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All Around the Town
All Around the Town
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 352
Review Date: 10/2/2006


When Laurie Kenyon, a 21 year old student, is accused of murdering her English professor, she has no memory of the crime. Her fingerprints, howerver, are everywhere. When she asks her sister, attorney Sarah, to mount her defense, Sarah in turn brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly. Kidnapped at the age of four and victimized for two years, Laurie has developed astounding coping skills. Only when the unbearable memories of those lost years are released can the truth of the crime come out-and only then can the final sadistic plan of her abductor, whose obsession is stronger than ever, be revealed.

This book was recommended by my psychology teacher due to multiple personality traits and I enjoyed reading it, though I felt that some of the parts were a bit far-fetched to believe.


The Apprentice (Rizzoli & Isles, Bk 2)
The Apprentice (Rizzoli & Isles, Bk 2)
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 528
Review Date: 8/10/2007


This book will give most people the "creepy" feeling while reading it that someone is staring in your window - even if you live in the middle of nowhere! Tess has the knack for writing suspensfully and reading will also make you want to keep going until you come to the very last sentence. Great book and would recommend if you haven't read her before, but start with her book, The Surgeon first.


Beach Boys (Spring Break, No 2)
Beach Boys (Spring Break, No 2)
Author: Alison Page
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/20/2007


Wow! Coconut Beach, Florida, at spring break--the last place in the world I wanted to be. But believe it or not, it's greaat-I even met a guy! Me, who's never had a boyfriend.

There's just one problem: Spring break is half over. I think Trevor and I should be spending all our free time together. But he disappears for hours at a time, and he won't say why. How can we have the greatest romance of our lives with only six days to go?

Live through all the excitement with Alyssa, Gabrielle, and Megan.


Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 16)
Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 16)
Author: John Sandford
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 343
Review Date: 2/20/2007


What a good book and one that you'll find difficult to put down once you have started reading it.

The first body of a young woman, found on a Minneapolis riverbank, her throat cut, her body scourged and put on display. Whoever did this, Lucas Davenport knows, is pushed by brain chemistry. There is something wrong with him. This isn't a bad love affair.
The second body is found three weeks later, in a farm house six miles south. Same condition, same display-except this time, it is a man. Nothing to link the two victims, nothing to indicate that the killings end here. This guy.."Lucas said. He took a deep breath, let it out as a sigh. "This guy is going to bust our chops." And soon he is going to do far, far worse than that...


Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 7)
Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 7)
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 642
Review Date: 3/8/2007


Patricia Cornwell's heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta is back; this time to solve the mystery of the death of an Associated Press reporter who was killed while nosing about in a decommissioned navy yard. Scarpetta's involvement in the case leads her to be targeted for murder herself by a nasty little neo-fascist cult with delusions of grandeur that include a plan to "kill and maim, frighten, brainwash and torture" all who oppose their plan to rule the world. Helping Scarpetta is her niece Lucy, an F.B.I. agent whose computer expertise leads to a heart-stopping journey into cyberspace.

Cornwell's book is very suspenseful as she interacts with her niece, Lucy, the FBI computer guru to solve the mystery of the death. Good read.


Cell
Cell
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 698
Review Date: 6/6/2007
Helpful Score: 6


Stephen King is one of those writers that can put feeling into each and every word and in doing so can creep you out! This is the story of Clay Riddell, who was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction. And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone...
Stephen King will make you think twice about picking up your cell phone.


Chill of Fear (Fear, Bk 2)
Chill of Fear (Fear, Bk 2)
Author: Kay Hooper
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 370
Review Date: 10/2/2006


For twenty years FBI agent Quentin Hayes has been haunted by an unsolved murder that took place at a secluded Victorian-era resort in Tennessee when he was little more than a boy. Now part of Noah Bishop's Special Crimes Unit, he's returned to the scene of that long-ago crime to find answers.

This is a different type of murder-mystery but it kept me guessing and that's the kind of book I enjoy.


Chosen Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 12)
Chosen Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 12)
Author: John Sandford
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 328
Review Date: 3/20/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Lucas Davenport returns in the most harrowing and unexpected Prey novel yet-the story of a congenial man, and his most uncongenial obsession..
Art History professor James Qatar's hobby was taking secret photographs of women. At night when he was all alone he'd dream about them and indulge his fantasies. Then one day his fantasy went too far. Now it's Qatar's turn to become an obsession-of Davenport's. And for both men there's no turning back.

Woohoo, this book will give you a great ride if you just get on. The Lucas Davenport novels are great and this one is outstanding.


Cold Hit  (Shane Scully, Bk 5)
Cold Hit (Shane Scully, Bk 5)
Author: Stephen J. Cannell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 70
Review Date: 2/20/2007


Cannell has a futuristic thriller with Cold Hit. This is a great read and very hard to put down.

Shane Scully has found his footing while his partner is going down in flames and a serial murderer rattles L.A. Each corpse has been mysteriously defiled. Then, in the middle of the hunt, Scully gets an idea that may cost him his life. Scully suspects that someone with inside information has neatly "hidden" one murder inside this messy serial killer case. His copycat theory ignites a crossfire between LAPD and the Feds.
Now Scully knows he has a ten-year-old cop-killing to clear, while two street-smart detectives lead him into a secret world of international espionage and a powerful counter-terrorism chief from the top of the US government warns him away. To do his job, Scully must risk everything-unraveling the mystery of a Cold War act of betrayal, a brutal street crime, and a killer just waiting to his again.


The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, Bk 3)
The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, Bk 3)
Author: Michael Connelly
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 97
Review Date: 10/2/2006


They called him the Dollmaker-the serial killer who stalked Los Angeles and left a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims. With a single fautless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thought he ended the city's nightmare...

This is a frightening book but absolutely outstanding and a must-read for any who enjoy a good who-done-it! Must have.


The Conspiracy Club
The Conspiracy Club
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 290
Review Date: 1/20/2007


When his passionate romance with nurse Jocelyn Banks is cut short by her kidnapping and brutal murder, young psychologist Jeremy Carrier is left emotionally devastated, haunted by his lover's grisly demise-and eyed warily by police still seeking a prime suspect in the slaying.

To escape the pain, he buries himself in his work at City Central Hospital-only to be drawn deeper into a waking nightmare when more women turn up murdered in the same gruesome fashion as Jocelyn. As the suspicion surrounding Jeremy intensifies, the only way for him to prove his innocence and put his torment to rest is to follow the deadly trail of a modern-day Jack the Ripper.

Wow, Kellerman is such a great read. It's non-stop action in this novel of his and one that will keep you turning the pages until the last page. Do yourself a favor, and start this book when you have time to finish it.


Countdown (Eve Duncan, Bk 5)
Countdown (Eve Duncan, Bk 5)
Author: Iris Johansen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 409
Review Date: 1/22/2007


Now Jane is running for her life. Her adoptive parents, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn, of the Atlanta PD, can't help. The FBI can't help. No one can. Except a man who may be more dangerous than those pursuing her. A smuggler, a con man, Mark Trevor had his own mysterious reasons for wanting to keep Jane safe from a relentless killer and a two-thousand-year old mystery that could rock the modern day world. For the past is returning with a vengeance that knows no mercy. The countdown has begun, and it's closer to zero than anyone thinks.

I find Iris Johansen's books to be excellent in keeping the suspense going throughout. This is in keeping with her other books, real page-turners.


Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan, Bk 8)
Cross Bones (Temperance Brennan, Bk 8)
Author: Kathy Reichs
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 307
Review Date: 4/1/2007


Examining a badly decomposed corpse is de rigueur for forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. But puzzling damage on the body of a shooting victim, an Orthodix Jewish man, suggests this is no ordinary Montreal murder. When a stranger slips Tempe a photograph of a skelton unearthed at an archaeological site, Tempe uncovers chilling ties between the dead man and secrets long buried in the dust of Israel. Traveling there with Detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe plunges into an international mystery as old as Jesus, and centered on the controversial discover of Christ's tomb. Has a mastermind lured her into an elaborate hoax? If not, Tempe may be on the brink of rewriting two thousand years of history--if she can survive the foes dead set of buying her.

Excellent book written by Kathy Reichs, full of suspense, thrills, and especially chills. Will keep those pages turning until you come to the final one.


Dark Zone (Deep Black, Bk 3)
Dark Zone (Deep Black, Bk 3)
Author: Stephen Coonts, Jim DeFelice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 35
Review Date: 1/22/2007


In a secluded headquarters on the other side of the globe, a terrorist mission is underway-a plan to set off an underwater explosion so great, and with such hellish force, that it could shift the very foundation of the earth's surface, causing untold calamity and world-wide disaster. The terrorists call it "God's Revenge."
A nuclear warhead has gone missing. Small in size, it packs up to ten times the kilotons that exploded over Hiroshima. It's now in the wrong hands, ready to detonate a world war of unfathomable proportions.
In the top-secret headquarters of the National Security Agency, a small cadre of special agents form Deep Black, designed to bring a techno-edge to covert operations and eliminate the cyber-threats to world peace. This is Charlie Dean's world-an NSA ex-Marine sniper now enlisted to stop the unthinkable. But when his suspicions of a traitor in his shadow become frighteningly true, Dean's race against time could mean the end of the free world.


Dead End (Dead, Bk 4)
Dead End (Dead, Bk 4)
Author: Mariah Stewart
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 141
Review Date: 10/2/2006


When FBI agent Dylan Shields was killed in an undercover drug deal two years ago, his colleague (and financee) Annie Marie McCall was left alone with too many unanswered questions-and nothing to do but hit the job as hard as she could to escape the pain.

This book has a lot of everything, romance, thrills, and spills. Watch out for the jump-out-at-you pages.


Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy, Bk 1)
Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy, Bk 1)
Author: John Lescroart
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 84
Review Date: 10/2/2006


In his new life as a bartender at the Little Shamrock, Dismas Hardy is just hoping for a little peace. He's left both the police force and his law career behind. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to leave behind the memory of a shattering personal loss-but for the time being, he can always take the edge off with a stiff drink and a round of darts.

I had a bit of trouble keeping focused on this book, but all in all, it keeps you wanting to know more until you come to the last page.


Dead Ringer
Dead Ringer
Author: Charles Smithdeal
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 1/20/2007


They called him the Chameleon. A master of deception, he could disappear into crowds, ingratiate himself into the lives of women, and, one-by-one, claim them as his victims. But Sarah Hill lived to testify against him. After five years on death row, convicted serial killer Scott Corbin was finally executed by lethal injection.

.....Then why is Sarah still afraid?

The killings have resumed-copycat murders patterned on the Chameleon's grisly handiwork. Sarah believes he's back. She's seen Corbin walking the streets. And he's seen her. But if Corbin's alive, then who died at Huntsville state prison? Who's committing the murders? And who's behind the plot to use Sarah as a pawn in a devious game of revents? The answer lies in Sarah's worst nightmare-a secret underworld of crime, death, and deceit where the Chameleon may have found his ultimate disguise.

Smithdeal has written a book you won't soon forget. Did Scott Corbin slip away from prison and someone else is in his place? You'll have to read this book to find out the answer and the ending is one that you'll be unable to predict, or can you? Good Luck!


Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan, Bk 1)
Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan, Bk 1)
Author: Kathy Reichs
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 552
Review Date: 1/20/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Dr. Temperance Brenna, the wry, impassioned director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec is driven to unravel shocking acts of violence by reading the bones of the dead.

In the year since Tempe left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. But when an unidentified female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in garbage bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern within the grisly handiwork--and her professional detachment gives way to a harrowing search for a killer in the city's winding streets. With little help from the police, Tempe calls on her expertise, honed in the isolated intensity of the autopsy suite, to investigate on her own. But her determined chase is about to place those closest to her-her best friend and her own daughter-in mortal danger.

Reichs is able to capture forensic anthropology to a "T" because that is what she actually does. This was her first novel and I hope she continues to have Tempperance Brennan in many more novels. I would have thought that reading about forensic anthropology would have been a bit dry, but Reichs is able to convey the mystery and intensity into her writing. It is never boring, so pick this up and get reading!


Dragon Tears
Dragon Tears
Author: Dean Koontz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 151
Review Date: 10/2/2006


Harry Lyon was a rational man, a cop who refused to let his job harden his soul. His partner urged him to surrender to the chaos of life. But Harry believed in order and reason. Then one fateful day, he was forced to shoot a man-and a homeless stranger with bloodshot eyes uttered the haunting words that challenged Harry Lyon's sanity...."Ticktock, ticktock. You'll be dead in sixteen hours...Dead by dawn....Dead by dawn....Dead by dawn...."

I thoroughly enjoy Dean Koontz and will pick up anything he writes and found this story to be compelling and a page-turner.


A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, Bk 3)
A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, Bk 3)
Author: Karin Slaughter
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 315
Review Date: 10/2/2006


An apparent student suicide has brought medical examiner Sara Linton to the local college campus, along with her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver. But a horribly mutilated corpse yields up few answers. And a suspicious rash of subsequent "suicides" suggests that a different kind of terror is stalking the youth of Heartsdale, Georgia-a nightmare that is coming to prey on Sara Linton's loved ones.

Wow, what a lot of surprises in this book and it just keeps coming and knocking the breath of out you. Wonderful!


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