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review 2017-12-29 18:18
Review of Compelling Evidence by Steve Martini
Compelling Evidence - Steve Martini

I really, really enjoyed this book.  It has been years since I read a legal thriller and I don't know why I waited so long.  After some research, I saw many positive reviews for Steve Martini's series featuring Paul Madriani and this first book did not disappoint.  It was a true page-turner and I loved all of the courtroom drama.  There were enough clues tossed around that kept the mystery interesting, but not too obscure that you couldn't figure out more or less what was going on.  Very much looking forward to the next in this series.

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review 2017-06-27 08:54
Compelling Evidence
Compelling Evidence - Steve Martini

This book was another one that started out slow for me.  I felt like he was pulling out all the big words he knew to stick in the first few chapters and the legal lingo was a bit much. I struggled through the first part but then got hooked as soon as someone died (of course) and then it really started moving for me and I wanted everyone to go away and let me read. Unfortunately, it was not a time I could be antisocial.  I did, however, spend one really late night sitting on the floor in a hotel bathroom so I could finish this book. It was good and I was surprised by the ending.  

 

This is the first book in a series and in the first few chapters, I wasn't thinking I'd be reading any more of his books but I quickly changed my mind. I am already looking for the next one in the series. Too bad this copy of the book didn't make it back to Fairbanks, Alaska. It had a little bathtub accident in Anchorage but it did enjoy Denali National Park. 

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text 2017-06-24 00:34
Reading progress: 245 out of 448 pages.
Compelling Evidence - Steve Martini
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text 2017-06-21 03:25
Reading progress: I've read 93 out of 448 pages.
Compelling Evidence - Steve Martini

And I remember one of Ben's homilies. "You know," he said, "the trouble most people have with resisting temptation is that they never really want to discourage it completely."

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review 2017-03-31 19:32
Don't Wake Up...
Don't Wake Up: A shocking and compelling new thriller that you will not be able to put down! - Liz Lawler

This was a fast read for me, in many ways your typical psychological thriller but it was superbly menacing and I give it extra points for being quite unpredictable - not necessarily on the "whodunnit" level, although Liz Lawler does a great job of obfuscating things - but more because it didn't feel at all like things would necessarily work out for our main protagonist. Did all come good in the end? Well you'll have to read to find out.

It has that addictive quality that I look for in this genre, certainly a page turner, also intensely creepy at times. Imagine you are assaulted but nobody believes you. Imagine then that at every turn you are looking more and more unbalanced but you know that you are not. That is an intriguing layer to Don't Wake Up, I also give points for the fact that the characters mostly behaved reasonably given the circumstances. If I had one bugbear it was one police officer character that was way too caricature but I won't say more because everyone reads differently

Overall Don't Wake Up is a great read, especially as a book to sit down with when you just need to read totally in the comfort zone - I have no problem recommending it to fans of this genre, whilst it may not offer anything unique, it is accomplished writing and a banging good story.

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