The Echo - Discussion open on the whole book

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Re: The Echo - Discussion open on the whole book

Postby cushty » Sun May 25, 2008 5:11 pm

hi Iseult

now I like 'The Echo' best of Walters' books, and 'Acid Row' was the only one I couldn't finish :lol: :lol:

not sure why - I think 'The Echo' is quieter and slower than her others - though 'The Ice House' is a bit less sensationalist too

'The Sculptess' I loved first time round, but less on a second reading

I am looking for volunteers to put up 4 books for next reading - interested?
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Re: The Echo - Discussion open on the whole book

Postby Iseult » Sun May 25, 2008 7:28 pm

Cushty I would be honoured. The only problem is my reading is somewhat macabre.

However if anyone like's crime/serial killers etc then I'm your woman :D
The 4 books I would nominate are:

Book 1

The Chemistry of Death
by Simon Beckett

Maggots, beetles and grave wax are bread and butter to a very distinctive kind of detective in Simon Beckett's fifth novel, a murder mystery set in an isolated community on the Norfolk Broads. As far as the people of Manham are concerned when he settles in their village, David Hunter, the novel's narrator, is a humble GP tired of London life. It's only when two boys stumble across a decomposing corpse in the nearby forest that their new doctor's macabre speciality comes to light.

Assisting the police in their investigations, Hunter struggles to conceal his professional interest in the corpse, but it soon transpires that he is the country's pre-eminent forensic anthropologist. Even the crime scene investigators are baffled by this esoteric occupation, which Simon Beckett, as well as his protagonist, studied for a time at the charmingly named Body Farm, a real-life training centre in Tennessee. Fluent in the language of decomposition, Hunter can read in a rotting body signs that will determine crucial factors such as time since death. But following the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and daughter, Hunter was unable to maintain the cold, scientific gaze of his profession. Now, he must adopt it once again to help prevent the killer from claiming another victim.
The irony that haunts David Hunter is the best thing about Beckett's novel. So well versed in the minutiae of death, he cannot come to terms with its most fundamental mystery: what becomes of the life that is taken away? As a whodunit, this is certainly a cut above the average, with a convincing central character, a gripping plot and a fine store of morbid information. In contrast to the story's original angle, however, the crimes themselves seem a little bit hackneyed. ... ex=blended


Book 2

The Timer Game
by Susan Arnout Smith

Do you really want to play?

Grace Descanso was going to be a pediatric heart surgeon--she was a brilliant up-and-comer with a bright future in a heart-breaking, innovative field. Then she took two months off to work in a clinic in Guatemala, and came back nearly destroyed. She won't talk about why, but she quit medicine altogether. Now, five years later, Grace is a crime scene tech in San Diego, going to AA meetings, scraping by and living to be a mom to five-year old Katie.

Everything falls apart again when Grace is summoned to work what looks like a routine crime scene. Hours later, two colleagues have been brutally murdered and Grace herself is under investigation for shooting the killer. Katie's all she's got. But when Katie is snatched, Grace is thrown into a nightmare world of timed riddles that she must solve in order to find her daughter before it's too late. Welcome to The Timer Game.

If I had to choose 1 of the 4 it would be this one,I really enjoyed it.
Go to the weblink below and check out the webisodes ... 0007265174


Book 3

Killing Fear
by Allison Brennan

Fear Never Dies

"Theodore Glenn is bright, charismatic, and loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims before they die and on those who later find their mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on his persecutors: Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars.

When a catastrophic disaster sets convict Glenn free, he blazes a freshly-bloodied path across San Diego County. But the death he craves most is Robin McKenna's.

Putting aside their past troubled relationship, Will rushes to protect Robin, now a savvy businesswoman operating her own upscale club. As the killings mount and Glenn proves a master manipulator, Robin and Will become snared in a twisted web of horror. But the shocking truth is even worse, for this macabre mystery has a twist: the evil they face is even more deadly than they fear."

Chapter 1 & 2 weblink below ... lling+fear


Book 4

Sleepy Head
by Mark Billingham

His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate . . .
Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel; she is aware of everything going on around her, but she is completely unable to move or communicate. It's called Locked-In Syndrome. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake.
Then D.I. Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth; it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead. 'An appropriate margin of error' is how their killer dismisses them, and Thorne knows they are unlikely to be the last. For the killer is smart, and he's getting his kicks out of toying with Thorne as much as he is pursuing his sick fantasy . . .
Thorne knows immediately he's not going to catch the killer with procedure. But with little more than gut instinct and circumstantial evidence to damn his chief suspect, anaesthetist Jeremy Bishop, his pursuit of him is soon bordering on the unprofessional. Especially considering his involvement with Anne Coburn, Alison's doctor and Jeremy's close friend .
Thorne must find a man whose agenda is terrifyingly unique, and Alison, the one person who holds the key to the killer's identity, is unable to tell anybody. . .

Sleepyhead is the first in a series of novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. ... leepy+head

I realise my choices might not be to every-one's taste. All I can tell you is I enjoyed reading them. The 4 I have chosen were picked at random from my collection.
I have included links to Amazon where these books can be purchased cheaply.
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Shalom Aleichem.
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