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**spoiler alert** I really, really dislike this book. It's not bad enough that the characters are cardboard, the dialogue is repetitive, and the plot...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Dark Places
Flynn has a formula, and it's obviously working for her: jumbled timelines, multiple unreliable narrators, characters that are nothing short of loaths...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
The Queen (Patrick Bowers Files, #5)
You must be kidding me.

Not only was I fan from the The Pawn, but I have actively recommended these books to patrons who were looking for fast-paced, s...more
Oct 05, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
The Informationist
After reading several reviews that claimed this heroine could be the successor to Lisbeth Salander, I realized I needed to give it a try -- if for no...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
The Hypnotist (Joona Linna, #1)
This is a thriller that smacks of the exciting and embraces most of the conventions of the genre. I'm not a fan of the gratuitous elements, and the od...more
Sep 2011
Aug 17, 2011
Split (Makedde Vanderwall, #2)
Oooh, this one left a bad taste in my mouth. Lazily plotted, poorly written, and flatly narrated (by the author). Even apart from the offensive not on...more
Jun 2011
May 31, 2011
Gone Girl
The word unsettling might have been coined to describe this book. Disturbing, absolutely, yet compelling in the way that will not allow you to stop re...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, #4)
**spoiler alert** As with others in the series, a thrilling read. Also in common with previous books, retreads of same elements: near glorification of...more
Aug 10, 2010
Jul 27, 2010
Unwanted (Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht, #1)
Not terrible, but falls short. Main complaints: excessive red herrings, an investigative team that is much too slow in realizing the motive, and a ham...more
Jul 2012
Jun 27, 2012
Rage Against the Dying: A Thriller
A great idea for a protagonist (59-year-old female retired FBI agent), but the promise is ruined when said character makes stupid, stupid choices with...more
Apr 06, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
The 500 (Mike Ford, #1)
Fine for what it is, but occasionally rings hollow. More than once we have a big build-up to a scene that is then glazed over or even referred to afte...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Fifth Victim (Charlie Fox Thriller, #9)
Sharp once again proves herself my absolute favorite adrenaline author. Focused storytelling, fascinating heroine, keen dialogue, and an overall thril...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
Adrenaline (Sam Capra, #1)
Squandered an exciting start to embrace cliché, repetitive dialogue, and illogical plotting. Good action thrillers are about the pacing, but that does...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
4.5 stars. Thrilling and thought-provoking. I had high expectations of this work, and it surpassed my anticipation. Action with ideas, social commenta...more
Jul 05, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
In Their Blood
What begins as a fresh, exciting thriller ultimately stutters and stalls, becoming convoluted and predictable. Not bad for escapist entertainment, but...more
Oct 14, 2009
Oct 09, 2009
Die Easy (Charlie Fox Thriller, #10)
4 1/2 stars. There are few authors for whom I will push aside other waiting books as soon as a new title is released, but Zoë Sharp earns that honor m...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
The Gun Seller
A highly entertaining humorous thriller. Laurie injects just the right amount of parody and keeps the action moving. The real reason to read this, tho...more
Aug 21, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street #1)
The protagonist Keye Street is compelling, but the crimes she is investigating are explicit, grisly, and gratuitous.
Nov 03, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Killer Instinct (A Charlie Fox Thriller, #1)
I'm thrilled that the publisher is finally bringing the first Charlie Fox books to the U.S., but in all honesty I don't know if I would have fallen as...more
Aug 2010
Aug 02, 2010
The Snowman (Harry Hole, #7)
Pulse-pounding, grisly, and twisty, but also overwrought. This has been hyper-lauded, and I can understand some of the appeal. However, I can't help b...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
The Rook (The Patrick Bowers Files, #2)
3 1/2 stars. Definitely an author to watch. Involving, suspenseful, quick-paced, and darker than one might expect. My complaint is that several elemen...more
Sep 09, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
Third Strike (Charlie Fox Thriller #7)
3 1/2 stars. A great thriller series, and a well-rounded heroine. I wasn't as captivated with this installment as I remember being with the previous t...more
Nov 03, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
Admittedly, I enjoyed the first two-thirds much more than the last, especially the epiphany of how the supernatural occurrences were patterned. It is...more
Nov 18, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
The Knight (The Patrick Bowers Files, #3)
**spoiler alert** A fast, exciting read. I am a bit tired of the "surprise" revelation that the real villain is someone the hero knows/reports to/trus...more
Sep 02, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
Black Friday (Maggie O'Dell, #7)
Contrary to at least two prominent reviews, this was weak, repetitive, and pedestrian.
Jan 31, 2010
Nov 16, 2009
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
audiobook note: My first real encounter with narrator Dick Hill. Superb.
Sep 15, 2010
Sep 03, 2010
The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files, #1)
Sep 2007
Feb 08, 2008
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
Call Me Princess (Louise Rick / Camilla Lind #2)
Dec 06, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
Dead Scared (Lacey Flint, #2)
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
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