Book Reviews of The Halo Effect (Butterfield Institute, Bk 1)

The Halo Effect (Butterfield Institute, Bk 1)
The Halo Effect - Butterfield Institute, Bk 1
Author: M. J. Rose
ISBN-13: 9780778320807
ISBN-10: 0778320804
Publication Date: 7/1/2004
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Forensic sex therapy interspersed with a soft porn novel
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Helpful Score: 2
Thinly disguised soft-core porn, masquerading as thriller.
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Helpful Score: 2
It's a good thriller...it is a bit graphic and detailed (not as much as a Nate Kenyon book, however), so probably not good for the weak tummied.
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Helpful Score: 1
I am conflicted on just how to rate this book. I liked the story just fine, it was engaging and interesting. I liked the main characters, I wanted to know more about them and thought they were constructed really well. But the way the author kept switching from the Dr.'s first person perspective and jumping to some other person every few chapters, and usually waited at least a few paragraphs to tell you who we had switched to, and then jumping right back to Dr Snow with no warning; well it was irritating. I found myself having to spend half my time trying to figure out who was telling me the story at this moment rather than enjoying the story. Then it all reached a heavily predictable conclusion that made Dr Snow seem like an absolute imbecile for not figuring it out. Making your intelligent main character look stupid is a very bad idea. Confusing your readers with who is telling the story is also a very bad idea. Ultimately I just couldn't get into it and just wanted it to be over. As I write this I realize, I don't want to give this the 3 stars I had originally intended because I didn't like it so that was being too generous.

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Helpful Score: 1
Very good book. Lots of mystery and suspence. I enjoyed the characters and the resolution.
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great book
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Good mystery/thriller, I want to read author's other books now.
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Great thriller... if you love a good mystery, this book is for you!
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An author I'd not read before, but the plot looked good. It is excellent.
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I really liked this book. It was a BOTM (book of the month) and my first by this author, and I would read more.
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this was a sneak attack style book, really good!
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This book was a great read ! A truly erotic thriller. Looking forward reading " The Delilah Complex" next.
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I really liked this one. At the end I was at the edge of my seat and that does not happen to me often!
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Very provocotive and explicit look into the side of sex crimes.
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Graphic mystery, a little gross, but keeps you turning the pages.
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GOOD THRILLER BUT I FIGURED OUT WHO DID IT EASILY
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A real page-turner! Sexy and suspenseful!
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An interesting mystery.
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A "Butterfield Institute" book, unexpectedly suspenseful.
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The mutilated body of a prostitute in a nun's habit, her pubic hair shaved into a cross, appears on page one of this suspense thriller, making it plain that Rose's latest (after Sheet Music) is not for the squeamish. The novel is the first in a new series featuring the Butterfield Institute, a Manhattan sex therapy clinic employing psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow. One of Morgan's patients, the clever and selective call girl Cleo Thane, has written a memoir full of thinly disguised portraits of her clients, powerful men with odd fantasies and fetishes. She leaves this potentially explosive manuscript with Dr. Snow and then misses several appointments, causing Morgan to suspect foul play. Yet NYPD Det. Noah Jordain and his team, diligently pursuing leads in what's become a gory, ritualistic series of prostitute murders, have no evidence that Cleo, whose clientele puts her in a class by herself, might be a victim. Noah and Morgan are drawn to each other, but when Morgan can't persuade Noah to devote more effort to the search for Cleo, she determines to go undercover and meet Cleo's principal clients herself. Ill-equipped for this masquerade, Morgan is soon in over her head and in peril. The mystery takes second place to the catalogue of sexual eccentricities, but Cleo is an engaging guide to the world of dysfunction Rose painstakingly constructs.
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While I somewhat liked this book, and the storyline was pretty good, all-in-all, I found myself getting irritated with our sex therapist heroine, Dr. Morgan Snow. The author gives the reader obvious clues (e.g., a man hidden in the shadows, following Cleo Thane), but Dr. Snow amazingly "forgets" this important piece of information that, at the time, supposedly has her so concerned and worried for Cleo. I'm not sure if Dr. Snow is really that dumb or the author is when trying to slip the reader clues. The details of the murders, etc., was well written, but personally, I could have done without the romantic bullcrap between Dr. Snow and the homocide detective, Noah Jordain. What's the point, other than to gussey up and try to attract female readers? I read murder mysteries and police procedurals for the thrill and challenge, and if I wanted romance, I'd read a romance novel. Not sure I'll waste my time with this author again, as she seems to be more of a novice. There are too many other, more highly-evolved murder-mystery novelists out there. Still, if you don't like something too deep and go for a lighter mystery, you may like this book.
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A tale of intrigue about a sex therapist who's client disappears. Well written and keeps you guessing till the end. The first of the Butterfield Institute series. I look forward to the next one.
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A follow up to "Lip Service", more of a mystery, not quite as naughty. Very readable.
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The second book featuring Dr. Morgan Snow, a sex therapist at the Butterfield Institute.
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Dr. Morgan Snow, a top sex therapist, sees Cleo Thane, a high-priced prostitute and connects immediately. When Cleo asks Morgan to read her unpublished book about her exclusive clientele, Cleo disappears soon after.
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The mutilated body of a prostitute in a nun's habit, her pubic hair shaved into a cross, appears on page one of this suspense thriller, making it plain that Rose's latest (after Sheet Music) is not for the squeamish. The novel is the first in a new series featuring the Butterfield Institute, a Manhattan sex therapy clinic employing psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow. One of Morgan's patients, the clever and selective call girl Cleo Thane, has written a memoir full of thinly disguised portraits of her clients, powerful men with odd fantasies and fetishes. She leaves this potentially explosive manuscript with Dr. Snow and then misses several appointments, causing Morgan to suspect foul play. Yet NYPD Det. Noah Jordain and his team, diligently pursuing leads in what's become a gory, ritualistic series of prostitute murders, have no evidence that Cleo, whose clientele puts her in a class by herself, might be a victim. Noah and Morgan are drawn to each other, but when Morgan can't persuade Noah to devote more effort to the search for Cleo, she determines to go undercover and meet Cleo's principal clients herself. Ill-equipped for this masquerade, Morgan is soon in over her head and in peril. The mystery takes second place to the catalogue of sexual eccentricities, but Cleo is an engaging guide to the world of dysfunction Rose painstakingly constructs.
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At the Butterfield Institute Dr. Morgan Snow, one of New York's top sex tehrapists, sees everything from the abused to the depraved, from couples grappling with sexual bordeom to twisted sociopaths with dark, erotic, fetishes.
Cleo Than, a high-priced prostitute, is one of those special patients Morgan connects with immediately. When Cleo asks Morgan to read her unbpulbished book about her exclusive clientael, Morgan realizes that what she has in her hands could be explosive.
Then Cleao disappears.
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At the Butterfield Inastitute Dr. Morgan Snow, one of New Yorks top sex therapists, sees everthing from the abused to the depraved, from couples grappling with sexual boredom to twisted sociopaths with dark, erotic fetishes.
Cleo Thanes, a high-price prostitute, is one of those special patients Morgan connects with immediatley. When Cleo asks Morgan to read her unpublished book about her exclusive clientele, Morgan realizes that what she has in hands could be explosiveand possibly deadly.
Then Cleo disappears, Morgan worries that a serialkiller who has been targeting prostitutes may have taken Cleo.
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Love this book
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Did not read.
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Great book! It is autographed by the author as well!