Book Review-Bullseye

 

Bullseye

by

James Patterson

&

Michael Ledwidge

 

 

Bullseye is set in New York and Washington DC and tells of how an assassin attempted to kill the American president.  The topic was fascinating, however the dialogue writing could have been written by a primary school child.  The authors, apparently, do not have any other word than ‘said’ to describe utterances emanating from the human vocal chords.

Asked, commented, exclaimed, grumbled, muttered, shouted, laughed, giggled, scolded, shouted are but a few of the adjectives which could have been used during dialogue. However, again readers were subjected to “He said”, “I said” over and over again.

Again I query just how much input James Patterson has in these supposedly collaboratively written books bearing his name.  The above, coupled with the hard voice of the narrator combined to reduce my interest in Bullseye.

That said, Bullseye was worth listening to even if to hear how an assassin may have gone about planning the assassination of the U.S. President and how the secret service put into place plans to foil such a deed.

One day I must reread one, or some of his early novels, written solely by J. Patterson to compare writing styles.

 

I rated

Bullseye

 as aread.

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Bullseye

can be purchased on-line at 

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At the time of writing my review,

June 08, 2019, other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Bullseye

an average of 3.89 stars

from 10,928 ratings and 753 reviews.

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Book Review-Keep-Her-Safe

Keep Her Safe

by

K. A. Tucker

 

 

Kathleen A. Tucker is another ‘first time’ author, for me, and again an author whose work I thoroughly enjoyed.  Keep Her Safe is a novel which combines romance, long standing friendships, family and corruption within a police force, all in one book.

Police Chief Jackie Marshall has a relatively short life in Keep Her Safe, yet with her death come revelations about the death of another officer, Abe Wilkes, fourteen years earlier.  Officer Abe was a father figure to her son, Noah.  After receiving a letter from the grave Noah sets off to find Abe’s widow.  Not only does Noah find his mentor’s widow, he also finds romance and corruption within those he knows and loves dearly.

Ms Tucker has allowed each of the main characters (including Jackie and Abe) to tell their story in alternating chapters which gives readers a different insight into each side of the story, and in particular a way of solving the mystery of Abe’s death.

Keep Her Safe is a well-paced book and kept me turning pages late into the night.  Any book which keeps me wanting to know what is on the next page is worthy of a four star rating.

I think

Keep Her Safe

Keep Her Safe: A Novel by [Tucker, K.A.]

is definitely a

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Keep Her Safe

 an average of 4.08 stars

from 3,655 ratings

and 617 reviews

Keep Her Safe

can be purchased on-line at

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Upside Down, Inside Out

by

Monica McInerney

My first Monica McInerney book set in Ireland and Australia and features Eva and Joe both on holiday, in Australia, from their normal lives as a hospitality worker and industrial designer respectively.

Both have assumed slightly different identities while down under. Eva due to a mischievous friend has become ‘Neve’, an artist, sculptor and vocalist on some of Enya’s songs, no less.   While Joe, who owns Wheeler Designs has assumed the role of a broke back packer while he does some research into a new back pack design.  In these guises Eva and Joe meet, romance blooms and the time never seems quite right to tell the truth.

Upside Down, inside out was a very enjoyable story.   It was well paced and never once did I feel overwhelmed with superfluous details.   However, many times was I wishing they would just reveal their true identities to each other.

 

Narrator, Melissa Eccleston made this eleven hour novel pass in no time at all. Her character voices were excellent, in my opinion.  Melissa has definitely made it to my preferred narrators list.

Definitely a four star read and I am looking forward to more of Monica McInerney’s novels in the not too distant future.

At the time of writing my review other Goodreads readers had rated Upside Down, Inside Out an average of 3.71 stars from 1,979 ratings and 154 reviews.

I think

Upside Down, Inside Out

is definitely a

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Upside Down, Inside Out

 an average of 3.71 stars from

1,979 ratings and 154 reviews

Upside Down, Inside Out

can be purchased on-line at

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Don’t Wake Up

by

Liz Lawler

Don’t Wake Up was my first Liz Lawler book and won’t be my last.  Set in and around a hospital and its staff, Don’t Wake Up is about an attack Dr Alex Taylor claims happened to her in her hospital’s car park.

Alex is a well-respected doctor who works in the emergency department.  However, her recount of what happened has her colleagues shaking their heads in disbelief.  The police, called in to investigate, generally feel the same.

The words ‘chilling’, ‘psychological’ and ‘thriller’ are used to describe Don’t Wake Up.  Chilling and psychological it is.  A thriller it is not; at least not by my (and Google’s) definition of the genre.  During the past twelve months I have reads quite a few books which proclaim thriller status, however, only one or two have been, by definition thrillers.  I believe Don’t Wake Up to be a very good mystery.

A thriller is one where the reader knows who the villain is very early on in the story.  The thrill of the story is generated by the main ‘good guys’ interaction with the villain while not knowing he/she is a villain.  Whereas a mystery is the opposite with the villain being revealed when caught at the conclusion of the book.  Quite often there will have been some bread crumbs, so small that they went unnoticed, regarding the villain’s identity.

I enjoyed Don’t Wake Up and look forward to listening to I’ll Find You, also by Liz Lawler.

Don’t Wake Up is narrated by Zara Ramm.  This was the first time I have heard Ms Ramm narrate a novel and she is definitely on my list of enjoyable narrators.

I will rate Don’t Wake Up as a four star novel which does include half a star for a debut novel.

 

I think

Don’t Wake Up

Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler (9780062876133) - PaperBack - Crime Mystery & Thriller

is a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review,

May 13, 2019, other

Goodreads readers have rated

Don’t Wake Up

an average of 4.05 stars

from 12,055 ratings and 760 reviews

Don’t Wake Up

can be purchased on-line at

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This Red Earth

by

Kim Kelly

This Red Earth commences at the outbreak of, and during World War II.   In reality it is a story of a wartime romance in which we follow Bernadette’s (Bernie) and Gordon’s romance.  Their relationship and the war-time stresses it endures are central to the plot.

Gordon endeavours to avoid the conflict by finding a geologist’s job which sees him in Rabaul, while Bernie is at home trying to keep herself in work.  The long distance romance suffers when mail does not reach the recipient which draws conclusions, incorrectly, that love has fizzled out.

There are several reasons why I enjoyed This Red Earth. In no particular order they are; the era in which it was set; the main plot; it gave an insight into the lives of migrants and how they were treated during that conflict. Finally This Red Earth was a reasonably well paced story.

Most audiobooks tend to have one narrator reading the lines of both genders.  This Red Earth, consisted of two fairly distinct story lines used a male and female narrator.  Listeners are left in no doubt as to which or whose, story they are listening to.  Good narrators are the backbone of any novel in my opinion.

I think

This Red Earth

is a

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

This Red Earth

 an average of 4.16 stars from

63 ratings and 15 reviews

This Red Earth

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Run Away 

by

Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben’s latest novel, Run Away, is one of those books which you hope stays on the pages of the novel.  It is also a novel which kept this reader up until the early hours of the morning, reading that next chapter.

Most parents will remember the day their eldest child set forth into the world we know, either for work or for tertiary study, and commenced their life living away from home.  Such was the case with the Greene family.  Their eldest left home for University/College studies and disappeared.  All the best intentions in the world could not have predicted what would happen to Paige or Simon and Ingrid (her parents) in their hunt to retrieve their daughter from the clutches of a drug dealer.  Nor could they have imagined how they could have become the target of a ‘hit man’.  Yet they did.

Although some scenarios may be stretching the realm of possibility, which I think makes for a good story, in the context of this story, were acceptable.  I thoroughly enjoyed Run Away and will not add any more spoilers into my review.

I think Run Away is a novel which could easily be made into a movie for either the big or little screen.

I think

Run Away

Run Away

is a solid

read.

Run Away was released in early April, 2019.

At the time of writing my review,

May 05, 2019, other

Goodreads readers have rated

Run Away

an average of 4.14 stars

from 9,237 ratings and 1,231 reviews

Run Away

can be purchased on-line at

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The Mermaid’s Daughter

by

Ann Claycomb

 

 

There are not many books that I do not persevere with, and even less that I ‘toss out’.  However, The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb joined this small group  of  ‘toss outs’.

I had forty-minute round trip drive with a new ‘book’.  So I commenced The Mermaid’s Daughter and noted that there were multiple narrators; four, to be precise.

The narrator had lost me within two sentences.  I groaned at the detailed description of a cocktail party where ‘real glasses’ were being used ‘not plastic’.  The next sentence was describing a prepubescent male body and I am not going back to see if my hearing was impaired.  To the best of my knowledge there was no segue, or link, between ‘real glasses’ and prepubescence.

Shortly thereafter, and as I began my return twenty-minute drive, the next chapter began with a new narrator.   That was the end of it.  I pull over and selected another book.  I have often stated that narrators can make or break a book.
The two narrators I heard did nothing to help this book.  The Mermaid’s daughter may be a good read however, in my opinion, the audio version failed.

While writing I have noticed that The Mermaid’s Daughter is described as ‘Chick Lit, Fables & Fairytales, Literary Fiction’.  I have read some authors who write ‘chick lit’ and I will admit to enjoying those books.  However, had I noted ‘fables, fairytales and, Literary Fiction,’ I would not have borrowed this book.

A book I do not finish can only rate one star.

My ‘one star’ rating joins 44 other like minded Goodreads Readers.

I think

The Mermaid’s Daughter

is aaudio book.

However, my rating is based

on a very small part of the book

At the time of writing my review

Goodreads readers have rated

The Mermaid’s Daughter

an average of 3.69 stars,

from 1,443 ratings and 307 reviews.

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The Mermaid’s Daughter

can be purchased online at

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