The Grand by Dennis. D Wilson

the-grand-book-review      Title: The Grand

Author: Dennis D. Wilson

Genre: Crime Thriller

Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

*NOTE: I received a copy from onlinebookclub.org in exchange for an honest review.

In The Grand, we are introduced to a number of characters whose lives intertwine even though they never actually cross paths.

Dean Wister is a Chicago cop, forced to take a vacation when he falls into a deep depression after his wife’s passing.

Mario, a Chicago Mobster, slipping through the fingers of those wishing to see him locked up.

Senator McGraw, presidency candidate with a very large secret.

Charles, transgender, also Senator McGraws best friend.

These are just to name a few of the many personalities we come across in this enthralling page turner.

When Dean finds himself travelling back to where he met his deceased wife, the last thing he expects is to be roped back into work by investigating a murder. As the investigation progress’s, Dean discovers much more going on beneath the surface in the County of Teton than he could have guessed. From murderous plots to human trafficking, he takes it upon himself to blow the whole thing wide open, and bring justice down with the aid of his coworkers or without. All the while, Dean continues to struggle with the loss of his wife, Sara. Consequently, through this, and the people he meets, he grows to accept that she is no longer with him, knowing she will always be with him in his heart.

The characters are well developed and believable. Their personalities so well defined it would seem that the reader actually knew them. Dean was my favorite, despite his heartbreak he looked out for the rest and in the end saved the lives of people that would become his friends. My least favorite being Boris because well who likes a human trafficker? In close running is a name I will not reveal because, well, it’s part of the climatic ending. I would be doing a disservice to anyone wishing to read this book.

The characters in particular made me love this book. But, the errors I found periodically detracted from truly falling in love. With that being said I am giving The Gran by Dennis D. Wilson  3 out of 4 stars.  Honestly, I really had trouble with this one, especially because of the climatic ending. My eyes were glued to my kindle as the last page drew nearer.  This is a  book full of twists and turns, never giving the reader a clue into what is going to happen next, or who is going to do something next. I definitely recommend picking up a copy and reading it.

 

You can view the book on the onlinebookclubs’ bookshelf here: http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelves/book.php?id=84419

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Armageddon’s Arc by Victor Baptiste

I received this book for an honest review at the Onlinebookclub.org.

The story begins with a man killing himself in gruesome detail. He awake in a place nobod ever wants to find themselves(if you believe of course)…in Hell. When he arrives, he arrives with a gift. Only it’s not really a gift. It’s a self serving way for the man to get what he wants. His name is Killian and he has hatched a great scheme to keep from suffering. This story is full of twists and turns that keep the reader engaged and glued to the words.

I rated this story a 3 out of 4 stars because the beginning I did find confusing. The story is short so everything moves very fast and I found myself reading parts again to make sure I read it right. Also if you are not much for a lot of dialogue this book may not be fore you. This story is mostly dialogue with very little narration.

If you would like read my full review here http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=30603

In the Shadow of Angels by Donnie J Burgess

I was given a copy of this book courtesy of Onlinebookclub.org. This is a Crime/Thriller novel written by Donnie J Burgess, this is his first novel.

In the Shadow of Angels was a pretty good book. It was told from several of the characters perspectives, giving insight into their minds and it gave off a very great amount of dramatic irony. To the point that it was humorous. Check out my review here and let me know what you think!!!    http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=27379

I rated this book a 3 out of 4 stars!

Happy Reading!!

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I just finished reading Gone Girl, it was okay, not my favorite read but it was okay. I really wanted to love this book, I dove into thinking ‘this book is gonna be great’, while it was really well put together, I liked it but I didn’t love it and it isn’t making my reread list.

Now I’m sure most everybody has probably seen the movie or read the book. But for those that haven’t it is a mystery/thriller about a sociopathic woman named Amy, that deliberately ad perfectly sets her husband up for her murder. When plans change she kills an old friend and goes back home confident she will never be found out. Even Nick, her husband caves to her wishes in the end. Which kind of ticked me off, I would have loved to see him come out on top. However, he does not and he contents himself to pretending to be her match and in turn finds himself becoming as crazy as she is, which can’t be good for their unborn child.

The characters in this book are well formed, particularly Amy and Nick, the main characters. Witty, quick, and very smart (Amy at least) Boney was my favorite, she could see underneath all the pretty wrappings of Amy well said lies.

I actually think on this book-movie case, I prefer the movie, it was more to the point I think While I felt the detail in the book was dragged out.

I would recommend this book, it was a good read, it was just one of those books that didn’t hold my attention very well. I trudged through it. But if you have read it or are going to read I feel free to share your thoughts!

Happy reading!

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Still Missing is Chevy Stevens’s first novel and I must say it was an awesome first. I was glued to the book every time I sat down to read. It had the perfect amount of suspense and the characters were easily relate-able playing on reader’s own fears. Chevy tells two stories here, twisting them together, Annie seeing her shrink and telling her the story of what happened up til the present and it played out really well.

The main character, Annie, is abducted and forced to spend a year in a cabin, rarely seeing the sun shine, with her abductor, her raper and the father of her child. One can only imagine how something like that would feel. to lose total control of your life and be at the mercy of another being who could decide your life should end at any moment. Annie endured so much during that time from beatings, to a nightly raping, all the way to every little thing being on a schedule. Finally, as the story begins to become one story of Annie dealing with her past, her time concludes with “The Freak” as she called him, when he lets out to help him and she has the perfect opportunity to escape.

The story after her abduction is riveting and keeps the reader wondering why she would have been targeted and the reveal is shocking! I won’t give any details away! You will just have to read the story! I will definitely be reading more from Chevy Steven’s as she releases new books!

Happy Reading Everybody!

Brainstorm written by Margaret Belle

Brainstorm is a crime/mystery/thriller that incorporates a little bit of romance. I read this book as a book review and while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t my favorite novel. The beginning was slow and I had a hard time connecting with the story. However, the twists and turns the story took were enough to keep me wanting to read more.

Here is a link for the full review: http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=17090