I had never heard of Liz Wiehl, nor anything about this book when I came across it at our local library. The flap sounded interesting so I added it toI had never heard of Liz Wiehl, nor anything about this book when I came across it at our local library. The flap sounded interesting so I added it to my pile. I usually read a chapter in each book to see which one I want to read and this one rose to the top of the pile. All in all it was a pretty good read. I have seen alot of mixed reviews on this book and thought I would add my own 2 cents...I have also seen alot of comparisons to James Patterson, but since I am not an avid fan of his (outside of Sail and Along Came A Spider), and have not read those books to give any input into that topic.
The story grabbed me right off with the disappearance of a young 17 y/o girl. At the head of the investigation is a team of Women, an FBI agent, A reporter and a Federal prosecuter. They compliment each other very well, as they pool their resources to bring down the kidnapper/murderer? The media bombardment, the ongoing investigation and Grand Jury sequences are all very believable allowing the reader to realize that this could very well happen. The case seems cut and dried for most of the book, and in spite of that it was still able to hold my attention and make me want to see what happens next. Then surprise the twist ending caught me off guard, and added to the overall enjoyment of the book.
If I had to make a major criticism it would be that there was way to much stuff going on, that deviated from the plot. A kidnapping murder investigation, a single mother, an abusive boyfriend, a pregnancy, a battered womens shelter, senate investigations, TV network power plays...Not so much as to detract from the book...I just would rather have les going on around the central plot. The 2nd would be character development...This may be premature as this looks to be an ongoing series. I really felt that Allison Pierce was a real person and was able to connect and empathize with her. I did not really see Nicole or Cassidy develop enough on the pages for me to get a feel for who they really are. Not major complaints but 2 things I would like to see improved upon in the remainder of the series.
Overall I was not wowwed, but was certainly entertained. I would reccomend this book, and have plans to read the 2nd installment. Very nice for a debut Novel!...more
I had never read anythin by Linda Howard, so I did not have any preconcieved ideas of how I might enjoy this book. The only thing I had really read waI had never read anythin by Linda Howard, so I did not have any preconcieved ideas of how I might enjoy this book. The only thing I had really read was that she was a master at weaving sensual interpersonal relationships into the plots of her books.
I gave the book 3 stars out of 5 (I really wished we had a scale of 100 to rate upon as a 3 could range between 41 & 60,with much more room to place a book)...i would go around 50 on that type of scale. Was it great? Not by my estimation, but it was a solid read. I enjoyed myself in spite of the glaring wholes or faults I would find with this book. I would certainly read other books by Linda Howard, but I am also not racing to grab another one untill my list of books to read thins down a little.
The main characters were somewhat believable and likeable. There was good character development on both Sarah & Cahill. Not so much as to be drawn out, but enough to give both of them some depth as the plot evolved. The villian was almost excluded from the story/plot altogether with the exception of the last couple of chapters. I guess it is not necesary to have in all stories, a full developed villian....but this one had some promise. I felt like I would like to have gotten inside of his mind/heart as the story progressed and was somewhat letdown that we did not get to learn more of him.
The relationship between Sarah & Cahill was very contrived and unbelievable for me. Their early encounters and playfull, sexualy charged banter generated some early sparks and gave hints of a promising relationship. From there the relationship really went nowhere...constant sexual banter and inuendo between the two, combined with a total lack of depth really fell short of the mark for me in what was a very promising storyline. Every time they met there was just constant sexual banter between the two (which didn't seem to connect with the rest of sarah's personality?) WHAM...out of nowhere they begin talking about marriage??? I was picturing their relationship as an energized and prolonged one-night stand...for me this fell way short of the mark! Perhpas there are people who really do develop relationships in this manner...I guess I am just not one of them and do not know them personally either.
The plot though rolled very easily outside of these issues, and had me wanting to see what would ultimately happen. All in all a good read, and I would reccomend this book...but I wouldn't delete my to read list to place it next in line....more
Bosh is back and with a badge (his old badge no less), and his mission resumes...speaking for those who can no longer speak. Bosch after a 3 year retiBosh is back and with a badge (his old badge no less), and his mission resumes...speaking for those who can no longer speak. Bosch after a 3 year retirement, returns to a newly formed division of open unsolved entrusted with the task of closing forgotten cases.
Of course Bosh has some old nemesis that reappear, and this time it seems it will be either him or them who will be kicked to the curb. Bosch relentlessly works the murder books, old leads, new evidence and uncovers a 17 y/o police conspiracy mingled with the long unsolved murder. DNA leads to a suspect, and mayhem ensues, murder, duplicity and hidden agendas...who is the real killer...just enough red herrings to keep you guessing till the semi surprise is revealed in the end.
Bosch has been (for years) and remains my favorite cop in all of crime fiction. He does not have the Sherlockian traits of Dr. Holmes or John Verdon's Dave Gurney rather he relies on his bulldog tenacity to work a crime book, investigate leads and relentlessly work suspects to lead to the end result....
I would recommend the Bosch series to any crime fiction fans, but this book only to those who are already immersed in the series. The series seemed to cool down a few books ago, but has regained its steam in the last two installments....more
This is the first Grisham book that I ever read, and I have had the urge to revisit all of them as I enjoyed his earlier work much more than his recenThis is the first Grisham book that I ever read, and I have had the urge to revisit all of them as I enjoyed his earlier work much more than his recent endevors. I never cared for the movie although I love Gene Hackman in just about everything he does.
Not very heavy on the legal thriller side as his work is noted for...and although it features a lawyer as the main character, I still would not classify this as a legal thriller....more of a finance thriller or just a plain old fashioned suspense thriller.
Mitch is a very cool main character and since I have never been a Tom Cruise fan I have always felt that he was poorly cast in this role. An aspiring hot shot soon to be lawyer lands what appears to be his dream job. But as with most things in life if it sounds to good to be true it likely is. The FIRM that he works for is a seemingly omnipotent and omnipresent entity that soons look to take control of all areas of your life. Funded with millions and tied closely to the mob this secretive FIRM seems to have a stronghold on all of its employees...no one ever resigns...however a few more enterprising ones have all ended up dead. Soon the FBI tries to use Mitch as a mole to turn states evidence on this conglomerate FIRM. Soon Mitch is having his very life threatened, his wife as well and he hatches a sucidal (almost) plan to escape the corruption of the FIRM, and has little confidence in the Feds. A cool multi layered story of deciet and thrills ensues....more
Upon 2nd reading this remains one of my favorite Grisham books I rarely do spoilers, but several follow.
Patrick Lannigan is a pretty cool lead characUpon 2nd reading this remains one of my favorite Grisham books I rarely do spoilers, but several follow.
Patrick Lannigan is a pretty cool lead character and seems to be fairly ethical in spite of the crimes against him...most of which (except mutilating a corpse), seem to be justifiable in order for him to survive. We first find Patrick hiding under an assumed identity, trying to remain free from ruthless men hot on his heels to recover 90 million dollars (of which they originally obtained illeagally). Soon Patrick is caught and tortured and then numerous lawsuits and indictments are levied against him, and it seems that our protaginist Patrick will never see the light of day again. But Patrick has a fool proof (if somewhat unbelievable) plan to win his freedom. He silences his wife with proof of unfaithfulness, and a paternity proof suit. He silences the feds by giving them bigger them bigger fish to fry..and finally escapes any legal troubles by not having actually committed crimes he was suspected of. He manages to plea bargin with no time served the only crime he actually has left on his slate. Along the way he is aided by his mysterious beautiful Brazilian love interest.
The layers of curuption, deception and subterfuge make for an exciting read, in spite of the fact that Patrick should never have had any of the resources, time or training necesary to pull of his brillian plan of deception. With limted finances and time constraints of being a busy lawyer he manges to hire private detectives for over a year, obtain hi tech listening and video equiptment, learn to fake your death and assume a new identity, moniter areas of the country....I found the story enjoyable, but also found his abilities and resources a little farfetched....Still a decent enough read....I was disappointed also by the end of the hunted becoming the hunter, but only because I am a romantic at heart....more
I had never heard of Gayle Lynds untill 2 weeks ago, when a review of this book prompted me to seek it out. She has in one great book climbed onto myI had never heard of Gayle Lynds untill 2 weeks ago, when a review of this book prompted me to seek it out. She has in one great book climbed onto my must read all books by this author list! One of the best books of this genre that I have come accross. I had heard that she had written with Ludlum (not one of my fovorites), and was slightly hesitant as to how engaging I would find this book.
The book gripped me right from the start. An intriguing introduction to the main characters of the story. The characters are difficult to label as good or bad people as their are so many dynamics to their backgrounds. I found the characters very likeable, and enjoyed the dispersed details of their backgrounds. There was enough information given to give you basics on each of the characters, but enough unanswered questions that kept me turning pages to see what happened next (or in some cases before). The plot was multi faceted, but not so much as to be confusing. Once again details were spaced nicely throughout the book to give you information and still keep you in suspense to see how it all tied together. The twists and betrayals were a nice touch throughout the book, as I moved through this many layared story. The characters were riviting enough that I found myself hoping they would be OK, or disappointment that a charater I liked was not who they were pretending to be.
The only real negative I could find from my perspective was perhaps the final 30 pages or so. There were so many twists relegated to these final pages, so many abrubt shifts in being captured, spectacular escape X's 3 or5. The book was better than the ending, not that the ending was bad just not quite as excellant as the book as a whole.
Gayle Lynds has in one book reached my must read list....if her other books live up to my now very high excpectations she could move onto my favorite authors list..time will tell!...more