I love you Stephen White; you are absolutely one of the very best storytellers in the world. This book, The Best Revenge, I believe, is one of the best mystery thrillers written. The plot turns this way and that and is always surprising with its twists and turns. The characters are well drawn and the book draws you in from the very beginning; impossible to put down until finished. I was immensely satisfied and, once again, the narrator, Dick Hill, did an excellent job.
I can't think of any books in particular however the Dr Alex Delaware series comes to mind written by Jonathan Kellerman. Kellerman's Dr Delaware plays a similar role to White's Dr Gregory in the series and is a forensic psychiatrist. Both series are excellent and I highly recommend them.
While Dr Gregory is. as always, an intelligent analyser, and most of the story unfolds through his perceptive eyes, it would have to be Tom Clone, on whom the story focuses. I just loved the way White cleverly toys with the reader who can't help but change his or her mind continually as to Clone's guilt or innocence. The range of emotions this character elicits is quite phenomenal.
Yes, the portrayal, the story and the thoughts of the beautiful and empathetic character Bokor (spelling?) - towards the end of the book and as described by Dr Gregory - serves to highlight the essence of the story; the terrible devastation wrought by humans on others individually as in Tom, and in numbers - as in 9/11.
thought provoking book........
I like the Alex Delaware series and especially like reading them between 5 star reads which don't come often enough. John Rubenstein performs them admirably and has grown to be an expected and intrinsic part of the books. The regular characters are always enjoyable and never deviate from their personas. Plots are always well constructed and interesting. These are rarely suspenseful reads and I enjoy them because they are a relaxing read which won't keep the adrenaline pumping into the wee hours of the morning.
unfortunately there had not been any reviews when I purchased this book, or I would not have made the purchase. I do take note of reviews, if they are intelligently written....this book is all over the place and goes nowhere....
Certainly not a literary masterpiece, in fact, far from it. I reads along at a fair pace and is written in a straight forward workmanlike manner, which does not excite one for its skills in prose. Nevertheless, it was an OK book in it's genre, without getting too excited about it. I occasionally enjoy these types of semi medical sci fi stories about killer bugs, and if you do too, you will probably enjoy this well performed book as well.
I really can't say it any better than the publishers review. The writing was superb and eloquently read by Edoardo Ballerini, an excellent choice to perform this work. I thoroughly enjoyed the entangled plot between characters and times, and yet; would I say it was the best book I've read, or the most engrossing book: no, it was not. If you enjoy wonderful writing, interesting characters and the interplay and relationships between humans beings, then you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
hate to say it but JT is getting formulaic....a sprinkle of this and a spoonful of that, stir up the plot and you've got another JT Elliison romantic mystery thriller....; not too hot, not too cold, but just right for those who adore her.
Nor even Edoardo Ballerini's mellifluous voice could raise the temperature of the story told in this book beyond tepid. It was not so bad I abandoned it, but I found myself drifting off and away on a number of occasions but was able to pick the thread up easily again, which is not always a good sign. In really good books, if this happens, I have to replay, as I don't want to miss a word. Unfortunately, Deaver's books, like so many other writers of series, have become formulaic. I had guessed the 'perp' by the first 1/3 of the book and the rest was spent wondering what the denouement would bring and, for me, there was not a lot to get excited about. It wasn't badly written, it was a book that had just been written in a pretty ordinary and predictable way; no interesting writing here, if you're looking for a little, as least, literary skill. If you've read the Bone Collector don't waste a credit on this book, just read the Bone Collector again.
Yes, Daniel Palmer is developing along nicely as a thriller writer; just a little bit more investment in the development of believable and intelligent heros would be a welcome move. With the exception of Gage Dekker, all the other character remained ghostlike and underdeveloped. Upon reflection, perhaps this was intentional and the writer just wanted the whole story to be totally directed by his main character, Gage. If this, indeed was the case, then Gage's character needed further development and given more insight, less hysteria, and more intelligence than the present character appears to have. Having said that, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The suspense was strung like a tight wire throughout the book and it was hard to put down. Peter Berkrot's performance as Gage Dekker was excellent and he brought the character to life. I look forward to Daniel Palmer's next book.
Not my normal genre which is mystery/thriller/suspense. I suppose this book might weakly fall into the mystery category but is really romance built around a tepid mystery plot. I read the first in the series after reading a pleasing review. Sometimes I like something light & refreshing between engrossing thrillers, and this series meets with these needs most satisfactorily. it is like having a gelato on a hot summer's day.
The main character, Francesca, is a refreshing delight, a blue-stocking, a swat and a supposed intellectual! She is also a self made detective and, not quite like Miss Marple, manages to solve murders without too much fuss but with quite a lot of sexual stirring in not only herself but also in Bragg, the Police Commissioner with whom she is in love, her sister, Connie, who has a wayward husband and in Bragg's brother Hart with one of his socially unacceptable paramours. There follows quite a lot of erotic love making and for those who enjoy this sort of thing it will sure put a spring into your step. If you like gelato on hot days and want to put a spring into your step, buy this !!
I have only read another book by this author and this book is along the same lines. He may, in fact, have written bits of it when he wrote The Professionals, the other book of his I've read. I must say I enjoyed the Professionals more because the idea and the story was fresh to me when I read it. The writer appeared to struggle with this book a bit and it parts, I found myself losing concentration. The plot is highly improbable but in most stories this is not important if the tale is told well. I can't really criticize the writing in this book but I certainly thought about the improbability of the story line many times throughout the reading. Ballerini's reading for me saved the book completely; he's so, so good. I will try another Laukkanen just to see whether The Professionals wasn't just a flash in the pan, but hope it's not more bank robberies.
from page 1, this was a winner for me. It sucked me right in and kept me enthralled until I finished it in 2 listening sessions. Lisa Unger has a magic ability to create a wonderful suspenseful tension in her writing that keeps you 'turning pages' well into the night. The narrators were nothing short of brilliant, especially the voice of 'Lana.' The two perfmormers brought the book to life and made the story perfectly believable. Can't recommend this book more highly for those who love good character development and psychological suspense. Can't wait for Unger's next delectable treat!
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