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Book of Shadows
Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have Satanic elements.Â
The partners make a quick arrest when all evidence points to another student, a troubled mus
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The Book of Shadows is I guess a mystery/paranormal/fantasy/murder story which just by the way started off okay.............but it soon lost its momentum for me.
I almost gave up halfway...but I hate giving up on books...so I persevered ....but hey....what a struggle it was to reach THE END....
The c ...more
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The writing was about as good as the plot in a porno movie. Without the porn. All the women who had interaction with the main character, Garrett, were lusty and willing, and Garrett seemed to be sporting a hard-on every time he talked to a woman. Of course, there were no plain women in this book. ...more
Boston PD Detectives Garrett and Landauer are investigating a murder: a dead girl found in a landfill minus her head and arm. I suppose readers of horror might pin on this right away: it's got witches in it! I didn't. I like horror, but haven't read a good amount in years and so it flew right past me. But yeah, it's got witches...
And solid detective work with soli ...more
I totally should have loved this book. I mean, it's a mystery and I love mysteries. In fact, there's only one thing I love more than I love mysteries and that's everything and anything to do with witches. I'm serious. This all started with my anything but brief obsession with Charmed when I was 11 years old (and Charmed was in its first season). Ever since then I have been drawn to books about witches (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and books about the occult. I just think that it's a fas ...more
The men were near idiots with very little capacity to control their primal nature. I'm not saying that they were written as pigs, though a litt ...more
Her writing is always atmospheric and empathic and creates a wonderfully filmic narrative throughout her books and The Book of Shadows is a great example.
I have mentioned before that I was reading this on my kobo therefore not a format I prefer but I carried this with me in my bag for those occasions when I have a spare 15 mins to read, having finished my other reads I'd got t ...more
I did enjoy the story a lot, though I sometiems felt I was getting diverted by the occult themes from the actual mystery. The information on Choronzon was fascinating and the question of what was real or not due to the influence of drugs left lingering questions for the main cha ...more
Suspense/Mystery- June 8th, 2010
Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff is a mystery with paranormal, suspense and thriller elements. It is well written in a style that is educated, understandable, and creepily believable.
Homicide Detective Adam Garrett of the Boston Police Department is assigned to investigate the murdered remains of a young woman. She was found grievously dumped at the city landfill. The post-mortem mutilations have the markings of ...more
And read on you must. The Book Of Shadows is a story of murder, witchcraft, and terror. A body turns up in the city dump with hints of ritual murder. The evidence is fairly ...more
---- From Thriller Award-winning author Alexandra Sokoloff ----
“A wonderfully dark thriller with amazing is-it-isn't-it suspense all the way to the end. Highly recommended.”
Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have Satanic elements.
The partners make a quick arrest...more
This is not my usual genre, but it started out pretty well and interested me enough to keep reading. Other than the reciting of the spells, the writing is decent. The spells, though, geez, they sounded like stuff a third-grade girl would make up. If these are "authentic" spells spouted by "real" witches, no wonder few people take them seriously.
The partnership between Garrett and Landauer seemed true. The procedural stuff seemed ok -- there were no overnight DNA resu ...more
Hmmm… Not sure I liked this or not. It was a good mystery, but the killer never said a single word in English and the few words he did say were in a language that was summoning a demon. You never find out why he did what he did or what he was thinking or what he was going to do next. It was as if we just had a make-believe serial killer.
And Garrett was totally ridiculous sometimes. This was a paranormal story and Tanith was a powerful witch and no matter what she showed Garrett he just had an ex ...more
It was not a bad thriller but also not perfect. The story started a bit slow and would have been a bit better with more information about Garrett at this point.
The storyline has a good plot with twist regarding to the occult and witchcraft. I was not so sure about his beliefs, he constantly didn't believe he seen so much what he couldn't explain but went for it anyway. I found his struggle a bit odd. If I don't believe in it, I don't do anything.
The end could have b ...more