Sunday, August 31, 2008

Eyes of Prey (John Sandford)

Third book in the Lucas Davenport series - I'm finding them very addictive. In this one, Lucas is mentally distressed over the Crow killings - they are alluded to but never really explained, so I'm glad I read that book first.

Story of a serial killer who is crazy - and apparently returns next book. He is a drug addict, obsessed with death and dying - to the point of intentionally killing both adults and children to watch them die. He is also obsessed with the eyes - which leads to the title and some pretty alarming murders.

Baby and girlfriend are only tangentially mentioned, though the end of the book hints at more action next time. Speaking of end - I had NO idea what was coming.

Liked it a lot. In fact, I feel like I've liked each book slightly better than the last.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Gods Behaving Badly (Marie Phillips)

OK book. Funny in places. Basic gist is that the Gods of Mount Olympus live in a filthy, rundown flat in London. They hire a mortal cleaner and then she gets killed by Zeus. Her kind of boyfriend has to go on a hero quest to the Underworld. Hilarity ensues.

I think you'd like this more if you had a strong background in Roman mythology, which I did once upon a time but have since lost - it was in 8th grade Latin, after all.

Overall a C.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Shadow Prey (John Sandford)

The second book in the Lucas Davenport series. I liked this one better, I think, because I was rooting a little bit more for the bad guys - at least some of them.

The basic idea is that a group of indian assassins are knocking off people who have done them wrong. But there is an interesting subplot about a pedophile who has managed to end up in a position of power.

My only complaint is that there isn't more discussion of his baby and on again / off again girlfriend who was introduced in the first book. Hopefully more in book 3.

Monday, August 11, 2008

In Silence (Erica Spindler)

So I've been on a suspense kick lately. Partly I think it's PB and also partly because I don't have a ton of time to read and the pacing works for me. Plus suspense is pretty mindless reading but not quite as mindless as chick lit. Or at least that's what I tell myself.

This book was quite interesting, though I have to say that dialogue (both internal and between characters) is definitely Spindler's weak point. Her character just say.. dumb and obvious things. She does have a knack for the twist ending though.

In silence is about a small town that resists change at all costs. A secret group is operating to keep citizens in line, using various legal and illegal means. This appealed to me because I am from a small town (though not as small and isolated as this one). She also talks about some social psychological stuff and I like the idea of small towns that are ultimately unhealthy precisely because they cling to their old ways.

I am also kind of fascinated by Louisiana - though I don't really know why. That's why I originally picked up a later book by this author and now I have to work my way back.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

See Jane Die (Erica Spindler)

A nice little thriller about two sisters, one a formerly disfigured artist named Cameo and one a police detective. Cameo's husband is charged with murder after several of his plastic surgery patients are found dead. There is also a bizarre assistant in love with Cameo - to the point of constructing fake pictures of the homes and vacations they share in his fantasy life, and a cop romance where the detective sleeps with her partner. Not to mention a psychologist who is lifelong friends with both women, and who has some secrets of his own.

Reminds me a lot of Patricia Cornwell. I liked it OK, but I'm a sucker for an author that can give me a twist I never, ever, considered. I'd give it a B.