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Search Angel [Mass Market Paperback]

Mark Nykanen

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; Reprint edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786890991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786890996
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,806,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2006. Pages: 368 in Publisher: Hyperion A the riveting withsuspense withthriller about the reuniting of birth withmothers with their adopted children and the madman the who preys on them fter the two highly praised psychological thrillers. Mark Nykanen returns A with his most spellbinding story yet. Suzanne Trayle is a 'Search Angel' whose success in tracking down and reuniting birth mothers with their adopted children has earned her national fame. Known as 'The Orphan's Private Eye.' Suzanne has reunited thousands of mothers with their children. but has failed to find the son she put up for adoption thirty years ago.

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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rank 16 Dec 2005
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
It pretends to be a compassionate book about open adoptions, and indeed in its acknowledgements at the back of the book Nykanen talks about all the interviews women gave him regarding their experiences. Imagine the horror with which these women will then pick up this novel and find their confessions so distorted. It's not about healing or closure or changing the system, it's a book filled with pornographic and violent images, scenes and chapters of women being abused and tortured in unimaginable ways, in the name of "dark thriller" writing. Who's enjoying these scenes? Who dreams them up? Suzanne is a "search angel," a private eye for orphans who specializes in reunited unfortunate women with the children they gave away long before. For years she has held on to her one secret, that she herself, the daughter of an unknown birth mother, had herself had a baby at fourteen, a son coerced out of her by a nasty priest. Now it's time to tell the world about it, and now is the time that a series of horrible murders starts littering the US landscape, commnitted by this one guy who tells his side of the story in his own words. The author has a nasty little imagination, doesn't he, but I would caution anyone who doesn't get off on sexual violence against women to avoid this particular story.

However, for what it's worth, there are some good suspenseful situations and set-ups, and the author knows how to describe a good mudslide, and a good bonfire.

But in the long run is the game worth the candle? It's not like I haven't read endless numbers of "serial killer-mastermind" novels before, and in general I think I'm sophisticated enough to separate a character's actions from the mind of the author who created him. This is the first book I can remember that, after reading it, I thought the author had slipped into some truly clinical and aberrant behavior, the first time I can ever remember in which I'd be afraid to meet a writer. It is plain as paint on a barn that he relishes the suffering of his victims. Loathsome.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 14 July 2013
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
This was a book I couldn't put down. Mark Nykanen is a brilliant author. I love scary stories and this one was all of that and more. Can't wait for his next book. I have read his other books and can say the same about them.
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time 17 April 2008
By imsocrazy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I usually like this author and Bone Parade was one of my favorites, but I only finished this because I had paid for the book and felt obligated to read it! It was poorly written and the story was so unbelievable in most parts. It seemed sort of disjointed at times. Just not an enjoyable read.
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much for Me 28 Jun 2008
By Elaine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I liked the author's most recent book, even though it was pretty twisted. The earlier two, including this one, were too gruesome for me!
4.0 out of 5 stars book condition and content 3 July 2008
By Gerald LaRochelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
condition of book was as advertised - story line was good and easy
to follow - a good read -
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