Posts tagged with "Suspense"

Posted by LucyS on 09/24/16
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Eleven people board a private jet on Martha’s Vineyard that crashes into coastal waters eighteen minutes after takeoff. Only two survive, a forty-something-year-old man and a four-year-old boy.
Scott is a starving artist invited on board at the last minute and JJ is the son of the man who chartered the flight. Their struggle in the ocean is harrowing. It is night, there is no land to be seen, one seat cushion keeps the boy afloat and Scott uses the stars to guide him as he swims into the dark. After hours in the water, they wash up on the shore. How can Scott and JJ now survive the media frenzy fueled by one of the unethical, rabid talking heads of the same tabloid cable news channel that just lost its CEO in the plane crash? A brewing NTSB investigation potentially implicates Scott in the cause of the crash raising the question of why he was on board in the first place.
Before the Fall is more than I thought it would be as it takes a look at motivations, the arrogance of money, ethics, power, rising from a fall from grace, bonds between people and how we can be lured to deviate into pitfalls and recklessness. At times, the novel moves slowly but as the author takes a look at each passenger and crew member he creates an air of suspense by revealing more details about the people on board.
Author Noah Hawley has written several books, is a screenwriter, producer and is involved with the television mini-series Fargo.

Posted by meyoung on 02/05/16
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Ever since I was young(er), I've loved suspense stories. I've loved the twisted, psychological thrill of basically anything from Criminal Minds to reading about the Stanford Prison Experiment (which is now a movie that I highly recommend). It's no surprise that Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Haeberlin, a book about a lone survivor of a serial killer caught my eye.
16-year-old Tessa Cartwright is found among the remains of other women. She has very little memory of how she got to be buried alive, let alone about the circumstances leading up to this finale. Tessa Cartwright is the sole survivor of the Black-Eyed Susans, rightly named due to the array of black-eyed susans around the grave. Her testimony is what lands a man in jail and sentenced to death.
Almost 20 years later, with the death clock looming, Tessa isn’t so sure the right man is sitting in the cell. After finding the infamous flowers planted beneath her bedroom window, she has her doubts. We soon see that Tessa has a lot more secrets than she's letting on.
Julia Haeberlin takes us through the psychological journey in two different timelines. We follow the therapy and development of young Tessa, as well as the adult Tessa. The slow-building tension is beautifully done and left me falling off the edge of my seat. While some may compare this to Gillian Flynn, Haeberlin is in a league of her own – excellently executed. Once you notice things don’t quite add up, this book is hard to put down.

Posted by jonf on 08/22/13
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The latest novel by Chicago author, Marcus Sakey, is a great read and totally unlike his past work such as "Good People" and "Amateurs." The story is set in the present but reads like a futuristic science fiction book, it is about the rise of children who are born gifted, called the abnorms. The rate has risen and the government sets up an agency called DAR, Department of Analysis and Response. Told through the eyes of agent Cooper, who is himself is gifted, the gifts are specific and not of the super power variety like X-Men.
Agent Cooper's attitude about the gifted changes when he goes undercover to catch the dangerous abnorm, John Smith, whom the DAR has named the most dangerous terrorist in the country. It's a fast, thrilling story and, as I said, a complete departure from his other works.

Posted by jkadus on 03/08/11
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Before retiring to bed one evening, an author looks out of her living room window and sees a line of people in her driveway. First in line is a young woman cradling a baby, behind her a fastidious man in his 40s, then a thin graying older woman, etc. These people are, she realizes, characters in her upcoming novels. She is awoken in the middle of the night by footsteps on the stairs leading to her bedroom. The door opens and the fastidious man from the driveway enters her room. He apologizes for intruding but feels compelled to ask her to write his story before the others. Eventually she agrees. His name will be Alvar Eide, he is 42, single, works for an art gallery and leads an orderly yet uneventful life. All of which suits Alvar perfectly until the author decides to introduce a young homeless female drug addict into his story. It all begins innocently enough when a young woman walks into the gallery on a brutal Norwegian winter day and Alvar offers her a cup of coffee to warm up. Soon she appears on his doorstep and becomes an integral yet potentially damaging aspect to his life. As the direction of his story shifts in an increasingly uncomfortable direction, Alvar “visits” the author and implores to alter the course of events.

Posted by jonf on 07/30/15
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The long awaited sequel to "Power of the Dog", Don Winslow's epic novel about the drugwars set in the 1970's. The author picks up the story starting in 2004 with DEA agent Art Keller back to kill drug lord Adan Barrera who has just escaped from a mexican prison, much like the real "El Chapo".
The story shows Keller's relationship working with the DEA and with the mexican authorities, who he never knows who he can trust. The corruption rises to the top of the Mexican government and the power and influence of the cartels is all encompassing.
The parrallel story Of Adan and the cartel families is just as fascinating and truly frightening. A truly great novel, the Godfather of the war on drugs.

Posted by jonf on 08/27/17
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Nelson DeMille's new novel set to be released on (9/19) is a good and timely thriller featuring a new character, Daniel "Mac" MacCormack. Mac is a former Afghan vet who now runs a charter fishing boat out of Key West when he is approached by Carlos a Cuban expat who gives him an offer he can't refuse.
Mac and his crusty Vietnam vet friend Jack have a meeting with Carlos, the mysterious Eduardo and the beautiful Sara offer Mac to have him use his boat to go to Cuba to retrieve 60 million dollars hidden by Sara's grandfather. It sounds too good to be true and there is something that tell's him he isn't being told the full story.
Mac and Sara fly to Cuba and Jack captain's the boat as they head to island and meet with some dangerous and unreliable characters, and Mac fears come true.
A fun and exciting new story with his signature humor and great new protaganist set in exotic Havana and Key West, the Cuban Affair is a winner.

Posted by jonf on 01/10/17
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 Virgil Flowers is back in John Sandford's newest thriller. Two rare Amur tigers have been stolen from the Minnesota zoo and
 Virgil is called in to locate them before it's too late. A local doctor who sells medicine made from rare animals to sell to China
 is working with locals known to Virgil. The case has a few surprises and a side mystery with Virgil's girlfriend Frankie.
 All said this is a very satisfying book, fast and often funny. Virgil is a nice contrast to Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.

Posted by LucyS on 02/16/15
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Can you be an unwilling participant in the Witness Protection Program?
Jay Johnson discovers the answer when he is abducted by Federal agents who only identify themselves as Public and Doe. Waking from a drugged stupor Jay finds himself handcuffed in protective custody. The agents will not tell him why; they argue it is better if Jay tells them.  In short order, his previous life has been erased.  He is set up with a new life on Catalina Island with a faux family, a wife and daughter who are strangers to him.  Effectively, he is a prisoner on the island, powerless.  
In his former life, Jay had once worked for a company that used lab mice to conduct experiments. Is Jay part of an experiment? What is memory? Is he paranoid? Is he losing his mind? Is this mistaken identity? What does he know that can help the Federal agents’ investigation? Can he trust anyone?  As the story intensified and Jay schemed to free himself of this nightmare, I found myself asking the same questions baffling Jay.
Author Daniel Pyne’s artful storytelling in Fifty Mice had me waffling between believing Jay or believing the Federal agents.  The book drew me along on a suspenseful, gripping ride all the time wondering if this could really happen.

Posted by jonf on 03/20/16
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 A casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry and a mysterious man named Jack A.K.A. the ghostman is called in to clean up the mess. Jack or who ever he really is must fulfill a favor from his handler due to a mess up in Kuala Lumpur 5 years earlier.
Jack uses his many skills to find out what happened and who set up who and using his ability to remain off the grid and virtually invisble cleans up the mess.
This is Roger Hobbs debut novel and is a great thriller and very different because of the Ghostman's skill set. he has a new book called Vanishing Games.

Posted by Ultra Violet on 05/03/11
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Translated from Serbian, and set in 1990s Serbia, a journalist is caught up in a suspenseful situation when he follows a mysterious woman. As he reports on the things he finds, the plot intensifies. I enjoyed the look into modern Serbia.

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