Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Booksneeze reviews: 3 for the price of none!

Since I now have a kindle, I was able to get three books by Lis Wiehl to review for Booksneeze at more or less the same time, so I have decided to put them all on the same blog post. They are all thrillers, but as she is writing with two different co-authors two are similar, but the other has a very different feel and seems to be by a different author. What they do have in common is that they are all fast paced and hard to put down!
"Heart of Ice" by Lis Wiehl with April Henry is part of the "Triple Treat" series which follows a group of three friends: a TV reporter, a Federal prosecutor and an FBI agent—as they investigate crimes together. The three good friends enjoy spending time looking for criminals, but also hanging out and enjoying life as well. The group did remind me a bit of James Patterson's "Women's Murder Club", but it is a format that works and I will definitely be reading more in this series.

The story starts out fast, and keeps you guessing all the way through. As the plot progresses, you discover more about the background not just of the investigators, but also the people involved in the crimes. The killer is not only pathological but intriguing and throughout the book you are given glimpses of what drives her to do what she is doing.

I also enjoyed the way the author brought a life-changing problem into the life of one of the three friends which gives us more insight into her (and the others) characters and backgrounds.

I really enjoyed this Christian thriller and highly recommend it to fellow lovers of a good fast-paced, hard-to-put-down read. (Disclosure: I received this book to review through the booksneeze program, but this opinion is my own)

So, I was glad to be given the chance to immediately review "Eyes of Justice", which is also another Triple Threat novel by Lis Wiehl and April Henry.
Once again looking at the "Triple Threat" team of 3 ladies: Alison, a federal prosecutor; Nicole, an FBI agent and Cassidy a crime reporter - not just at their relationships, but also at the ins and outs of solving a very intriguing crime. Alison and Nicole, after waiting for their friend to come to dinner with them, go to find out why she is not answering her phone, and discover her dead body under the sink in her apartment. Yes, one of the triple threat has been killed...

The rest of the novel investigates not just her death, but the dynamics of their relationships once again. The characterisation is really well done and you want to find out more about the people in the book.

Another character, Omelia, is introduced and even though she is weird and quirky and I liked seeing how her mind functioned, as it is different from other people, and the other two accept her as such as well. I did kind of think with her introduction that she might take over Cassidy's place in the triple threat team, and by the end of the book it is obvious that this is the case.

It goes without saying with this author, that the novel has twists and turns, is fast paced and keeps you reading. It isn't a book you want to start late at night as you won't be able to put it down! (Disclosure: I received this book to review through the booksneeze program, but this opinion is my own)

"Waking Hours" by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson is the first in the East Salem trilogy. It has a different feel from Lis Wiehl's "Triple Threat" series mainly because it has a more prominent supernatural element. It is also the first in a trilogy so the ending leaves a lot hanging, whereas the Triple threat series books are all self-standing.

The story follows a former football hero and a forensic psychologist who were homecoming king and queen together in High school, and since them have completely lost touch. As the book goes on, they realise how much they actually mean to each other. And as their romance deepens, we watch the supernatural and evil events unfold in this seemingly sleepy town. A teenage girl is killed, and many the town's teenagers are implicated in her ritualistic murder.  Scary dreams, an old lady spouting Latin and spooky visits caught on security cameras mean that this books is not for the faint-hearted.

I was disappointed when I go to the end and realised that there was no closure in this book, and I would HAVE to read the next two books, but at the same time I can hardly wait to read them as I want to find out what happens!

I enjoyed this book, but would recommended it only to those who don't have nightmares themselves.(Disclosure: I received this book to review through the booksneeze program, but this opinion is my own)

1 comment:

Christian Fiction said...

This series is a favorite of mine--nice job on reviewing all three books!
Lis’ experience as a reporter and as a prosecutor comes through in her books, especially the Triple Threat series. The three women are a crime reporter, a federal prosecutor and an FBI agent. Lis’ experience in the legal field and in the media allows her to write realistically about these characters and their adventures as they solve crimes. The books present a subtle, not preachy, view of faith, and are very well-written.The murder of one of the main characters is definitely more shocking if you’ve read the previous books, because you’re more emotionally connected to all the characters.

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