Reader Review: The twist and turns of the story is like a puzzle to be solved but the answer is when you finished reading it. I like the love story with action plot of it. And thanks to the author for the end of the character of Monk the killer that got away on the novel "Mercy", i really don't like him.
When it comes to gripping novels of unrelenting suspense, Julie Garwood is in a class by herself. In the course of her career, she has mastered the art of creating characters who live and breathe in compelling, page-burning stories that never fail to surprise. As her legion of fans can attest, she strikes the perfect balance between excitement and insight, action and heart. Now, in this breathless new novel, Garwood has written her most electrifying thriller to date.
Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was eleven, she witnessed her grandmother’s violent death, before Avery herself was shot and left for dead. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order.
Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her adroit skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.
Avery’s workaholic aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, is certain her (hopefully soon-to-be ex) husband sent her the gold embossed reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. At first she is resistant, but then figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, not to mention a networking extravaganza. Plus she persuades her niece to join her for the two weeks of luxury and decadence.
But Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. Under false pretenses, she is taken to an isolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile, suave demeanor, and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolyn—and outmaneuver a brilliant killer who is part of an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance.
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|Title of Science Fiction eBook: Killjoy|
|Release Date: 09-17-2002|
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The wait was making Avery crazy. She sat in her little square cubicle, her back against the wall, one leg crossed over the other, drumming her fingertips against the desktop with one hand and holding an icepack against her wounded knee with the other. What was taking so long? Why hadn't Andrews called? She stared hard at the phone, willing it to ring. Nothing. Not a sound. Turning in her swivel chair, she checked the digital clock for the hundredth time. It was now 10:05, same as it was ten seconds ago. For Pete's sake, she should have heard something by now.
Mel Gibson stood up and leaned over the partition separating his workspace from Avery's and gave her a sympathetic look. That was his honest-to-goodness, real name, but Mel thought it was holding him back because no one in the law enforcement agency would ever take him seriously. Yet, he refused to have it legally changed to "Brad Pitt," as his supportive coworkers had suggested.
"Hi, Brad," Avery said. She and the others were still trying out the new name to see if it fit. Last week it was "George Clooney," and that name got about the same reaction "Brad" was getting now, a glare and a reminder that his name wasn't "George," it wasn't "Brad," and it wasn't "Mel." It was "Melvin."
"You probably should have heard by now," he said.
She refused to let him rile her. Tall, geeky-looking, with an extremely prominent Adam's apple, Mel had the annoying habit of using his third finger to push his thick wire-rimmed glasses back up on his ski nose. Margo, another coworker, told Avery that Mel did it on purpose. It was his way
Title: Killjoy March 15, 2013 Great thriller, tons of twists and turns, great writing makes you feel as if you were there, love this series. Great suspense, action and wicked humor. The various characters are well defined, their interactions with each other are very interesting as well as funny in some instances. Awsome read.
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Number of Comments: 4 Rating(s) 3 Review(s)
You Can't Pick Your Relatives
Reviewer: A reader from DELAVAN, IL USA
March 15, 2013
Great thriller, tons of twists and turns, great writing makes you feel as if you were there, love this series. Great suspense, action and wicked humor. The various characters are well defined, their interactions with each other are very interesting as well as funny in some instances. Awsome read.
Avery & John Paul
July 13, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from Philippines
The twist and turns of the story is like a puzzle to be solved but the answer is when you finished reading it. I like the love story with action plot of it. And thanks to the author for the end of the character of Monk the killer that got away on the novel "Mercy", i really don't like him.
May 27, 2011
In this third book of the Buchanan-Renard series, we have John Paul Renard, Noah Clayborne and Monk returning from the earlier book, Mercy.
John Paul has tracked Monk to Aspen, Colorado, a year after he wreaked havoc in Louisiana. Meanwhile, Avery Delaney is trying to find her aunt, Carrie Salvetti, who she was supposed to join at a spa in Aspen called Utopia. John Paul and Avery connect in the lobby of the facility as they both are on the hunt for the same people for different reasons. It doesn't take long before they realize they must work together.
While this is an interesting story, I struggled with the main characters' inability to follow some of the most obvious clues to move them in the right direction. Avery, who is an analyst for the FBI, failed to mention salient points from her Aunt's messages to John Paul and he failed to ask the most simplest of questions of Avery at the onset. It seemed implausible that they would have been so obtuse.
The pace of the story wasn't as crisp as the earlier books in the series but we do find equally interesting characters, good dialogue and an intriguing story. It just isn't on the same level as Mercy and John Paul and Avery deserved more romance. I recommend the book but don't expect the thrills and humor of Mercy.
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