January 27, 2015

False Memory by Dean Koontz

It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run . . . no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly. "Fear for your mind".
Dean Koontz hits your darkest fears with this deadly thriller. Going inside your mind and making you afraid of yourself and what you are capable of. He targets mind control and not having control over your own thoughts or actions. It is a truly horrifying concept that comes from one of the great creators of thrilling fiction.

False Memory has just a creepy tone to it that carries throughout the whole novel. It keeps you on the edge of your seat because it is impossible to put down. There are a bunch of twists and turns to haunt you on every page. It truly drags you through the realm of insanity.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it all seems unattainable.

The characters in this book are extremely interesting. This is especially true at the beginning when it appears that they developed crippling mental illnesses out of the blue. As the book progresses, the characters only become stronger and stronger.

This novel had everything that I really enjoy. Great characters that you can root for, a thrilling story that is fast-paced and eerie, great writing that doesn’t drag on and get boring, and ultimately and ending that I enjoyed.

The length of this book was a bit intimidating because of how large my TBR pile is, but once I really sat down with it, it was easy to finish it fairly quickly and I really recommend it for fans of thrillers.

5/5 Stars

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January 11, 2015

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson

It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything--and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.
How fitting that I began this book during a snowstorm.

I loved the first half of this book. It was intriguing, horrifying, and sad all at the same time. Christmas is supposed to be a time of happiness but when a father holds his children and ex wife hostage it is anything but happy for them and Alex.

It kept me turning the page at a rapid pace and was a great read.

Once that was solved was when it went downhill and I had to force myself to keep reading. This is because it continued off of the story of The Family from the previous novel, and I wasn’t a fan of that whole story line or the characters involved. It started to drag for me even though the action was still at top speed.

If this book would have ended at the first half, it would have a perfect 5/5.

3/5 stars

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January 10, 2015

The Private School Murders (Confessions #2) by James Patterson

In the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson keeps the confessions coming breathlessly as Tandy Angel delves deeper into her own tumultuous history-and proves that she can rise above the sordid Angel legacy.

Wealthy young women are being murdered on Manhattan's exclusive Upper West Side, and the police aren't looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she cracked was the mystery of her parents' deaths. Now, while she's working to exonerate her brother of his glamorous girlfriend's homicide, she's driven to get involved in the West Side murder spree.

One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy's own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer, but the NYPD isn't listening to her...and Tandy can't ignore the disturbing fact that she perfectly fits the profile of the killer's targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?
I liked this book a lot more than the first book. The story was more interesting to me and grabbed my attention more. It helped that there were two to three interesting things happening at all times.

I am still not a huge fan of Tandy as the protagonist. She is too much of a know-it-all, but that is what makes her character. It is possible that I get more attached to her as I read more Confessions novels.

This was a good situation where the second book was better than the first, and I am grateful for that. I don’t regret my purchase at all, and it made me want to keep reading the series.

4/5 stars

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