Post Script: What Lies Within – James Morris

Cover What Lies Within

What Lies Within

James Morris

Kindle Press

ISBN: 9781512283198

 

Description:

“You’re going to die” A single text message and Shelley Marano’s world is upended. A normal high school senior, Shelley discovers she is adopted. She goes on a journey to uncover her past, only to find she was part of a horrific experiment to test the theory of nature versus nurture. In a culture of violence committed by young people, she may be one of these killers. With the lives of her and her friends in the balance, one thing is certain: she will never be the same.

 

My View:

Jim Morris is a former television writer – with credits including “Smallville” and “Crossing Jordan.” Recently his young adult thriller WHAT LIES WITHIN was part of Amazon’s new crowd-sourcing imprint, Kindle Press. After a 30-day campaign, it was selected to be published and I can understand why. This narrative starts with a fantastic emotional hook; Morris has created the most threatening vision of evil I have come across in a long while, there is something about the image of a lone motorbike rider, full face helmet, no hint of the person underneath visible, following your car, that cranks up the goose bumps and fear factor a notch or two. Morris has created a great villain but he is by no means the vilest in the book, evil can present a face of “normal” and that person is far more dangerous and scarier (no spoilers here) than the menacing bike rider.

After this first incident we are dropped almost casually into the almost mundane world of teenager Shelley Marano – stellar student, helps her dad in his business after school hours, loner and seemingly “ordinary” in most ways. Suddenly Shelley’s world is turned upside down when teenage angst meets identity crisis and a stranger with a bewildering message. I didn’t even notice the pages I was rapidly turning – the action had me engaged and the new themes regarding the development of personality and character, nature versus nurture, had me mesmerised. Morris writes a great visual tale, at times the pace is blistering and before I knew it the last page was read. I was disappointed, just a little, at how quickly the threads of this narrative were drawn together and neatly tied off. Overall a really engaging action packed story that asks many many questions…

James Morris – I would really like to see this story animated. What do you think? I think it would work and the YA /adult audience would love this emerging hero that is Shelley Marano.

 

 

Post Script: Fear Nothing – Lisa Gardner

Fear Nothing

A Detective D.D. Warren Novel

Lisa Gardner

PENGUIN GROUP Dutton

Dutton Adult

ISBN: 9780525953081

 

Description:

In #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Detective D. D. Warren must face a new fear as a serial killer terrorizes Boston.

 

My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.

The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear. . . . She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.

My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.

Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.

D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:

 

My View:

This is a superb thriller!

This is the 7th book in the D.D .Warren series yet can easily be read as a standalone. As this is the 7th book in the series I am assuming that this quality of writing is typical of this author – and I want to read more! I want to read them all! This book is brilliant. It is not surprising this author is a #1 seller; the plot is a cracker, the history of evilness is vile, the pace is exhausting, the crimes are heinous, the dialogue is natural and conversational, the two perspectives – of Dr Adeline Glen and that of Detective D.D. Warren provide insight and give meaning to the narrative. This narrative has a wonderful range of strong female leads. It is BRILLIANT.

I had to read all 416 pages last night- once you begin this book you cannot put it down until the last funeral is over. FANTASTIC!