One of the best thrillers I've read in a while, and by far the best I've read from Ms. Barton. Fast-pacing, crisp dialogue, a better than average plo One of the best thrillers I've read in a while, and by far the best I've read from Ms. Barton. Fast-pacing, crisp dialogue, a better than average plotline and enough red-herrings to keep your mind trying to race ahead. I couldn't stop reading this because I was so caught up in finding out the ending, a sure sign of a top rate thriller. FYI...I recommend reading "The Last Victim" before this one. Although not necessarily a prequel, it does feature most of the cast of characters and will give you better insight.
Not really sure what happened here. John Sandford is my all-time favorite author. The "Prey" series has been the greatest reading experience for me. Not really sure what happened here. John Sandford is my all-time favorite author. The "Prey" series has been the greatest reading experience for me. It really is what inspired me to be the avid reader that I am. For the most part I have equally enjoyed the Virgil Flowers series. This one just frustrated me. I really could never get into it, and it feels like it really wasn't written by Sandford, but he let the publisher put his name on it. Virgil didn't even feel like Virgil. The plotline was boring at best and the characters were terribly written. The only one that had a redeeming quality was "Ma". Had the focus just been a story revolving on her and Virgil, there could have been something here. She would have made a great full-on adversary for him, but was relegated to a side story that was the best part of the book. 2 stars may be a bit too much for this, but I just can't bring myself to give Sandford only 1. There have been a couple of misses through the 30+ Davenport/Flowers novels, but nothing even close to the letdown of this. ...more
I have absolutely loved every Mariah Stewart trilogy/series that I have read. I am now getting around to her "Truth" series, and this first installme I have absolutely loved every Mariah Stewart trilogy/series that I have read. I am now getting around to her "Truth" series, and this first installment is setting up another winner. There is something about her writing that is so addictive. Great story, great characters and a quick moving plot make this a first rate page-turner. We get new additions to her ever expanding cast of characters along with a nice smattering of some old friends, including one of my favorites, Annie McCall. I really liked the separate branches of investigation from two different sets of players. I liked both pairings (Cassie & Rick/Regan & Mitch), and hope to see more of them in the next books. Although this is pretty much Cassie's story, I think Regan has the makings of a terrific heroine. Stewart has a knack for bleeding the ending of one chapter into the next that force you to keep reading. It seems like the chapters always end with something that makes the reader want to keep going. One of my favorite characteristics of her writing style is that when the story is carried along by narration vs. dialogue, it never seems to bog things down. The narrative is typically crucial to the storyline and carries a tone of suspense in itself. The dialogue itself never drags on and is a great cross between banter, plot advancement and character development. Although this is classified as thriller/romance, the romance is at a minimum which helps with the pacing. A very wise decision on her part as I think more focus on the romance part would have decreased the overall feel of this one. It was enjoyable to me to feel the building chemistry rather than read about it. I am very much looking forward to the remainder of this series. If you have not yet delved into the works of Mariah Stewart, i would recommend her highgly!!
What a terrific find this book was. Thank you GoodReads recommendations! An absolutely gripping read that carried itself along nicely and kept me glu What a terrific find this book was. Thank you GoodReads recommendations! An absolutely gripping read that carried itself along nicely and kept me glued to the pages. The story itself was well thought out and had an immensely real feel to it. Caroline was a terrific lead character who I couldn't help but root for. The story itself revolved around the very real issue of spousal abuse, and may not be for the weak of stomach. Some of the violence is incredibly graphic and is a little discerning at times, but is quite integral to the story and crucial to the emotions I feel the author is trying to elicit. As much as I hate to admit it, the most riveting part of the story itself for me is Rob Winters. One of the sickest and truly nastiest bad guys I've found in a long time. I can't remember the last time I found myself despising a character so much. Kudos to Ms. Rose for her ability to generate this type of heat. I did think that the romance was a little cheesy and was borderline on my feelings towards Max for much of the story. I kept wanting to like him more than I actually did, but his back-and-forth personality made it hard to connect with him. On one page he is completely sympathetic towards Caroline's plight and on the next he's angry with her. I know he himslelf had been through a lot, but he just seemed to go from sounding corny to sounding like an idiot at times. I suppose this went towards his development, but I wasn't completely sold on him. Still, a highly entertaining book that I would recommend to any fans of the romantic thriller genre. This was my first encounter with Karen Rose. I look forward to continuing on with more of her work. ...more
Brennan definitely seems to be back on track with the "Lucy Kincaid" novels. After a couple of lackluster efforts, #6 and #7 in the series have breat Brennan definitely seems to be back on track with the "Lucy Kincaid" novels. After a couple of lackluster efforts, #6 and #7 in the series have breathed new life into it. This was something I have been waiting for.....a reunion of sorts bringing most of the Kincaid's into one story. Although it wasn't quite the adventure/thriller I was hoping for with them all, it was great to again see so many of the main characters from previous works. I thought that the idea of separate story lines through part one and two, converging into one finale for part 3 was very well done, and an excellent plot device. The Lucy/Shawn adventure was a little campy, but I loved Patrick's story. I liked Elle a lot and hope we will get to see more of her. She was a very well written character. Shawn has definitely grown on me. Through the first few books, I thought he was pretty dull and didn't really feel a connection between him and Lucy....it felt forced on us. Brennan has done a great job in the last 2 books to develop him more thoroughly and turn him into a much more enjoyable player. Overall, a very strong effort from one of the more underrated authors on the scene. This lady deserves a lot more attention!! ...more
Once again, as mere human beings, we are treated to the genius that is--Stephen King!! Has there ever been a writer who can pull the reader into an 8 Once again, as mere human beings, we are treated to the genius that is--Stephen King!! Has there ever been a writer who can pull the reader into an 800 page book, make you feel third of the way in that you are going to be let down, and then, BAM.......the story takes on a life of it's own and everything you have already read means more to you? For long time readers of "The Dark Tower" series, this is yet another piece to that intricate, phenomenal puzzle. As for the "story" itself, it is amazingly crafted and beautifully written. The character development is so great that I not only saw it, but felt it.Ralph Roberts takes his place as one of the great characters in King's library. King's greatest trait may be his ability to make things that shouldn't make sense....make sense. For a writer knowm primarily as a "horror" writer, he can truly bring everyday characters to life and take the reader on a journey that provides a feeling of what life is and what we can get from it. The final dozen pages or so were some of the most emotional I have read, and is some of the finest writing of his career. People who have not read "The Dark Tower" probably will not get quite the enjoyment or understanding from this book as those who have. For me, this was a very powerful story that adds to the that world, and now ranks as one of my favorite reads.
Much better than the previous 2 "Lucy" novels. The series seemed to stagnate a bit, but this one had a freshness to it that puts it back on track. I' Much better than the previous 2 "Lucy" novels. The series seemed to stagnate a bit, but this one had a freshness to it that puts it back on track. I've stated previously that I wasn't a big fan of Sean and that I've had trouble connecting to him as a character. This was more of a Sean Rogan book than a Lucy Kincaid one, and we finally get a much better look at him and what makes him tick. I really liked the pairing of Sean and Noah. They play well off of each other and their growing chemistry/relationship has become a charcter development all it's own. I like that Brennan is leaving some animosity between them vs. just having them become buddy-buddy. It gives things a much more real feel to them. As happens with me sometimes, I got lost a bit and had to muddle through some of the technical jargon, but the story was well thought out and moved itself along nicely. It was good to finally get some amswers to Sean's background and a better look at his relationship with Duke.
I ended up really enjoying the "Dead By" series a lot more than I thought I would after the first book. I now feel compelled to go back and read the I ended up really enjoying the "Dead By" series a lot more than I thought I would after the first book. I now feel compelled to go back and read the previous "Griffin Powell" books, even though they will be a little anti-climactic knowing where we are now. One of the signs of a good book, is not being able to wait to see how things turn out, and the last 2 in this series, especially this one, put me completely in that frame of mind. I really couldn't get to the end soon enough, but for good reasons. The only things that kept this out of the 5-star category for me were that I thought some of the descriptive narratives were a little overdone and rehashed a few too many times, and I thought the ending came on a little too fast. It kind of felt like all of this build-up and oops....maybe I better end this book. I also would have liked a little more Derek and Maleah in this one, but the 2nd book was their story. All-in-all, a very well crafted 3 part story that had all of the elements necessary for fans of the thriller/mystery genre. Good characters and a nice plotline made this worth the time....more
Red Herrings can be a good thing, but too many can convolute a story, and that's what happened for me here. I really liked the characters and the sto Red Herrings can be a good thing, but too many can convolute a story, and that's what happened for me here. I really liked the characters and the story, but there was just a little too much hopping around, and it often times left me a little confused and having to go back to remind myself of who was who. I feel like one of the author's main objectives was to keep the reader guessing throughout. This was definitely accomplished, but for me it was at the expense of losing focus of the story at times. I loved Lorie! I thought she was very well written and someone the reader could identify with and pull for. maleah was definitely my favorite character, and I look forward...hopefully, to further exploration of her and Derek in the next 2 installments. I started this trilogy without the knowledge that it was a continuing series featuring already developed characters. It still read well, but now I'll have to go back and see how we got here, which is a pet peeve of mine because it takes a lot of the suspense out of things knowing who will continue and how certain issues will be resolved. This was my first encounter with Ms. Barton, and although I can't claim to be a fan yet, I feel she's worth continuing with. ...more
I enjoyed the story well enough, predictable as it was, but something about the writing style rubbed me wrong.I can't really put my finger on it, it I enjoyed the story well enough, predictable as it was, but something about the writing style rubbed me wrong.I can't really put my finger on it, it just felt somewhat basic, for lack of a better word. I couldn't really connect with any of the players at all. Very little character development and spotty back stories for most of them. It made me feel like I had missed a previous novel, but upon further review, this appears to be the first in a series featuring Dana Cutler. I couldn't get any type of visual image of any of the characters, the imagery was subpar and the action almost seemed tounge-in-cheek for what was supposed to be a straight ahead thriller. I actually thought that the epilogue was the most well written part of the book. It painted a great picture and I could really feel the mood of the moment. I will continue on with the series in hopes of seeing a more well rounded effort. The potential is definitely there for good things.....I'll keep my fingers crossed....more
A very nice effort from a first time writer. An original plotline with a very likable heroine. Outstanding imagery carries this one along and the pac A very nice effort from a first time writer. An original plotline with a very likable heroine. Outstanding imagery carries this one along and the pacing is well written. The dialogue is to the point, albeit a bit choppy and written with the younger set in mind, but this can be forgiven as it has a well crafted flow to it. I really enjoyed the Greek Mythology aspect of this. This has always been an interst of mine, and I definitely experienced a few "Clash Of The Titans" flashbacks throughout. I think my favorite part of reading this was the "human" feel given to the Gods. A completely new spin on age old subject matter. I like the direction this story is headed in, and look forward to continuing with the series. With a little maturation to the writing and continued character development, this could well turn into a 5-star series....more