Alex Delaware, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, K, Read in 2008, SERIES

Compulsion by Jonathan Kellerman

Compulsion
by Jonathan Kellerman

Copyright: 2008
Pages: 388
Rating: 4/5
Read: Oct. 20-22, 2008
Challenge: No challenge; personal read

First Line: Kat loved breaking the rules.

A tipsy young woman disappears from the side of the highway. A retired schoolteacher is stabbed to death in broad daylight. Two women are killed after closing time in a small-town beauty parlor. All these cases seem to have no connections – but they do. They are linked by the killer’s use of luxury vehicles. This killer will baffle Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware. But they will chase this killer until they come face to face with the madman once and for all.

Okay, I’m going to be completely honest here. This book was somewhat of a disappointment to me. I’ve read a small amount of Alex Delaware novels, but I’ve never been so disappointed in one of them before. I was really bored out of my mind, if you want the truth. This book just wasn’t up to par in my opinion.

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AUTHOR, Book Review, D, Fiction, Read in 2008

The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver

The Sleeping Doll
by Jeffery Deaver

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 578
Rating: 4/5
Read: Oct. 17-20, 2008
Challenge: No challenge; personal read

First Line: The interrogation began like any other.

CBI Agent Kathryn Dance is interrogating a modern day Manson killer, Daniel Pell. He escapes and Dance is put on the case to track him down. But Pell is always one step ahead of Dance, it seems. So Dance has to review the case that put him in jail – the murders of William Croyton, Croyton’s wife and two of their three children. The child that survived, Theresa, who was dubbed the Sleeping Doll, is who Dance wants to see in order to figure out what Pell might be up to. But with a psychopath like Pell on the loose, time is of the essence.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a little slow in the beginning, but once it picked up – boy did it pick up! And there were surprises left and right. I couldn’t possibly say enough good things about this book.

AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, Read in 2008, S

Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler

Last Known Victim
by Erica Spindler

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 522
Rating: 5/5
Read: Oct. 16-17, 2008
Challenge: No challenge; personal read

First Line: The gods were watching over New Orleans.

August 2005. Katrina has hit. In the wake of the storm, a gruesome discovery is made – in one of the refrigerator “graveyards” one tossed out fridge contains 6 female right hands. The perpetrator is dubbed “The Handyman.” But with all the problems that Katrina created on the evidence, the case is put on the back burner. But two years later, Captain Patti O’Shay is still grieving for her husband, fellow cop, who was killed in the line of duty. When another “Handyman” victim’s hand is found, she fears that there may be some connection to her husband’s death. And she will go all out in order to find the person that took him away from her – even if it has her going against everything she’s ever learned in her line of duty, and at the risk of her job.

I really loved this book!! It was a quick, easy read. I really do enjoy Erica Spindler’s books!! I highly recommend this great book!

AUTHOR, B, Book Review, Fiction, Read in 2008

White Hot by Sandra Brown

White Hot
by Sandra Brown

Copyright: 2004
Pages: 579
Rating: 4/5
Read: Oct. 11-16, 2008
Challenge: No challenge; personal read

First Line: Some said that if he was going to kill himself, he couldn’t have picked a better day for it.

When Sayre Lynch’s little brother, Danny, commits suicide, Sayre breaks her vow that she would never return to her hometown. She comes back for the funeral. But what she finds when she gets back is that nothing has really changed. Her father is still a tyrant who owns the iron foundry, her other brother is still running the place, but they have hired a lawyer by the name of Beck Merchant. It is Beck that sort of reaches out to Sayre when she first gets there – but is he doing that because her father ordered him to or is it for other reasons…. either way, what she will find in her little hometown will end up surprising her.

I really enjoyed this book. I read a lot of it on a plane ride, and it was perfect for that! The pages just fly by once you get into it. And the ending is really great, I highly recommend this book!!

Monthly Wrap Up

September 2008 Wrap-Up

September 2008 Wrap-Up

Here’s my end of the month wrap-up:

  1. Stephanie Meyer, New Moon –> This one was not as good as the first one, but I still really enjoyed it. My biggest gripe was that Bella was so disgustingly whiny it was awful!! 4.5/5
  2. Stephen King, The Shining –> This was a re-read, reading it the first time while I was in high school. I definitely liked it a lot better the first time around, but I still enjoyed it. 3.5/5
  3. Kevin O’Brien, One Last Scream –> Oh my goodness, I can’t possibly say enough good things about this book – I absolutely LOVED it!!! 5/5
  4. John Saul, Black Creek Crossing –> I was really disappointed in this book. I had myself all geared up for a great strong ending and it was horrible, just plain awful! This is the first time I have read Saul, but it definitely wasn’t a positive introduction for me … I’m not sure if it was this particular book or Saul…. 3/5
  5. Sandra Brown, The Witness –> This one started a little bit slow, but it quickly picked up pace. And the ending came completely out of left field! But I enjoyed this one a lot! 4/5
  6. Chelsea Cain, Heartsick –> I wanted to love this book so much because of all the great things I heard about it, but overall I was left a little deflated, but I still enjoyed it, just not as much as I had hoped I would. 4/5

Here are some statistics in regards to my reading:

  • Books read: 6
  • Pages read: 2726
  • New Authors: 2
  • Fiction: 6
  • Nonfiction: 0
  • Read for Challenges: 3
Archie and Gretchen, AUTHOR, Book Review, C, Fiction, Read in 2008, SERIES

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Heartsick
by Chelsea Cain

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 337
Rating: 4/5
Read: Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2008
Challenge: No challenge; personal read

First Line: Archie doesn’t know for sure that it’s her until that moment.

Detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a brutal serial killer. But in the end, she caught him. And she tortured him and let him go. But why would she let Archie live?! That’s the question that has haunted Archie ever since. But when a new task force is formed because of a new killer on the loose, Archie is called back into duty to lead it. With the local news following this case 24/7 Archie can’t solve the case soon enough. But the question is, will he solve it in time to save himself?

Okay, in all honesty, I have heard a lot of good things from various people in regards to this book. So when it finally arrived in my mailbox via PBS, I was beyond ecstatic. But did it live up to my expectations?! Unfortunately, not really. However, in the end I ended up giving it a high rating because the ending was really a curve ball and was enjoyable. I just had a lot of issues with a few of the characters, mainly Susan and Gretchen. So I’m not sure if I will pick up the next Cain book, “Sweetheart” but I’m glad I read this one at the same time.