Sunday, August 31, 2008

Joe Schreiber - Eat The Dark

Escorted from prison under heavy guard, murderous psychopath Fran Snow is scheduled for an emergency brain scan at Tanglewood Memorial Hospital, an institution that is closing its doors after one final night of operation.
But Snow has something far more terrifying planned. And once the lights go out, a fiendish game of hide-and-seek begins.

Alone in the dark with a homicidal madman who knows their fears, their secrets, and their every move, MRI technician Mike Hughes, his wife and child, and the other unlucky souls trapped in the hospital have no choice but to duel with the devil incarnate. If they play by their stalker's twisted rules, some of them might just survive. But there's more to Frank Snow than the naked eye can see ... or the sane mind can bear.


To me this book felt like a huge disappointment. Intrigued by the book description I read a while ago, I eagerly wanted to read it. While the first few pages were promising lots of excitement the story fell flat later.

It is the late nightshift Mike Hughes has to work in Tanglewood Memorial Hospital. Windows were already nailed shut from the outside, patients were transported to other hospitals and there isn't much stuff left to work at all.
Surprisingly for Mike a heavy guarded transport arrives with the serial killer Frank Snow who allegedly suffers from severe headaches, numbness, dizziness and other symptoms. Under supervision of Dr. Walker, the last remaining doctor, Mike is supposed to perform a brain scan when the for the procedure unchained Snow gives him a small note he"s supposed to read.

Outside the examination room Mike reads the note saying if he wants to survive this night he has to leave the hospital together with his family right now. Wondering about the note and his family not even present, his enraged wife arrives together with little son Eli, accusing him of cheating on her.
Things then begin to get out of control. Snow has convulsions and Mike sends his wife out into the lobby to wait there for her.
Trying to save Snow's life the policemen, Dr. Walker and Mike have to reach another level in the hospital when the power fails.
Left in the dark they all face what seems to be a haunt for their lives.

Chased by strange things, dead people they all at one point fell into a dream just to wake up with the lights on and a note in their hands say that if they want to survive the night, to do as Snow says.
They all are part of a game far more as the one of a clever serial killer on the loose.


Luckily the book isn't too long as the author seems to lack the fantasy to put off a strong plot like this, missing out on opportunities that might have given this book what it needed: suspense and a sense for the detail. Wishy-washy.


Merry Jones - The Deadly Neighbors

In this third novel featuring art therapist Zoe Hayes, the neighbors are shocked when a woman's body is discovered in the kitchen of Zoe’s estranged father, Walter. In fact, they suspect Walter of killing her. But as Zoe investigates further, it seems that the neighbors are up to some pretty shocking shenanigans themselves.

As Zoe tries to prove her father’s innocence, she encounters a cruel ring of organized criminals who specialize in dark and deadly forms of entertainment. Trying to escape their grasp, Zoe—with her daughter, Molly, in tow—must solve a series of grisly murders, but in the process, stumbles into secrets that force her to reconnect with a lost and very frightening part of her own past….


Zoe doesn't like to think about her childhood. Her memories surround her father and mother fighting because he'd had a serious gambling addiction which drove her mother to death when she was around six-year-old.
No wonder she hasn't had contact to her eighty-three-year-old father in over. When she receives a call from an anxious neighbor he wouldn't be well and needs someone to check on him she reluctantly agrees to go to his house with the thought to introduce his grandchild Molly at the same time.
Little did she know that when she and Molly finally enter the house through the basements door that she would find her father kneeling above a woman lying on the floor with a knife in his hands and the woman's throat slit.

From there on Zoe is constantly confronted with her childhood which seems to be blurred by images she can't understand. Her father cleared of being a murderer the neighborhood seems to be threatened from something the call the "gang" with little to no information's what this is about except that the dead woman wasn't the first victim. Dogs are killed in most violent ways just to be followed by their owner.


Zoe doesn't seem to grow up in this novel. Endangering her child and the unborn child, not listening to her body when she's suffering from major contractions she get a bit annoying. She doesn't understand that her fiancée Nick Stiles is afraid for her and his unborn child well being. Her lack of self-confidence in her relationship with Nick gets a bad taste after having too much of it. She's behaving insensitive which took a lot of the reading fun I'd experienced with the first two novels and I'd seriously like to slap her.

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Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur; 1st edition (November 27, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312356218
ISBN-13: 978-0312356217

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Kate Brennan - In His Sigths

What if the man you'd loved for years vows when you leave him, to destroy you ?
What if he transforms into a ruthless tormentor, stealing your freedom, undermining your sanity, and threatening your safety ?

This is not a fictional scenario. It is Kate Brennan's life.

Kate is a well-respected writer and scholar, a highly independent woman with simple tastes and a complicated romantic past that leave her perfectly content with singlehood. So when she meets Paul - a wealthy, charismatic businessman with a great deal of free time - she's weary of getting involved. Eventually, though, his polished charm and relentlessness wooing win her over.
Things move quickly, and it is only after the two have moved together that Kate discovers the serial infidelity, the unbalanced psyche, and the sordid secrets lurking under the Mr. Right facade.

Kate lets Paul into her life with trepidation, and when she ends the relationship, she finds she can't get him out of it. With limitless resources, he dedicates himself to stalking her: he tracks her movements, arranges for people to break into her home, interferes with her work, and even relocates to her new neighborhood. His harassment lasts for more than a decade and, as Paul is still at large, it continues to turn Kate's life upside down today.

This visceral memoir not only lays bare the mind of a stalker, but also shows how smart, successful women can fall prey to a warped and powerful man who has the memory and connections to keep her under his watchful eye. Both frightening and insightful, In His Sights is a gripping tale of one woman's descent into the dark side of love and how she has fought - and still struggles - to free herself.


Kate Brennan is an alias used to protect the author's identity. She has been a freelance writer (under her real name) for more than thirty years, with a focus on women's issues. She has also taught English and women's studies at a number of
colleges. Her stalker remains at large.


Personally, I wouldn't want to rate a book like this. Kate Brennan tells about her life in a very analytical way that shows the reader she's had more then a decade time to think about the man who's stalking her and to think about herself.

Raised in a catholic family her mother taught her to value marriage and love through enduring humiliation and verbal abuse by a drunken husband. Having learned to keep her distance from men that consume alcohol, she found a man who seems to have everything but presumably suffered from the loss of his father who was tortured and murdered.
The problems with Paul soon evolved in secrecy and unfaithfulness. Deeply disturbed he shows signs of obsession with the killer of his father and his conviction. He developed a sexual addiction which keeps him away from Kate.

Kate takes pity on him every time, takes action in bringing him to counseling but finally decides to leave him.

She herself describes her life as before Paul, with Paul and after Paul. The after Paul is a still ongoing life with fear and security measures. Since 1994 Paul is following her wherever she goes. With his inherited money he's got ways and means to pay people to frighten and watch her and intrude into her life with every imaginable way.

PTSD, panic attacks, nightly listening to sounds, sleeping fully closed, always being prepared to leave the place she's living in, she lives a life of being prey to a dangerous, unpredictable man.


It is difficult to fathom all this or to even understand why she let it come so far in the beginning but who would imagine to find something like this in the man she thought she loved ?
Although I had a stalker in my life as well and have a rudimentary imagination of what she went and still is going through, I could never imagine to endure this torture for years.
While reading I faced my own fears which seem to have happened so long ago and I felt lucky that in the end I was able to get out of my own misery. Compared to her I had an easy way out.

I felt for her with every new turned page and I wish her all the best and share her deepest wish wholeheartedly.

I found a very interesting, deep interview with Kate Brennan.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harper (August 5, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061451606
ISBN-13: 978-0061451607

Monday, August 25, 2008

Terri Persons - Blind Rage

A string of troubled young women committing suicide is haunting the Twin Cities - but FBI Agent Bernadette Saint Clare has a hunch that these women didn't die by their own hand...

It's a big leap to take, and Bernadette's going to need some serious evidence to back it up. Unfortunately, her best lead is an uncooperative psychiatrist, and when Saint Clare resorts to using her second sight, she'll discover dark secrets in the doctor's past as complex as they are disgusting.

With a cast of characters including a partner who's no longer among the living and a handsome boss who's available, this is the most unique psychological thriller you're bound to read all year.


In this second novel featuring FBI Agent Bernadette Saint Clare and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Garcia, the investigators are determined to solve the death of six young, troubled girls who presumably killed themselves through drowning. When the seventh girl is found drowned in her bathtub and filled with Lithium prescribed by her psychiatrist they feel the drownings that have occurred lately can't be a coincidence.

A vague description of the possible killer and the few leads they are following end in a blind alley with their subjects hiding behind their lawyers without any real reason.
There is young, handsome professor Wakefielder giving literature classes and seems to take advantage of his female students.
The psychiatrist Luke VanHalder isn't helpful either with not releasing the involved girls files.
Bernadette gets hunches of all of them but can't quite figure out more due to her sight. The pressure on Bernadette and Garcia rises when professor Wakefielder calls to let them know that one of his students is missing and Bernadette's sight tells her that the killer has already captured his next victim. They don't know yet the depth of the cobweb and all it's angles they are sitting in but will soon discover nothing is as it seems and past and present are ultimately connected together and shocking.

Bernadette's connection to this killer is intense and when he cuts himself with a razor she discovers the depth of her connection with her own blood dripping from her face. Facing the killer could mean to shoot herself if she tries to shoot him in self defense.


Bernadette's character doesn't seem to have developed much more compared to the first novel but plotwise the author certainly did. It was interesting that the crimes weren't exactly solved due to Bernadette's sight but more to her combination of the facts. She seems a bit brisk and certainly would have been more successful in her investigations without threatening each and every subject on her list.
A great addition and not at all a surprise is her dead college, Ruben Creed, who helped during her investigations.

Exciting and a good read !


Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (May 20, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385518757
ISBN-13: 978-0385518758

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Heather Graham - The Dead Room

She talks to dead people...

A year ago, archaeologist Leslie MacIntyre barely survived an explosion that took the life of her fiancee, Matt Connolly.

Since then she's slowly come to terms with both her loss and an unsettling ability to communicate with ghosts, a "gift" received in the wake of her brush with death.
Now she's returned to lower Manhattan, site of the explosion, to investigate a newly discovered burial ground. In this place restless spirits hold the secrets not only of past injustice but of deadly conspiracy against the city's women - including Leslie herself.

By night Matt visits her in dreams, warning her and offering clues to the truth. By day she finds herself helped by - and attracted to - his flesh-and-blood cousin Joe.
Torn by her feelings for both men, caught between the worlds of the living and the dead, Leslie struggles against the encroaching danger. As she is drawn closer to the darkness, she must ultimately face the power of an evil mind, alone in a place where not even the men she loves can save her.


The Dead Room is the prequel to The Death Dealer but certainly is more developed then it's sequel.
Characters are more real and likeable, especially Leslie's.

It's been a year since archaeologist Leslie MacIntyre lost her fiancee Matt Connolly in a devastating explosion and a year in which she developed the ability to communicate with ghost. She sometimes even sees them without first recognising they to the other world. Before the explosion that threw her halfway around a room she had been blessed with hunches which helped her in her job but nowadays she uses her ability to help those lost souls still wandering on earth. When a burial is discovered near the place where Matt dies she decides to accept the offer to work there and finally try to make contact with Matt's ghost - if he is still there.

She's never met Joe, Matt's cousin but when she first meets him she's directly attracted to his resemblance to Matt but soon discovers they are alike but not one and the same person.

Joe, an ex-cop working as private investigator searches for young Genevieve O'Brien who vanished two month ago and he is convinced she's connected to a series of vanished prostitutes in the same area. Due to her work as a social worker she knew the area and it's 'inhabitants' well.

Joe is drawn to Leslie but knows she's been engaged to Matt and still loves him so he's mighty torn between his knowledge and his arising feelings for her. They soon become friends trying to find Genevieve and the secret behind the vanished women who might or might not be dead. Joe believes in Leslie's abilities and together they find pieced to a puzzle that seems insolvable and becoming more and more dangerous for Leslie's life.

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Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Mira (March 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778325202
ISBN-13: 978-0778325208

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

John Saul - Faces of Fear

Fifteen-year-old Alison Shaw may not be beautiful, but she doesn't really care: She'd much rather read a good book than primp in front of a mirror anyway. But Alison's gorgeous mother, Risa, knows that beauty can be a key to success and wishes only the best for her daughter, especially when Risa marries a widowed plastic surgeon and moves Alison from Santa Monica to Bel Air.
Beauty may be only skin deep, but to the denizens of Bel Air it means the world.
Everywhere mother and daughter look, they are surrounded by beautiful people, many of whom have benefited from the skills of Alison's new stepfather, the charismatic Conrad Dunn.

Conrad is certain he can turn Alison into a vision of loveliness, and Risa - drawn in by his cool confidence - is delighted.
Reluctantly, Alison agrees to undergo the first procedure, and her transformation begins.

But soon Alison discovers a picture of Conrad's first wife. To Alison's horror, she notices a resemblance between the image in the photo and the work her stepfather is doing on her.
Though Risa refuses to acknowledge the strange similarity, Alison becomes increasingly frightened. Digging further into her stepfather's murky past, Alison uncovers dark secrets and even darker motives - and realizes that her worst fears might fast becoming her reality.


Now that's what I call a wrong book description of what's actually happening in the book. I sometimes wonder who writes those. Certainly not the author who should be familiar with what he wrote.
Cut the humbug about the mother who wants her child desperately being beautiful. Nothing of that is in the book.
In fact the last four sentences are almost completely nonsense.
It seems they tried to make the book more appealing to pot. buyers but probably didn't read it because it is in fact quite good and doesn't deserve a misleading description.

Risa and Alison Shaw are getting their life together without father Michael who discovered, after years of being married, that his affection towards his own gender is his fulfillment.
Nevertheless the family plus the new addition, Scott, still stays close and Risa finally found a new man, plastic surgeon Conrad Dunn.

He's been married and lost his beautiful women due to suicide. Beautiful as she was she couldn't life with the half disfigured face a boat accident left her with.
Margot Dunn was everything but beautiful in the beginning but Conrad made her the supermodel. He transformed her into a masterpiece of natural beauty.

Alison Shaw is overwhelmed from everything that happened during the year her father left their house. She doesn't like her mothers new man, nor does she like to live in his huge, expensive house. Going to a new elite school makes everything much more difficult for her. Surrounded by teenagers that already had undergone several surgeries to become the best they could get she feels insecure of herself and her looks. Reluctantly she agrees to undergo a breast surgery, to finally fit into this nice dress she found for her sixteenth birthday, in Conrad's office.

Meanwhile young women are murdered. The killer's MO always seems to be the same except that he always takes a part of each victim with him: A nose, the lips, ears, eyebrows.

Tina Wong, star reporter, is hard on his heels, desperately trying to figure out the connections between each victim and the killer's motive. She's puzzling at a picture of what the killer is creating but doesn't seem to get much further with it.

After Alison's breast surgery all seems to go well until the whole world seems to crash down on Alison and Risa.


What I really liked about this book was that it never got boring and is in fact a great, suspenseful mystery.
Typical for John Saul's books he picks up certain topics which built the main frame for his books. Like in Faces of Fear one of the main characters is a teenager struggling. He again touched a serious topic with sensible, honest and modern words which made this book loveable from this perspective.
My recommendation.

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Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 12, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345487052
ISBN-13: 978-0345487056

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sebastian Fitzek - Therapy

A twelve year old girl, Josy, has an inexplicable illness and vanishes without a trace from the doctor’s office during treatment. Her father, Viktor Larenz, a well-known psychiatrist, withdraws years later to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Here he receives a dangerous visit from a beautiful stranger. Anna Spiegel is a novelist and she suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: all the characters she creates for her books become real. And in her last novel she has written about a young girl with an unknown illness who vanishes one day without a trace. …
Is the inconceivable possible? Do Anna’s delusions describe Josy’s last days? Viktor Larenz begins the therapy in an attempt to uncover the horrible truth.


When Viktor Larenz returns with a filled glass of water to the waiting area at his daughters doctor she's gone without a trace. Now 4 years later Viktor lives on a remote island in his summer cottage. Still dealing and suffering from not knowing what happened to his daughter he tries to cope with what happened while filling out a questionnaire for a magazine. Once a famous psychiatrist the public is still interested in him.
When Anna Spiegel enters his life he reluctantly agrees to work with her, who claims that every person she creates in her books enters her live in real and usually dies. It doesn't take long until Viktor realizes that Anna's describing disturbing things from his daughters life and his own.

Suffering from an illness he can't fathom yet, he tries to concentrate on Anna's words but, while pumped with Aspirin and other cold fighting medications when he begins making mistakes that do have their consequences.


What an interesting novel for a than new author. The Therapy has just been translated from German into English so I can only talk from the German writing style point of view which was short and to the point. Fitzek didn't use much words on fuss but also managed to keep me reading the book in a very short amount of time.
The reader is in for some surprises here. Even if you think you already figured everything out, I'm certain there are things you will miss and with the book finished you're going to ask yourself how you could have possibly missed that.
Enjoy !

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Paperback: 293 pages
Publisher: Pan Books (August 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0330453157
ISBN-13: 978-0330453158

Friday, August 15, 2008

Diane Carey - Enterprise: Broken Bow

It is the twenty-second century ... and the dawn of mankind's boldest adventure. Thanks to the amazing breakthroughs in warp technology, an era of true interstellar exploration is about to begin, and a whole new universe, full of astounding wonders and unparalleled dangers, has just opened up for humanity.

Someone has to lead the way, and that someone is Captain Jonathan Archer of the first Starship Enterprise, NX-01.
Archer and his crew, including Vulcan Sub-Commander T'Pol and the enigmatic Dr. Phlox, will face challenges previously unimagined as they truly go where no man has gone before.

But they must also survive first contact with a fearsome extraterrestrial race known only as Klingon's.


It is the moment mankind has waited for for a long, long time. It is the moment when Jonathan Archer enters the bridge thinking about his father, who built this ship but didn't live long enough to experience this moment.
It's the time where mankind's journey into space finally begins despite their Vulcan's friends concerns that mankind isn't ready for space travelling.

When a Klingon is killed on Earth the crew of the Enterprise NX-01 faces their first journey: Bringing back the unconscious Klingon back to his home planet. The only disturbing point on this journey seems to be the presence of a Vulcan female, with a leading position as science officer.
During a major power failure the Klingon is kidnapped from the ship and Archer is determined to get him back from a species called Suliban.


Who hasn't seen the first episode of Star Trek: Enterprise where the first Enterprise left the dock to begin it's journey ?
I was surprised at how close the book and the episode are. The characters are probably the truest to all the other Star trek books. They think like we do. The Vulcan's think humanity is premature and it was so enjoyable to dive into the thoughts of the crew during this era. Almost funny were the sarcastic thoughts Archer had but didn't dare to say out too loud.
It's a daring adventure the crew is up to.
Enjoyable and exciting for every Star Trek fan.


Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: Star Trek (October 1, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743448626
ISBN-13: 978-0743448628

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Jodi Picoult - Salem Falls

Love can redeem a man ... but secrets and lies can condemn him.

A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student 's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation.
Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets - and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him.


The past eighth months Jack was a prisoner convicted of statutory rape. He was offered a plea bargain and his only way to get over with it was accept the offer even if the accusations against him where a mere fiction of a young girls diary.

Trying to get his act together, get a life back he arrives in small town Salem Falls and gets a job as dishwasher in Addie Peabody's Do-Or-Diner. Dutifully he registers at the sheriffs office as a sexual offender.
His relationship with Addie soon intensifies bound through Jack's closeness and fear of being touched and Addie's mourning for her daughter who died years ago. When everything seems to be going it's way the town learns of Jack's former conviction there is no way they are willing to accept a person like him in their little, peaceful town.

Gillian Duncan as a close circle of friends, a coven. The girls are trying to witches, doing good for the people in their town when one of their spells actually works. They decide if their powers are such strong they also could do good for people who have been done wrong by others. Seeing Jack for the first time Gillian develops a crush on him and has to live with his rejection. Only she doesn't want to accept it.

So it happens that Jack after he got terribly beaten up, had a fallout with Addie, runs drunkenly through the woods when he disturbs one of the girls rituals.
The next day he's arrested for the rape of Gillian Duncan.


What disturbs me most was the fact that Jack is a character I am used to from my own child/teenage hood. A caring person, a teacher rarely seen these days and certainly bound to suspicion in the United States. It showed me again the differences in attitude between where I come from and where I live today. Being a male teacher and/or coach and being male in the U. S. seems to be just what it is these days: a hot seat I never would want to sit in. It is terrible to know what can be interpreted into a friendly slap on the back.

However, the book keeps a few surprises that aren't mentioned in the books description but as you read they just seem normal, fitting into the plot.
Although I think the ending fell out quite flat without much surprises at that point, it is entertaining from the beginning to the end.

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Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Washington Square Press (August 6, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743418719
ISBN-13: 978-0743418713

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gayle Wilson - The Suicide Club

Lindsey Sloan teaches the best and brightest students at Randolph-Lowen High School - exceptional teens with promising futures far from their small Alabama hometown. So when brash detective Jace Nolan arrives from up north and accuses her kids of setting a series of fires in local black churches, Lindsey is furious.

No matter how Jace tries to convince her, Lindsey can´t believe her pupils could do something so horrible, let alone be addicted to the rush of getting away with it. But when her attraction to Jace places her in mortal danger and people begin dying, Lindsay can no longer be sure just what her students are capable of.

If Jace is right, it's up to the two of them to outsmart these criminal minds... before they carry out the ultimate thrill-kill.


Three black churches have been burnt in the past months when the police faces the problem of not finding any kind of evidence pointing to the possible arsonist. The briefly involved FBI profiles the subject to be highly intelligent, young, white and male. Worse of what already happened the profile predicts the torchings to be a thrill-crime soon to become a bore to the subject who's soon going to take the next step to thrill himself.

The police, with Detective Jace Nolan as the lead investigator, now concentrates on the Randolph-Lowen High School and it's class of gifted students, taught by Lindsey Sloan.
After threats to her own life, an attempt to kill her in a ticket booth and the suicide of two teenagers Lindsey soon has to change her mind from defending her pupils as victims of police absurdity soon has to the possibility the detectives accusations might be possible.


I've read a lot of opinions comparing this book to school massacres that happened in the past but I honestly have to admit this thought is a bit far fetched.
The plot is fine and keeps you reading and enjoying the suspense.

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Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Mira (July 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778324699
ISBN-13: 978-0778324690

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Stephen Booth - The Dead Place

The anonymous calls indicate a disturbed mind with an unnatural passion for death.
Cooper and Fry are hoping against hope that the caller is just a harmless crank having some sick fun. But the clues woven through his disturbing messages point to the possibility of an all-too-real crime ... especially when a woman vanishes from an office parking garage.
But it's the mystery surrounding an unidentified female corpse left exposed in the woods for over a year that really has the detectives worried. Whoever she might have been, the dead woman is linked to the mystery caller, whose description of his twisted death rituals matches the bizarre manner in which the body was found. And the mystery only deepens when Cooper obtains a positive I.D. and learns that the dead woman was never reported missing and that she definitely wasn't murdered. As the killer draws them closer into his confidence, Ben and Diane learn everything about his deadly obsessions except what matters most: his identity and the identity of his next victim.


Sometimes you need to decide what is more important: The pile of unread books waiting to be read or the book you're currently reading that seems to be so much wasted time. I definitely go with my pile of gorgeous books and quit reading The Dead Place half way through.

The book has a lot of inconsistencies. The plot itself isn't a bad one but seriously, all the nice crime scene descriptions won't help in making the book better or interesting.

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Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam (May 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385339062
ISBN-13: 978-0385339063