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Awesome, first to post in this new thread !

Have you ever read the plot line for a book, and thought hmmmm, that's sounds good, but then you check Goodreads and they have a low rating for it ?    And then you read the book anyway and loved it ?   That just happened with me for my first book of 2016.

Descent by Tim Johnston.  I read the back jacket at my local book store where I was looking for a new author, and thought, ya, I think I'd like this one. I checked GR later that night, and saw it was only rated 3.64.   I gave it a try and it was sensational !

A family of 4 takes a last summer vacation in the Rocky Mountains before the daughter goes off to college. But one day she doesn't return from her morning run, and the family is drawn into a living nightmare. As I read further I realized the title of the book held a double meaning.  Will the daughter ever make the descent back down the mountain ?  And, how heartwrenching it was to watch the descent of the remaining 3 family members. 

This was a true page turner as I couldn't wait to pick it up every day.  His writing reminded me at times of Joe Lansdale with his lyrical prose.  WOW factor in spades.  He has written some other short stories and young adult books, but I believe this is his debut in crime fiction.  Great start to my 2016  reading.



Have now started Outrage, the next in Arnaldur Indridason's series set in Iceland.

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I remember when Descent came into the library.  I took a long look at it because it sounded really good.
I didn't add it to my TBR list, though, because I just have so many other books to read.  
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i tried Descent last year as there was some goodreads buzz about the book, but I was pretty bored by it.  I skimmed my way to the finish.  glad you enjoyed it tho Tiger. 

I think I thought I was going to be reading a mystery/thriller but it was more about how does a family deal with a tragedy.  all that kind of drama I found to be boring and every once in awhile I felt some Christian vibes as I was reading, so that removed any suspense I might of had.  plus it seemed like the ending was there just waiting for when the author got around to it, nothing really built to it.  just felt like he thought ok, I put everyone thru their paces now lets resolve this thing.  blah blah blah, I think my main problem was I thought I was getting a fast paced thriller, but ended up with mostly family drama.  some ppl might not have liked it too much, but it did get lots of good reviews too.

and Betty, glad to see you have started Paradise Sky, I was surprised you hadn't got to it yet :)
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Currently reading Ghettoside by Jill Leovy, not since Homicide by David Simon has an author taken as insightful look into murder and the attitutdes, beliefs and policies that allow the shameful rate of black on black killing in the US and in particular South L.A.. She develops a powerful arguement that the root cause is the low priority our culture places on solving these murders. She does thorough research to describe other times in history that murder rates peak when a group loses confience in the authorities to police those crimes. I'm abouut 1/3 done and it reads fast and is quite fascinating... and aggravating. I believe MC blurbed this book.
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and Betty, glad to see you have started Paradise Sky, I was surprised you hadn't got to it yet :)


I'm listening to it on audiobook.  This is the first Lansdale audio that has appeared on my OverDrive.  The narrator is fantastic.  Hearing Lansdale's wonderful phrases read by a talented narrator is incredibly fun!
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i tried Descent last year as there was some goodreads buzz about the book, but I was pretty bored by it.  I skimmed my way to the finish.  glad you enjoyed it tho Tiger. 

I think I thought I was going to be reading a mystery/thriller but it was more about how does a family deal with a tragedy.  all that kind of drama I found to be boring and every once in awhile I felt some Christian vibes as I was reading, so that removed any suspense I might of had.  plus it seemed like the ending was there just waiting for when the author got around to it, nothing really built to it.  just felt like he thought ok, I put everyone thru their paces now lets resolve this thing.  blah blah blah, I think my main problem was I thought I was getting a fast paced thriller, but ended up with mostly family drama.  some ppl might not have liked it too much, but it did get lots of good reviews too.

and Betty, glad to see you have started Paradise Sky, I was surprised you hadn't got to it yet :)


Well, according to that fairly low rating on Goodreads, more people agreed with your take on Descent than mine.   I actually agree that the first 70-80 pages or so were kinda slow and I was wondering  at that point if it would turn out any good, but after that, it really took off for me.   I never felt like I knew where the author was going, and I really felt for all the characters.  There was also a spot late in the book that really hit home on a personal level with me so that would be part of it as well.

What a great place this is that we can have a great discussion like this  with very different opinions.


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i tried Descent last year as there was some goodreads buzz about the book, but I was pretty bored by it.  I skimmed my way to the finish.  glad you enjoyed it tho Tiger. 

I think I thought I was going to be reading a mystery/thriller but it was more about how does a family deal with a tragedy.  all that kind of drama I found to be boring and every once in awhile I felt some Christian vibes as I was reading, so that removed any suspense I might of had.  plus it seemed like the ending was there just waiting for when the author got around to it, nothing really built to it.  just felt like he thought ok, I put everyone thru their paces now lets resolve this thing.  blah blah blah, I think my main problem was I thought I was getting a fast paced thriller, but ended up with mostly family drama.  some ppl might not have liked it too much, but it did get lots of good reviews too.

and Betty, glad to see you have started Paradise Sky, I was surprised you hadn't got to it yet :)


Well, according to that fairly low rating on Goodreads, more people agreed with your take on Descent than mine.   I actually agree that the first 70-80 pages or so were kinda slow and I was wondering  at that point if it would turn out any good, but after that, it really took off for me.   I never felt like I knew where the author was going, and I really felt for all the characters.  There was also a spot late in the book that really hit home on a personal level with me so that would be part of it as well.

What a great place this is that we can have a great discussion like this  with very different opinions.




The beauty of books is that they can strike everyone differently.  I also love having a place where we can have respectful discussions about our reading choices. There would be little to talk about if we all liked exactly the same books.

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and Betty, glad to see you have started Paradise Sky, I was surprised you hadn't got to it yet :)


I'm listening to it on audiobook.  This is the first Lansdale audio that has appeared on my OverDrive.  The narrator is fantastic.  Hearing Lansdale's wonderful phrases read by a talented narrator is incredibly fun!



who is the narrator betty?   i have listened to some of the hap and leonard books and the guy was awesome 


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finally got around to reading Prodigal Sons by Mike Miner this week.  Was a pretty good book,  one of three brothers is throwing his life away and this is the story of some of the aftermath that takes place.   Three brothers,  each with their own demons,  takes a road trip trying to get back to some sort of normal.....   

next up for me is Blake Crouch's new one,  Dark Matter....dont know anything about it yet,  but got an ARC to read,  cant wait to get into this one.

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edit:   Dark Matter is on goodreads now,  looks like its a sci-fi book,  but looks pretty good


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and Betty, glad to see you have started Paradise Sky, I was surprised you hadn't got to it yet :)


I'm listening to it on audiobook.  This is the first Lansdale audio that has appeared on my OverDrive.  The narrator is fantastic.  Hearing Lansdale's wonderful phrases read by a talented narrator is incredibly fun!



who is the narrator betty?   i have listened to some of the hap and leonard books and the guy was awesome 



His name is Brad Sanders.  I think he may be African-American which fits the character, of course.
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i tried Descent last year as there was some goodreads buzz about the book, but I was pretty bored by it.  I skimmed my way to the finish.  glad you enjoyed it tho Tiger. 

I think I thought I was going to be reading a mystery/thriller but it was more about how does a family deal with a tragedy.  all that kind of drama I found to be boring and every once in awhile I felt some Christian vibes as I was reading, so that removed any suspense I might of had.  plus it seemed like the ending was there just waiting for when the author got around to it, nothing really built to it.  just felt like he thought ok, I put everyone thru their paces now lets resolve this thing.  blah blah blah, I think my main problem was I thought I was getting a fast paced thriller, but ended up with mostly family drama.  some ppl might not have liked it too much, but it did get lots of good reviews too.

and Betty, glad to see you have started Paradise Sky, I was surprised you hadn't got to it yet :)


Well, according to that fairly low rating on Goodreads, more people agreed with your take on Descent than mine.   I actually agree that the first 70-80 pages or so were kinda slow and I was wondering  at that point if it would turn out any good, but after that, it really took off for me.   I never felt like I knew where the author was going, and I really felt for all the characters.  There was also a spot late in the book that really hit home on a personal level with me so that would be part of it as well.

What a great place this is that we can have a great discussion like this  with very different opinions.




For what it's worth....Descent is #1 on Michael Koryta's favorite reads for 2015. 

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Tiger - On Part 6, you commented on Goodreads tracking Pages Read.  I thought it was useful for these stats as well but it is not perfect.  I don't think the books are added with all info (and sometimes wrong info) so I don't depend on Goodreads for this aspect of my reading.  I haven't come up with a better method but I am trying to find a good way to track Pages Read. 
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i read the Wayward series from Blake Crouch over the last couple years thinking that he couldnt ever top those stories.   But im here to tell you he has done it!!   Dark Matter is pretty amazing,   i could not put the book down and read it almost non stop today until i finished it.  has a sci-fi tilt, but that doesnt matter,  its a great book!!!    this guy just keeps getting better and better.     book is available for request on both netgalley and edelweiss,   so if your not a member go join and request the ARC if you havent already gotten it.   you wont regret it
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hey Tiger, I know you said you wanted to join Goodreads this year, so once you do, look for my name, Mysticpt - same as it is here, add me as a friend and then from my list of friends you should be able to see who belongs to this board and then you can add them as well.  assuming you want to be goodreads friends......:)

here is what I have read lately

Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock is his collection of short stories that takes place in this rural area of Ohio.  tales of hardship, abuse, poverty, degenerates, etc.  not the most uplifting stories, but very well written, some great insight to the lives of ppl we hopefully will not have to experience for ourselves.  I was kinda glad when it was over as I was not sure I could read another as they are kind of downers....but great writing so 4 stars.

The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow was next and it was epic and the best of bunch I have recently read.  I have read 4 of his books so far and this was the best.  a long book told over a few decades it gives a great insight to the drug cartels in Mexico, the DEA agents who try to fight them, the US gov't and the covert operations to squash communism from coming up from South America.  other criss crossing storylines involve the NY mob, a California call girl and a Mexican priest.  many characters, but so well told, and a real page turner.  highly recommend this one and I am looking forward to reading Winslow onward from this book, they look good.  5 stars.

American Blood by Ben Sanders was next and I did not like this one much at all.  someone at work was reading it and it looked like it could be good, also it looks like Bradley Cooper is attached to do the movie if that means anything.  the main character is a bit of a mystery and his story is told thru flashbacks but he gets involved in looking for a missing woman and seems to have some skills.  other points of view in the book belong to a female police officer,  a nasty villain and an even nastier villain.  the main character was so clichéd and the dialogue just was not believable and awkwardly used to fill in blanks in the characters beyond clichéd past.  every thing in this book was so predictable I almost put it down a couple of times, but I guess I wanted to see if it would also end as I predicted.  it did.  even the action scenes were filled with clunky writing that I had to reread some passages to figure out what happened.  oy, bad writing, blah blah blah, 1 star.

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton is her standalone from last year that Travis recommended.  a mystery involving missing children in the Falklands told from 3 points of view, one after the other.  some good writing, but I don't think this captivated me as much as it did Travis.  I got distracted by some plot holes and the police procedures defied logic in quite a few places.  I took a guess at what turned out to be one of the mysteries and was proven correct on the last page, but was underwhelmed by the outcome of the missing child that took up most of the story.  nice to read about a different locale tho, that part I enjoyed, tho some heartbreaking moments with the whales.  up next for me from Bolton I think will be book 2 of the Lacey series.  3 stars

 

The Dinner by Herman Koch was translated from Dutch that got some buzz a few years ago.  I was in the library to grab something else when I noticed this one and thought I would give it a try.  the one takes place over the course of a dinner between 2 couples and also told thru some flashbacks.  the narrator reveals more of themselves and more of the story as night goes on, but essentially is a book about families, nature vs nurture and what you will do to protect your children.  a pretty quick page turner with some interesting commentary on society, etc, but none of the characters were very likable so no one to really root for. the incident that drives the plot is also pretty repellent.  3 stars.

 

Abnormal Man is the recent one from Grant Jerkins.  One of the authors Tiger got some of us hooked on a couple years ago.  This one is disturbing, but very well written.  I love that Grant never writes the same type of book twice so you are never sure what to expect.  Some unsettling subject matter, but a page turner for sure.  told from a few different points of view, you have a poor, abused and neglected teen who just wants to escape to the wilderness of Canada to start a new life, an ex-con substance abuser trying to do the right thing but derailed by his vices, a law enforcement officer hunting abused and missing children, and a twisted lunatic abuser.    Not one you will soon forget, 4 plus stars

Already Gone by John Rector came out a few years ago and except for his last one Ruthless I am now all caught up.  this is a fast paced tale about heists, murder, betrayal and more between a recently married couple living a quiet life in Chicago.  Except the past comes to visit them and things start to spiral out of control.  I liked this one, good page turner, fast read, and a good ending.  Some twists I could predict, but there were some other good ones.  4 stars.

Now onto Dark Matter by Crouch as I was able to get an advanced copy as well…..:)  so far so good…not sure what is happening….and that is good!
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Thanks for the reviews Mystic, I know I will love The Power of the Dog when I read it but the drug lord subject matter, epic scale, large cast and length tend to make me drag my feet. I was surprised to see the 3 stars for Little Black Lies. I see what you mean by plot holes, a similar thing happened with this book as with most MC books. I got caught up in the story and characters to the point of not noticing flaws. Whereas with some well-written books I notice every flaw. I think it has to do with whether a book fits me like a glove. It can also depend on the mood I'm in. I'm convinced that how much I love a book can be effected by 1) time available for reading (more time per day = more enjoyment usually), 2)other books read recently, sometimes I just need a palate cleanser, 3) how stressed I am by work stuff, 4) some other alchemy of timing it just right or wrong. Currently reading The Walking Dead books 1-4 for a graphic novel book group. Lots of flaws but it's holding my interest.
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hey Travis, I totally agree with you that the mood you are in, the time you have, or even the type of book you just finished previously can influence how you feel about the book you are currently reading.  I am sure that has influenced my rating for several books, good or bad.

and don't get me wrong , I did like Little Black Lies, but I think I was also a lil disappointed that I would never get Catrin's point of view again.  but that was the device Bolton decided to go with, and I get that, but I think that also resulted in some of the police irregularities to make all the main characters present at the end.  blah, blah, blah I will continue to check her out.

and don't be put off by the length of Power of the Dog, not as long as the recent Greg Iles books, and it is very much a page turner imo.  I don't think you will be bored at all.  I never mind if a book is long as long as I like it, but I get that sometimes u might decide to read shorter books if you are not to familiar with an author, I do the same.  like the book I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, not sure if you read it, but it is long (longer than POTD), and ppl had told me it was so good, but I had put off reading it as I wasn't sure I would like it as I don't read a lot of spy/gov't type thrillers, and I hadn't read the author before, etc.  but it was amazing, so well written, and such a page turner that it didn't matter how long it was.
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i read the Wayward series from Blake Crouch over the last couple years thinking that he couldnt ever top those stories.   But im here to tell you he has done it!!   Dark Matter is pretty amazing,   i could not put the book down and read it almost non stop today until i finished it.  has a sci-fi tilt, but that doesnt matter,  its a great book!!!    this guy just keeps getting better and better.     book is available for request on both netgalley and edelweiss,   so if your not a member go join and request the ARC if you havent already gotten it.   you wont regret it


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just finished Dark Matter and it is 5 plus stars.  I haven't read all his books, just the very good Pines trilogy, the Letty Dobesh stories (she is great), the very good Snowbound and Fully Loaded Thrillers, his collected short stories.  but this is a level beyond imo.   this book is so many things, not just a page turning thriller with some sci-fi elements, but so much more.  it's even a love story.  the writing here is so great, no matter what you are reading, he makes you feel it and makes the unbelievable believable.  I know it is only January, but I will be very surprised if this is not the book to beat in 2016.  do what you can to get yourself a copy if you don't have one already and make this your next read, you will not regret it. 

Thanks MikeH for bringing this great book to our attention.  I am sorry it is over, for whatever I pick to read next, I know it has little chance to be as good.
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i read the Wayward series from Blake Crouch over the last couple years thinking that he couldnt ever top those stories.   But im here to tell you he has done it!!   Dark Matter is pretty amazing,   i could not put the book down and read it almost non stop today until i finished it.  has a sci-fi tilt, but that doesnt matter,  its a great book!!!    this guy just keeps getting better and better.     book is available for request on both netgalley and edelweiss,   so if your not a member go join and request the ARC if you havent already gotten it.   you wont regret it


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just finished Dark Matter and it is 5 plus stars.  I haven't read all his books, just the very good Pines trilogy, the Letty Dobesh stories (she is great), the very good Snowbound and Fully Loaded Thrillers, his collected short stories.  but this is a level beyond imo.   this book is so many things, not just a page turning thriller with some sci-fi elements, but so much more.  it's even a love story.  the writing here is so great, no matter what you are reading, he makes you feel it and makes the unbelievable believable.  I know it is only January, but I will be very surprised if this is not the book to beat in 2016.  do what you can to get yourself a copy if you don't have one already and make this your next read, you will not regret it. 

Thanks MikeH for bringing this great book to our attention.  I am sorry it is over, for whatever I pick to read next, I know it has little chance to be as good.

Great to hear! I think I will read it next. Mystic may I suggest reading something very different so you won't compare it to Dark Matter? I read very little non-fiction but Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America just surprised me and catapulted into my top 5 for the Golden Post! It's similar to Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (they are both narrative non-fiction) but I think I liked it even more, an amazing book! MC called it fantastic. He also says "from the patrol cop to the president, everyone needs to read this book". An extra bonus for us as readers of crime is the insight into cops, victims and politics. It reads like a compelling novel, I can't recommend it enough.

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hey, thanks for the suggestion Travis, I have put an ehold on it at my library.  6 ppl ahead of me.  I think I need something a lil more mindless for my next read......not sure what yet, will skim thru what I have already I think.  speaking of non-fiction, you should check out This House of Grief by Helen Garner.  an account of a divorced father who while driving his 3 sons back home to their mother has an accident.  or was it murder?  it was recommended to me recently and looks good.  I was thinking of reading it next, but I think I need something a lil more mindless.  so many books so little time.....lol
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Glad you liked Dark Matter mysticpt,  like you i believe this book will be very hard to beat for 2016!   i am almost a week since finishing it and still think about it,  ive been telling everyone they must read it!   my wife is killing me, i want her to read it so bad i can taste it,   i want to talk about it with her but cant ruin it before she does....lol


almost finished with Stuart Neville's Those we Left Behind and loving it!  you just dont even have to try and read this guys writing it is so good,  just flows so smooth, and story is pretty awesome as well, love the two lady characters in the book.    

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Hello everybody and happy new year from Italy.
I've missed to write on these pages lately but I'm catching with up all your reviews and I'll add some of mine for the latest books I've read.

I've finished the Boldt&Matthews serie by Pearson. Last 3 ones (Middle of Nowhere 4 stars, The Art of Deception 3 stars and The Body of David Hayes 3 stars) aren't exceptional but bring the reader to a good and a consistent end of the serie without dragging it too far. I loved the characters and I put the serie in my top 15 all-time. I recommend this serie to solid procedurals lovers.

The Cossing by MC was of course one of the best read of the year but I understand my rating is probably inluenced by my love for MC, HB and MH. The more I read about other authors the more I appreciate MC's style and his neatness in writing. (4 stars)

Missing you by Harlan Coben (audio) was a nice surprise. I haven't read a standalone of his in a couple of years and even if he uses his usual ingredients (and oscure past, some dark mysteries, characters returning from the past a.s.o) I really enjoyed the reading (5 stars)

In the meanwhile I've listened in english to the earliest Grisham novels and I found them exceptionally good (The Runaway Jury, The Pelican Brief and The Rainmaker were all 5 stars)

My latest project has been Archie&Gretchen serie by Chelsea Cain that was highly ranked on this forum. Here I have mixed feelings: the serie is strongly influenced by the amount of torture, blood and sickness connecting Archie and Gretchen. In the first novel I got over it because I understood it was needed to explain the strange relationship between the two. But as the serie progressed I found this gore more and more pointless even if the background story was still interesting. So I gave Heartsick 5 stars, Sweetheart 3 stars and I've just finished Evil at heart that I gave 2 stars because the sickness became too much for my tastes. I've had the same reaction for Katrin Slaughter's series (Grant County and Atlanta): I can't stand a novelist enjoying so much being sadist on his pages. I had lately the same feeling for Ben&Cho serie by Winslow but those were just a couple of novels. Now I've suspended Archie&Gretchen and maybe I'll get back to them later.

Currently I'm listening to The General Daughter by DeMille (nice story but looks like he can write only one kind of character; Paul Brenner and John Corey are almost the same character, and the same is for their female partners) and I've started The Bat, the very first Harry Hole novel by Jo Nesbo that has been released in Italy after the rest of the serie was published (next will be nr. 2, Crockroaches, not read yet for the same reason)

In the meanwhile I'm reading an italian book, ZeroZeroZero by Roberto Saviano (the same of Gomorrah) that's a journalistic point of view of the same stories and situations told by Winslow in The power of the dog and The cartel. I didn't know how much of what it's written in The power of the dog related to the reality!






 

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Hello everybody and happy new year from Italy.
I've missed to write on these pages lately but I'm catching with up all your reviews and I'll add some of mine for the latest books I've read.

I've finished the Boldt&Matthews serie by Pearson. Last 3 ones (Middle of Nowhere 4 stars, The Art of Deception 3 stars and The Body of David Hayes 3 stars) aren't exceptional but bring the reader to a good and a consistent end of the serie without dragging it too far. I loved the characters and I put the serie in my top 15 all-time. I recommend this serie to solid procedurals lovers.

The Cossing by MC was of course one of the best read of the year but I understand my rating is probably inluenced by my love for MC, HB and MH. The more I read about other authors the more I appreciate MC's style and his neatness in writing. (4 stars)

Missing you by Harlan Coben (audio) was a nice surprise. I haven't read a standalone of his in a couple of years and even if he uses his usual ingredients (and oscure past, some dark mysteries, characters returning from the past a.s.o) I really enjoyed the reading (5 stars)

In the meanwhile I've listened in english to the earliest Grisham novels and I found them exceptionally good (The Runaway Jury, The Pelican Brief and The Rainmaker were all 5 stars)

My latest project has been Archie&Gretchen serie by Chelsea Cain that was highly ranked on this forum. Here I have mixed feelings: the serie is strongly influenced by the amount of torture, blood and sickness connecting Archie and Gretchen. In the first novel I got over it because I understood it was needed to explain the strange relationship between the two. But as the serie progressed I found this gore more and more pointless even if the background story was still interesting. So I gave Heartsick 5 stars, Sweetheart 3 stars and I've just finished Evil at heart that I gave 2 stars because the sickness became too much for my tastes. I've had the same reaction for Katrin Slaughter's series (Grant County and Atlanta): I can't stand a novelist enjoying so much being sadist on his pages. I had lately the same feeling for Ben&Cho serie by Winslow but those were just a couple of novels. Now I've suspended Archie&Gretchen and maybe I'll get back to them later.

Currently I'm listening to The General Daughter by DeMille (nice story but looks like he can write only one kind of character; Paul Brenner and John Corey are almost the same character, and the same is for their female partners) and I've started The Bat, the very first Harry Hole novel by Jo Nesbo that has been released in Italy after the rest of the serie was published (next will be nr. 2, Crockroaches, not read yet for the same reason)

In the meanwhile I'm reading an italian book, ZeroZeroZero by Roberto Saviano (the same of Gomorrah) that's a journalistic point of view of the same stories and situations told by Winslow in The power of the dog and The cartel. I didn't know how much of what it's written in The power of the dog related to the reality!

 

Hi Tassone, I had a similar experience with Cain and Slaughter, I read 2 Cain and 1 Slaughter before deciding that although the writing was great the sadism and gore seemed gratuitous to me. I've since read Cop Town by Slaughter and liked it alot. Looking back at my list of authors I've read over the last 6 years those are the only two authors I've stopped reading for that reason. Interesting that we had the same experience. John Connolly I stopped reading because I got to creeped out by storylines but that is more a compliment to him for his writing ;)
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Abnormal Man by Grant Jerkins,  dark, disturbing and at times down right disgusting,  but boy oh boy what a great book.  i loved it from start to finish.  This one is a great study of what mental illness, abuse, both mental and physical, substance abuse and down right ill behavior can do to someone and what they turn out to become.   This book is told in second person for the most part, kinda weird at first,  but turns out to be a great way to tell the story.     at least i think its called second person

loved it,  2016 is starting with a bang!


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Dark Matter was great fun to read. I do see room for a better 2016 book but agree that this book is probably better than 2 of our previous winners. I had only slight quibbles with this book and the biggest quibble was probably necessary based on the 1st person narrative of the book. I'm sure the movie rights have been sold and it has the possibility to be a fantastic movie, potentially better than the book. I kinda wish Blake would focus on writing books and let others translate his books to the silver screen but it's fine either way. Like MC what Blake lacks in exquisite prose he makes up for with the readability of his stories and the momentum with which the story unfolds. I liked that he did not explain some things, it made me think about the world he created and why things went the way they did. 5 stars with a bullet! BTW as good as this was I hope this is a standalone, it does not need a sequel.
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