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New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, iBooks top 5 bestselling and #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. I am a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that's when I turned my hobby into a career. I'm fortunate to be represented by a top New York agent.
I share my home with two crazy dogs that like nothing better than to drag their masterful leader (that's me) around the village.
I hope you enjoy reading my books, especially the Justice series, Cruel Justice, Impeding Justice, Final Justice, Foul Justice, Guaranteed Justice, Ultimate Justice, Virtual Justice, Hostile Justice and Tortured Justice and the novella Blind Justice.
on May 19, 2011 :
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Impeding Justice has everything a good thriller should have: a tough heroine, who keeps getting obstacles hurled at her, a ruthless villain who constantly seems to be one step ahead, some secondary characters who add to the twists and turns, and tight, fast-paced plot.
This thriller had some other good elements, and a few bad ones as well. The main character, Lorne Simpkins is well-rounded and three dimensional. She managed to annoy me one scene, then win me over the next with some grudging admiration. When an author can pull that off, it shows some strong writing. Matters regarding the raising of her daughter, her problematic relationship with her husband, and a willing admirer on the job makes for plenty of intrigue, and give Lorne added depth.
On the other hand, the villain, had some cruel traits which were quite outlandish and bordering on caricature, at least to me. His sadistic cruelty was put to use in a very smart way, and there were some scenes were I had a hard time to keep reading and control my horror, even though the author, Mel Comley, often cut away just before the gruesome bits. And still it was hard to read. Kudos to Comley on that.
The ending didn't completely satisfy me. But all in all, there is really no excuse for not reading this thriller, especially considering the price. I'll definitely read the sequel.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Feb. 22, 2011 :
Mel Comley has definitely been added to my list of favorite authors. This is a must read book if you are a thriller fan.The characters are great, the plot is rich with twist and turns and surprises. The action grabs you from page one and holds on to the very end. I was very excited when the sequel "Final Justice" came out because I just had to know where the story would take me next. No disappointment there. It was as good a book as this one.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on Dec. 20, 2010 :
Wasn’t sure about this book, but thought I’d give it a Go,
A female cop, loses her partner and best friend on the first pages, the Killer is not the kind of guy you take home to meet Daddy,
Retribution being important, this guy kills the family of anyone who crosses him, so when one of his “ Girls” a teenager, comforts another girl, he sees it as betrayal, her whole family are executed in horrific fashion, and she’s made to watch the video of it, along with the other girls to teach the a lesson,
Meanwhile, Mr Nice Guy kidnaps our Cop Heroine’s teenage daughter, and threatens to kill her,
He later kidnaps our cop lead’s father, himself an ex cop,
Well I won’t say what else happens, Don’t want to spoil the plot,
Lets just say that Melanie Comley leaves room for a sequel at the end, and why is that good … Simply put this is a brilliant intriguing thriller, Not a family book to read to the kids, but if you want an absorbing story of Kidnap, Rape, Murder and Torture, well this is certainly the book for you,
The characters develop into believable realistic people, the depravity is as realistic as it could get, but it is not all gore, there is a very well crafted story, hints of romance, marital discord and trouble with the kids, so that’s normal life right?
The author gives us our moneys worth, even though she sells it at a quarter the price it should be,
I’m waiting for the sequel, and for it to make the Best Seller List,
One you shouldn’t miss!
(reviewed the day of purchase)