Archive for the ‘Crime, Mystery & Thriller’ category

Eye Spy

Obsession, and the tunnel vision it gives us, isolates us. That isolation, in turn, gives more room for obsession to grow. It takes a strong person to pull someone out of their own head over and over and to try to shove them back into the light. It requires a patience and love I have found in my family and in my friends.

Joyland

One area in which King shines is in his ability to write compelling characters. In the opening scenes of the novel, King introduces a carney who works at Joyland, and within about four paragraphs, I have a well-rounded impression of who this character is and why I already find him charming. One descriptive…

Zaginiony Symbol

Zastanawiam się czy jest to książka masońska. I kim tak naprawdę byli Masoni? I co oznacza liczba 33? Czy Brown mi to powie, czy sam muszę szukać tej wiedzy w numerologii? Chociaż nie zupelnie. To w Księdze Rodzaju, mówię tu oczywiście o…

The Dark Water

The more I read of The Dark Water, the more I’m reminded of the BBC’s Sherlock. I highly recommend this book to any Sherlockian who eagerly awaits the return of the hit show; with only three 90-minute episodes in each of its seasons thus far, Sherlock can be a bit of a tease. I almost feel like an addict…

Mayan Interface

One section I enjoy in particular discusses that this business of the Mayan calendar ending on December 21st, 2012 is based on a misunderstanding of the Mayan concept of time. December 21st is merely the end of the current Mayan cycle. There are several other…

Ransom River

…some of my peers bullied a younger teenager. I didn’t understand why they were attacking her. I didn’t really know her well, but she seemed like a nice kid and her two siblings were popular peers. She died of an accident one summer. I remember a friend talking about…

Trashed

I love Kathy Kinney’s character. She’s an ‘infiltrator’ for the magazine where she and Simone work, playing the role of a tabloid journalist turned masterful actress, infiltrating funerals, charity benefits, weddings, and other sundry affairs. She takes on the vain and the vapid.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

It’s excruciatingly hard not to analyze him in the same way I would any other character in a story. Part of me feels guilty, as if I’m touching on something taboo or too sensitive, but with the whole book written…

The Lincoln Lawyer

I’m all for the United States’ justice system—the ideas that people are innocent until proven guilty and that every person deserves to be defended. So I understand that there’s a need for criminal attorneys. But does it have to be Haller? The immediacy of the first person narrative brings me close to him, allowing me to feel like I know him personally, just like I would a family member or a close friend—close enough that I feel…

Victims

‘Great big piles of greasy, grimy gopher guts…’ is the song line that unfortunately comes to me as I’m reading these beginning chapters. The usual gory beginning of an Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis case, as always, leaves me wanting to read more…

And She Was

I need only look as far as my twenty-six years as a therapist to realize the potential horrors this syndrome of not being able to forget anything would invite into my life. I already have memories of crack house murders, head decapitations, gang rapes, childhood sexual abuse, animal tortures, ritualistic…

Victims

One of the reasons that I return to this series over and over is because I like the characters. I’m interested in them and their relationships. I’m particularly invested Robin character. She builds custom guitars in her backyard workshop and I think that’s very cool. It’s the relationships…

The Book of the Dead

Fascinating things I’m learning while reading this book: the correct way to cut my wrists while attempting suicide; how to create panic, fear, and terror within a large group that will later lead to severe PTSD symptoms; and how to make nitroglycerin. The first two things I already know from being a therapist, and the last tidbit is really one I don’t think I’ll need in my everyday life.

The Madman’s Tale

For a person diagnosed with schizophrenia, the hallucinations may be psychotic, or they may be the subconscious mind asserting itself and telling the person and the world that life must be looked at through different lenses than the conscious mind. I always need to be able to explore these differences and listen to what is really being said and done as the soul speaks in so many languages, and unfortunately, I’m not multilingual.