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.


Holly Lisle: Last Girl Dancing

I loved this book.

I wasn't going to get it because I read her first romantic suspense (Midnight Rain) and didn't like it, even though her fantasy books are top-notch. But I won a copy from PBW.

I'd have regretted not getting this book.

So many authors give their heroes and heroines tortured pasts. But they don't feel tortured.

Jessie and Hank do. And Last girl Dancing is the story of them breaking free from it.

The Ending? Wow!

I totally can't wait for Holly's next release, I See You.  


Stuart MacBride: Cold Granite

Lots of people die in this book. Lots and lots and lots. Okay, I'm exaggerating.

It's a fast-paced read, but not for the faint-of-heart. Really. If you like your happy ever afters, this probably isn't the book for you.

This is a very driven, very focused book–oddly enough, I'd liken his writing to my Idol's, which was how I heard about him and his hilarious blog. Despite its length, which I thought would make it kinda draggy.

I like Logan. He's got Issues, just like the rest of us. And it doesn't look like he's going to pull a James Bond/John Rain/Reacher on us–as in, he's not going to love and dump a different girl in every book. 

I'm definitely getting the next book, Dying Light.  


Jane Jensen: Dante’s Equation

This is a very information-dense book. 

Ms Jensen seems to expect you to be able to keep track of all the rather esoteric information. As a rule, I'm able to do that, but this was a big book, and the book was slow, as Ms Jensen doesn't seem to know how do give the reader information without chunks and chunks of exposition.

To be fair, she did the worldbuilding for the scifi part of it well, and it was well-plotted. On top of that, she is no doubt a better writer than .

But it was hard to feel anything at all, even hate, for the characters, and that was the final straw for me. We won't even get into the rushed ending, rushed because the book is close to five hundred pages in trade paperback size with tiny font and the publisher probably wanted to cut it short. 


Lynn S. Hightower: The Debt Collector

It took me ages to find a book I wanted to read for AngieW's TBR Challenge in my TBR pile. It has to be at least 6 months old, you see, and I don't want to touch any of the historical romances on my pile. Which made it very difficult, because the rest were literary fiction that I can't read a great deal of.

This is a hard book to review, simply because I don't have anything to say about it.

I know I picked it up because the backcover blurb interested me. Home invasion, a guy called the Angel, and 2 ex-cons murdered within 24 hours of landing in jail.  

Sonora Blair is one of those Strong Heroines. I'm not sure whether she's divorced or widowed, but she's a single mom with 2 kids. 

But there are better police procedurals–this isn't a romance–out there. It's that simple. 

Yes, this is a really bad review, so I'm sorry, blah de blah de blah. 


MJ Rose: The Halo Effect

This is the first book in the Dr. Morgan Snow series.

I liked this book, which centers around Morgan, a serial killer targeting prostitutes and a patient of hers who is a prostitute.

Morgan is a sex therapist, and Rose (who is the blogger who does the excellent Buzz, Balls and Hype as well as Backstory) has clearly done her research. 

Then there's her writing. Rose is a writer at heart, but without that love of words that makes certain writers prose on, and on, and on. She has a lovely voice, with darkly sensual tones that many writers would like to have but don't.

She's not a writer who grabs you by a throat. She's a writer whose style draws you in, then her vision will wash over you, and you'll be a fan of hers.  

The Halo Effect isn't a Must-Read for me, but it might be for you. Something was missing for me, though I hope to find it in her other books. 

I certainly plan to get her other books, including the next Morgan Snow book, The Delilah Complex which will be out later this year, as well as her Spice (Harlequin's erotica imprint to be launched next month) novel.


Patricia Lewin: Out Of Time

I was going to review Out Of Reach, then I forgot. Things like that happen to me. Poor me.

Anyway, I say go get it!

It’s better than Out Of Reach (you don’t really have to read it before Out Of Time, but you might not get some of nuances), IMHO, because I think the pacing’s much better.

And Erin is rather more…human in this book, not all… CIA agent-like too.

I was really going to say more and stuff… but I’m hungry, so:

I liked this book, and go get it!