Thursday, March 13, 2008

February Reads Part 3

Next up, #6, was a new to me author but I have two more books by her to read. FIVE DAYS IN SUMMER by Kate Pepper (New American Library, c2004, ISBN 0-451-41140-4) was this one and I really liked it.
On Cape Cod, Massachusetts (Mashpee), Emily Parker goes missing from a local grocery store and her husband turns to retired FBI agent John Geary for help. What Geary finds is scary: a repeat pattern of women who go missing along with their 7-9 year old sons. This book was a race against the clock to stop the madman and find Emily before something happened to one of her two sons.
I would recommend her to anyone who likes Mary Higgins Clark, Carlene Thompson, Donna Anders, Lisa Gardner, Anne Frasier, etc.

It begins:


Five syringes lined the bleach-clean counter.

Lucky #7 for February was WHAT LIES IN SHADOW by Tina Wainscott (St. Martin's Paperbacks, c2008, ISBN 978-0-312-94164-2). Jonna Karakosta is an events coordinator in Boston, Mass. and she is bored with her home-life. She begins writing a blog called Montene's Diary where she meets enigmatic Dominic and sensing something is going on with her husband and her marriage, she decides to meet up with "Dominic" and is contemplating an affair -- when things go all wrong! Although written in first person, which I typically avoid but not always, this was a good book. A little slow in parts and sometimes repetitive but fun in a sick and twisted way from a blogger's viewpoint.

It starts:

Montene's Diary

Blog entry: November 1, 11:30 P.M.

Dear blog friends,

Tomorrow I'm having a romantic lunch with a man who is not my husband.

Finally, my last book of the month was DOUBLE CROSS by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company, c2007, ISBN 0-316-01505-9), the 13th book in the Alex Cross series.

The story begins:

At the time of his formal sentencing in Alexandria, Virginia for eleven known murders, the former FBI agent and pattern killer Kyle Craig, known as the Mastermind, was lectured and condescended to by U.S. District Judge Nina Wolff.

Eh! I think I'm getting tired of this series or something...I'm not sure. I love Washington D.C. where it is set, I love books about cops and detectives so that's not it. Could it be that Cross is taunted by TWO different serial killers in this book or that something happens that is so unrealistic I found myself screaming, "Oh Puh-leaze! Give me a break!" just short of tossing the book? I've continued to read his books because they are fast reads for me with the little micro chapters, but this book had me thinking I don't know if I even want to waste the day or two it took me to read it ever again! Anybody ever had that reaction to a book?

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