Friday, February 18, 2011

I may have to recant

Remember how I said movies ruin books?

That was before I saw the previews for The Lincoln Lawyer! I mean, how can you really go wrong with Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Phillippe?

I have read several Michael Connelly books and really enjoyed them (especially The Poet series). This was not on my list yet, but it just jumped to the top. I may even splurge and buy it!

Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

I'm finally finishing the series, yes with book #2. However, May is going to be a great month. Two new series reads!! One from Slaughter and one from Patterson. Score.

Back to the review.

Once again, semi-graphic depiction of the evil that lurks. And another about kids. I may never let my son out of the house again. It begins with a stand off where Jeffrey is forced, which he later questions, to shoot a thirteen year old girl dead. This just begins the horrors that are revealed in a child pornography, abduction, sexual abuse fiasco. After discovering a dead, recently born baby, Sarah and Jeffrey begin the search both kids and adults for clues as to who all is involved.

I can't go into much more detail without giving away some big clues, so I will just stop here.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The 9th Judgment by James Patterson

I happened to be at the top of the waiting list somehow for this one, I thought it would take longer. Of course I relate better to these than the Alex Cross books because of the female leads. But I do enjoy them and I'm glad that the show was canceled, sorry J.P., but they couldn't keep up with the real thing.

The Women's Murder Club books follow four simple female characters of various professional careers and their love lives. If you haven't read them, go do that now and then come back and finish reading this.

And as I mentioned in my previous post, it's about a gunman who kills mothers and their babies. And I mean little babies, 2 and under. In case you haven't looked at my profile, my son will turn 2 in April. These books scared the sh*t out of me. I think about it every time I go to my car from work in the parking garage.

There is also another crime spree. A jewel thief who is breaking into houses during dinner parties and making away with some very expensive things. This story really blows up when one of the victims of theft is also gunned down. As a reader we know who the real killer is and are left wondering how Boxer and the girls will figure it out.

The storyline was good, but the ending really got me. After reading the Slaughter books and knowing how surprising an ending can be, well, I won't say more because I don't want to give it away. Just read it for yourself, preferably before 10th Anniversary comes out in May!! I love books in a series! But it deals with more babies... gah!

Jack and Jill by James Patterson

Ok, so I still picture Morgan Freeman sometimes, but I'm trying.

High society people are being murdered execution style with cryptic poems being left behind signed Jack and Jill. This becomes a big problem when it is revealed that Jack and Jill are the code names for the President and First Lady, who are the ultimate targets. At the same time in the poorer area of Washington D.C., a killer is beating small children to death from the same school where Alex Cross's son attends. Cross tries to stretch the hours of the day so he can work both crimes and keep his family safe.

I can tell such a difference in his earlier writings and his newer ones. I am starting at the beginning, because we know what happens when you don't. However, I couldn't get into this one much because the detail was not there. I didn't feel like I was in the room. The murders were just talked about in passing, no description. Which is probably a good thing, because I also just finished The 9th Judgment (review coming soon), I really have to stop reading books about baby murderers...

Regardless, it was an o.k. read and necessary for the Alex Cross storyline. Can't wait to get to the newer ones though.