Dead Sleep

 When Prize winning photojournalist Jordan Glass chances upon a portrait by an unknown artist in Hong Kong, she is stunned. The face staring back is her identical twin sister. The painting is part of an exhibition entitled ‘sleeping Women’ and as Jordan studies it she realises, to her horror, that the portraits are all of women who, like her sister have disappeared from New Orleans in recent months.

Wow, first book I’ve read by this author and I am now determined to find everything he has written. This was brilliant, the premise was unique and  I was drawn in to the story immediately. Jordan is no innocent girl, she is 40 years old and has experienced the worst the world has to offer from her work as a war photojournalist. She is tough but also has a softer side hiding some secrets of her own. There was a love aspect but it was a very minimal part of the story and, unusually for me, this didn’t bother me as the plot was so engaging and intriguing.

Special Agent John Kaiser is one of the FBI agents involved in the case, he was okay but the forensic psychiatrist Dr Lenz irritated the hell out of me – it was great when Jordan finally snapped and said “You think she’s dead?” I ask, coming half out of my chair. “Who gives a goddamn what you think? How many times have you been right in the past week? Once?” Hell yeah, I wanted to applaud!

There were lots of twists and turns and I was left guessing right up until the last few chapters. I did find it unusual how easily Jordan was able to become so involved with the FBI investigation, even go so far as interviewing suspects alone, but this was a necessary part of the story particularly as the book is written from her perspective.

In summary, if you like thrillers then read Dead Sleep! I was hooked as soon as Jordan walked into the Hong Kong art gallery.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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  • Author: Greg Iles
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Did You Miss Me?

 Just when I think Karen Rose has done the best book possible, she proves me wrong with the next one.  Did you Miss Me was a suspenseful masterpiece with an old horrific and tragic crime at the heart of it.

It did feel a bit like this was a get together of characters of previous books, and I couldn’t always place which book or family they were from so it did detract a little bit from the focal characters.  Normally I would mark that down but in all honesty it has made me want to go back and re-read the ones I have and catch up on any I’ve missed.  It was good to see those characters again though, and it widens the ‘world’ for me.

The crimes really hit me on a visceral level, and at times they were very hard to read.  I thought the way they were written was excellent, no excessive drama or padding it out.  It didn’t need it.

I loved Joseph and am so glad he managed to figure things out, to see the real Daphne who in turn I also loved.  She is such a strong woman, it was hard to like her in the previous book.  Here you see her at her most vulnerable and you realise what lies behind the facade.  Just wow.

The masterpiece came when I realised I had followed Karen Rose perfectly down the path she wanted, not even guessing who the real person behind it was.  Genius and a huge OMG! moment.

Creepy, horrific, loving, scary, hot (oh yes there was more heat in this book!), a whole gamut of emotions and I felt wrung out by the end!

The pace was spot on, I didn’t have time to react or ponder as things came left right and centre and the plot was quite simply masterful.  I think it must be hard to write a book like this, to ‘be’ in a psychopath’s head and be able to get out of it again (I don’t know how any crime writer does it). Much kudos and simply brilliant.

Karen Rose is without a doubt one of the best writers of romantic suspense I have found so far, and long may she continue proving me wrong!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Karen Rose
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