Like the roiling waves that attract Dana, the narrator of Kathleen Doler’s suspense novel, the story washes over readers and leaves them caught in the currents, excited and breathless.
...the dreamily brilliant Paris police commissioner, assisted by his baffled, balky team of underlings, investigates the deaths of members of the Association for the Study of the Writings...Vargas keeps introducing unexpected, fascinating new plot elements, even as the action totters on the brink of absurdity.
The plot line unfolds predictably, and there’s no real emotional tension, despite a spat between Peter and Rina over watching TV.
So intriguing is Nem that I would have liked to read more verbatim – perhaps even an appendix containing transcripts of the interviews. That is to quibble. The complexities of Nem’s character are all too evident.
Revealing chapters from the children’s point of view show them trying to match wits with adults. Devilishly clever twists propel Gardner’s tale of family bonds fractured, mended, and sometimes destroyed.
The complex ex-soldier hero and ex-teacher turned kick-butt bounty hunter heroine have combustible chemistry — and travel an explosive and bittersweet road to their HEA.
Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters’ secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed.
Harry Blue is certainly a character worthy of a series, and while NEVER NEVER is complete in itself, Patterson and Fox leave just enough hanging at the end so that readers will be clamoring for further resolution. Hopefully more will be seen from this dynamic author duo --- not to mention Harry --- in the near future.
The novel is far from perfect. The Butcher’s Hook is unevenly structured: what little plot there is in its first, frustratingly slow chapters is stretched too thin...For all that, however, this author remains one to watch.
Idaho is sad, but not despairingly so. Ruskovich’s prose is lyrical but keen, a poem that never gets lost in its own rhythm.
Her publishers might have borrowed the winged insect cover motif from Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs, but if any writer is worthy of comparison with the master it’s the formidably talented Brit Belinda Bauer.
Mr Beer’s book makes a compelling case for placing Siberia right at the centre of 19th-century Russian—and, indeed, European—history. But for students of Soviet and even post-Soviet Russia it holds lessons, too.
Rollins’s characters are as large as his landscape in this vast and vastly entertaining thriller saga.
The authors tend to use too much detail (Rosa plops down on Claire’s “soft, comfortable, dark green, velour sofa”), and almost every female character is attractive (Claire is “beautiful”; others are “hot” or “stunning”). All this might have worked better on the screen.
Two of these cases are connected, however tenuously, while the third is a good old-fashioned mystery with a couple of twists, turns and misdirections...What is certain, though, is that this will continue to be a series worth reading, and returning to, for some time to come.
As with all her recent books, Chaos demonstrates how technology advances can be beneficial to criminals. Readers work the investigation with Scarpetta as they try to disentangle the puzzle and mystery of this gripping plot.
Be prepared for an action-packed ride in Baldacci’s fourth John Puller novel. Otherworld technology is a brilliant addition to the murder mysterie...
Archer brings matters to a tidy, if unemotional, end. He has a penchant for dispatching major characters without a moment’s pause, and the mixed quality of his villains suggests he is much more familiar with sociopaths who breathe rarefied air than those who lurk in housing estates.
There are some fabulous pitched battles leading up to a conclusion that it’s easy to imagine in the cinema – the only major duff point is the love-at-first-sight romance to which Alex is subjected, which fails to ring true for a number of reasons, not least its opening act of torture.
The premise of the pre-9/11 plot is both compelling and disconcerting, and Child applies his trademark eye for detail to make the whole endeavor surprisingly and thrillingly credible.