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Critical Value by [Gogan, D.C.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DKD4H0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #830,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I chose this book because the blurb read well, the reviews were all good and it's a debut novel written by a young Irish author. I really did enjoy the start of the book, I found the violence in Craig's apartment sickening, but it actually did contribute to the story line. But I began to feel disappointed when the FBI came into the story line, while I only read fiction, I like my fiction to be credible and this just didn't seem believable to me. The very brutal violence at the end of the book was once again sickening and, I think, a bit over the top. The book ended rather well, I thought - definitely not a 'happy ever after story'.

From a technical point of view, it needed better editing. In places it read as if changes were made, but the original text remained. Also, in parts there were extra words in sentances and words left out of sentances - for example, at Location 1690 'There was funeral taking place'. This is a very small gripe, I've read ebooks with much, much worse grammar, spelling and typos. So I'd like to repeat myself and say I enjoyed this book, it was great for a debut novel and I would read another book by D.C. Gogan.
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This author's first novel is a journey of intrigue and suspense that at times takes your mind to places you didn't think it could reach. Gogan writes in a way that allows you to experience the pain and anguish of the main characters while also painting a vivid image of the characters lives and scary encounters. Not only is this a book that is hard to put down, it is a book that show this author knows how to keep the reader hanging on to the very end. A must read.
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I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a good psychological thriller. The story is gripping from start to finish and doesn't hang about getting right into the action! There are some pretty disturbing scenes and characters so vividly described that I couldn't help but picturing the scenes play out like a movie. Definitely a page turner...be prepared to stay up reading later than expected!!!
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I really enjoyed reading Critical Value. I stayed up seriously late finishing it because it was so hard to put down. The characters are really well developed and the suspense is compelling, and there are a few little gems of humor in there, such as when University College Cork is described as what would happen if Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin had a baby. Which perfectly describes UCC. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Find 14 Oct. 2012
By DubBuyer - Published on Amazon.com
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'Critical Value' is literary crime writing with forensic insight into psychopaths and their victims. It's cleverly structured so that form echoes content:laid out under section headings of a final year psychology thesis:Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, References. Nothing dry about this book though - there are startlingly vivid scenes of murder and mayhem and as another reviewer here says it's definitely 'not for the squeamish'. It's narrated by a likeable, empathic observer who is unwillingly drawn in so it pulls the reader in from the start and manages to avoid any uncomfortable feeling of voyeurism or self-indulgence that I've got from some other crime writers. A nostalgic read for any ex-student of UCD - the students and college are brilliantly evoked as are the Dublin mountains and other areas of the city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Read 7 Aug. 2012
By Paul Byrne - Published on Amazon.com
This author's first novel is a journey of intrigue and suspense that at times takes your mind to places you didn't think it could reach. Gogan writes in a way that allows you to experience the pain and anguish of the main characters while also painting a vivid image of the characters lives and scary encounters. Not only is this a book that is hard to put down, it is a book that show this author knows how to keep the reader hanging on to the very end. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a real page turner 26 Jun. 2012
By Bryan Roche - Published on Amazon.com
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This book grabs you from the beginning and sinks its claws in not letting go.
the story unfolds at a rapid rate, drawing you in more and more, into the emotions and fear of the main character, a humble student finishing his last year.
a murderer, a psychopath, a sexual predator, police, FBI,a honda civic and psychologists. it has everything that you could ask for.
when you pick this book up you wont want to put it down, a complete page turner.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lose of innocence 3 Jun. 2013
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Author, in the whole, written a book that have engaging characters and interesting psychological insight into those characters and events.

Adam, psychology student, is coasting through his final year of university, working on his thesis. He is worried of just how little effort he is putting in to his academic life and personal relationships. It's all seems so easy. Then murder is committed and Adam becomes reluctant participant in unfolding events.

I really enjoyed the psychological drama of 'Critical Value'. Author quite masterfully related to the reader a rich world of students inner lives. An introduction of violence in to Adams world and his consequent 'lose of innocence' is heartfelt and real.

It is with decisions, that characters start making about 50% in to the book, that I had a problem with.
Example: Adam gets a phone call from his friend to come and see him and told not to call the police. What would you do if your friend said that? How often would you get that kind of invitation and don't suspect anything wrong? Characters just kept on putting themselves in a harms way even after they got warned of danger.

Plot holes increased from then on. I just don't buy the premise of a wimp standing up to a bunch of psychopathic, sadistic bullies, getting 'carp' kicked out of him and still win the day.

Five stars for an author' insight in to a human nature, minus 2 stars for a stupid decision making.
4.0 out of 5 stars CRITICAL VALUE 19 July 2014
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I really liked this book, even though this is not my usual preference. I won't go into a detailed description of the book; that has already been done in several different ways. It grabbed me from the first. It is definitely not for the faint of heart; there is lots of violence. I was definitely surprised when I learned the killer; I did not even suspect this person. IMO the ending did leave some loose ends.

The author could definitely benefit from a better editor. He/she has no idea of the correct usage of the words me, myself and I. After numerous errors, it became a bit annoying. Several other mistakes were made, but these were the worst.
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