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on Feb. 05, 2011 :
I loved this book with its blockbuster premise. What do you do if your sane mother one day loses her mind? Ian hires a beautiful investigator to look into his mother's disturbing behavior. I was reluctant to put the book down, wanting to know where the story was going. Darcia Helle takes readers down a road of twists, turns and dark family secrets. The story also has a sweet romance. I didn't figure out where the plot was going, yet all the clues were there. What is the hit list and why are people being targeted? Do they deserve it? Read this book to find out the answers - you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 02, 2010 :
A real page turner.
This is a book I did not need a bookmark for, I couldn't put it down.
A thoroughly enjoyable ride, if you enjoy crime stories. It had a good plot line that was slowly revealed throughout the storyline, leaving mysteries to discover all the way till the last pages. A sweet romance is slowly woven into the action and doesn't feel out of place. A modern psychological thriller, good to the last page. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 09, 2010 :
“They were outside today. I saw them. I saw them. I saw them outside today.” Corinne McCormick mumbles insanity such as this from her huddled place underneath the table, unable to break free even with the help of her son Ian and her psychiatrist, Dr. Endicott. Something in her panic, and the inability of Dr. Endicott to cure her, brings Ian to the illogical but desperate conclusion to hire a P.I. and see if there is truth to his mother’s ramblings. Are “they” out there, watching her?
Enter Lucianna Martel, owner of Martel Investigations, which is run with the help of her ex-cop uncle Vinnie. She and Ian embark on a trail of twists, misinformation and kidnapping while, one by one, people surrounding the mystery wind up dead from a professional hit. A family secret, so horrible and so debauched, has created a monster seeking revenge, a monster who is drawing closer and closer. Can Ian and Lu save Corinne’s life before the killing continues?
This fast-paced page turner will be hard to put down. The fact that a love story weaves its way through the plot only makes it even more interesting. Kudos to Ms. Helle for a job well done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2010 :
Like everybody else, I have my favorite detective novel authors: Dan Brown, Anne Stuart, Robert B. Parker (only his first 10-12 books or so), Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, David Baldacci, Christine Feehan and a few others.
Those among you familiar with these authors can appreciate the mastery with which they craft their books. Most of the books written by them would get 10 out of 10 from me.
When I started reading “Hit List” by Darcia Helle, I quickly realized that this book is placing very high on my list. While no one can come close to Agatha Christie, James Lee Burke and Conan Doyle, she was standing tall right next to Robert Crais, Michael Connolly, Anne Stuart, Christine Feehan and Robert B. Parker.
It was definitely better than “Silver Falls”, the last book by Anne Stuart, and right behind her famous Ice Series. Better than everything Parker wrote in the last seven years, and holding its own against Baldacci, Connelly and Sandra Brown.
The story is so well written, and it keeps you guessing until the very end. The characters are literary marvels, no clichés here. Dialogue is authentic, pace is great, there are little smart observations on life scattered throughout the text that make you think you and the author are old pals trading remarks about life over coffee.
My favorite part of it all is the plot: A woman living alone one day goes crazy! The parts of the book that we see out of her head are the best! Her grown son moves in to help take care of her. He resents it somewhat, it is hard to see mom reduced to a drooling idiot, but then it strikes him: What if she is not crazy? What if someone is really out to get her, watching her, planning revenge? He hires a private investigator Lucianna to find out….. the story skyrockets from there.
It is a great read, very well put together, full of unexpected twists and turns. I see bestseller stamped all over this one!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations to the author on such a stunning beginning of her writing career.
(reviewed the day of purchase)