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2.0 out of 5 stars beastly beauty is boring!, 1 Sep 2009
This review is from: Evil at Heart (Gretchen Lowell 3) (Hardcover)
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Chelsea Cain is formerly known for having written 'the hippie handbook' and a few other wry and semi humourous books on being the child of a particular generation. Having reinvented herself as an adult writer of gory thrillers, I was eager to see what Chelsea did next. The 3rd GL serial killer story is as gory as the first two books, but frankly, the idea of a beautiful female slice and dicer is wearing thin. Cain piles on the gore as usual but this was overdone and elicited yawns instead of thrills. There are also some howlers in the plot - for instance, on finding several eyeballs in a public toilet, one of the characters promises to keep an eye on things! That made me laugh until I realised it wasn't an intentional pun. The chapters are nice and short, which I liked, but Gretchen and Archie pursue their tortured lack of a relationship over 300 plus pages, largely because Cain insists on setting the scene with details that have no bearing on the plot. Apart from the two lead characters, which are over emphasized to cartoon status, the rest of the characters are one dimensional cardboard cutouts.It was nicely paced, there were several twists and turns, but the whole story was easily guessable and didn't really drawn the reader in. There's a lot of these thrillers on the market at the moment, this one is not up there with the cream of the crop.
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2009 21:00:52 BDT
ROSIE says:
Absolutely agree 100% with your comments - excellent review

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2010 09:50:49 BDT
mo says:
This review was very helpful. I have read numerous crime novels, my favourite authors being Martina Cole and Patricia Cornwell. Having said that..I am finding their books a bit 'sameish'. I am looking for a new author .....preferably British as I have gone off the American style of writing. Any Siggestions would be appreciated.
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