Tracey’s Week in Books – Week 11, 2013

 This week started with a thriller by Greg Iles called Dead Sleep. Wow that was good, see my full review here, but suffice to say I want to read more by this author, and I’d give it 4.5 stars.

Feeling like a bit of romance I picked up a Mills and Boon I had sitting about called The Surprise of her life by Helen R. Myers, it was the story of ex-neighbours who moved away when their respective spouses married each other, only to find they had taken up residence in the same town! This was okay, satisfied the romance craving – I would give it 2.5 stars.

The next book plucked from the pile was an Erica Spindler one – Forbidden Fruit. I did not think this was as good as some of her other books. There was a lot of background to the characters built up during the book but it was chapter 38 before we got to the present day. While the back story was very relevant to the overall story, it resulted in the actual thriller aspect of the book being very rushed and almost an afterthought to what was going on with the characters. I also felt there were some loose ends not tied up. Having said that it was a good read just not what I have come to expect from this author – 3 stars.

It was a quiet week for reading this week but my last read of the week was As  You wish by Eloisa James – this includes the novella Seduced by a Pirate and With this Kiss parts 1, 2 and 3. I absolutely loved this, keep an eye out for my 5 star review appearing later this week.

I seem to have been very busy with all sorts of stuff this week leaving me with little reading time!

Tracey’s Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey, catching up on everything she’s read recently.

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 

Book Information
  • Author: Greg Iles
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