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Book #20: Sharp Objects

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Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

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…REVIEW!

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I don’t know what to make of this book, but I’ll try to bring my points across nicely.

When I started reading the story, I fell for the lead protagonist. Journalist Camille Preaker immediately reminded me of the unique Lisbeth Salander (Stieg Larsson’s ‘Girl’ trilogy). Preaker comes from a wealthy, but an unstable background and she has problems (lots of them) and she is not perfect and she is a cutter. I like that in a character: imperfectness.

However, going deeper into the story, Camille eventually starts to turn me off… and every other character I met along the way especially her mother and sister. When the writer was trying to steer me off track with who the real killer was, I stayed on track because I’m in this reading game wayyy too long to be led astray. The author wrote every character to look suspicious (I give her props), and if you’re not familiar with thrillers, then you might fall into the author’s trap and believe that everyone is guilty.

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All the characters were either weird, out of it, sex crazy or on their way to being one of the other. And everyone is nasty. Nasty as in perverted-twisted-little-teens-nasty. I kid you not. And all (almost) the females were needy, clingy, whiny petulant beings. I kid you not. In a way, all the characters – especially the females – were somewhat pathetic.

Another thing I did not like was the constant drunkenness. I get why Camille turned to drinking, but she did not have to be drunk all the time.

The little town of Wind Gap was a dreadful turn off (Maybe I am repeating myself here, but yes, I was TURNED OFF). It was like a town out of the Twilight Zone, but creepier. I hated Camille for getting in the car with her 13-year-old sister and her friends. I hated Camille for being an adult with the teens in the car and instead of acting like one, she suddenly remembers that she had no childhood and belittled herself by indulging them and herself in taking drugs. I mean Amma is barely 13 and yes, I know that there are some sick twisted teens out here, but this book was just wrong.

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Then there’s the mother who could only tolerate/love her children when they’re sick so she makes them sick to be able to take care of them. So yeah, dysfunctional at its best, but creepily so. The mother would’ve been wonderful for a Criminal Minds episode.

I admit, this novel is the dream of debut writers and it did not miss, given the plot and sex-crazed drug/alcohol bingeing/munching characters, and the pressure will definitely be on to deliver even greater quality every time (Gone Girl is all the rage now, but I vow not to read another book by this author), but I just don’t know what to think about it. All I can say, it was disgusting and disturbing, and I won’t even recommend it for the faint at heart.

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This book is sick, unhealthy and depressing and there’s nothing to like about it … unless you’re a sadist and want to inflict pain upon your sick heart then feel free to read it. I wish I could take the razor blade on the front cover of this book and slash up every single page of this unpleasant story.

I’ve read better.

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Book #19: River of Ruin

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Author: Jack DuBrul
Publisher: NAL (December 03rd, 2002)
Pages: 534
Series: Philip Mercer #5

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In the heart of Panama, a volcanic lake feeds a serpentine river—its stone banks laid by the Inca, who took back the gold and jewels plundered from them by the conquistadors. Legend has it that the Twice-Stolen Treasure has been buried for centuries in the Panamanian jungle. Discovering it means surviving the unpredictable black waters of the River of Ruin….

It begins at a Paris auction house, with a favor granted by an old high school friend to geologist Philip Mercer: the opportunity to buy a rare diary written during the French attempt at digging the Panama Canal. But Mercer isn’t the only one who wants it. Three Chinese assassins have been dispatched to get it, forcing Mercer into a subterranean game of cat and mouse that takes him from the hellish maze of l’empire de la mort and through the sewers of Paris.

Mercer realizes he has uncovered an intricate Chinese plot to trigger a deadly shift in the world’s balance of power. At stake is control of the canal, recently handed over to the government of Panama by the United States. Only Philip Mercer—with help from beautiful U.S. Army officer Lauren Vanik, a cell of tough French Foreign Legion commandos, and a crusty eighty-year-old retired sea captain named Harry White—can stop them.

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…REVIEW!

I honestly skimmed the majority of this book. At one point, too much history was mentioned on the Aztecs and it kind of turned me off. I felt as if a professor was lecturing me. Don’t get me wrong, I love history, but one has to know where to draw the line.

My favorite character ended up being Lieutenant Henri Foch and had it not been for him, I wouldn’t have bothered to see this book to the end.

This book reminded me of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne in the action-adventure sense, but that’s where the comparison stops. It was my first and last Mercer book. It was kind of boring and at times I thought I would have fallen asleep had I not skimmed through it. It started off good, but it did not contain a good enough story to go along with the action and I thought it was just too long.

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2

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Book #12: Cross My Heart

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Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Hachette Book Group (November 25th, 2013)
Pages: 407

Series: Alex Cross #21

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Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart – nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife, Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, giving him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, a genius set on proving that he is the greatest criminal mind of all, and he uses Alex’s strength as a weapon against him.

When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. But if he even tries, they will die.

CROSS MY HEART is the most devastating and unexpected novel of James Patterson’s career. Is this the end of Alex Cross?

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…REVIEW!

THIS IS THE GOOD JP STUFF!!

James Patterson has this skill that almost every writer wish they possessed: he breathes life into characters that we easily attach ourselves to emotionally. I feel as I am part of this Cross family. 

Cross My Heart kept me at the edge of my seat with every twist and turn. It was deeply engrossing and entertaining and I couldn’t put it down. It was intense! It was thrilling.

Alex Cross loves his family: his 91-year-old Regina Cross Hope aka Nana Mama (his grandmother), his wife Brianna Stone (she is also a detective with the DC Metro Police) and his beautiful children, Ali, Jannie and Damon Cross. He would protect them at all cost, yet, he feels like a failure when a madman tears his beloved family apart and keeps them away from him. This madman is obsessed with proving Alex wrong and he vows to make Alex suffer.

The Cross family did not see this one coming. 

Normally, Alex would be a step or two ahead of his adversary, but not in this story. The criminal is the one in control; the one pulling the strings. This enemy was like no other that Alex has ever faced.

I need a breather after this one.

Some readers were complaining about this book being a rip-off because they didn’t get the ending they deserved. This is a full book and the cliffhanger was excellent. If you’re looking for an abrupt happy ending, go read a fairy tale. 

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Can I give it lots of coffee?

5

I don’t recommend books, but this one is too good to pass up for JP fans or for nail-biting suspense loving fans. 

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Book #11: The Pied Piper

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Author: Ridley Pearson
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing (January 15th, 2004)
Pages: 511

Series: Boldt & Matthews #5

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A wave of babynappings has terrified parents from San Diego to Portland. And when the Pied Piper–named for the penny flute he leaves in the cribs of his victims–claims his first Seattle infant, the investigation draws in homicide detective Lou Boldt. Assigned temporarily to Intelligence so he can spend more time with his kids while his wife is hospitalized for chemotherapy, Boldt’s role is to keep the FBI out of the Seattle Police Department’s way.

But FBI special agent Gary Flemming is a tough adversary–so tough it almost seems as if he’s intentionally sabotaging the SPD’s investigation. Then the Pied Piper snatches Boldt’s own daughter, promising that unless Boldt throws both the Feds and the SPD off his trail he’ll never see his child again. Caught between his professional obligations and his fear for Sarah’s life, Boldt launches his own private manhunt with the help of John La Moia, his replacement in homicide, and police psychologist Daphne Matthews, his closest friend in the department.

They form a sub rosa task force under the noses of the Feds and the SPD, and soon discover how the Piper has managed to stay a step ahead of the police, elude capture, and find his small victims. The chase moves from Seattle to Portland to New Orleans, culminating in a thrilling denouement in the daffodil fields of Washington’s Skagit Valley.

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This book is the first I’ve read in the Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews series and it was a page turner. It was thought provoking and riveting and in short, the author delivered.

However, sometimes the book felt like it was never-ending when all I wanted was to get to the end and close it. I was mildly irritated with Boldt and I skipped a few pages. Some chapters and scenes were unnecessary. Take the sex scenes between Hill and that idiot LaMoia for example. I think there were 5 but I grew rather irritated at those two early on and skipped the sexy scenes. We know they’re shacking up at the fancy hotels. There was no need to include a sex scene. One or two sex scenes would have done the intended objective, although I think sex scenes ruin stories. 

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The ending was kind of lame too. Boldt, well, I was mad at him for taking matters into his own hands. While reading his predicament, I couldn’t help but compare him with Alex Cross in the time of dread.

He certainly ain’t no Alex Cross!

I enjoyed the story about a serial kidnapper being dubbed the Pied Piper because of the tin whistle he leaves behind at the scene and it reminded me of something out of Criminal Minds but I won’t be reading another Boldt/Matthews book anytime soon.

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Freighters and ferries, their white wakes behind them like wedding veils, called out in deep-throated cries. A jet rocked its wings on final approach, its wheels like tiny talons reaching for the ground.

– chapter 47; page 307

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3

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Book #8: Hunting Eve

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Author: Iris Johansen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (July 16th, 2013)
Pages: 375 (Including an excerpt from Silencing Eve)
Chapters: 17
Series: Eve Duncan #17, New Eve Duncan Trilogy #2

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She was taken for a reason. Chosen for her skills as a forensic sculptor. Abducted by the deranged father of a serial killer and forced to reconstruct his dead son’s skull from bone fragments. Now Eve Duncan has escaped her captor – and she’s running for her life. Alone. Unarmed. In the mountains of Colorado, Eve must use all of her strength, courage, and wits to survive this madman’s obsession. But Jim Doane is not the only player in the game. While Joe Quinn, Jane MacGuire, and Kendra Michaels search for Eve in the abandoned mining town that could be her ultimate refuge – or her grave – a stranger with ties to her long-ago past is closing in, circling like a wolf, and HUNTING EVE.  

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*sighs* This book was so overwhelmingly boring that I couldn’t finish it.

Eve this, Eve that (Hello Mary Sue!). If she is so ordinary, plain interesting and unattractive, why was she getting all those praises as if she was the second coming? For a moment I thought I was reading about Eleanor of Aquitaine, the way everyone was going on and on and on and… let me take a breather.

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The MAIN point is, this novel should have been a stand alone. I feel as if the author rambled throughout the book because she had to stretch the trilogy. I am not sure what was worse, the character interaction (very insipid) or the writing. The plot was good, but the writing was not good enough to keep my attention as it was boring and repetitive. 

A word to the author: put Eve to bed, it’s time. The cover might be good looking, but the writing isn’t.

I won’t be touching another book in this series. They could kill Eve for all I care.

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Vision is such a wonderful gift that I don’t take anything for granted.

– Chapter 3; Page 45

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2

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