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Light of the World by James Lee Burke. Post by Robyn55. I quote, and testify to the truth of this statement – “a fantastic novelist…so far above the prevailing standards of crime fiction that it is pointless to make the … Continue reading
Watching You by Michael Robotham. Post by Catherine Wallace. About 12 months ago I stumbled across Michael Robotham. His latest novel at the time (Say Your Sorry) was reviewed by Jennifer Byrne on ABC and I just had … Continue reading
Not Dead Enough by Peter James. Post by Robyn55. This book is just one in a series of extremely good novels basically about british detective Roy Grace. These books are crackers – everything about them is great, and although I … Continue reading
Not Dead Enough by Peter James. Post by Robyne55. Is there anything better than a British detective? After you read this novel your answer will be no, for Roy Grace is a cracker and he is just one of a … Continue reading
This amazing novel begins with a question and takes off with a vengeance. I found it on the library’s Hot Reads stand and after reading the back cover blurb I just had to read it. Snow white must die is a thriller, a mystery and was a violent and heart wrenching experience for me. Oh but I am so happy to have read it as I really enjoyed the power of the writing – how it frightened me and how it kept me thinking about the characters even when I had to stop reading to do other things. I couldn’t keep away for long and I spent most of the weekend buried deep in its pages
It begins with Tobias’ release from jail after serving a ten-year sentence for murder, a murder that he was convicted of but possibly didn’t actually commit? The question of innocence and guilt is a continuing topic throughout the story. His release triggers some evil forces in his home town as the residents are outraged about his freedom and also are very distrustful of him. Only his childhood best friend and a young girl new to the town treat him with a bit of compassion. It is this humanity that could prove deadly for the young girl?
The situation turns even uglier when the young girl vanishes without a trace AND the body of one of the girls Tobias was convicted of killing is found. This prompts a renewed investigation into the original murder case and a full fledge effort into finding the missing girl. A unique pair of police investigators make the cases their priority and they work well together, each has personal baggage which they bring to work and this helps to lighten the mood.
The descriptive writing will draw you in to the lies, the greed, the violence, the murderous conspiracy theories and ultimately into the path to justice. The constant change in direction makes it a challenge to pinpoint the right side of the law and I found I was continuously doubting myself and changing my mind. There are a number of twists and turns as the author connects the past with the present. It is a read for the thrill seeker and I recommend it to readers who don’t mind some violence scenes.
A complex plot yet easy to follow with tightly written suspense. It offers up a number of twists and turns and some compelling behind the scenes dialogue. I like books that include side stories that usually relate to the past and in Alone you will certainly find yourself questioning who is good, bad, a victim or a killer? The characters develop at a steady pace as the book goes on. Gardner sets the stage up perfectly and steadily reveals information which have you always wanting to read on.
Alone starts with State Trooper Bobby Dodge out on a domestic disturbance call where there appears to be a hostage situation. As he is setting up surveillance he sees a man with a gun pointing at a woman and a child. His sniper training instincts kick in a he shoots the man, killing him with one shot to the head. This action is the catalyst that ignites a chain of events that form the story. The father of the gunned down man is a powerful judge who takes out charges against Dodge and Catherine the woman (who is his daughter-in-law) for wrongful death. He wants Dodge up for the murder of his son Jimmy! It becomes quite impossible to say for sure who is the bad guy and who is the good guy?
You will learn some interesting things about this judge, Catherine and Dodge as the story unfolds and some surprising details about who Jimmy really was too. I was constantly surprised by the plot – there are no holes – the explosive ending is a real ripper. It was a fantastic read, a book I read in 2 sessions as I truly couldn’t put it down.
The Water’s Edge, by Karin Fossum, 2007 Post by Janette Orr. This Norwegian police procedural bleeds freely and lyrically. The reader is swiftly encompassed by the fragility and darkness that permeates from the protagonists, and the victims. Karin Fossum writes … Continue reading