Syndrome E: A Novel by Franck Thilliez (Franck Sharko Series #3)

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Publication Date: August 16, 2012      Franck Sharko Series

Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Hennebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—and violent—film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it—especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.

Enlisting the help of Inspector Franck Sharko—a brooding, broken analyst for the Paris police who is exploring the film’s connection to five murdered men left in the woods, Lucie begins to strip away the layers of what is perhaps the most disturbing and powerful film ever made. Soon Sharko and Lucie find themselves mired in a darkness that spreads across politics, religion, science, and art while stretching from France to Canada, Egypt to Rwanda, and beyond. And just who is responsible for this darkness will blow readers minds, as Syndrome E forces them to consider: what if the earliest and most brilliant advances and discoveries of neuroscience were not used for good—but for evil.

With this taut U.S. debut, Thilliez explores the origins of violence through cutting-edge and popular science in a breakneck thriller rich with shocking plot twists and profound questions about the nature of humanity.

Review –

This was my first reading of Franck Thilliez and it won’t be my last.

Syndrome E is a psychological thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.  It is creepy, horrifying, blood-draining, and worthy of staying up all night.  If you like murder mysteries  to the max you have got to try this one.

Coma by Robin Cook

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Original publication date: 1977

They called it “minor surgery,” but Nancy Greenly, Sean Berman, and a dozen others—all admitted to Boston Memorial Hospital for routine procedures were victims of the same inexplicable, hideous tragedy on the operating table. They never woke up. . . .
Review –
I read this book many many years ago but when I heard that it would be televised as a mini series I just HAD to read it again and it was even better the second time around.  The storyline is gripping and makes you hope you NEVER have to check into a hospital. 
The mini series was done well but you just can’t beat a good book.

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

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Release Date: May 22, 2012

Be careful what you wish for. . . .

When Wren’s boyfriend, Danny, died, Wren decided that what she wanted—what she had to do—was to bring Danny back. And so, in a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, she did.

But the Danny who returns isn’t the boy Wren fell in love with, and she must hide him away while her life unravels around her. Then Gabriel transfers to her school and somehow he knows what she has done—and he wants to help make things right.

But Wren alone must undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

Review –

Not really a fan of this book.  The storyline was interesting but the expectations of Wren were way too high and she should have realized it, but without her sincere wishes for a perfect outcome, the story would have been flat and boring.  I was a fast read but I don’t think I’ll invest in the sequel.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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Release Date: November 6, 2012 | Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.
Review –
This is the second book in the series and  while I listened to the first one, I read this one and I can tell you that I enjoyed listening more than reading for the simple reason  that the names of some of the characters are hard to pronounce and while I stumbled through them, the narrator did a superb job and made it seem so easy.
The story was a whirlwind of action and carries you on a wild ride  finding out a lot about both main characters and feeling their pains and joys.  I can’t wait for the third installment of this good vs. evil series.

The Last Coyote(Harry Bosch Series #4) by Michael Connelly

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Publication Date:April 29, 2003
Harry Bosch’s life is on the edge. His earthquake-damaged home has been condemned. His girlfriend has left him. He’s drinking too much. And after attacking his commanding officer, he’s even had to turn in his L.A.P.D. detective’s badge. Now, suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation, he’s spending his time investigating an unsolved crime from 1961: the brutal slaying of a prostitute who happened to be his own mother.
Even after three decades, Harry’s questions generate heat among L.A.’s top politicos. And as the truth begins to emerge, it becomes more and more apparent that someone wants to keep it buried. Someone very powerful…very cunning…and very deadly.
Review –
I love the Harry Bosch Series  by Michael Connelly but haven’t read them in order(I do that a lot) but this one has been my favorite so far.  Poor Harry doesn’t have a lot of luck and what he does have is usually bad but that never deters him from doing what’s right.  We find that’s the way it’s been with him since his mother was murdered and he had to go to a “home” and while he has some time off (not of his choosing) he investigates the  murder of his mother which has gone unsolved for 30 years.  Someone doesn’t want it solved but Harry persists. 
If you love a good “who-done-it” try this one and you won’t be able to put it down.

Bare Bones(Temperance Brennan Series #6) by Kathy Reichs

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Publication Date:July 1, 2003
From number one internationally bestselling author Kathy Reichs comes a masterful new novel of cutting-edge forensics and gripping suspense.It’s a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner, looks forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic vacation. She’s almost out the door when the bones start appearing.

A newborn’s charred remains turn up in a wood stove. The mother, Tamela Banks, hardly more than a child herself, has disappeared. Did she kill her infant, or is an innocent teenager also about to become a victim?

A small plane crashes in a North Carolina cornfield on a sunny afternoon. Both pilot and passenger are burned beyond recognition. Was it pilot error? Something more sinister? And what is the mysterious black substance covering the bodies?

Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. What has Tempe’s dog, Boyd, unearthed? The remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab.

With help from a special detective friend, Tempe must investigate a poignant and terrifying case that comes at the worst possible moment. Daughter Katy has a new boyfriend who Tempe fears may have something to hide. And important personal decisions face Tempe. Is it time for emotional commitment? Will she have the chance to find out?

Everything must wait on the bones. What story do they tell? Why are the X-rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe from the answers? Someone is following her. Someone is following Katy. That someone must be stopped before it’s too late.

With the riveting authenticity that only world-class forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs can bring to her fiction, Bare Bones asks important questions and thrills us to its pulsating end. Fresh from the success of Grave Secrets, Reichs proves once again that she is the consummate crime-writing star.

Review –

I don’t remember the first time I read one of the Temperance Brennan books but I was hooked and have read or listened to several since.  I haven’t read them in any order but it doesn’t seem to matter because each is good as a stand alone with separate plots and outcomes, only some of the characters are the same and usually a little of the back story is given to the reader.  

I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next one.

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

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Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Actors aren’t the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood.…At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders left her childhood home in Massachusetts and headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to make it as a screenwriter. Six years later, she hits the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the showrunner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear for writer’s room showdowns and an eye for bad backstage behavior and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.
Review –Not my cup of tea.  I read it because once I start a book I always finish it but I won’t read another book by this author. Sorry.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Review –

I normally don’t show the cover of the book  so large but I couldn’t help it.  I love it.  Covers, to me, add a lot to a book and can influence if you pick it up to read or not.  This is one you can’t pass by.

This is another book that I have given FIVE STARS *****.

The author created a magical world of Angels and Chimera, who happen to be enemies going way back, (sound familiar Romeo and Juliet) and along comes Karou, a human raised by Chimera and naturally the angel is immediately attracted to her and not because of her beautiful blue hair.

I had the audio version and the narrator did a fantastic job and made me feel as if I were a part of the story along with Karou and Zusanna.

Five stars really doesn’t do it justice but I stand b y it-at the end I had to sit for a minute and collect my thoughts and then figure out where to find an ARC of the sequel(More on that later)

If  you like fantasy intertwined with myths with a side of humor and a splash of romance rush out and get this book – you will not be disappointed.

 

 

 

Just After Sunset by Stephen King

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Publication Date: September 22, 2009
Stephen King — who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies — delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything’s Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of Just After Sunset. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications.Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating — and then terrifying — journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, “The Gingerbread Girl” is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable — and resourceful — as Audrey Hepburn’s character in Wait Until Dark. In “Ayana,” a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, “N.,” which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient’s irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside…or keep the world from falling victim to it.

Just After Sunset— call it dusk, call it twilight, it’s a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It’s the perfect time for Stephen King.

Review –

I am a Stephen King from way back and this book of short stories was like icing on a cake, sweet,delicious and something you want more of.  The stories were great and if you’re a King fan you need to put this book on your “to read” list and find a comfy chair and enjoy.

 

 

 

Evidence: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman

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Publication Date: 2009       Series: Alex Delaware

In a half-built mansion in Los Angeles, a watchman stumbles onto the bodies of a young couple—murdered and left in a gruesome postmortem embrace.

Veteran homicide cop Milo Sturgis is shocked at the sight: a twisted crime that only Milo and psychologist Alex Delaware can hope to solve. While the female victim’s identity remains in question, her companion is ID’d as eco-friendly architect Desmond Backer, notorious for his power to seduce women. The deeper Milo and Alex dig for clues, the longer the list of suspects grows. But when the investigation veers suddenly in a startling direction, it’s the investigators who may wind up on the wrong end of a cornered predator’s final fury.

Review –

I was disappointed in this book because Alex Delaware played such a small part in the story line.  He wasn’t really needed and this should have been called a Milo Sturgis Novel. Also, there was too much dialogue and not enough action.  If I were rating this book I’d give it two and a half stars. Sorry, Mr. Kellerman.