Sunday, 26 December 2010

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their families filled with lots of food and family!! Unfortunately our plans with my family were suddenly changed when, late on Christmas Eve, poor 7 year old Missy Moo became very ill (and still is) with a bout of the flu.

Needless to say we kept our family home from the annual extended family Christmas at the cottage. It was a very quiet day here and while it was nice to have some quiet family time, it was a little lonely for a holiday celebration. Here's hoping Missy Moo gets better soon (and no one else catches it) before we celebrate with Brad's family in a few days!

Apparently, I was a very good girl this year. So good, in fact, that my parents bought me a KINDLE with Wi-fi and 3G! Yup, I'm spoiled. Unfortunately, they are on back order so I only have the kindle cover right now. But just the knowledge that I'll have my very own Kindle in a month makes me happy for now!

Now back to the book review -- The following is a book I read last week which was given to me by my Fairy Bookmother. It's my 98th book of 2010!! In fact, I've finished book #99 already but will post the review later. I'm now reading book #100. Oh ya. I did it!! 100 books in one year! It can be done!

Author: Grant McKenzie
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Pages: 427
First Published: 2008
First Line: "Rick Ironwood staggered back from the blow, his trick knee giving out with a pop as his feet twisted sideways in a puddle of grimy engine oil."


Synopsis: Sam White, a struggling middle-aged actor, returns home from his job as a mall security guard only to find his house in a smouldering ruin and two body bags being removed from the scene. Sam assumes that they are the bodies of his wife and teenage daughter until he receives a phone call from a man who says he keeping Sam's family captive. They will remain safe and unharmed only if Sam follows this stranger's violent instructions.


When Sam meets up with Zack, another victim of this madman, the two realize that they have previously met. They decide to secretly work together to find out the identity of the mad man and rescue their families ... all while trying to stay one step ahead of the police who are hot on their trail for the crimes this madman is making them commit.


My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the premise of this book. It's all about an everyday Joe being forced into doing things that he wouldn't normally do, all to save his family. It's a well written suspense novel that has a fast-paced storyline and short chapters (a la James Patterson). I liked the fact that it's intense but not overly gory (like some J.A Konrath suspense novels).

My only beefs are that the ending was too abrupt and there didn't seem enough closure. We didn't get to know Zack very well either and, at times, I had a hard time figuring out if it was Sam speaking or Zack because they were written so similarly.

A really good book with lots of action.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

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