Archive for the 'Suspense' Category


John Twelve Hawks: The Traveller

What lies ahead is already here…

America is a difficult place to live below the surface. But Gabriel and Michael Corrigan are trying to do just that. Since childhood, the brothers have been shaped by the stories that their father has told them about the world in which they live. After his mysterious disappearance, they have been living ‘off the grid’ – that is, invisible to the intrusive surveillance networks that monitor our modern lives.

But no-one is as invisible as they would like to believe. Nathan Boone, a mercenary, has been tasked to hunt down the brothers. The only person who stands between them and certain death is Maya, a tough young woman playing at leading a normal life. But her background is anything but normal. She has been trained to fight and survive at whatever cost. When she is summoned to protect the brothers, she must leave everything behind if she is to succeed…

Fun read–that I call this book fun possibly says more about me than the book.

It’s Maya that makes the book for me, but this has more to do with my personal bias, as I like characters like Maya.

One rarely, I think, sees so much of the author’s view of the world in a book, and so distinctly, which made it a very interesting read for me.

This rates 4.5 out of 5.


Jeff Lindsay: Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened–of himself or some other fiend.

I think Dearly Devoted Dexter was better.

For some reason, the book was just flat for me, and I’m not sure whether I just wasn’t in the mood to read it or that I’m tired of Dexter’s voice. Then again, I read Dearly Devoted months ago–sometime last year.

This rates 3 out of 5.


Tamara Siler Jones: Valley of the Soul

More Lars…oh, Lars… Yes, I’m obsessed with Lars. And I think Jesscea is one very very lucky girl.

Some might think that tightly written isn’t the right word for a book that is over 400 pages long. But it is a perfect adjective for Valley of the Soul.

One of the things that has most impressed me so far is that Tambo manages to keeps the series fresh, while taking us a deeper into both the psyches of the main cast and the world she has created.

May there be many more Dubric books.

This rates 5 out of 5.


Roxanne St. Claire: Kill Me Twice

You have a twin sister who is perfect. She is never late etc.

One day, she asks you to fly to where she now lives. But when you arrive, she doesn’t pick up the phone. Never mind, you head on over to her apartment.

When you get there, there’s a bodyguard waiting for you, who mistakes you for your twin because he’s not actually met her. This bodyguard was hired for her by her boss, who’s worried about stalkers.

You’re a private investigator. Your sister’s gone. There are stalkers involved. Don’t you think that there’s something wrong with the picture?

If you’re Jasmine Adams, you don’t.

It ruined the whole book for me.

This rates 3 out of 10.


Jeff Lindsay: Dearly Devoted Dexter

I totally loved this book, which is the follow-up to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, which I unfortunately haven’t read.

It’s written from Dexter Morgan’s point of view, and he’s a serial killer.

A sort-of good serial killer, if there’s such a thing.

In this book, someone’s onto him and in order to protect his secret, he’s had to stop killing. It is very darkly comical.

This rates 10 out of 10.


Gregg Hurwitz: The Kill Clause

It started out pretty good. I like characters who step over the line.

The middle sagged and the ending dragged.

I think it might have been better if Tim did end up in jail. That might be something new, but I see that Hurwitz has released 2 books featuring Tim Rackley, so I guess that was out.


Holly Lisle: I See You

It’s a very suspenseful read, though I don’t think it’s as good as her previous Last Girl Dancing.

(Damn it, I should review right I finish the book)

Anyway, it’s the kind of book that sucks you in and when you get to the last page, you wish there was more. It is a trademark of Holly‘s writing.

This is my entry for Angie’s TBR Challenge.