Ragdoll is Daniel Cole’s debut novel. From the description, it sounds like another gruesome serial killer novel designed to shock reader’s sensibilities. Please know this couldn’t be further from the reality. Daniel Cole has launched his writing career with a creative plot that is very difficult to pin down in short platitudes.
The dense relationship between Rebekah Roberts and Saul Katz has been one of the cornerstones of Julia Dahl’s series of mystery novels set in and around the Hasidic community of Brooklyn, New York. Through all of their highs and lows, Saul has always been important to Rebekah: as father figure, mentor, source, and above all, friend. It is no accident that Saul plays a pivotal role in Conviction, the third novel is this award-winning series.
For a woman who cannot be herself, Anna Winger is certainly skilled at knowing about other people from the barest of evidence – all it takes is their handwriting.
This simple fact only scratches the surface of the complex lead character in Lori Rader-Day’s absorbing third stand-alone novel, The Day I Died. More of a deep character study posing as a plot-driven narrative, this novel manages to elicit compulsive reading via tension-filled moments juxtaposed beside scenes of intense introspection.
Sometimes with a series, the author is comfortable giving readers “the same, but different” with each new book release and that is often satisfying. However, with a character as unique as Brigid Quinn, it is fitting that Becky Masterman does not follow that mold. With A Twist of the Knife – the third book in her series – readers can really get a sense of what Masterman is attempting to do with this grouping of novels.
Media scrutiny is at an all time high. It seems that no matter where one turns, there is controversy, distrust, and scandal involving our news agencies. Of course, none of this is really “new,” but in our social climate, it seems that everyone suddenly has an opinion. Within that melee is where Christina Kovac positions her debut mystery, The Cutaway.
There are few novels as worthy of being called EPIC as those that make up The Natchez Burning Trilogy. What Greg Iles has crafted in this series likely won’t be fully realized until years down the road.