This was one incredible story about a little old lady, who reminded most of a grandmotherly figure, who had a dark side, literally, for she was convic...moreThis was one incredible story about a little old lady, who reminded most of a grandmotherly figure, who had a dark side, literally, for she was convicted of killing three people out of nine. This case, like so many other true crimes I've read, begs the question, what exactly do juries actually listen to in a courtroom?
I cannot for the life of me figure out after having read, in great detail, the courtroom drama that unfolded, how the jurors felt Dorothea Puente wasn't guilty of murdering all nine of her tenants? Carla, the author, made me feel like I sat, personally, in that courtroom, and I clearly felt she was guilty of everything the prosecution brought forth in evidence. How could it not be any clearer? But, unfortunately, that's not the way the case went down, and I was entranced reading this story. Just downright unbelievable.
Dorothea was one sinister woman. A highly disturbed person you never want to meet. This was a great true crime novel and I'm glad I read it. The author did an amazing job in bringing you to this story, as if you had sat right there. Very well written and you will be turning the pages!
Once again, judging a book by its cover, you have to admit, it makes you want to read to find out just what is Creatures of Appetite! Well I'm here to...moreOnce again, judging a book by its cover, you have to admit, it makes you want to read to find out just what is Creatures of Appetite! Well I'm here to tell you, this was one hair-raising story and I'm so damn proud of myself that I figured out who the killer was in the very beginning of the book, but it did not deflect from the story.
Jack Thorne is one of the best profilers in the world. Thorne was a serial killer's worst nightmare come true--sort of borderline Columbo-ish wherein once he set his sights on a psychotic killer, he wouldn't cut loose until he was either dead or severely maimed.
The Iceman struck Nebraska by stealing parents' pride possessions--their children, and how bold was the Iceman, he could just walk right in your house, subdue the parents, and take whatever child he wanted. His child of choice were always little girls ranging in age five to twelve, so imagine what would happen when little children were out playing in the snow near a playground, and body parts stuck up in the snow as if left on display in a museum?
Needless to say, the town was on edge and Jack Thorne was called in to close this case! Trust me, readers, the ending is not one you are going to see coming, unless you are a true mystery/suspense buff who really knows your way around a story.
If you'd like to test your skill, try with this novel. I guarantee you, you will not be able to put this book down! A DAMN GOOD READ! I hated that it ended, but the ending gave me a chill! :-)(less)
OMG!!!!!! I'm glad I got this book for free, cause if I would have spent a penny on this book, I would have been even more angrier than I am.
First of...moreOMG!!!!!! I'm glad I got this book for free, cause if I would have spent a penny on this book, I would have been even more angrier than I am.
First off, the synopsis was extremely misleading. I thought this book was about a scandal dealing with Megan's husband, Ben, who was running for Vice President, but what this book actually ended up being about was a terrible attempt at a f*ck fest! Literally every chapter was about sex, and the storyline only took place in the first few chapters at the very beginning. Such a disappointing story. I absolutely loathed this book!
But what really pissed me off was how the reader's intelligence was insulted! How in the hell can you be a wife to a man who is running for Vice President, and no one knows you? Your picture would be plastered all over the news and media, but yet, Megan was able to carry on an affair without one reporter finding out? And what the hell ever happened to Seth, a reporter, whom was believed to be killed by a certain important someone, and no one investigated that. It's like that was just thrown into the story, but didn't have any development.
Needless to say, I was highly disappointed with this book. Free isn't cheap enough for this book. The only difference between this book and the Fifty Shades is that, believe it or not, this book was written way better, but outside of that, I was thrown right back into a story of sex and not much else. That gets extremely boring after several chapters.
And one other thing, James was a very well endowed man. Can someone explain to me how the hell can she take this man orally, but could barely have sex with him because he was too large. OMG, how stupid are people supposed to be? I hated this damn book! I hope to erase this from my memory soon fast and in a hurry! I've been scarred! Damn!(less)
Damn, John, you stinker! (LOL) This book was even better than the first in the series, Killing Matt Cooper. OMG, my jaw dropped at the ending!! I cann...moreDamn, John, you stinker! (LOL) This book was even better than the first in the series, Killing Matt Cooper. OMG, my jaw dropped at the ending!! I cannot wait to read the third book in the series.
Wow, my favorite serial killer was at it again, but this time, he had a little help along the way, or was that help? Sam Knight finds himself in quite a quandary this time, but will he be able to make it out? Hmmm, only time will tell. This was an outstanding read--with all its gore, blood, guts and mystery. YOU will never believe the ending. John fooled me this time. Job well done! Can't wait for three to come out!(less)
One of the main reasons I selected this novel was due, in part, to the cover. People really do judge books by its cover. Having said that, I wasn't th...moreOne of the main reasons I selected this novel was due, in part, to the cover. People really do judge books by its cover. Having said that, I wasn't that thrilled with the story. But to be fair, I thought this story was going to be a real page turner seeing as how the main character, Shelby Nichols, was on her way to the grocery store to pick up some carrots to make chicken noodle soup for her family. While going down the aisles, she grabs her carrots and gets some of other items, takes her basket to the checkout line, and she hears a loud POW! A crazed man with a gun is holding up the bank, and begins shooting all over the place, and instead of Shelby ducking and taking cover like the other patrons did, she stood and watched--out of shock or could that be pure stupidity, whichever you prefer?
At any rate, the next thing she remembers is a paramedic over her asking her questions, but she could barely make out what he was saying. She just wanted her carrots, but what was that trickling down her forehead? Blood! What had happened and why couldn't she just go home? Turns out Shelby was grazed by one of the stray bullets by the armed robber, and as luck would have it, or a curse, as some might think, she begins to know exactly what everyone is thinking, even though their mouths aren't moving, but she hears their thoughts.
Now, that sounds exciting, right? Well, it was until the story seemed to take on an immaturity level and Shelby just seemed to get dumber as the pages grew. I found myself not liking this character, and I so wanted too. She did things that were just plain stupid, and there were things that happened in different scenarios that didn't seem to add up or there wasn't any rhyme or reason behind it. The story was written well, but I wish the main character wasn't so quirky. This isn't a bad read, I guess it just wasn't for me. If you like a ditzy character, then I'm sure you'll like this book.(less)
I feel so fortunate to have been brought up with an education that has afforded me the great life in which I live today, and after having read the wor...moreI feel so fortunate to have been brought up with an education that has afforded me the great life in which I live today, and after having read the words of Alex Haley's Roots, it makes me so proud of my people and their struggle.
Seeing the movie so long ago pales in comparison what the actual novel is about, in my opinion. Of course, there is so much that Hollywood doesn't put into the movie, which is why I love reading so much. This was, by far, one of the best literary classics I've ever read. Alex was truly gifted and I know his ancestors have to be proud of what he did for his family by writing their story, being seven generations removed from his great-great-great-great grandfather, Kunta Kinte.
I always read about black history, especially during February, and I couldn't have picked a better novel. It took Alex twelve years and three continents traveled, to write this wonderfully graphic book.
If you've never read this book, please add it to your reading list because it is well worth the 800 plus pages. I read it much faster than I thought I would. I can't stop smiling. I'm so proud! Outstanding read!(less)
When I saw that this book was sort of a To-Kill-A-Mockingbird-esque, I couldn't wait to read it, since that book is my all-time favorite book ever! Bi...moreWhen I saw that this book was sort of a To-Kill-A-Mockingbird-esque, I couldn't wait to read it, since that book is my all-time favorite book ever! Bill Hazelgrove did his story justice.
I must admit the novel started out a little slow for me in the beginning, but once I began to see where this story was headed, I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. To say this wasn't an original story, as some reviewers have suggested, I have to respectfully disagree.
If you know the story of TKAM, you know right away, this story is different for the mere simple reason of it's ending, which was awesome! And the characters were really great in this book.
Lee Hartwell is a tween, coming into his own growing up in the south of Richmond, Virginia in the 1930s. His older brothers had come home from the war, and what the war didn't take from these men, it certainly left them a little broken mentally. As they were trying to make themselves a life after war, they ended up being thrown into a family feud of sorts, with young Lee thrown in the middle of it.
Add to that, the Hartwells' maid, Addie's daughter, Fanny, was what they referred to as a too outgoing Negro who finds herself in the center of a huge controversy, when her other boss accuses her of stealing his precious Sterling Silver Tea set. And this is where the real story lies. What the reader finds out, as you quickly turn the pages, is a well thought out story told so boldly by Lee Hartwell.
I truly love southern-theme books, and what better way to celebrate Black History Month than with a good old-fashioned southern book. This was such a great story, and one that will tug at your heartstrings. Oh, and did I forget to mention the legalese in this story will absolutely captivate you. A great story, and one I will never forget, much like the main character, Lee Hartwell! Fanny's trial changed his life and mine!(less)
I remember going to my local library, well before Kindles and Nooks were born, searching the aisle for something "gooooood" to read, and I stumbled up...moreI remember going to my local library, well before Kindles and Nooks were born, searching the aisle for something "gooooood" to read, and I stumbled upon this book. The cover sort of caught my eye and I thought, ok this is it.
It's hard for me to describe what the book was about since I read it over ten years ago, and just discovered, once again, while perusing my "virtual" library, that I had actually read this book and it was outstanding.
From what I can remember, the main character gets thrown into foster care due to her mother committing some type of crime, and the sh*t she goes through while in the system is one you will never forget. I felt so sorry for this young woman who had to grow up super fast to protect herself from the horrible foster parents and/or siblings. I recall this novel being very good, but I can't for the life of me remember how it ended. I do know it had a good ending, but having read it so many years ago, it's hard to remember.
I can tell you one thing, I read it in two days, that's how good it was. I do remember that and it was so heavy because it was a hard back, but I enjoyed curling up with this one. :-)(less)
As children, many of us are terrified of the boogey-man who hides under our beds or possibly in our closets and cause many to have fear issues of the...moreAs children, many of us are terrified of the boogey-man who hides under our beds or possibly in our closets and cause many to have fear issues of the dark, so can you possibly imagine what poor Linda Bergstrom had to go through sleeping right next to a monster in her marital bed?
I'm so damn thankful that James Bergstrom is in jail, for what I pray to be, the rest of his horrible, rotten, miserable existence. What he did to his wife, as well as all the women he terrified and raped, doesn't even come close to what he truly deserves. Prison is too good for this idiot! I think the death penalty would have been even better, at least it would give his ex-wife total peace of mind knowing exactly where his ass is!
He comes up for parole every few years, and that's too often! He should never ever, ever get out of prison for the havoc he wreaked on his innocent victims.
This was an outstanding true-crime novel. I usually love reading Ann Rule's books, but seeing that she endorsed this one, I see why she did. Kathryn did an exceptional job detailing and outlining all the facts in this horrendous story. And the best part of the novel was most definitely the ending. SUPERB! A must read for any true-crime buff!(less)
This was an exceptional book on so many levels. First, I am just amazed at the type of life Scott Thorsen led and is currently leading today. Telling...moreThis was an exceptional book on so many levels. First, I am just amazed at the type of life Scott Thorsen led and is currently leading today. Telling a story like this couldn't have been easy, but I'm so glad he was forthcoming in telling the story the way it should have been done.
I realize many in Liberace's camp did not want to see this book come to fruition, and, with good cause, I suppose, due to the fact it doesn't picture Lee(Liberace's nickname) in a good light. I always knew that he was gay, and why he went to great lengths to conceal his sexual identity, which to me, was so obvious, is beyond me. But in his defense, he came up in an era where being openly gay wasn't exactly something you shouted from the rooftops.
Scott was such a young naïve young man when he met Lee, and a bit ignorant to the cold and calculating ways of Lee. I always enjoyed Liberace's performances, when I had the rare chance to watch him on TV, and his sexual preference never bothered me one way or the other.
I think Scott helped himself tremendously by telling his great love affair with Mr. Showman himself. I know it had to be great therapy. It's a great story, but such a sad one as well. Outstanding read. I wish Scott all the best!(less)
OMG, it's stories like this that make me absolute abhor a child abuser--hell, any type of abuser for that matter. What Anelisse a/k/a Lissy had to end...moreOMG, it's stories like this that make me absolute abhor a child abuser--hell, any type of abuser for that matter. What Anelisse a/k/a Lissy had to endure with her twin sister and brother, was an absolute downright pitiful damn shame. Her mother definitely doesn't win the "mother of the year" award in my book because it was due to her own neglect that her children were subjected to physical and mental abuse at the hands of their stepfather.
What the hell is a child supposed to do, and where does one go when they are being subjected to this type of inappropriate behavior? You may go to a grandparent or other relatives, and that's exactly what Lissy did, but thanks to her own mother's lies and cover-up just to say she has a man/husband in her life, she would make out as if Lissy were lying about what was happening to her, and her relatives chocked it up as fatherly discipline. Hmmm, someone stomping you on the ground and misshaping your face to appear like some alien out of a horror film, doesn't strike ME as fatherly discipline. Ed, the stepfather, gives parenthood a terrible name.
As you read, you will feel Lissy's pain and struggles. She had to grow up, literally, overnight to protect her siblings as she felt it was her duty and responsibility to do so. Again, I wanted to kick her mama's ass for real! This is a horrible story, but one I'm so glad Lissy told, and she's finally living a happy life with the help of her very good friends who were and are angels to her.
You will root for Lissy and take great pleasure in the ending! I'm so proud of her for having the courage to speak about such a sensitive subject and not keep it a secret, which is what hurts families in the first place. You can read this book in a few hours, and what you read will leave you jaw-dropping! People like her parents deserve a special place in hell, and I hope they rot there!(less)
This was a fun quirky suspense novel! It was the kind of suspense that leaves you with a good feeling. The characters were very realistic, as our hero...moreThis was a fun quirky suspense novel! It was the kind of suspense that leaves you with a good feeling. The characters were very realistic, as our heroine, FBI Agent Abby Kane shows you through the pages. She's a feisty widower with two small children and a great mother-in-law who helps her raise her kids, whiles she's out and about catching the bad guys. Agent Kane was summoned to a town in Detroit named Corktown, where bodies were popping up faster than popcorn, and she had to figure out what the hell was going on.
As Agent Kane and her partner, Agent Wilkerson, dig deeper into the murders, they soon discover there was so much more than just your average serial killer running rampant--factor in dirty cops and corrupt politicians, Abby had no idea who she could trust other than her superior and her partner. Everyone was a suspect in her eyes and for good reason.
This story will take you through a series of emotional ups and downs, but will leave you feeling great when you discover, as the characters do, just exactly what Corktown was really all about. A very good read!(less)
OMG, this book scared the sh*t of out me! This is one of those thrillers that will have your heart racing and make you feel like you're in a nightmare...moreOMG, this book scared the sh*t of out me! This is one of those thrillers that will have your heart racing and make you feel like you're in a nightmare! What a thrill indeed!
Liam Dempsey, a former police officer, had nothing to live for anymore, or so he thought. Every night, he thought of a reason to eat his gun, until one morning his cell phone sprung to life with a sheriff on the other end advising him that his brother and sister-in-law had been brutally murdered and to get his ass to Tallston right away.
Liam left the police force for a reason and had no desires to go back to being one, that is, until he was thrown smack-dab in the middle of his brother's murder. What he discovers left him in shock and will do the same to the reader.
This is a page turner you will not be able to put down. And the ending was really great! If you love a good thriller, get ready to sink your eyes into this!(less)
This was such a fun book to read. It's been a while since I read a story that had comedy, mystery, suspense and a thrill all rolled up into one, with...moreThis was such a fun book to read. It's been a while since I read a story that had comedy, mystery, suspense and a thrill all rolled up into one, with a little bit of romance. Such a cute story!
Tina Bender works for The Informer as a gossip columnist, hated by most Hollywood celebrities. Was it any wonder that one day while she's about to break one of Hollywood's biggest scandals, she gets a message up on her laptop telling her if she prints one more story about them, it will be the last story she ever writes. Well, alright! We've got ourselves some mystery here.
Quite naturally, her boss, Felix, who runs the paper wasn't going to have his top spill-the-dirt-on-every-Hollywood-celebrity-she-can, be caught up with death threats so he hires a security detail to follow the tell-all queen everywhere, which she absolutely loathed.
Add to all that, her two funny aunties, Sue and Millie. These two over 80-yr. olds had me laughing so hard, I couldn't see the screen on the Kindle. They do what typical senior citizens do--whatever the hell they want and don't give a damn. My kind of ladies. So they are concerned about Tina's well-being. Also, Tina has a secret admirer who emails her every night with cute jokes and funny sayings to get her through her night.
Like I said, this book had a little bit of everything twisted in here, and it was really, really good! I so enjoyed reading this. The characters are lovable and the story line is one that will definitely keep you turning the pages. I'm definitely reading the rest of the series. Great fun read! A reader's best dream come true. Way to start off my 2014 reading year!
First, I have to start off saying that I have a Love/Hate relationship with Dick Wolf's work! I've been watching Law & Order since it began, and i...moreFirst, I have to start off saying that I have a Love/Hate relationship with Dick Wolf's work! I've been watching Law & Order since it began, and if you do the math, you know that's a mighty long time; however, having said that, his work definitely speaks for itself and is absolutely impeccable!
So imagine my surprise when I discovered he wrote his first novel. I figured since he does an outstanding job with the L&O series, he couldn't go wrong with writing an actual book. Well, here's the part where I hate Dick Wolf--he is notorious for giving his fans endings that you might not otherwise expect. He's the type of writer that will draw you in and get you hooked on all his lovable characters and then turn around and kill them off! I hate him for that! Just because you think an episode should end right, Dick will go off in left field and do something so outrageous that you just want to scream, which I usually do!
Knowing this going in about one of my favorite writers, I should have known he was going to upset me with his debut novel, and I must say his a*s definitely didn't disappoint! Normally, I would have given this book two stars, because the ending SUUUUUUCKED, but I started out on this review stating I have a Love/Hate relationship with his work. So even though I didn't like the ending to this well written novel, I have to give him five stars because the story line was all that!
OMG, where do I begin? Jeremy Fisk has his hands full, literally, with dealing with a girlfriend who is also a coworker, working full-time in Intel and tracking terrorists, and when Flight 903 almost becomes hijacked, Fisk was on very high alert! After all, this was post-911, so anything remotely dealing with air crafts trying to fly into New York buildings definitely got Fisk's blood circulating.
This story is going to take the reader on one hell of an emotional roller coaster, and again, if you know anything about Dick's work, he never disappoints in how good it is, but he will disappoint you by killing characters you love! I'm still pissed with the ending! Damn you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is NOT how I wanted to start my 2014 reading year! Bummer! :-((less)
Wow, what an interesting book! I love the titles of the series, since they are named after drinks, which I find fun and intoxicating.
You know you're a...moreWow, what an interesting book! I love the titles of the series, since they are named after drinks, which I find fun and intoxicating.
You know you're asking for trouble with a name like Jack Daniels, Jack being short for Jacqueline. Lieutenant Daniels had her hands full of ooey gooey cookie dough chasing one of Chicago's violent sociopaths, The Gingerbread Man. Bodies turning up in garbage cans outside of 7-Elevens, among other obvious places.
Jack was very meticulous in how she went about catching this dangerous killer, but she did so very foolishly which angered me by some of her stupidity on how she went about catching this horrible cookie (no pun intended--chuckle). But there was definitely a method to her madness.
This novel is not for the squeamish. If you don't like reading violent thrillers, this is not for you--however, if you love that sort of read, this is definitely the book for you. I absolutely loved this book and the characters are very real and jump out at you on the page. This story was so engaging with so many near-misses and mystery, you will not be able to put it down. Outstanding read. Can't wait to read the next one in the series. (less)