When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He's there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadn't counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses.
If you like things like the movie "Clue" with Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Tim Curry, you will love this book. Take it for what it is. Comedy, satire, and strange. I love writers that have this kind of imagination.
John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.
After reading "The Last Child" and "The Hush" I was thrilled that I had found a new author to read. Well, new to me anyway. I had never heard of John Hart. I loved those two books. So I tried "The King of Lies". OMG, what a disaster. This book is so sappy I could barely stand it. I kept trying to give the author a chance thinking it's got to get better but no. On top of all the sap, the author did not give us a character or set of characters to cheer for. No one to go on the journey with. I grew to hate every character in the book. Why were they all so stupid? After a while, I finally gave up and decided that I could care less how this book ended. This book has to be returned. Maybe this review won't show up after I return it but oh well. With the thousands of dollars I have spent on Audible for books, this was truly one of the worst. I am going to try one more John Hart novel, just in case this was a fluke. Fingers crossed.
It's been 10 years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon's life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; he has fans, groupies. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, Johnny's only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They're not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost.
This was not as gripping as The Last Child, but a very worthwhile read. I cannot understand any negative comments. Great writing, good performance, good production, great story.
his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.
Loved it and recommend it. This is one of the gems you hunt for as you read a ton of mediocre books.
Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.
Any good author can take me on any journey if the author gives me the characters that I want to go on a journey with. I think of The Gunslinger series by your father where I could not wait to find out what happened to The Gunslinger, Eddie, little Jake, and Susannah. This book has one main protagonist and there is nothing to like about him. Who cares what happens to him? After 3 hours of the book, I had to quit. You are a good writer and it's a creepy story, but no characters to care about.
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I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.
This is a fun book. It's not a great book. It's not going to give you some kind of life changing epiphany. It's just a fun book. It's too short for the cost though. It's kind of like between a short story and a novel. At half the price, I'd recommend it. At this price, up to you. I always feel ripped off giving up a credit for a 5 hour story. Not saying I'm not a sucker for fun stories though.
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Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.
Very little detective work. Just a bunch of gross descriptive human butchery. I guess this could find a fit in the horror genre, but sure was a worthless read for me. The readers were good. They do not deserve one star. However, the entire experience was so bad that I could not give any part of this book more than one star. My apologies to the readers, but they really should show more character when choosing the books they read.
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The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series.
I was unhappy with the way the book started, 20 years since book 6 ended. I was also unhappy with the way Bobbi turned out. She seems petty to me. As I read on though, I really love where the authors are taking this. Can't wait for number 8.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.
I became a huge Andy Weir fan when I read "The Martian" and later the short 6 minute story called "The Egg". I was so excited for this new Andy Weir book. The first 3 hours I hated it. It was boring, and nothing was done to bring the reader into the characters, especially the main protagonist. After that, the book picked up the pace. It's a short book, so throw out the first 3 hours and it's really short. However, it still amounted to nothing more than an average sci fi story. Had this been my first Andy Weir book, I would have never read another. The reader was good, but her inflections of the main character's voice would not have been the choice my mind would have gone to if I had read this instead of listening. Some of the time she had this so called street smart girl sounding like a dumb valley girl. I could not get into this one. Not at all.
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In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.
A reviewer wrote that Stephen King is not known for his character development. I have to take issue with that. The one thing Stephen King, and now Owen as well, brings to the table is wonderful character development. I don't really like the King stories at all. I'm not into evil spirits or haunted houses or zombies or vampires. However, a great author can take me on any journey at all as long as I get involved with the characters. Who can forget Eddie, Roseanna, little Jake, and the Gunslinger for example? For a guy who does not like the story lines in most King books, I have amassed quite a library of his books. This book is classic King. From beginning to end I was immersed in the characters and so I simply had to take the journey with them. If you like Stephen King, this is a worthwhile read.
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