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The Dirty Secrets Club (Jo Beckett, Bk 1)
The Dirty Secrets Club - Jo Beckett, Bk 1 Author:Meg Gardiner An ongoing string of high-profile and very public murder-suicides has San Francisco even more rattled than a string of recent earthquakes: A flamboyant fashion designer burns to death, clutching the body of his murdered lover. A superstar 49er jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. And most shocking of all, a U.S. attorney launches her BMW off a high... more »way overpass, killing herself and three others.
Enter forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett, hired by the SFPD to cut open not the victim's body but the victim's life. Jo's job is to complete the psychological autopsy, shedding light on the circumstances of any equivocal death. Soon she makes a shocking discovery: All the suicides belonged to something called the Dirty Secrets Club, a group of A-listers with nothing but money and plenty to hide. As the deaths continue, Jo delves into the disturbing motives behind this shadowy group until she receives a letter containing a dark secret Jo thought she'd left deep in her past, and ending with the most chilling words of all: "Welcome to the Dirty Secrets Club."
Introducing the writer, Stephen King trumpets as the next suspense superstar.
Recently Stephen King devoted an entire "Entertainment Weekly" column to Meg Gardiner, proclaiming her as good as Michael Connelly and far better than Janet Evanovich. How is it possible, he wondered, that this Californian was published only in Britain? Starting now, suspense fans on this side of the pond can get their fix right here: Dutton is proud to introduce Gardiner's brand-new series heroine, Jo Beckett, in "The Dirty Secrets Club."« less
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Helpful Score: 5
I was eagerly anticipating this book and ended up let down. The plot that is there is good, but the author gets "bogged down" in unnecessary details. During the first couple of chapters I was so confused and lost! It ended up all coming together and was somewhat suspenseful, but it was predictable. I had to make myself finish it - I kept hoping for more, that it would turn itself around and be really great. When I was done, I felt unsatisfied, not because of loose ends, but it just wasn't that enjoyable. I know this is the first book in a new series and I would read the second one to see if its any better, but that would be it. The characters were likable, but I was disappointed in how the story was written. It had the potential to be a great story, but it fell short.