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This book started off promisingly and kept me hooked throughout the entire book. However, it came to an abrupt end that for me, wasn't at all satisfying.
Former cop turned journalist and novelist, Ben Hawkins is drawn into a serial killer's game when he flies to Maui to cover the story of a intelligent young model's abduction and subsequently, murder. Henri Benoit is calculating, clever and very, very confident. When he commissions Hawkins to help him under the threat of death, is he finally going too far?
A tantalizing yet brutal book which is typical of James Patterson. However, what is not typical is the fact that the summation of the plot was stuffed into pretty much the last page, with no clear explanation for what happens. In addition, the epilogue offers no hint as to whether an explanation will ever be given, whether in the form of a sequel or otherwise. Disappointed by this book.
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Disney Animation)
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A gritty, emotional and yet beautiful film from Disney.
Quasimodo has been kept in the Notre Dame Cathedral since birth after Lord Frollo was shamed by the priest into looking after the son of a gypsy woman he killed. As somebody who looks different to others, Quasimodo yearns to experience the outside world and during the Festival of Fools, this yearning is too strong to ignore, despite being forbidden to ever leave the bell tower. Although he is caught whilst at the festival by Frollo, Quasimodo also meets the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. This persecuted woman starts to play a big role in the life of Quasimodo and changes his world forever.
This film is dramatic yet gripping. With undercurrents of prejudice and justice running through it, the Hunchback of Notre Dame was made for children but teaches those of all ages a lesson.
The Lost Symbol
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This is a bit of a difficult review to write. Having read all of Dan Brown's previous novels and having enjoyed them enormously, I have to say I am a fan. However, this novel fell short of my expectations.
Once again, Dan Brown must be commended for his extensive research shown through the wealth of knowledge portrayed throughout this novel. It was well written and fast paced (something we have all come to expect from the novelist) but the overall structure of the plot resembled his other books - meaning although this is set in a different country and focuses on a different religious group, the types of problems faced and in particular the types of characters in the book are all too familiar.
I would say it is worth reading this book as I DID enjoy it... but don't open it with the expectation of something different as you will be dissappointed.
My Sister's Keeper
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Having read (and hugely enjoyed) the book, I was wondering if the film version would live up to my expectations. Thankfully, it did.
The plot explores a gritty truth regarding the terminal illness of Kate Fitzgerald and Anna Fitzgerald's continuing sacrifices in order to save the life of her sister. When the parents of both children are aware that their youngest daughter is suing them for the rights to her own body, they realise that it is not only their ill daughter who matters, as well as realising that the right thing to do is never the easiest.
Fantastic film, gripping and so emotionally profound.
Run For Your Life
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I would deem this an okay read but having read many of Patterson's other books, I personally found it a little amateur-ish.
Cat and Mouse
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Cat & Mouse is yet another absolute thriller of a novel packed with mysteries and surprises. I've enjoyed reading this James Patterson book and liked the tantalising cliffhanger it ended upon although I did feel that one part of the plot was not satisfyingly concluded.
Detective Alex Cross again comes into contact with Gary Soneji, a sadistic killer from his past who was caught once and escaped. Throughout Soneji's game plan and Cross' involvement, another mystery, and indeed another killer, intertwines and pushes Alex Cross to the limit.
I would definitely recommend reading this book although be aware of possible disappointment in one of the threads of the main plot.
When the Bough Breaks
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book - as usual with Jonathan Kellerman's novels, I got gripped and found it difficult to put it down.
When a couple are gruesomely murdered in their apartment, the only possible witness to the crime is a little girl. However, so doped up on medication prescribed by her lazy doctor, it is difficult to assess how much and what she saw. Que Dr. Alex Delaware. As he tries to establish a rapport with the little girl, he inadvertently gets dragged further and further into the murder case.
It was nice to see the character of Alex Delaware be so much more proactive in this book - in some of the later ones although he is involved, he keeps much more to himself, whereas in the earlier ones he seems much more outgoing.Good book.
Along Came a Spider
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I did enjoy this book, although the difference between style of writing in this book and in later books is quite startling.
The debut of Alex Cross, he and his partner are called upon the gruesome murder of a black family who have been mutilated in the process. Whilst investigating this horror, Cross gets pulled onto another case where two rich kids have been kidnapped. Alex Cross is initially annoyed at the fact that the murder of a black family has been put back for the kidnapping of two white rich children, but then realises his importance on the case. With the case getting closer and closer to home, Alex is left wondering who is really on his side.
This book is a very solid and fairly gripping read - I definitely prefer the later style of writing from James Patterson however.
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Very gripping read from Jonathan Kellerman with the famed Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis back in action.
When a couple are viciously murdered in an abandoned building project of a house and left in a sexually explicit after-pose, the case falls to Milo Sturgis who in turn draws in his good friend Dr. Alex Delaware. With the threat of a deadly mix of eco-terrorism and plain pyschopathy hanging over their heads, Milo and Alex race to find the culprit before more suffer at the hands of the environment.
Good twists and turns, didn't expect many of them and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reccommend.
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A decent solid read but a promising beginning gave way to a fairly predictable ending.
When 2 of the super-rich Kaffey family are murdered and 1 was nearly murdered, Lieutenant Peter Decker is called in to take charge of a high profile and potentially explosive case. When the remaining members of the family also become targets, time is running out to find who is behind these hits.
I enjoyed reading this book although I was not surprised or shocked by any unsuspecting twists and realised the plot was rather predictable when I reached the middle of the book.
Good read but nothing spectacular.