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really liked it
re-read (audio): February 2016

Usually I add re-read notes after the original, but this one needs context up front. In 2013 I named Lexicon my favorite
Jul 05, 2013
not set
Feb 08, 2013
The Queen (Patrick Bowers Files, #5)
did not like it
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
Oct 05, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Controlled Descent
liked it
Impressive world-building, especially in creating a near-future setting that establishes prior disaster without being heavy-handed. This is one novel ...more
Jan 2015
Nov 23, 2014
did not like it
I'm out. Even after the investment of forty-six chapters, six and a half discs, and way too much of my precious listening time, I choose to stop infli ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 12, 2014
Dark Matter
it was ok
One of the most hyped books of the spring in both book cons and comic cons, but for me it didn't deliver.

The first act was wonderful, and I had high
Oct 07, 2016
Sep 20, 2016
The Swimmer
did not like it
1.5 stars due to the strength of the narrators' performances, but otherwise this novel was not satisfying.

Several times I almost retired the story for
Jun 04, 2015
May 23, 2015
Split (Makedde Vanderwall, #2)
did not like it
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
did not like it
**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
it was ok
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 Informationist
it was ok
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 Distance
it was ok
Twisty, layered, cloak-and-dagger stories are usually right in my wheelhouse. This one..uh uh. The story was over-complicated to the degree that for m ...more
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
The Private Eye
really liked it
Fascinating, unsettling, and inventive. Set in a future after the digital Cloud has burst, exposing everyone's private search histories, photos, and o ...more
Jun 05, 2016
Jun 03, 2016
Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)
it was ok
2.5 stars. A high-tension thriller that revels in misdirection, this series employs short chapters and scene-switching at calculated moments to hook t ...more
Apr 22, 2017
Apr 09, 2017
The Hypnotist (Joona Linna, #1)
liked it
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
Grandville Noël (Grandville, #4)
liked it
The strengths of this series both visual (art, coloring, lines, lettering, variance in frame and angle) and narrative (world-building, pacing, misdire ...more
Dec 15, 2014
not set
Dec 15, 2014
The Bishop (The Patrick Bowers Files, #4)
liked it
**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)
it was ok
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
it was ok
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)
it was ok
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, #9)
it was amazing
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)
did not like it
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
In Their Blood
it was ok
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, #10)
it was amazing
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
really liked it
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)
it was ok
The protagonist Keye Street is compelling, but the crimes she is investigating are explicit, grisly, and gratuitous.
Nov 03, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Gone Girl
liked it
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
Killer Instinct (Charlie Fox, #1)
really liked it
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)
it was ok
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)
liked it
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
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
it was ok
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
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