the terror it invokes.
For those who didn't get what I am implying in the above sentence.
So, naturally Jazz for all his protest cannot stop himself from going ahead and agreeing to help the might NYPD. After all he has a tattoo now that declares he hunts killers...........
Anyway, Jazz lands up in NY and turns out not just the NYPD but also the Feds are involved in the investigation. Hence while Jazz is playing the super sleuth that he is, his hemophiliac friend Howie has been assigned the duty to babysit Grandma with the help of Jazz' aunt Samantha, who makes an appearance in this novel.
To add cherry to the pie Jazz' girlfriend decides to spring up in NY too so they could have that much awaited booty call that's been on their to-do list for a while now but so not happening.
Nothing wrong with that. Everyone needs a stress buster, and what can be more stressful than trying to nab a serial killer? May be running a household in this economy but we don't have to explore that here.
From there on I don't think I want to even delve into what this book further holds. Because yes, in a one-off instance as was the case in the earlier book I could understand how Jazz was brought on into a police investigation. But this one is literally too far fetched.
I get it Jazz is a genius and all and has a wicked dad who could be called as the Antichrist himself based on his record but seriously ? A teenager helping NYPD & the FBI nab a serial killer???!!! Yeah so totally possible huh?
Does having an insight into your crazy father' mind guarantee a nobel prize as well? Because some geniuses have been branded crazy at first.
So the thrill, mystery, horror and all that I was looking forward to in this book goes down the drain the instant Jazz is summoned.
Honestly I would have had a jolly good time if the books were rather centered around William Cornelius aka Billy Dent rather than his son and his Scooby gang. The man is a freaking nightmare on the loose. And that's exactly where lies his appeal. But Lyga kinda ruined that here as well.
The last time I read him I just had this image of James Purefoy' character Joe Carroll from 'The Following' pop into my head. This time uh.. I am confused about what got into Lyga.
The lure of IHK was Billy to me, not a bunch of teenage sleuths and to my dismay this book was ruined by the said gang. Connie is all horny and when not horny than dumb, Howie is hitting on Samantha which even Jazz finds a little disturbing and Jazz is well Jazz.
The rating is divided on this basis - 0.5 stars for the good beginning, 0.5 stars for knocking off an insane character in an insane way & 1 star for the humor that was the only consistent factor in this installment.
The funniest line of this book IMO:
If I think she' hot and it turns out she's a psychopath, then what does that say about me? I'm totally not ready for that kind of therapy.
As its clear I find this one a complete letdown from the earlier book, wouldn't really recommend it to anyone.
In the inverted food chain of fame, it was the big beasts who were stalked and hunted. ― Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo's Calling
It would be a blatantIn the inverted food chain of fame, it was the big beasts who were stalked and hunted. ― Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo's Calling
It would be a blatant lie to say that I have had this book on my TBR list for months now and just found the time and opportunity to read it. Yeah I had seen it on Goodreads in the year' Mystery releases and especially in April' new releases. But somehow I skimmed through and thought not now. I have an already huge TBR pile plus that's a new guy, there weren't even many reviews on the page then I think, so I dint give it a second look. And moved on.
But holy crap on a cracker, the news which took the literary world by storm a few days back affected me just as much as about any bookworm, J. K. Rowling had written another book, with a pseudonym and IT IS THIS BOOK !!!!!
I wasted no time and found this and downloaded it instantly. One of my all time favorite authors, a living legend in her own right, Rowling had a book out and the world had no inkling ! Damn, as much as Rowling is annoyed at this leak, we as fans are not averse to the revelation. Not that I don't get her wish of being anonymous for a while, but dear god how can you resist a Rowling book ? The woman we barely knew has now become a part of our lives for more than a decade now. I am not encouraging people to hound her, but would you be able to resist the lure of her works? With Harry Potter she unleashed a kind of craze, a frenzy that made people want to read again, when books were starting to lose out to the glitz and glamour of movies and TV shows. Yeah the answer is clear. Though I am yet to read her earlier release A Casual Vacancy, the mix bag of reviews has not really helped but I suppose sometime later I will pick it up. The pre-ordered copy has to be read at some point after all.
So now coming to the book itself, The Cuckoo' Calling by Rowling under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith is her maiden attempt at writing a Mystery novel and the first book in the Cormoran Strike series which happens to be named after the central character, the male protagonist of the series.
The mystery in itself is nothing new nor is the revelation at the end of the novel. Yeah the killer is the guy you may or may not suspect at all. But as usual Rowling delivers in her execution and not in the novelty or originality of the concept.
The victim, Lula Landry is a supermodel, the adopted daughter of Sir Alec and Lady Yvette. She dies by falling from the balcony of her home and is presumed to have committed suicide. Her life history further backs the claim that she was a potential time bomb that was just waiting to explode. A bipolar disorder, paranoia owing to her fame, a junkie boyfriend, and an upbringing that certainly was guaranteed to screw her up added to her need to know her biological roots sure did come in handy when the police ruled out her death as a suicide. Just another famous and troubled name who cracked under the pressure and stress.
Things seem to have been concluded and the trail of any clues that could have indicated are lost or otherwise forgotten until a few months later her agitated brother John Bristow takes it upon himself that he needs answers and hires Cormoran Strike - a war veteran turned private detective.
Like Harry, Cormoran too is not without his share of fame, though it's not because of his reputation as a war hero. Nor is he in any way thrilled with it. The illegitimate son of rock star father who has produced a long line of offsprings, he is ignored by him. Having a drug-addict for a mother doesn't help him either.
In what seems like a wonderful contradiction to me, we see Cormoran investigating a case where things seem to be crystal clear on the surface and hence there is no movement - nothing to proceed on that would allude foul play while on the other hand we see his life going through an upheaval where in reality he actually seems to have been stuck at the same place and point in a rut for the better part of his life for more than a decade.
Other people his age had houses and washing machines, cars and television sets, furniture and gardens and mountain bikes and lawn mowers: he had four boxes of crap, and a set of matchless memories.
These words are an apt description of his life at the point where the novel begins. At age 35, he has been given an honorary discharge from the army after an incident which causes one of his legs to be blowb up and then amputated, Cormoran has also recently broken up with his on again off again girlfriend Catherine, for good this time around. The only person he is really close to his half-sister Lucy, who he grew up with. Though he doesn't plan to settle down and have a family ever, which doesn't come as a surprise really.
His financial position is so bad that it's a miracle the guy isn't seeking a shelter at some sorta of a place for the homeless. And though he has an office and an impressive resume, jobs clearly do not seem pouring in one after another. A big guy he has issues with his looks that aren't limited to his status as an amputee. A childhood nickname that he got due to his unfortunate hair still haunts the poor fellow.
In midst of all of this, he has gained weight, has been manhandled at the hands of his ex and is threatened by various people to whom he owes debts. Mondays happen to greet him cheerfully with these threats, delivered either on a telephone or via mail.
Given the above history it takes no genius to figure out he has his plate full, when in walks Robin, his latest temp whom he cannot even afford for more than a week' time and with whom his first meeting is of a disastrous result in and of itself. Not the greatest beginning here really. But it seems his luck is about to change when he is handed over the case that catapults him into fame his own.
The victim Lula too, comes across as a character that is so confused in her life. Not that I could blame her. Being adopted and knowing it is one thing. Being a black baby adopted by a white family can result in an identity crisis of major proportions. Especially if the family is as ... screwed up as this one. And friends who seem to be only interested in you for their own benefit. For their chance to cash in on your fame. You see glimpses of how manipulation plays a big part in her life. Her fame which causes her to be surrounded yet be completely isolated at the same time.
Yeah I would be one messed up gal too if I were her.
Without giving too much away its hard to describe the gist of a mystery novel but this I would say, the themes here and particularly the way the characters were executed reminded me so much of many a favorites of mine from the HP series that it was a delight. The most misunderstood character has the best intentions possible though the actions don't happen to speak in favor. The one who eventually turns out as the villain will remind you of someone from HP series too, though not a major character but nonetheless an impactful one.
The character I was most reminded of was of Hermione when it came to Robin. Though not as bookish as her, this gal was more than just a pretty face. She is one tough cookie too, though I suppose she is just finding it out. A romantic at heart, and recently engaged to her sweetheart of 8 years she is thrilled to discover when a temp agency sends her to work for Cormoran - a detective. Yeah who could not be a little excited. Spies and detectives seem fictional to a lot of people - which apparently include her fiancé too. He is not exactly a fan of Robin' enthusiasm or her employer. Though we do not get to meet him in the book I suppose the next offing could perhaps resolve that. He comes across only when Robin thinks or speaks of him or Cormoran' assumption of his reactions to particular situations based on his knowledge of him from Robin.
The book divided into five parts is generous to the F-bomb and other such colorful words as it alternates from dealing with the case to Cormoran' personal life - either his past or present. The locales of London are described beautifully though sometimes that does seem too much. Really I would have been glad if a few of these descriptions were chopped off. Nothing against London but it becomes a little too much at times.
Coming to the lead character Cormoran, at last now. It is a tad bit early to say I love or adore him but yep he is likable. Brilliant, resourceful, self-reliant with a dry sense of humor who could use a little help with his wardrobe and perhaps lose some weight, he could be your average Joe.
It was weird. Would you believe it if some supermodel called you up and told you she was your sister?
Strike thought of his own bizarre family history.
Probably, he said.
a little nugget of what I was speaking about.
It's so refreshing to read about someone, anyone who is a lead character and not have people fawning over them because of their looks, their beauty. Really, it kills my buzz as a reader, when a character' major draw is the looks department. If I want plastic Barbies and greek gods, there is no dearth of them on TV & movies. Even fashion channels & magazines can help serve that purpose. But when reading I want to know about a person, whether he/she is lovable or detestable doesn't really matter much does it ? As long as there is a definite depth to the character, a reason that makes him/her act the way they do. Be what makes the character have a defining essence.
It's here as usual that Rowling works her magic as she writes a hero who doesn't have women swooning over him or his charisma. Rather he is so ordinary that you would not give him a second look, if it could be helped. His bulk and a slight limp are the qualities which draw your attention to him not his Adonis like looks.
So yeah its a no-brainer I am picking up the next book which has a tentative release date sometime next year, not just because its Rowling here, though there is that. But because I really happened to like Cormoran and Robin and cannot wait for their adventures up ahead.
Length isn't as important as what you say and how you say it. - Barry Lyga, Career Day (Jasper Dent, #0.5)
The above quote perfectly sums up the spiritLength isn't as important as what you say and how you say it. - Barry Lyga, Career Day (Jasper Dent, #0.5)
The above quote perfectly sums up the spirit of this book.
This brilliant book serves as the perfect prequel to Lyga' I Hunt Killers, the first book in the Jasper Dent series. In a few short pages, we get a glimpse into the life and mind of Jasper - who is the son of the most notorious serial killer America has ever produced.
Though this one isnt much about the plot, but to pique the interest level of the reader to know more about Jazz and it ends packing a punch....more
"There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking how to kill people: psychopaths and mystery writers. I am the kind that pays better" - Richard"There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking how to kill people: psychopaths and mystery writers. I am the kind that pays better" - Richard Castle, Castle.
I am a huge fan of the show Castle, so reading this book when I recollected this line it wasn't a big surprise for me. Castle is not on my list due to the murder mystery factor of course - Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic get the trophy for luring me in on that. Its a guilty pleasure. What the show lacks in ah let's say real mystery when it comes to murder plots and whodunits it more than makes up in the insane chemistry of Nathan - Stana and of course the deliciously incredible dialogue writing.
Reading Barry Lyga' I hunt killers somehow made me feel Mr. Lyga could be voicing the same opinion. I love mystery books and may be something is wrong with me but serial killers - the crazy psychopathic kind really really work for me; provided the author has done a good job and the plot does intrigue me. This one hits the check marks on all the right options.
Mr. Lyga, I believe is an excellent mystery writer who captures the workings of a psychopath' mind perfectly.
I hunt killers delves into the life of Jasper Dent, the 17 year old son of America's most notorious serial killer who had officially killed a hundred and twenty-three people before his arrest, four years prior to the setting of this book. He assumed various identities - Green jack, the artist, etc making the police run in circles before he ends up behind bars not due to the diligence of the FBI or the ground breaking work of a homicide squad from upscale New York or Washington but because of a recently widowed Sheriff of small town Lobo' nod - Dent' hometown, where he had settled blending in as a harmless sales executive.
Jasper or Jazz refers time and again to his father as'dear old dad'.
Raised by a lunatic and now under the custody of another (his grandma, which makes him her caretaker rather than the other way around) Jazz wants to be a normal ordinary teenage boy. He doesn't want to end up in the foster system understandably or worse become like his dad. Having being an involuntary yet loyal assistant to his dear old dad in his killings, Jazz is scared that he will off course follow in the footsteps of his father, continuing a legacy he so despises. To retain his sanity, he finds support in his best friend Howie, a hemophiliac and his girlfriend Connie.
Hounded incessantly by various branches of media as to have his byte, get his memoir published or sell the rights to a film based on his family; all this in between taking care of his grandma who is sliding into Alzheimer' and giving him a tough time with her crazy mood swings it is unsurprising Jazz is pissed a lot of the time.
As if it wasn't enough that there is a serial killer on the loose again and Jazz' as possible as normal life in a town where everyone knows who or rather what his dad is, is thrown off kilter when bodies start dropping suddenly. Not to mention the hell it unleashes that the guy is also aping Jazz' dear old dad' signature, his MO right down to the initials of his victims. Now with the homage of a fan, a groupie to his dad Jazz is at his wit' end. He however does not allow this pressure to dissuade him into having a breakdown but rather thinks his unusual upbringing will be helpful to catch the culprit , as unlikely as that is considering he is still a teenage boy. Ah well... at least he did not save the day consciously due to his wonderful insights on a criminal' mind or his profiling genius and was thankfully not seen uttering something along the lines of 'Elementary my dear Watson... Err Howie towards the end.
The characters of Jazz and Howie are well written. Hell even grandma is amusing though I couldn't warm up to Connie. May be because I dint find her appealing or just because I dint like the fact that Jazz is into her because he considers her 'safe'. His dad had all sorts of victims, he raped, tortured and murdered except for African American women. Connie is an African American gal and hence Jazz is with Connie. Not to mention she too is with him because her dad also deems it inappropriate that Connie is dating a white boy. Their relationship seemed based on their mutual daddy issues rather than any real attraction and feelings, which makes it shallow. Not that I can expect more out of a couple of 17 year old. But...
I loved the writing of this book. It is creepy, engaging and almost inappropriately so for a book about serial killers and gruesome deaths - hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the scenes, especially the dialogues of Howie, something which I was pleasantly surprised to do so considering the nature of this book. Some books are so wicked its an absolute sin to like them but you can't help yourself and give into the temptation - this is exactly one of them. The last book which I so loved was Gillian Flynn' Gone Girl. Like Flynn' Amy Lyga' William Cornelius Dent aka Billy is a real piece of work. The man gives you the creeps, even when present as a VO, but he also makes the book oh so good. There is something almost hypnotic in characters this dark that they lure you in, make you fall prey to them. You can't help but hate em but you can't ignore em as well. Had it not been the YA group of Goodreads that I am a member of and the latest challenge on it - I would have missed out on a pretty good book. Adding another fantastic writer to my collection is a treat.
Ever read a book so bad it momentarily blinded you and then somehow made you feel as if you had bloody spots dance before your eyes? I just did - theEver read a book so bad it momentarily blinded you and then somehow made you feel as if you had bloody spots dance before your eyes? I just did - the worst book of my life to date. Honestly I can't for the life of me fathom how can crap such as this even get published really.
Set in a town called Blackwater this book deals with an experience that Ray, the book' hero went through as a child and for some reason can't remember what it was, though it affects his whole personality and in extension his life.
Recently dumped for being the dumb looser that he is, Ray tries to find closure to the biggest mystery of his life. A call from his childhood buddy Kevin, who went through the same thing acts as a catalyst for him as he packs his bags and gets ready to know the truth .
And it is from this point on that shit hits fan.
Ray on his arrival comes across strange characters, has some pretty weird experiences and for half of the book just sits on his ass waiting for his friend to disclose the big secret. And yeah in between the waiting he crosses paths with the richest guy in town Crawford and his business associate Lily, who are interested in him because he is the last piece of the dumb puzzle that is the mystery of this book. Also for a brief breather bumps the uglies with the town' local diner' waitress Emma.
Coming across as a Sci-fi book in the beginning how the hell does it even cross territories and delve into paranormal, voodoo or some other shit is beyond me. Really I am not making this up, the CIA, NSA - Russian & American governments trying to one up each other to gain the powers of the occult is just about the most bizarre thing I have ever read. This book makes freaking twilight & fifty shades seem like literary masterpieces. And that's saying something.
I have come across fanfictions better written than this piece of crap.
Over halfway through this book and I just wanted to scream at someone.
I dint care what the hell the big mystery was, if Ray was kidnapped by aliens and made to watch endless reruns of Kardashians or if he had to listen the whining of every Twihard gal .
I couldn't give a damn if Santa himself abducted him, tied him down and made him listen to endless Justin Bieber tracks. Frankly if it had helped speed up the slow death that is this book I would have had someone shoot Ray in the first 3 pages itself.
The plot never escalates and by the time it does I had lost the will to live or at the least read this awful book. The character of Ray doesn't connect at all - he certainly is the most boring protagonist I have ever encountered.
Definitely the worst book of 2013 in my list. Never in my prior experience on Goodreads have I ever wished for a negative rating system as I have for this book.
I had to endure this torture because Netgalley provided me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Once again is a book here which makes me wish Goodreads rating system would alter the rating system a bit. Gary Marshall' Cof3.5 stars for this one.
Once again is a book here which makes me wish Goodreads rating system would alter the rating system a bit. Gary Marshall' Coffin Dodgers is based in a dystopian world wherein a majority of women for some reason have been rendered infertile, only a fraction of them can bear children without any medical intervention of any sort. And while the birth rate is on a decline, the death rate isn't as affected. The world seems to be taken over by people who are far past their prime - and while they age they also seem to be the ones who are in control of the world around them owing to their financial positions.
Amidst this world sprawling with old geysers who seem to enjoy their life with chutzpah - drinking, gambling away are the 3 protagonists of the novel - Amy, Matt & Dave - who all work at a casino in various capacities. None of them is what you would describe as ambitious, particularly brilliant or having any life altering crisis to handle - so all they do is do their job, drink beer and play pranks when they are not wasting their time away or playing video games. All of this changes when Matt is involved in a weird car accident one day, the same day a school friend of his also dies in another car crash.
Nothing seems to be out of the ordinary with the car or the accident even though Matt is suspicious he is unable to get to the bottom of things until one day he overhears a conversation while out with his friend Dave which confirms his doubts - his accident was orchestrated. From then on, the novel is all about solving this mystery while the leads sort through their love life in between.
I liked the humorous approach Marshall has towards the subject, there have been places where the writing did make me laugh out loud however the execution of the plot fails terribly.And the end seems so rushed. Had the novel been a bit crispier I would have rated it more for sure. The book is good nonetheless, not great or spectacular but could be read once. This review can also be found at One reader A thousand lives ...more