Monday, May 16, 2011

CBR III Review #58: Hide by Lisa Gardner

CBR III Review #58: Hide by Lisa Gardner

After the last Lisa Gardner book I read I noticed that I hadn't read Hide so I decided to pick it up and make sure I was up to date on the D.D. Warren series, the problem is the entire time I was reading the book I had a huge feeling of déjà vu and I couldn't decide if I had read the book before or not, and even after I finished the book for the life of me I couldn't tell if I had read the book or not or if he novels follow such a particular pattern that is just had FELT like I had read the book.  Or I am going crazy.

Before trying to read Hide I highly recommend reading Gardner's novel Alone or this novel will have many confusing plot points.

Even though this novel is considered part of the D.D Warren series it follows more closely her partner Bobby Doge, Warren's ex lover.  The two of them are now partners in homicide and they get called to a crime scene where six mummified children have been unearthed.  One of the children is wearing a locket with the name Annabelle Granger engraved on its surface.  However, things get complicated when a woman  shows up in the police station claiming not only that she is Annabelle Granger but that her father has moved her around the country for the last two decades and she has been living under a dozen of assumed names for the last twenty years.  To make matters more interesting, or more convoluted, "Annabella" has a striking resemblance to Catherine Gagnon the main character in Gardner's novel Alone.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1ST edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780553804324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553804324
  • ASIN: 0553804324
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

CBR III Review #57: Live Wire by Harlan Coben

CBR III Review #57: Live Wire by Harlan Coben

I've read all of Harlan Coben's novels and I've always enjoyed them, so I'm biased to say the least. I really enjoy the way the man can put together a story. A story that will leave you guessing until the last few chapters. I also like the way he weaves some of his characters from past novels into minor charters in his newer novels. Live Wire is actually part of the Myron Bolitar series. Myron is a sport's agent who use to be a really great college basketball player who blew out his knee before his pro career even began.

Coben is wonderful when it comes to dry sarcastic dialog, and I'm sure that is why his novels have earned a place in my heart. Live Wire follows the story of a very pregnant ex-tennis star, who happens to be a client of Myron's. The ex-tennis star's husband has taken off and she wants Myron to track him down. Myron's search ends up bringing up clues that indicates that his sister-in-law may be involved and Myron starts the search for his estranged brother and his brother's wife as well.  The search is complicated by the fact that he hasn't spoken to his brother in many many years.

I personally enjoy his non Myron novels much more, but it's been awhile since I've read a new Harlan Coben novel so I'll take what I can get and enjoy the hell out of it.

Product Details
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (March 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525952063
ISBN-13: 978-0525952060
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars)
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