The premise was great but I didn't care about the characters. It was also nastily violent towards the end. That works if there is a lot of depth to the characters but otherwise it feels sensationalist. The twist is excellent - it's just such a shame I wasn't pulled into the book enough to care.
I nearly didn't get this book because of the first review but I thought it was a good read. The characters pulled me in quickly and the idea of how the Billy Boy was controlled really got my imagination. Definitely worth a read and I will be looking for other books by this author.
5.0 out of 5 starsI've got GOOD THOUGHTs about "Bad Thoughts"
10 February 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, I'm glad to be introduced to a writer of psychological thrillers who is new to me and that I can enjoy! I see that Mr. Zeltserman has his following of fans, and I think I'll probably become one, especially after reading "Bad Thoughts."
I enjoyed the ominous and dark foreboding of the approaching date, the annual time of the protagonist's devastating black-outs. Very frightening stuff. This was a page-turner for me. I thought this book was a marvelous "find" and I was held by the tension of the story.
Some have criticized his touching into the metaphysical. I have mixed thoughts about this. I may have enjoyed the story more if it were totally anchored in the real world ... but maybe not. I don't want to give too much away ... I will say that, a s it was, I truly did have a great thrill ride with this book.
I know that I will be reading more of this author's work, and I strongly recommend it.
Detective Bill Shannon is still coping with the memory of seeing his mother murdered over twenty years ago. Every year around the anniversary of her death, he loses time and disappears for a week or more, awakening disheveled and completely unaware of what has occurred, OR what he DID during his blackout.
Now women are being killed in the same grisly manner as Shannon's mother. Did Shannon have something to do with the murders, or is he being framed by a killer from his past?
The parts of this book that were standard police procedural were great. I loved Shannon's relationship with his partner, DiGrazio. (Um, do I need to say we're talking "working relationship," not, well, you know...) They did a fine job of playing good cop/bad cop. (Here again - at work, people.) It was lookin' like a 5-star read.
As the philosopher Olivia Newton John once said, "Let's Get Physical" - metaphysical, that is!
I can't really say anything else without giving too much away,
This is a gripping read. The murders are gruesome and plentiful. The killer is creepy and disgusting. The suspense builds and keeps you turning those pages long after you need to stop reading and start making dinner.
If Zeltserman had stayed firmly rooted in reality, I would have been a happy camper. Next time, please leave the paranormal mumbo jumbo to the teen romances and Shirley MacLaine.
This is a good example of really flawed book that keeps bending and twisting to keep your attention on the page despite its shortcomings. BAD THOUGHTS is melodramatic and has a plot worthy of airport paperbacks, but it's dynamic and unpredictable. It's what book you keep reading to know what-the-hell-is-going-to-happen-next?
Bill Shannon is equal parts cliché and original details. Loved that he's straight, hardass cop that is often maligned in that kind of stories. Love the detail about his fingers and how he doesn't shun therapy by any means necessary. Sure he's a taciturn cop having nightmares all the time, but those original details about him keep him from getting boring. Like many other reviewer said, quick, pleasant page-turner.
I am not a mystery reader, but now and then I'm in the mood, generally during long dark cold days in the winter. This one is just that. Easy to read, but I'm not quite sure how it is all going to turn out. Really enjoying this read. I interrupted my regular books (I always have several going) to use my reading time on this one. I like it. Bad Thoughts indeed.
Went between too out there and just right. The book kept you in the edge of your seat. I have issues with unbelievable plots but this book made you think it could be possible. Isn't that what great writing is all about?