Posts Tagged ‘page-turning’

Horns

April 6, 2011

Author: Joe Hill

Title: Horns

Genre: Horror / Audio book

Publication Date: 2010

Length: 12 compact discs (13 hours, 50 minutes unabridged)

Geographical Setting: New Hampshire

Time Period: Contemporary

Plot Summary:
Ignatius Perrish seemed to have it all: a promising internship abroad, a devoted relationship with his childhood sweetheart, and the admiration of his family and New Hampshire community. Then the unthinkable happens: Merrin Williams, the love of his life, is found raped and murdered. Despite never being charged or tried for the crime, he is found guilty in the court of public opinion and lives in his own private hell.

After a particularly nasty bender, Ig wakes up to discover horns protruding from his temples. The horns give him the power of insight, compelling strangers and friends and family alike to confess their darkest impulses and feelings. While he uncovers the truth about Merrin’s death, he realizes just how dark human nature really is, and wonders if he should just give in to the devil inside of him.

Subject Headings:
Devil, Faith, Good and evil, Lovers, Revenge, Murder victims, Grief, New Hampshire, Telepathy, Monsters, Transformation, Brothers

Appeal:
Page-turning, descriptive, visceral, darkly humorous, compelling, violent, suspenseful, speculative, dark, bleak, engrossing, flawed characters, profanity, sexually explicit, flashbacks, unaffected language

3 terms that best describe this book:
Compelling, gruesome, cynical

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
King explores the darker side of human nature in this collection of four novellas, which include a rape victim taking revenge, a pact with the devil, and a murder victim that just won’t stay dead.
Similarities: Revenge, dark side of humanity, dealing with the devil

So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
Failed Hollywood filmmaker Eric Shaw is intrigued by a commission to produce a memorial documentary about billionaire Campbell Bradford, but finds himself in over his head when he arrives in West Baden, Indiana, Bradford’s mysterious hometown, a place that oozes with evil.
Similarities: Suspenseful and thriller-esque, well-developed characters, supernatural elements

Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker
Action movie star Todd Pickett recovers from plastic surgery in a famous mansion, whose strange panoramic painted tiles unleash hellish creatures on the hunt for his soul.
Similarities: Dark humor, violence, morally ambiguous characters

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors
But I Trusted You: And Other True Cases by Ann Rule
Exploration of criminal cases wherein the victims have been murdered by trusted spouses, lovers, friends, and family.
Similarities: Ig is suspected of murdering his lover, Merrin

People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck
A trained psychiatrist, Peck uses case studies, one of which details demonic possession and exorcism, to analyze ways that evil manifests itself in human behavior, and how one may combat it.
Similarities: Exploration of evil, demonic possession

The Dark Sacrament: True Stories of Modern-Day Demon Possession and Exorcism by David M. Kiely and Christina McKenna
The authors recount 10 contemporary tales of possession and haunting, also profiling the work of two active exorcists. They supplement the tales with historical analysis and an appendix of terms, rituals, and exorcism prayers.
Similarities: Demonic possession

Name: Cassie Carbaugh

Dirty Blonde

February 23, 2011

Author: Lisa Scottoline

Title: Dirty Blonde

Genre: Legal Thriller

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 354

Geographical Setting: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Time Period: Contemporary

Plot Summary:
Judge Cate Fante has just been appointed to federal court, and though she has some lingering doubts about her readiness for the position, she is passionate about the law, justice, and the Philadelphian citizens she serves. While she appears to have it all – a successful career, a loving stockbroker boyfriend, a fabulous home, and a caring best friend – Cate Fante also leads a seamy double life.

When a high-profile Hollywood plagiarism case lands in her jurisdiction, Cate makes a controversial ruling that ends in a shocking murder-suicide. Her darkest secrets catch up to her when it’s revealed that the murdered television producer was developing a new series starring a thinly fictionalized version of her. The sudden tabloid exposure not only threatens her career and her relationships, but places her life in jeopardy.

Subject Headings:
Women judges, Philadelphia, Federal court, Murder, Double lives, Television production, Friendship

Appeal: Fast-paced, page-turning, action-oriented, contemporary, urban, linear, plot twists, gritty, dramatic, familiar characterization, flawed characters, suspenseful, jargon, resolved ending

3 terms that best describe this book: page-turning, breezy, suspenseful

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller #1) by Michael Connelly
Lawyer Mickey Haller finds himself in over his head when he takes the defense of Louis Roulet, a high-paying client whose case ends up challenging Haller’s sense of ethics, especially when a close friend is murdered for getting too close to the truth.
Similarities: Legal thriller, character-driven, fast-paced, morally conflicted lead characters

Motion to Suppress (Nina Reilly #1) by Perri O’Shaugnessy
After losing her husband and her job, attorney Nina Reilly relocates to Lake Tahoe and takes up the case of Misty Patterson, a barmaid accused of murdering her husband, juggling the drama of court with her own personal drama.
Similarities: Legal thriller, strong female protagonist, fast-paced

Prior Bad Acts (Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska #3) by Tami Hoag
Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are assigned to protect Judge Carey Moore after a controversial ruling. When Judge Moore goes missing, the case takes several unexpected turns.
Similarities: Women judges as characters, plot twists, suspenseful

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors
Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787 by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier
Profiles the fifty-five men who convened in Philadelphia to create the U.S. Constitution and how they worked through personality and ideological clashes to draft the famous document.
Similarities: Takes place in Philadelphia, focuses on the creation of law

Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice by Joan Biskupic
Chronicles the life and career of the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court
Similarities: Features a prominent woman judge

Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal by Ann Rule
Investigates the suspicious death of Jenn Corbin, whose murder was initially ruled a suicide.
Similarities: Murder investigation, gritty tone

Name: Cassie Carbaugh