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Desert Places (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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My only real critism is more of the way Kindle displays many books as a percentage, rather than page numbers(will the new Kindle fix that?), the actual end of the story was at 78% with the remainder being book previews etc which I never actually read, prefering to rely on the buyer feedback.
Amazing, I'm working my way through every novel he has written and has yet to write.
Love the work
I've read and reviewed several of this author's, and couldn't resist trying another.
I love a nice bit of Blake Crouch when I've been writing all day and want a nice easy read with a cracking good plot that I know will keep me turning the pages. Desert Places was no disappointment. It's about a super-successful writer, Andrew Thomas, who, at the peak of his career, gets a note from a stranger to say that a body has been buried on his land, and that the sender of the note has all the evidence he needs to get Andrew convicted for the murder. To say any more would be to give away the plot, but it's a belter. Plenty of fast action, surprises, and situations that you'll think can't possibly be remedied as the plot travels from beautiful, rural North Carolina to the deserts of Wyoming.
It's pretty grisly in places, but not excessively so, and not just for the sake of it. It's not great literature, it's popular fiction, and a fine example of its type. Good enough for me to nip over to Amazon and download the next in the Andrew Z Thomas/Luther Kite series, anyway!
Desert Places was his debut novel written some eight years before Pines and brings us into the world of a successful psychological thriller writer who suddenly has the tension and horror of what he writes about bought very much to reality.
Andrew Thomas has all the trappings of a success, a lakeside property, no shortage of money, friends and a relatively stress free life. This all changes on receiving a letter that very much turns his world upside down, the letter tells of a body buried on his property, the body is covered in his blood and has been murdered by a knife now missing from his kitchen. If he seeks help the killer will let the police know exactly where the body and more are hidden and he will be incarcerated for life. Instructions are left and Andrew must follow them to the letter to remain in the game.
The killer attempts to make a sincere connection with Andrew and teach him about himself, what he is truly capable of and a tense exploration of the psychology of a serial killer is the result.
The reason and culprit behind the story are interesting, although the getting there lacks true nerve shredding tension and there is a distinct lack of back story until near the end of the book. It is supposedly a story of survival in horrific circumstances at the hands of a killer without remorse and I thought the ending excellent but the lead up lacks something. There is however a great deal of potential and I will certainly read the second book in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow... Put on your seat belts and enjoy the ride!!!
Blake Crouch has a niche, at keeping you up all night!
Read in one go, seriously could not put it down... Read more
This will grab your interest right from the start. Andy Thomas is a successful crime novelist who receives a hand delivered message in his post box. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marina Livingstone
Well very disappointing. One dimensional and the big problem the plot was just not credible. I had no empathy with the characters and some of it was just plain silly. Read morePublished 7 months ago by wiggie
Brilliantly written, will have you gripped and on the edge of your seat. I'm already starting the next book! Read morePublished 13 months ago by tamara
I loved this book, it was shocking and sometimes I cringed at the descriptions but I really couldn't put it down, very few books keep me interested all the way through but I really... Read morePublished 17 months ago by brenda
This was one of those books that you don't want to put down. Quite gruesome in places, but what a great storyline. Read morePublished 18 months ago by MrsBaglady
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