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The Sketcher's Mark (Lara McBride Thrillers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris O'Neill
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A serial killer posing as a sketch artist preys on young women traveling alone in the tourist areas of Paris. His latest victim is the sister of driven LAPD Detective Lara McBride, a woman who hunts predators like him for a living. When she touches down in Paris to find her missing sister, an escalating game of cat and mouse leads her and the killer from the rain swept streets of Paris to the isolated countryside, where the key to the killer's Masterpiece awaits them...

About the Author

Born in England, raised in the UK, the Middle East and the Bahamas, Chris O'Neill began writing short stories at a young age in primary school. By high school, he was writing and staging plays, commissioned to write an original stage play for the World War One Commemoration Festival in Leeds, premiering a play focussing on war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. He was accepted into the National Youth Theatre at sixteen, beating out competition from thousands of other young actors across the United Kingdom. While there, he was asked to write and co-direct the final showcase in London. Attending the University Of East Anglia, he studied Film and was the head of the Drama Society, continuing to showcase new plays before continuing his Film and Theatre Studies at San Francisco State University. After graduating university, he focussed on writing screenplays and creating short films, working with various British production companies on developing feature scripts. In 2006 he moved to Los Angeles, where he enjoyed working with A-list producers, directors and production companies on developing projects. THE SKETCHER'S MARK is his first prose novel, a labour of love which he feels is best described as Thomas Harris meets Charles Dickens. It marks the first novel featuring Detective Lara McBride.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Chris O'Neill; 1 edition (8 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJDLZJK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Born in England, raised in the UK, the Middle East and the Bahamas, Chris O'Neill began writing short stories at a young age in primary school. By high school, he was writing and staging plays, commissioned to write an original stage play for the World War One Commemoration Festival in Leeds, premiering a play focussing on war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

He was accepted into the National Youth Theatre at sixteen, beating out competition from thousands of other young actors across the United Kingdom. While there, he was asked to write and co-direct the final showcase in London. Attending the University Of East Anglia, he studied Film and was the head of the Drama Society, continuing to showcase new plays before continuing his Film and Theatre Studies at San Francisco State University.

After graduating university, he focussed on writing screenplays and creating short films, working with various British production companies on developing feature scripts. In 2006 he moved to Los Angeles, where he enjoyed working with A-list producers, directors and production companies on developing projects.

THE SKETCHER'S MARK is his first prose novel, a labour of love which he feels is best described as Thomas Harris meets Charles Dickens. It marks the first novel featuring Detective Lara McBride.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping page turner 19 Oct 2013
By Jo Lee
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I'm not usually a fan of thrillers but I really enjoyed this one. The pace and imagination of writing is impressive. It's a perfect read for a holiday or a long distance flight, as the time would zip away.

The characters are engaging and the locations are interesting. I could vividly imagine the characters and situations. The chase scenes were especially engaging with a few twists and a fantastic end.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A no holds barred Thriller 8 July 2013
By jimyon
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A no holds barred Thriller

The book is punctuated by explosions of unsettling and graphic violence down to an outright sinister criminal. The lady detective trying to apprehend this monster offers glimpses of fear behind her cocksure façade as she rages against an imperfect Parissiens police force who doubt the tenacity of the SKETCHER

A great first novel from an author who must have met some weird people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner...... 25 Feb 2014
By Ellie E
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This was such an enjoyable book, with an unusual storyline set in Paris, and only spoiled by a few spelling errors, the worst of which were the words taut and brusque, which were spelled as taught and brusk!!! However, I found the killer to be extremely original and fascinating, and I would definitely read another book by this author. The chase scenes in particular, were very vivid and I was completely drawn in....so much so, that I read until the early hours to find out what would happen next!! I also think this would make a great film. Thanks so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like mystery thrillers... 4 Sep 2013
By Keith P. Roddy - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like mystery thrillers, you should check this one out. I like the main character, but the baddy is what makes this book fun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Mind of a Serial Killer 16 Aug 2014
By D A Bale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Sketcher's Mark possesses the pace of a thriller with the psychology and gore of an extremely creepy horror novel. At times there were familiar themes like in the movie Taken. But the psychology aspect of the antagonist, Guillotine, wraps you in the mind of an incredibly talented, intelligent, and disturbed serial killer. At times it was very difficult reading - especially when I knew the worst was yet to come.

Like many unknown artists in Paris, Guillotine sketches the images of visiting tourists and signs them with his mark of HH. Unlike most other unknown artists in Paris, Guillotine doesn't do it for the money. He's searching for perfection - angels to add to his collection as he prepares for his debut showing in a Parisian art gallery.

And to use to complete his masterpiece in time for the debut.

But his deceased aunts follow him at every turn, demanding blood as retribution for what he did years before. It takes pain to purify - something Guillotine knows only too well.

Lara McBride, one of LA's finest criminal profilers, waits impatiently on the other side of the pond for her sister, Janelle, to return from a French backpacking expedition. When Janelle doesn't show and Lara cannot reach her via phone, she fears the worst.

After all, she's seen the most twisted criminal minds.

With little assistance from Parisian authorities, Lara searches the local haunts and pieces the puzzle together as she searches to locate her sister before it's too late. All the while, Guillotine watches Lara in fascination until it's obvious she's getting too close and could ruin everything. Lara then becomes his mark.

Like I said, pacing was good for the most part and kept me reading - at times even when I didn't want to. The disturbing trips into Guillotine's world reflected well the trauma of abuse he suffered at the hands of his two aunts who raised him, along with the willing assistance of the local parish priest in their attempts to purify him as a child. It is no wonder he is now capable of the horrible ways in which he sees and treats others and the methodology he utilizes to kill. For a bad guy, Guillotine is the worst - and yet even among daily life he's still rather invisible among the masses, which is the way he likes it.

I understood certain aspects of Lara McBride, the drive to do whatever she had to do in order to try and save her sister. However, this character was rather inconsistent as the novel progressed. There were choices she made that were simply unbelievable for one as well-trained as she. Then the multiple ways in which Lara cheats death got to be a little too much for this reader. But I still needed to see how the story would play out into the finale.

In addition to good pacing, the showing over telling was nice. I got to follow along and experience the story in real time, as it was happening, which helped move the plot forward and kept me reading. Even though point-of-view sneaked in between characters, it was accomplished in such a way that it avoided being overly jarring. A scene break in most instances would solve this problem.

Another round of editing would be good for The Sketcher's Mark. Pronoun usage was over-the-top excessive with almost every sentence in each paragraph for page after page beginning with 'He' or 'She' but could easily be reworded to remove many. Several times a correctly spelled but incorrect word would be used, such as cat instead of car, taught instead of taut, and peak instead of peek. There was also a continual refrain of phrases like 'her watched her' and 'her was intrigued by her' when it should've been 'he watched her' and the like. I could forgive it a few times, but this occurred over and over again.

Even with the aforementioned issues, the story kept me engaged. The pacing and showing forced me forward, not to mention the eery mind of Guillotine. However, be warned that the story is gruesome and terrifying at times in the manner he kills, so tread lightly if gore is a problem for you. Story always trumps structure for me - and for that I'll give The Sketcher's Mark four stars.

I was provided with a free copy of this novel in exchange for a review and was not financially compensated for my opinion.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing 2 Mar 2014
By Pat - Published on Amazon.com
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The sketchers Mark. This book was very disturbing and gruesome. I continued to read it because I needed to know how it ended . I do not think I will read another from this author I feel he is somewhat unbalanced himself
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping page turner! 19 Oct 2013
By Jo Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually read thrillers but I really enjoyed this one. The pace and imagination of writing is impressive. It's a perfect read for a holiday or a long distance flight, as the time just zips away.

The characters are engaging and the locations are interesting. I could vividly imagine the characters and situations. The chase scenes were especially gripping with a great twists and a fantastic end.

You are cheering on the detective at every turn.

Highly recommended.
3.0 out of 5 stars A thriller 29 May 2014
By NC Gator - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a little different from what I usually read, however, I enjoyed reading it and recommend reading it.
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