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Conduit (An Emily Monroe Novel, Book One) Kindle Edition
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I have been trying to come up with the right word to describe this (and writing like it), because I encounter it a lot. Maybe someone knows and can help me out. We all recognize a Mary Sue and Gary Stu (sometime Marty Stu), but what do you call it when the whole book--plot, narrations, characters, etc all have a Mary Sue feel to them. Pat, maybe?
I actually have a litmus test for this, even if I don't have a title for it. My test is hugging. But what could hugging have to do with anything, you might ask? Well, it has been my experience, in reading several hundred books a year for several years that when you encounter a book in which there is lots and lots of hugging the author is using this small action as a weak demonstration that the MC is an open, good person, makes meaningful connections with people, etc. Similarly, it shows how comfortable those people are with him/her (usually her). Now, I'm a bit of a hugger in real life, coming from the touchy-feely hippy family that I did. But I don't hug my BFF, my ex-boyfriend, my friend's uncle, his cop partner and the nurse who cares for my mother in the nursing home. More importantly, all those people don't come up and hug me.
But it's not just about hugging. The hugging is almost always accompanied by a certain innocent narrative tone, in which small things (like a hug) are made big deals of. It's like a pearl-clad, mary jane wearing, pastel sporting teenager swooning over their first kiss while the married 40-year-old, with the kinky nightlife that's forced to listen to it thinks, 'God, it really just isn't that big a thing.Read more ›
Every once in a while, the graphic gory descriptions made me turn my head away only to rush back for more. It's not for nothing that Conduit won a Readers' Favorite Book Award. The twists and turns and surprises but no spoilers here. You have to pick it up. Well, I can't resist just one detail: Psychic. I won't say any more, but I love anything that delves into other senses, other ways of perceiving. I found another writer to follow closely. Definitely going to pick up her other books.
A clever mix of stark reality and Emily's 'gift', this story was entertaining and gruesome. It was well written and compelled me to want to read on even if there was a feeling of inevitability.
I thought the characters were realistic and believable set within a good plot and writing style.
Not wanting to give spoilers, it's not easy to say much, however, if you enjoy the cat and mouse scenario, this is for you.
This is an old-school crime thriller (in a good way) - we know within the first four chapters exactly what the end-game is to be, but we are compelled to watch how the characters navigate through the labyrinth of obstacles that are thrown in their way. This makes it an easy, quick, and ultimately very satisfying read and there is more than enough originality in the plotting to keep the reader gripped.
That the main character, Emily, is a psychic could put some readers off - but it shouldn’t. It is cleverly done and entirely plausible, because she does not use her ‘power’ to cut straight to the solution of the crimes, but is actually drawn deeper into danger by it (say any more and I’ll give too much away).
Other characters are well-drawn and believable. As a result this is a creepy and effective book and well worth a read whether you sit at the ‘noir’ end of crime fiction or the ‘Manhunter’ end. Good stuff!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book as it was a thriller and involved psychic ability. Very easy to pick up and put down, well worth trying. Read morePublished 3 months ago by isitfridayyet
It's a quick, cheap read. I imagine it would pass the time well enough if you were in an airport lounge. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mel Powell
Emily Monroe and her best friend, Cassie Reid, own the Monroe & Reid Investigators. Their agency has a reputation for getting results. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sahara Foley
This book certainly ticked all the boxes for me when it comes to a five star ranking. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Emily's story, even though the end gave me chills! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Scottish Hunni
Holy cow, I'm still coming out of my "Conduit" coma... I'm unsure as to what to write & I finished reading the book over an hour ago. Read morePublished on 15 April 2015 by Kristy Heinicke
This one with its great premise (How do you hide from a killer when he's in your mind?) lives up to the hype. It will keep you up (even after you finish reading). Read morePublished on 6 April 2015 by B Nelson
Just when I thought Angie Martin spun her best novel in "The Boys Club" our book club was presented with this materpiece for reviewing. Read morePublished on 1 April 2015 by Al-Khemet Book Club