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The Murder House

Review:

Murder House - Therese Plummer, James Patterson, Jay Snyder, David B. Ellis

This one started out kind of slow. The first 1/4 of the book seemed like background setup and character development (which is ok, but not what I usually expect from Patterson). Once new murders started and the flashback scenes began, the pace picked up. I wasn’t sure who the killer was – I knew who they wanted me to think was the killer and who I wanted to be the killer, but I didn’t know the truth until the very end. That part was kind of fun. There were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, and some I saw way before Detective Jenna Murphy did, but I guess I actually did have more information to work with.

If you like twisty serial killer stories, this is a good one.

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Posted in Book Review, Middle Grade, thriller

The Creek by Jennifer L. Holm

Review:

The Creek - Jennifer L. Holm

First, pets go missing, and then a child is killed. Twelve-year-old Penny and her friends hear the gossip about Caleb and they, like all the parents, think he is the killer. After all, he terrorized the town before he was sent away and now he is back.

The story was okay. The characters don’t have a lot of depth and Caleb is basically just a shadow of evil. The final reveal is a bit of a stretch. But it was a quick read with some twists and creepy moments. It’s aimed at middle-grade readers and I think that age group would enjoy it.

 

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Posted in Adult, book games, Book Review, thriller

Hunting Fear

Review:

Hunting Fear (Fear trilogy #1 - BCU #7) - Kay Hooper

This was my head start read. I was so excited that I finished it before the week even ended. I read it for the Murder Most Foul square.

An exciting crime thriller with detectives that have psychic abilities. The plot had some unexpected twists and left the killer’s identity hidden until near the end of the book. The methods of killing are particularly gruesome and frightening, including a timed guillotine, drowning in a tank that fills slowly and being buried alive.

This is the first in a series of books with the Special Crimes Unit (a special group within the FBI of detectives with psychic abilities). It seems like each book follows a different special agent.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, thriller

The Killer Next Door

Review:

The Killer Next Door - Alex Marwood

Audience: Adult

Sleep is a luxury whose price is security. Those who can shut the world out and leave it at will are usually blessed by a world that doesn’t want to shut them up.

– Chapter 20

A group of boarders living in a run-down apartment house; they all have secrets, that’s why they ended up there. But one of them has a darker and more dangerous secret – one of them is a killer.

This is a dark story filled with danger and suspense. The characters are well-developed and engaging. It was easy enough to figure out who was the killer, but the end was a bit unexpected. There is some pretty gruesome stuff in here – if you are squeamish, you might want to avoid it. However, if you liked Wicked Girls by Marwood, you will probably enjoy this one.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, thriller

Still Water

Review:

Still Water - Amy Stuart

Audience: Adult

Clare jolts upright, her hand at her mouth to stifle a scream.

– first sentence

Clare goes undercover at a home that provides shelter to women who are trying to escape domestic violence to help find a missing mother and her son. Clare escaped her own abusive husband in Still Mine (the first book by author Amy Stuart). I didn’t read Still Mine, and I only picked up this book because I was stuck going to a water park with no physical book to read (I was afraid to get my iPad wet or not be able to see the screen in the sun). Anyway, I grabbed this book at Target because the cover was pretty and it wasn’t too long.

The book was just meh. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, including Clare. Everyone is hiding something, but Clare never seems to figure much out – people just end up confessing or revealing each other’s secrets. When the final reveal came, I was unimpressed. Maybe I would have liked it better if I read the first book…

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Horror, thriller

End of Watch

Review:

End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) - Stephen King

Audience – Adult

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

– first sentence

Bill, Holly, and Jerome are all back and so is Brady. Despite traumatic brain injuries and spending the past 5 years in a vegetative state (or maybe because of it), Brady has developed deadly mental powers. He can take over other people’s bodies (and minds) and use them to do his bidding. He wants revenge, not only on Bill but on the entire city. Brady was dangerous enough walking around, but now he is even worse, especially because no one thinks he is capable of doing anything.

The thing I loved best about this book is the focus on Brady’s paranormal abilities. Compared to the other two books in the series (which I enjoyed btw), this book more closely resembled King’s previous works of supernatural suspense. This was an amazing end to a surprisingly good series.

I read a few other reviews that complained about the book being unrealistic and not providing a believable explanation for Brady’s abilities. Being a huge Stephen King fan, I am thrilled with Brady’s powers and I definitely wasn’t looking for realism in this book. King’s ability to take typically benign things/people/animals and turn them into supernaturally terrifying threats is part of his charm. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

 

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Intensity by Dean Koontz

Review:

Intensity - Dean Koontz

 

The red sun balances on the highest ramparts of the mountains, and in its waning light, the foothills appear to be ablaze.

– first sentence

Chyna is a psychology student sleeping at her friend’s house when she hears a noise in the middle of the night. A serial killer is in the house and Chyna manages to evade him by hiding under the bed. Through a series of unusual choices and coincidences, Chyna ends up hiding in the back of the motorhome driven by the killer.

The story is tense and frightening. Chyna makes some stupid choices, but all in the name of saving another girl who is also the killer’s prisoner. It is a bit predictable, but still entertaining.

 

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