Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 AAD NOLA Reading Challenge Contest #1.

2012 has gotten off to an odd start for me, so I didn't have time to come up with a lot of contests for this reading challenge any earlier, but I am hoping to make up for it with future giveaways.  My first contest for 2012 AAD NOLA is a charm bracelet dedicated to the Crescent City.

To enter, you MUST be signed up for my 2012 Authors After Dark NOLA Reading Challenge as of this post. If you enter the contest and are not signed up, you will be disqualified.  

But don't worry, I will be having more contests in the future and you can sign up for this challenge anytime during the year. If you are interested in signing up you can do so HERE.

I made this using a sterling silver bracelet, Swarovski crystals in Mardi Gras colors, and various metal charms that represent the wonderful city of New Orleans.   Each link has a charm with every other one holding the crystals.  The bracelet measures 7 1/2" long.

Please note: I am NOT a professional jeweler so if anything looks wonky on closer examination, my apologies. 

~This giveaway is for the charm bracelet pictured. 

To Enter:
~Leave your name and e-mail address on the Rafflecopter form.
~Extra entries are optional.
~If you are choosing to do extra entries, please read the questions/instructions CAREFULLY! If you do not follow the instructions, I reserve the right to disqualify that entry. (For example, if I ask you to leave a comment and you do not, or you don't answer the question, that entry will be removed.)

~Again, you must be signed up for my 2012 Authors After Dark NOLA Reading Challenge as of this post.
~Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter.
~This contest is international!
~Please see my contest policy HERE.
~This contest ends on March 8, 2012 at 12:01am.
~If winner does not contact me within 72 hours (3 days) of my first e-mail, unfortunately another winner will be chosen.

If you have any questions, please contact me.  Thanks for playing and good luck!

Monday, February 27, 2012


Title/Author: Hexed by Kevin Hearne.

Narrated by: Luke Daniels. 

Genre: Urban Fantasy. 

Publisher: Ballantine Books.  

Source: Library.

Favorite character: Atticus and Oberon (his dog).

Synopsis:  Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn't care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they're badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.   With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor's rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

My Thoughts:  I picked up this audio book from the library because of the front cover.  I'm kind of a sucker for Celtic tattoos and he looks dreamy.  Once I read the synopsis I figured I would give it a try.  I thought it would be perfect for a few Reading Challenges too.  

The story is the second in the Iron Druid Chronicles (I didn't read the first one ) and while a few pieces were missing, it didn't hinder the story in any way.  The character explains when something occurs that pertains to the first book.  However, there is a lot of backstory and telling.  I enjoyed it more when the book concentrated on the here and now.  

The narrator, Luke Daniels, is hands down the best performer in an audio book I've ever encountered.  His delivery is perfect!  Absolutely perfect!  The humor shone through and I was cracking up at one word sentences.  "Hello," and "Hey!" come to mind.  The accents used are convincing and even the voice for his dog Oberon, is cute.   I will probably listen to anything this guy does.  

One of the other things I liked about this book is the way that the magic is explained. Atticus doesn't simply allow his apprentice to see through his eyes with a snap of his finger, he explains what he's doing.  Changing energy or molecules or whatever, then binding her aura to his.  But this relates to something I didn't like about the book. That Atticus seems to be able to do SO much and therefore get out of some serious scrapes. Even though he is a druid who is several hundred years old, it was hard to swallow everything.

The main thing that bothered me is the portrayal of the Goddess Brighid.  She comes off as needy and a little petty and I love the Celtic Pantheon so I have them up on a pedestal. But this is only one scene in the book and does not overshadow the positive aspects.  

I usually don't always enjoy smart alec, talking dogs, I did enjoy Oberon, his Irish Wolf Hound.  He was funny and silly in only a way a dog can be.  I especially loved when Atticus told him about the 60's, Oberon would indulge in hippie phrases.

This is a fun, action packed story with a lot of magic.  I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much in print form, but I would definitely listen to more in this series, especially if Luke Daniels is the narrator.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

In My Mailbox (February 26, 2012).

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  Please click HERE for complete rules and to check out other IMM posts. 

~Usher's Passing by Robert McCammon. 
~Arthur Rex: A Legendary by Thomas Berger.
~A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang.
~Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn.
~Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding.
~Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dearly, Departed.

Title/Author: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel. 

Genre: YA, Dystopian. 

Publisher: Ballantine Books.  

Source: Comic Con.

Favorite character: Pamela Roe.

Husband's quote when he picked up this book for a minutes:  "Is this about zombies?  That's cool.  But it has a chick on the cover so maybe it's like a Fabio book." 

Synopsis:  The year is 2195.  The place is New Victoria, a very human teenager living in high society, falls in love with Bram, a handsome and polite eighteen-year-old lieutenant who happens to be suffering from "the Laz," a disease that is slowly turning him into one of the walking dead.  Bram is fully conscious and healthy enough to take on Nora, killer zombies, and the treacherous humans that plague his life - at least for now.  But it is only a matter of time before the Laz will take him away from Nora forever. ~Product description. 

My Thoughts:  This is an interesting, unique and well plotted book,  but I felt that a lot of issues got in the way.   However, since I read an ARC, the final product may be different.  
I like the beginning and the subtle world building that took place to give the reader a taste of this future society.  I also like the dynamics between the characters.  To me, it seems to be a very quiet beginning and it reminds me of an Austenesque type of tale, then the action starts and I feel *that* is really when the story started.

The premise of the world and what is happening is intriguing.  A society that is fashioned on Victorian England, but they have modern technology?  Cool!  It reminds me of the Steampunk World's Fair, with people walking around in their costumes and surfing the web on I-Phones.   A zombie outbreak occurs and there are "good" zombies, thinking ones with memories and "bad" ones, that are violent and just want to eat your flesh. Chaos ensues, then political ramifications.   It is ambitious in its scope and I commend the author for that.  However, there are some aspects, some small, some large, that I felt could have been left out or changed.  Admittedly on some issues I was very nitpicky, but certain details and plot elements stopped me in my tracks.  Ultimately, it is the author's story and not mine and yes, it should be the way the author imagines it, but I couldn't always suspend my disbelief.

My main issue is the chapters with Bram and Nora.  It was hard for me to differentiate their voices from each other and sometimes I would have to go back to the beginning of the chapter to remind myself who the perspective was coming from.  I also felt that these were the chapters I had the most difficulty getting through.  However, I did like when Bram revealed his past and his story.  It was very touching and I felt I got to see into his heart.

Although they only knew each other a short time, they spent most it together, so their romance convinced me.  It wasn't instantaneous but came about by each getting to know the other with butterflies bubbling up in their stomachs until they came to full boil.

When I got to Pamela's perspective, the chapters flew by.  Her story is fun and compelling. I love how she seems to understand what is going on when no one else does, how quick thinking she is and how she rose to the occasion.

I kind of also liked Vespertine Mink, the rich society girl who is Pamela and Nora's nemesis.  Although she isn't in the book a lot, when she is, she is no simpering damsel in distress.  She also is quick witted and brave and kind of went against her stereotype and I enjoyed that.  If she and Pamela feature in the upcoming books more, I may be swayed to read them.  

I do have to say that although I had issues with the novel, I feel that Habel accomplished a major undertaking and came up with an epic storyline.  If you are a zombie or Steampunk aficianado, this book shouldn't be missed.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #4.

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger from All Consuming Books and Karen from For What It's Worth Reviews to discuss issues unique to book bloggers.  To find out details, click HERE.

Q. Social networking with authors: Do you interact on Twitter/Facebook/etc with authors? Does it affect how you review their work or do you look at their books differently because you're on friendly terms with them? 

A: The first author that I noticed on a social media site was Douglas Clegg.   I was shocked and thrilled when I found him on Facebook a few years ago.  He has features, such as "Want to know about Writing Wednesday," where he encourages his Facebook friends to ask him about writing and he usually inquires what people are reading from week to week.  I wrote him an e-mail to tell him how much I loved his book, You Come When I Call You and he responded with such a nice note back that I was left agape.  

Did it change how I look at his books?  No, but it changed how I looked at an author who really cares about his readership.  Does it make me want to check out more of his books?  Sure, but it's also because I truly do enjoy them. 

On Twitter, I've only followed a few authors.  When they follow me back it's mostly a positive feeling, but there are a few authors who I'm like, "Uh oh..."  And yes, sometimes when an author follows me, I worry about my review, or rather I worry about how they will react to a less than glowing one.  But ultimately, I won't let it affect how I review their work.

However, what I really enjoy is interacting with authors on a personal level not always on a "bookish" level.  It's very flattering when they think something you tweeted is funny or comment on a tweet that's not about their book, or not about books at all!

Although sometimes there is awkwardness between authors and readers/bloggers due to social media, I feel for the most part the interactions have been positive to the industry as a whole. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fahrenheit 451.

Title/Author: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Narrated by: Scott Brick

Genre: Dystopian

Publisher: Books on Tape.

Source: Library.

Favorite character: Clarissa.

Synopsis: The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to

My Thoughts:
I admit I have never read this important book. Not even for school. Of course I knew what it was about because it is so iconic. A society where reading books is illegal and punishable.  The way these criminal readers are punished?  Burn not only their books, but their entire houses.  Eeek.

The story takes place mostly in the head of the main character Guy Montag. He is a fireman in a dystopian, alternate society. Fireman are responsible for burning things that are dangerous, case in point, books. But Guy has an awakening of conscience after meeting Clarissa, his teenage neighbor, who asks him questions that he is now forced to think about whether he likes it or not and after a woman decides to burn with her books.

The story is a great deal of Montag’s thoughts as he deals with his new views. They are written as a stream of conscience and there is very little container, although I could see the little house where he and his wife lived and his neighborhood and even the woods where he sought refuge. Some of the details were confusing to me at times, but they didn’t take away from the context of the story.

Bradbury’s style is staccato and reminded me of the militant society in which the story took place. This made for powerful thoughts and ideas. It is emotional and sometimes just downright heartbreaking.

The narrator is good, but I felt his voice and language a bit forced at times.  I also think that for me, an audio book was the way to go for Fahrenheit 451.  I'm not sure I would have been able to get out of it what I did had I been reading it myself. 

I can’t say I enjoyed this book, but I’m glad I gave it a try. I find myself thinking about that alternate world, a world without books because different ideas are dangerous, because different views lead to trouble. Burn out anything that is politically incorrect or the least bit offensive and soon you have a sterile setting. In this world, only being entertained and pursuing pleasures are encouraged. The pursuit of philosophy will just make people unhappy because they will see how unfair life is.

I like the character Clarissa, the young girl who had her mind and her eyes open. She is innocent and represents that in the way she asks questions and daydreams and wonders. I thought the wife Millie interesting because although it is apparent that she is unhappy, that she is aware something is wrong with this existence, she shuts it away and pretends everything is fine. 

I really enjoyed the afterward by Bradbury who talks of editing and likens it to the reasons given in his book. He quotes “There is more than one way to burn a book.” He also wrote a play re-visiting the characters of F-451 and said the one who revealed the most is Baty, the Fire Chief. Baty, it turns out, in this play has thousands of books. BUT, he never reads them. The law states you cannot read them, but it doesn't state you cannot have them.  He diabolically lets them die because they are never read.

For more insights and opinions on Fahrenheit 451 simply read the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.  They are varied and interesting and some readers wrote essays on this story.  Interpretations run the gammut and I'm sure this book has been the topic for coursework and debate.

This wasn't the easiest book to get through for me, but it is an important one that everybody, especially book lovers, should give a try.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Mind Games

Title/Author: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane.

Genre: UF.

Publisher:  Spectra.

Source: Purchased.

Favorite character: Justine.

SynopsisJustine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she's convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine's soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It's a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard's hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity's worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she's always craved. End of problem. Or is it?

In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine's first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard's help, Justine has freed herself from her madness - only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone's worst fear.~Goodreads.

My Thoughts:
My first impression when looking at this cover is that this book is about a kick ass heroine who doesn't take any crap.  I like books like that, but I've been disappointed by a fair share of them as well.  After getting to know Justine Jones, the main protagonist of Mind Games, I realized that the depiction on the cover doesn't remind me of her. You see, Justine is a normal woman. Sure she learned to do something kind of extraordinary, but the great thing about her is that she is SO human. She isn’t an expert in karate, or guns, she’s not a vampire hunter or half-vampire. She’s just smart. Maybe not brain surgeon smart, but she can think on her feet.

I was a little nervous about reading a book about a hypochondriac.  I mean, we've all met them right?  Do I want to read about a whiny, complaining, self-absorbed woman?  However, Justine, while neurotic, is not annoying.  For one thing, she does not *want* to be a hypochondriac.  She does not *want* the fear.  To me, she just came off as someone who is paralyzed by a phobia.  I’m not a hypochondriac, but I understand fear of illness and how it can make you crazy. I understand researching the internet for morsels of information hoping to discover something that may disprove your fear.

What I also love about her is her warm heart. She is more interested in protecting the people around her than anything, even when they’ve done her wrong, even when she could exonerate herself. There are several choices she made that I feel are commendable and I know I wouldn’t have made them. It does not come off as sappy either.

The writing is clear, concise and the story is so inventive and imaginative.  Everything happens for a reason and a purpose.  The characters and the scenes push the story forward.  "Disillusionists." I may have laughed if anyone tried to explain to me what they are before this book, but Crane makes me believe everything in this story. Everyone’s abilities have a purpose and are convincing.  Justine's as well and she discovers what she can do and who she is.

At a particularly tense time in the book, I found myself with thoughts racing through my head as I tried to get to sleep, trying to figure out what was going on.  Worrying about what was going to happen.  I can't remember a book ever doing that to me.  I was thinking, "Oh my God, who is lying?  Is it this person or that person?  What's going to happen?"

I want to talk about the love interest(s), but I don't want to give too much away.  Let's just say there are no typical love triangles...well there are love triangles, but they don't feel like the tired ol' love triangles that a lot of readers are used to.  The sex scenes...smoking HOT!  But again, no bodice ripping cliches (phew).  They are explicit and tasteful at the same time.

This book is a pleasure to read and I didn’t want to rush through it, because I didn’t want my experience to end. There are quite a few surprises, twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat.  I'm looking forward to the next two installments. 



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Many Bloody Returns.

Title/Author: Many Bloody Returns. Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.
Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris
The Mournful Cry of Owls by Christopher Golden
I Was a Teenage Vampire by Bill Crider
Twilight by Kelley Armstrong
It's My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher
Grave-Robbed by P.N. Elrod
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Rachel Caine
The Witch and the Wicked by Jeanne C. Stein
Blood Wrapped by Tanya Huff
The Wish by Carolyn Haines
Fire and Ice and Linguini for Two by Tate Hallaway
Vampire Hours by Elaine Viets
How Stella got her Grave Back by Toni L.P. Kelner

Narrated by: Luke Daniels and Teri Clark Linden.

Genre: UF.

Publisher: Brilliance Audio.

Source: Library.

Synopsis: This anthology of short stories have two criteria: Vampires and birthdays.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this collection. The stories are varied in style & plot, but with the recurring theme of vampires and birthdays. Some are funny and some are melancholy. Some are deliberate and cerebral and some are fast and action packed.

I stopped reading the Sookie Stackhouse series after the second book because I wasn’t loving it as much as I would have liked. However, Dracula Night, with Sookie is clever and funny. One of my favorites is Christopher Golden’s The Cry of Owls, a beautiful and unique folk tale. I was a Teenage Vampire is humorous and Vampire Hours is a commentary on aging, especially aging women that is written with an astute pen.

I finally “met” Harry Dresden and I love his humor and the whole slew of Jim Butcher’s characters. I’ve heard wonderful things about his books and I hope to get to read them soon. I also got a taste of the Morganville Vampire world. I had little desire to read this series before, but after reading The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Rachel Caine, now I must!

The narrators did an amazing job. They told the stories and spoke the dialogue seamlessly, naturally with humor when it was called for. They differentiated between voices and portrayed all accents and ages well. Some narrators are stiff or over the top, but these two made the listening experience fun and enhanced the stories.

There were a few stories that I felt disappointed when they ended and wished I could have had more of a satisfying conclusion, but overall I loved this book.

Afterthoughts: There is a very mixed bag of opinions about this book on Amazon and Goodreads. But of course, you should check it out yourself to decide!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #3

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger from All Consuming Books and Karen from For What It's Worth Reviews to discuss issues unique to book bloggers.  To find out details, click HERE.

Q. Deadlines for reviewing and blogging. Do you set them? How do you keep them? What do you do if you can't meet a deadline?

A: What is this deadline you speak of? 
So, no.  I don't do deadlines on my blog.  I really admire bloggers who do though.  They use google calender and are able to do their memes at the same time each week.  Wow!  That's amazing to me.  I usually try to post two book reviews a week and for some reason I'm usually able to post them on Mondays and Thursdays.  I think it's just the way things have fallen, but I didn't set out to do that purposefully.  If for some reason I actually have more than two written, I'll schedule it for a date ahead of time, because sooner or later I'll fall behind since I'm a slow reader. 
If I can't even manage two book reviews a week, I feel a bit bummed, a bit of a blogger failure.  I become even more envious of the quick reading bloggers who seem to write reviews faster than a speeding bullet, but then I just shrug my shoulders and I don't let it worry me too much.  I'm using this blog to talk about books and to have fun and therefore, I try not to rush myself. 

Valentine's Day Contest.

Happy Valentine's Day Everybody!  Here is some Valentine's Day trivia for you.
  • According to one legend, while Saint Valentine was in prison, he fell in love with a young girl (rumored to be the jailor's daughter).  Before his death, he wrote her a letter, signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today.
  • A Roman myth says that roses grew when Cupid was carrying nectar to the gods on Mt. Olympus, he spilled the liquid and from that spot roses grew.
  • The oldest known valentine that is still in existence today was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London. It is on display in the British Museum. 
  • The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.
~Since I don't read Romance that much, I thought I'd pass the ones I have onto you.  I am giving away three (3) prize packs to three (3) different winners. First winner will get their first choice, etc.

Valentine's Day Prize Pack #1
~Taken by Fire by Sydney Croft.
~The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn.

Valentine's Day Prize Pack #2
~Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter.
~Ravishing in Red by Madeline Hunter.

 Valentine's Day Prize Pack #3
~The Heir by Grace Borrowes.
~Claimed by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham.
~A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh.

To Enter:
~Leave your name and e-mail address on the Rafflecopter form AND let me know which prize pack you prefer.
~Extra entries are optional.
~If you are choosing to do extra entries, please read the questions/instructions CAREFULLY! If you do not follow the instructions, I reserve the right to disqualify that entry.

~Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter.
~This contest is International!
~Please see my contest policy HERE.
~This contest ends on February 10, 2012 at 12:01am.
~If winner does not contact me within 72 hours (3 days) of my first e-mail, unfortunately another winner will be chosen.

Good luck and thanks for entering!

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Title/Author: Malice by Lisa Jackson.

Narrated by: Mel Foster and Joyce Bean.

Genre: Thriller.

Publisher: Brilliance Audio.

Source: Library.

Favorite character: Olivia.

SynopsisThe scent is unmistakable - gardenias, sweet and delicate, the same perfume that his beautiful first wife, Jennifer, always wore. Opening his eyes in the hospital room where he's recovering from an accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears. But it couldn't have been Jennifer. She died 12 years ago....
Once out of the hospital, Bentz begins to see Jennifer everywhere. Could she still be alive? But it was Bentz who identified Jennifer's body after her horrible car wreck, and there had been no question in his mind that it was her crumpled form behind the wheel, her clothes, her wedding ring. He's never doubted it - until now. He can't tell his new wife, Olivia, about the sightings or his secret fear that he's losing his mind. But Olivia is also hiding a secret....

When a copy of Jennifer's death certificate arrives in the mail, emblazoned with a red question mark, Bentz follows the postmark trail to Los Angeles, returning to the painful memories he's tried so hard to forget, and straight into a killer's web.
Someone's been waiting patiently, silently. Someone who knows exactly what happened that night 12 years ago and has been anticipating Bentz's every move. Soon it will be Bentz's turn to suffer for his sins. But he won't be the only one made to pay the ultimate price. For a diabolical killer has now made Olivia the prime
My Thoughts:
I took this out of the library because I had hopes it would be a ghost story. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t, but I figured I would finish listening because I did become invested in the story and I wanted to find out what was going on.

Unfortunately, I didn't connect with the male protagonist, Rick Bentz.  He is emotional and shows his feelings, but I guess I would have liked to have known a more compassionate side of him.  I think it may have to do with the fact that the author focused primarily on the story.  He shows frustration throughout the story and a gamut of emotions at the end, but I still didn't feel like I knew him. I did like Olivia, his wife.  She is very strong, loyal and doesn’t give up. She doesn’t give up on her husband, their situation or when she is in danger.

I like Joyce Bean's narration better than Mel Foster's.  Her voices were unique to each character. When Foster read for the main character Detective Bentz, it just felt a bit forced.  I liked his voices for the secondary & other minor characters more.

There were a few inconsistencies that pulled me out of the story as well…like the main character would describe another person’s eyes, yet the person had sunglasses on.  One of the minor characters behaves in such a way that I really couldn't believe it, although I know people do and expect ridiculous things.  There is also a lot of telling about certain characters and their past. 

I realized and then confirmed on Goodreads that this book is not so much a sequel but there are other books before it that have to do with the same characters. The book refers to previous events which certainly had me curious, but you can still read/listen to this book and not be lost.

One thing I really enjoyed is the details of the settings.  Jackson did a great job and I could picture the couple's home in New Orleans, the Santa Monica Pier, the getaway that Bentz used to visit with his ex-wife  and the parks and roads where he chased clues and suspects. She is very good at description and the story played out like a movie in my head.

There is another murder mystery running concurrently and I think it is there to throw more twists and questions at the reader.  However, it turned out to be a red herring.  I had a feeling who was behind the mystery but it was still a bit of a surprise.

Although this book didn't work 100% for me, if you are a mystery/thriller junkie or a fan of Lisa Jackson you may want to add this to your list.


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