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review 2018-02-10 17:25
Poison: A Novel (Dismas Hardy) - John Lescroart

I am not really a big fan of legal thrillers especially if it contains pages among pages among pages (you get the drift) of court proceedings. Especially the ones that they are required to do. HOWEVER! I do make an exception when it's John Lescroart. I love his Dismas Hardy series, while relatively a newcome to the series, I am hooked and look forward to reading earlier books.

This one had something, imo, going on in the wings. Was the author trying to tell us something about the series?

Well, I do know, whether this series or a standalone, I thoroughly enjoy John Lescroart's books!

Huge thanks to Atria Books and Net Galley for yet another approval to read a John Lescroart e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-01-30 13:40
Fatal by John Lescroart
Fatal: A Novel - John Lescroart


Even one little, tiny mistake can prove to be fatal. 


Kate finds herself uncontrollably attracted to a married man. She herself is married, but she doesn't let that stop her. Before you know it, the situation spirals out of control. 


If Fatal had stuck with Kate's and her paramour's family, I think this would have been better. The terror attack and a lot of the characters, (Alan, Ginny, Laurie),  felt as if they were not really necessary to the plot. I also felt as if there were too many twists and turns, even though I was able to figure it all out, almost from the very beginning.


All that said, though, the story was fast paced and interesting. I especially liked the Police Detective Beth and her partner Ike. I hope to see them again in the future. 


Overall, Fatal was a fun, quick story that was all over the place at times and could have been more focused. Even still, it was entertaining and I was glad to be reading Mr. Lescroart's work again.


You can get your copy here: Fatal: A Novel


*Thank you to Atria and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2017-01-25 00:00
Fatal - John Lescroart Fatal - John Lescroart It was difficult for me to like this book since it showed us the worst in the human animal, but I did end up reading the entire book. I do admit to skipping and skimming parts since there had been so much redundancy.

I don’t know if it was the authors intention to write the characters as flat, unlikable, bleak and uninteresting as he did or to fill the gaps of the story with so much trivia and description about San Francisco, but this for me did not a good read make.

It was an interesting piece for showing that no matter how small our actions are (and this one was a doozy!) our choices affect so many around us. The ripple affect I imagine.

Unfortunately, there was less that I liked about this book than what made this a boring read.

The conclusion was not quite the shock to me that I imagine the author wanted it to be. That does not mean that I figured it out early on -I did not-it is just that by the time I got to the end I just didn’t care. The characters were just that uninteresting.

The author did add things that, in my mind had been totally unnecessary -why add the part of the terrorist attack and what about the anorexic and Ginny?

It almost felt to me that this book was written in the 70’s and then edited it to bring it up to date and the parts never meshed.

*ARC supplied by publisher
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review 2017-01-24 23:30
Fatal: A Novel - John Lescroart

By:  John Lescroart

ISBN: 9781501115677

Publisher: Atria 

Publication Date: 1/24/2017

Format: Other

My Rating:  4 Stars 


New York Times Bestselling author, John Lescroart returns following The Fall (2015) with a totally different type novel than his norm. FATAL, the unexpected, the deadly consequences of a one-night stand.

As you begin reading you will think you are embarking on another “The Affair” American television series (currently catching up with the last season); however, minus all the continuous down and dirty sex scenes.

Set in San Francisco, a gripping domestic suspense of a woman who chooses a burning desire--to commit adultery-- infidelity, leading to a dark and suspenseful journey. A dangerous web of deceit.

Kate Jameson, age 44 is married to Ron (a lawyer) with two children.

They attend a dinner party and Kate becomes obsessed with Peter, also married. Her best friend is a cop, Beth Tully. They had been friends since college and shared their thoughts. She had warned her not to act on her lustful feelings.

However, Kate does not listen. A one-night stand turns into a nightmare. The lives it touches. Crossing lines. Harmful secrets. Could she go back to normal? Shattered lives. Deadly consequences. Murder.

A gang of terrorists. A shooting. Kate and Beth are wounded, then six months later. Peter winds up dead, plus more.

Be patient, a slow start; however, about 50% the intensity heats up.


A shocking stand-alone tale (coming from this author), straying from the usual Dismas Hardy style---writing from a woman’s point of view, a strong driving force which navigates the novel. A different tone than the norm, character-driven, with more sensitivity and relationships between women and men.

Give Fatal a whirl! Lescroart is welcome to lead us down a different path, as long as he leads us back with another Dismas Hardy (coming soon), can’t wait! A superb storyteller (no matter the genre) from the master. Perfect cover!

A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



Check out the Interview with John! 



Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/06/11/Fatal
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review 2017-01-10 05:47
Fatal: A Novel - John Lescroart

Do not start this book anywhere near bedtime. It will keep you up. That is, if you get far enough into it.

Can you imagine, you are happily married, but just once, for just one afternoon, you want to meet a man in a hotel and get it on. You think that's the end of it. Then a couple of days later, you think maybe again and you call him. He knows you called, but you hang up. Then your involved in a terrorist plot and your disabled for 6 months. You forget about this man. He doesn't forget about you. You've pushed that rock, started it rolling down the hill, it's gathered momentum. It's a boulder now. Now, what are you going to do?

This was such a great book. So many plot twists and turns. So many suspects. Kate had no idea of the monster she opening up when she invited Peter to that hotel room. I kept thinking that Peter had some kind of vibe or something and that he was actually charming her, but he was totally surprised that Kate had come on to him. I definitely could not put this one down. Kudos Mr. Lescroart for a job well done and lastly, merci for the entertainment!

Huge thanks to Atria Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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