The novella – Social Engineer – introducing us to Brody Taylor was excellent, and this full-length novel has done its prequel justice. What an exciting story, I couldn’t put it down! It highlights computer hacking at its best and worst. Murders are being committed and the police are searching for connections. Meanwhile Brody has risen to the challenge to hack into a webcam web site. It is an ego trip for him; he is the best and has to prove it. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of the murder investigation and offers his assistance to DI Jenny Price. He is drawn both to her and to helping her solve the crimes and realises that it isn’t all about his ego. It is a complicated story with lots of technical detail, but explained in such a way that even I could follow the plot. Ian Sutherland obviously has a great deal of knowledge of the cyber world and uses it very successfully. The characters are great and I look forward to more Brody Taylor novels in the future. If I have learnt one thing from this story, it is to never install a webcam in my home!
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I don’t usually enjoy books which jump from one character’s story to another and stories which jump backwards and forwards in time, but this time I did, it gave the whole book extra depth. The two main characters, Lillian and David tell in real time what life on a deserted island is like after a plane crash in which they are presumed dead, and then, after they are rescued, tell the story they have fabricated to an unpleasant, pushy TV presenter, who keeps digging to discover what she thinks is the truth. I did guess who the mysterious Paul was, but I didn’t guess the ending. It’s well worth reading.
I read all John Grisham’s books and most of them are excellent reads, but I found this particular book a bit hard going in places. It is a hard-hitting story of the death penalty and the killing of an innocent man, mainly because the people involved in law enforcement and courts were too eager to pin the crime on a black man and too wrapped up in their own positions to care about the truth. It makes you examine your own thoughts on the death penalty, death row, and what it means for the men held there for years. I can appreciate all the research and hard work that has gone in to writing this novel, but I must admit to skipping paragraphs and I felt the story lost its way a bit towards the end.
Have I read a different book to everyone else? This book didn’t really grab me at all. I kept reading, hoping it would improve, but it didn’t. The only character I like is the main one – Peter Hammond, the secret agent, whose brother is murdered. Hammond returns to the UK from Rome, where he has been working undercover, and sets out to solve the mystery surrounding his brother’s death. The story is long and far-fetched and I became bored with it in the end.
Gillian, as a child, loses her sight in a tragic accident, in which she also loses her father. In time she manages to escape from the clutches of her over-protective mother and now leads a successful and independent life, watched over by her seeing-eye dog, Garrett, who accompanies her everywhere.
Alex, a child traumatised and bullied, brought up by an abusive father, grows into a man who hates ‘defects’ as he calls anyone with a disability. He wants to rid the world of them. Gillian becomes his latest target and the story follows his stalking of Gillian and his attacks on her.
Detective Ryesam (Rye)Bryant is already investigating several similar cases and is attached to Gillian’s case. Gillian manages to escape the clutches of Alex who becomes increasingly agitated as he hears his father’s voice. He thinks his father is there, but the voice is in his head, goading him. He washes his hands compulsively and smashes up his apartment.
The book is a psychological thriller with romance thrown in, as Gillian and Rye fall in love. The impetus of the thriller becomes a bit lost in places due to all the kissing and cuddling by the loved up pair. I understand what the author was trying to convey, but for me, it wasn’t as thrilling as it could have been.
Alexis Williams and Robert Peterson, friends for many years, with Robert secretly harbouring the hope that one day their relationship will move to a deeper, more loving level. When he finds out that he has won a holiday for two aboard a luxury yacht, he sees it as his opportunity to drag Alexis away from her job and the two of them can spend quality time together. Alexis, at first reluctant, finally agrees and begins to look forward to their holiday. She sees a name she recognises on the invitation and realises that the owner of the yacht, Bradley Rand, is a major contributor to a charity that is close to her heart. Coincidence or not! I don’t want to spoil the plot. I was hooked with the first chapter, and the ending was not quite what I expected it to be. It is well written, and the characters are interesting. Some of the conversations between the characters are a bit deep and maybe go on for too long. There are many references to the ego, which to me infers a great interest by the author in that particular subject, but all-in-all a good read.
The story begins with a successful cat burglar nicknamed Spiderman by the press, who has scaled an apartment block and becomes an unfortunate witness to a murder. Enter Kelly Wynton, an ex policeman turned private investigator with Busby Investigations, who has been asked to investigate the disappearance of a schoolgirl. Because of the speed at which Kelly wraps up the case, he is assigned to a surveillance job for a businessman, suspicious of his wife’s behaviour. He wants Busby Investigations to keep tabs on her whilst he is away on business. Another murder takes place. Are they linked? Is Spiderman the murderer? Kelly gets more and more involved and much to his surprise finds love along the way. It is a short but interesting thriller, with far-reaching consequences.
A gripping read, right from the first chapter. I was hooked. Camille is heading home after leaving the FBI, a career that she had loved until something traumatic happened, which she was unable to come to terms with. We find out what it was later on in the story. She feels a failure. What will people think of her? What will her father think of her? The best part of returning home would be spending time with her friend of many years, Julie, but sadly it was not to be. We already know from the first chapter that Julie has a terrifying secret, but she is murdered before she can tell Camille about it. Instead, she leaves instructions for her friend to carry out in the event of her death. Not satisfied with the way the investigation is going, Camille is drawn into the case. Her FBI training kicks in as she delves deeper and deeper into the homicide. The characters are real, the reader can’t help but be drawn in. The story keeps you guessing right to the end. Not at all predictable. I thoroughly recommend this book
The fact that this book is fiction, but based on events that actually took place makes it all the more gripping. It just proves how harmful marijuana can be, how it ruins lives, leads to suicides and murder. I was hooked from the very first chapter. It is a great story, a bit gory in parts, but necessary to show the drug trade as it really is.
Sarabeth Bingham returns to her old town for the funeral of her father, a newspaper editor, who has been murdered. She vows to carry on his newspaper business, but in doing so sets off an horrendous chain of events. When we meet Bubba Jamison for the first time, he sends shivers down the spine. What a truly awful character.
This is the first book of Hammon’s that I have read. I shall definitely be reading her others.