In order to cut to the chase early: WARNING, Extremely explicit and gory.
Don’t waste your time, although that did not stop me from writing the following rant.
Shawcross Letters has an important subtitle: My Journey Into The Mind Of Evil by John Paul Fay (and Brian Whitney). Brian Whitney is the author of this publication. John Paul Fay is a narrator and commentator. Fay is a commentator when revealing the content of letters written by Arthur Shawcross, an actual serial killer who died in 2008. Fay acts as a narrator when he describes his own struggles with life. Incarcerated Shawcross has been described as evil personified. A serial killer with a fondness for cooking and eating various victim body parts, Shawcross never meets Fay except through letters. If evil personified means the person is a unique representation of evil, Fay would disagree. Fay describes Shawcross as almost a soulmate. It seems as if Fay is saying that he would be Shawcross if only he (Fay) were braver. For now, Fay claims to be able to sublimate the same evil acts described by Shawcross in letters into Fay’s own writings with this book.
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There is a lot to like in The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. I first liked the simplicity yet expressiveness of the cover (at least in the Kindle selection I read.) There is a butterfly, the novel’s name, and the author’s name. There are no blaring font announcements that this is a thrilling psychological thriller (that will leave you gasping). No promises that it is a page-turner. Just a good presentation. But it is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read. There are surprises; it will leave a reader turning pages quickly and it will appeal to fans of a TV series “Lie to Me.”
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Death on Lake Michigan by Steve Arnett is a 225-page 13-chapter mystery novel published in 2015. On the one hand I found it to be a good example of linear interesting storytelling and on the other hand, I felt uncomfortable with characters popping up just because the story needed a character to supply a small bit of needed information. I felt there were too many unneeded characters in the story.
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The Wrong House to Burgle was offered to me by the author through a website. It is a short story published in 2017 that serves as a preview of the author’s writing style. If I liked this story, I would probably download some of the author’s longer works.
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Three, Four … Better Lock Your Door is the second novel in the Rebekka Franck series by Willow Rose. Rebekka is still the small-town newspaper stringer forced to be content with reporting on small-town politics and gossip She has time to take care of her daughter in the family home where she lives with her dad. Nothing shocking has happened in two years. Her office mates Sara, office staff, and Sune, photographer, are characters we have met in a previous work.
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One, Two … He is Coming for You by Willow Rose is the first in a five-volume boxed set of Rose’s Rebekka Franck mystery series. Book One is what I call a comfort read and I expect others in the series to be as comfortable as this one. It is in a bank of books that I can fall back on with the assurance that the stories may not be great literature, but they are good storytelling. Each one has a little bit of a twist on some proven formula that makes the writer’s work interesting. In this writer’s case, the twist was in the setting. This first novel is set in a small town/village of Denmark. I get the impression the town name is bigger or larger than the town.
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If there was a measure of the ratio of surprises to a number of pages, Paid In Full by Mark Newman would rank very favorably. Not only were there a lot of surprises, they were paradigm shifts. A character development would be unfolding interestingly but almost predictably and then out of the blue the character would make a 90-degree shift. Characters to be pitied became malevolent, unsavory characters. Evil bad folks, along with the lines of torturers, would just give up and leave witnesses alive. Not that they would go unpunished, but they didn’t act in ways that would assure they would not get caught. This novel is a short story of 149 pages and was one I want to keep so I paid the USD 0.99 Amazon price.
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