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Life in Death

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  26 reviews
When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled to learn why. Her quest for the truth pits her against friends and coworkers. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die. She’s been targeted for death and she doesn’t even know it. How far should she go to learn the truth—even if it threatens her life? ...more
Published February 13th 2012 by Wine not Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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This story is so fast moving, I could hardly keep up. But since it was one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time, I did my best! I know it's a cliche, but in this case it's the honest truth: I could not put it down. From the first page it was a heart stopper. I couldn’t believe how tense I became while reading.

The characters became very real to me almost instantly, and the murder that occurred was dreadful and gruesome. There were many strange happenings, and many weird pe
This is one of those books that I would recommend to everyone, if they ask me for a mystery.

The novel starts with a death and ends with a cemetery. The novel is entirely grazed with deaths of most of the characters. All these deaths are somehow connected to Kari Marchant, a social worker and the protagonist of our novel. Detectives Cobb and Nicolet were in trail. Nicolet and Kari get attracted towards each other, but the business at hand is more serious for them to be distracted. Mur
Anne Chaconas
I deeply enjoy a good psychological mystery/thriller. There’s something fantastically satisfying about being so into a story line that you don’t notice the time passing–all you’re focused on is turning the page, getting to the next tidbit, trying to figure out the mystery, fearing for the protagonist.

In a lot of ways, Life in Death delivered just that. In a lot of other ways, however, it did not.

I’ll start by discussing what I loved about the book. I absolutely loved the
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young girl is found murdered. A foster child, and no one noticed that she was missing, no one cared. Foster parents called the social service, but the note got lost, and the social worker never received the message. The note was found after the murder.

Detectives Cobb and Nicolet are trying to solve the case. Social worker Kari Marchant is one of the suspects. When her ex-lover was found dead with her letter in his pocket, she became main suspect. Detective Nicolet feel attraction f
Erin Maurer
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life in Deathby Harlow Drake is a fun-twist on the traditional murder mystery. Centered around social worker Kari Marchant the bodies have started stacking up, starting with a foster-child she placed. But could sweet-faced Kari really be involved? Tough-as-nails Detective Cobb thinks so, but his younger, parter Nicolet does not believe the case is as cut and dry as it seems.

Drake does something that many mystery writers have trouble accomplishing, she writes a page turner that is a fast-paced,
Lauren K
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Life in Death is a mystery suspense novella packed full of action and surprising twists.

Kari Marchant’s life quickly becomes complicated- her ex is running for mayor, a child she places in foster care is murdered and as her colleagues begin to drop off like flies, Kari comes under the attention of Detective Nicolet and Detective Cobb.

Life in Death is told from various viewpoints- Kari’s, Nicolet’s, Cobb’s and the villains. For such a short book I felt as though there were
Marilou George
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Kari Marchant a social worker committed to helping children in foster care. Patience Dolo is a foster child that is reported missing and due to an oversight by a co-worker Kari is not aware of her disappearance. When Patience is found murdered Kari is determined to find out what happened and who is responsible. Detectives Rance Nicolet and Rudy Cobb are assigned to investigate the murder and the three of them are on a collision course that is totally unforeseen.

Harlow Drake has
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
Harlow Drake has a lot of potential as a writer. The story idea for Life in Death was really interesting and I was completely hooked in the beginning. Unfortunately, the plot and the characters ended up undeveloped leaving me with a lot of questions at the end.

At only 88 pages this is short enough to be read in one sitting - it took me less than two hours. It really need to be longer though to fully develop the story. I felt that I only got the highlights or an outline because Drake
Melissa Rheinlander
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
(3.5 Rating) This is a really fast read... it was over before I knew it! The plot is sick and twisted and the characters too! Coban does an interesting job of creating a twisted storyline that keeps you guessing and wondering what just happened. Throughout the book there were several questions about the characters that I had to re-read and make sure that I had the characters straight. Even with the questions I would read the next installment to see where Kari's life leads! I would recommend this ...more
I think this author has a great future, but I don't think it's in novellas. It's very hard to tell a story in less than 100 pages without leaving out critical information or making readers feel as if they were cheated. Life in Death has the potential to be a great thriller, but there were too many things that didn't make sense because the author was trying to rush the story. I think this is supposed to be the first in a series, but there still shouldn't be huge chunks of story missing. I would l ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this 2 stars for a few reasons and it is getting an extra star (I was goign to give it one) which I address at the end of the review. 1) It has great potential to be a very hard edged disturbing, shockingly dark meal of a book. However this NOVELLA was not a decent "meal" for my brain. It was like I got I got half way down the street and realized my fries were missing and it was to late to go back through the drive through, my burger tasted like it had been under the heater lamp for ...more
Kari Marchant is a social worker who has dedicated her life to improving the lives of children at risk. When one of her kids, Patience Dolo is found brutally murdered, Kari knew she had failed this one, and she vows to find out what happened. Homicide detective Rance Nicolet and his partner Rudy Cobb are investigating the murder of Patience Dolo, and when they interview Kari, sparks fly and there is an instant attraction between Kari and Rance. While Kari is searching for the truth in the murder ...more
Chryse Wymer
This story begins with social worker Kari Marchant having discovered that a teen in foster care has slipped between the system's cracks and disappeared. Follow-up on this teenager was indicated, but never carried out. Soon after, Kari discovers that the teen has been murdered. Detectives Nicolet and Cobb begin to investigate. Some sinister elements that felt, to me, like EXTREMELY TWISTED, South American, tribal shamanism come in to play. This is a quickie read at only 88 pages, and I was gifted ...more
Ruth Hill
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Mystery, romance, brutal murders, and a confusing ending. This is the best way to describe this book, and this will be one of the more challenging reviews for me to write. This is also a rather short book, but I have to say that it is anything but an easy read.

For the first few chapters of the book, I was really mesmerized. The author had me right there. Although the murder described was quite horrid and brutal, I was somewhat intrigued. I am sure that the kind of "murder ring" descr
J.L. Campbell
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kari Marchant comes under suspicion when a girl she places in foster care is murdered. An old lover is also murdered, putting Kari in even deeper trouble. She’s attracted to the police officer who’s assigned to investigate both cases, but things are far from what they seem.

Kari, who seems to be set-up to take the fall for all the seeming coincidences involved in the murder cases. She’s not tough, but manages to hold her own.

Rance Nicolet, a detective who appears to be a dec
Sarah Baethge
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Life in Death by Harlow Coban is a story that follows the investigation of two homicide detectives (Rudy Cobb & Rance Nicolet) as they are looking into a series of murders that seem possibly related. As they delve deeper into the investigation, they keep running into social worker Kari Marchant. With the high number of encounters, Nicolet can’t help but start to like her; Cobb however, begins to notice Kari as the only common human element in all the crimes.

There is no lack of un
Sarah G
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life in Death is an excellent book that is very easy to get through. It is not super long, but there is always one twist after the other. It is so crazy to find out who the perpetrator is and even the very last paragraph leaves you with one more exciting twist. You would never believe the outcome of this story and I do not want to give anything away, but read it for yourself and you will see. The book starts out with a bang and ends with a bang. Even though there are some more graphic descriptio ...more
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
What is the book about?
Detective Cobb and his partner Nicolet are trying to solve the murder of a young girl in foster care named Patience Dolo. Kari Marchant who is Patience Social Worker seems to be their prime suspect for the murder. Everyone around Kari seems to be dying and it just makes sense that it might be her, including her childhood friend and co-worker Mina Steele. You won't believe who the murder is!

What did I think of the book?
What an awesome book. It wasn't
This book hooked me with the story. I got a review copy in pdf and about part way through it stopped being readable. I wanted to know what happened so I ended up getting a new mobi review copy. It clearly interested me enough for me to want to find out what happened but as the story progressed it just seamed to flounder.

The characters were all over the place by the end in particular though none were well fleshed out and they just suddenly were revealed to be totally different from what they had
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A little novella that packs quite a punch. With limited pages, the story starts quick and is full steam ahead to the unexpected ending. At the onset, we meet Kari who is a social worker who finds out that one of the foster children she represented has disappeared. The reader is quickly attached to Kari and you want to follow her journey to find the truth.

As the story is short and to the point, so will this review. I liked the flow of the story and the quickened pace. The ending was t
A.B. Shepherd
I'm amazed at how many 4 and 5 star reviews this book has on here.

This was a really short novel at about 80 pages - it needed to be longer. There was so much packed into it and not enough back story provided. It felt far too rushed. Much of it didn't make sense by the time you got to the end.

It was an inventive story and I liked the little twist at the end, but it really needed to be fleshed out a lot more for my taste.
Elnora Romness
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To read my full review, please follow the link below. I genuinely liked the work, but think there were a few places that could have been improved:
Donna Huber
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, that was interesting. A whole lot was going on for it to be a short story. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads
Christine Michelle
Jul 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Am shocked this book made it to publishing...a junior high school creative writing class could come up with better material. If there was 1/2 star, I would give it.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Author Harlow Drake was born in Kansas City, MO, but grew up in Denver, CO. She relocated to North Carolina five years ago with her husband, two dogs, and 16-year old twins.

She shares a birthday with the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. In keeping with his legacy, she is currently working on taking over the world. Harlow's positive attitude and fresh take on life are her tools and conquest is certai
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