THE GRAND DELUSION by Heath Sommer

January 10, 2010

Mysterious phone calls to a local sheriff, a troubled boy with an unusual proposition for a prostitute and some college kids with their own internal issues all intertwine in a fascinating story of psychological intrigue. 

Well I must say, after his last book ‘The Manufactured Identity’ captured my attention in 2008, I was really looking forward to another book from this author. ‘The Grand Delusion’ did not disappoint. From the beginning to the end, hints are given and then taken away. I really like not being able to predict the ending halfway into a book. Like every great mystery novel, ‘The Grand Delusion’ keeps you guessing.

I highly recommend this book and will keep a lookout for more from this author.

1ST TO DIE by James Patterson

November 10, 2009

Four women (a homicide inspector, a coroner, a reporter and a district attorney) come together to catch the serial killer who is brutally murdering newlywed couples.

I’ve been meaning to get into this popular series, so I figured I’d start with the first. With his typical short chapter writing style the book moves along at a rapid pace. There are quite a bit of twists and turns and the depth of the mystery is very impressive. The only complaint I could come up with is that the ‘women’s perspective’ seemed to be laid on a little thick, but it did not detract much from the overall experience.

I will probably continue this series after I get a few other reads in the bag that are higher on my list.

THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown

July 29, 2009

A murdered agent of a secret religious society has left clues to a shocking secret. The victim’s cryptographer granddaughter and a famous symbologist must solve the riddle through the exploration of many long debated tales and legends.

A fast paced ride through history. One of the best intellectual thrillers I’ve read in a long time. Dan Brown’s apparent knack for mixing suspense and historical detail make this book stand out as a must read for any book lover.

PHANTOMS by Dean Koontz

November 30, 2008

A woman returning to her home town, a ski village in California, and finds something terrible. Everyone is either missing or dead. The cause of this mystery is something of nightmares.

Riveting I say. This is a thriller, but could also be categorized as horror. The excellent depictions of a haunted town shrouded in darkness with someone or something stalking you and trying to figure out where Koontz is taking you made me not want to put this book down. This book also has one of the best ‘bad guys’ I’ve read.

I am a big fan of Dean Koontz and this is one of his scariest, if not best, books.

THE MANUFACTURED IDENTITY by Heath Sommer

October 12, 2008

A man wakes up in a park with no memory. Meanwhile, men and women around the country struggle with the mysterious disappearance of their significant others. As the mystery man battles to find out who he is, other mysteries are brought to light. How many lives are entwined? How many lives are ruined?

This is one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. The author’s bio states Sommer is a Doctor of Psychology and it shows in the in-depth narratives and troubling mental disorders. I found I could not stop reading as I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop.

If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, I would definitely recommend this book.

This book is a preview copy of a soon-to-be published book that has been floating around one of my book clubs. Keep an eye out for when this shows up on the shelves. When it comes out, I’ll probably buy it and re-read it just to see if there are any differences.

ALL AROUND THE TOWN by Mary Higgins Clark

October 12, 2008

A four year old girl is kidnapped and terrorized for two years before being released. Now, as a college student with multiple personalities, she must deal with the fact that her kidnappers are near to becoming celebrities. As they try to keep her from revealing their past, murder and mystery ensue.

Reading this novel, you really get a feeling of how traumatized this girl is and how much the people around care about her and want to take care of her. The chilling reminder of how easy it is for a child to be kidnapped always adds to the tension of a book.

As usual, Clark is a very fast paced writer. Not adding any back-story or details that don’t relate to the immediate plot allows her to fit a lot of story in a short amount of time.

This is one of the best Mary Higgins Clark books from a library of her great books.

PREY by Michael Crichton

September 20, 2008

The setting is a research facility in the Nevada desert. Some of the nano-robots being created in this facility escape and begin to learn and multiply. As they become more self aware, they start to become a threat to the outside world.

Crichton continues his exploration of leading edge sciences with this fast paced novel centering around nano-technology. With his usual combination of science and entertainment, Crichton delivers another suspense filled techno-fiction novel.

Although the character development is somewhat lacking, I would definitely recommend picking up this easy read.

Here We Go!

July 9, 2008

This will be my first foray into the blogosphere. I’m an avid reader and will be posting reviews on all the books I read that I plan on reading again in the future. I hope anyone who lands here looking for some good recommendations will find this blog helpful.