Saturday, February 2, 2008

All the Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison

When I saw All the Pretty Girls on the shelves at the bookstore, it immediately caught my eye. It seemed to be right up my alley and I bought it. In a better effort to clean off the TBR stacks, I picked this one up, assuming I would zip right through it. It was a decent book and I would only rate it a C.

From Amazon:
When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, find themselves in a joint investigation pursuing a vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene—the prior victim's severed hand.
Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she's got a scoop that could break the case. She has no idea how close to this story she really is—or what it will cost her.
As the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth—the purest evil is born of private lies.

One of the first things that bothered me with the story was I felt like I was in the middle of a series and there was so much information I was missing. I went back to the author's website and triple checked to see if this was part of a series and I saw it wasn't. There were so many different characters and their different pasts that were told in detail that I thought I was missing out on a lot. It appears this book is the first of a series, though, so I think the author was dumping a lot of information so we would want to get the next book in the series. There were also a ton of different stories and cases going on and it was hard to see if there was a connection between any of them. It turns out there wasn't and a big part of me felt that it was just too much to keep track of. One of the big cases in the story was solved on just pure luck, so I felt kind of cheated out of that. The suspense was kind of missing out as well, though towards the end it did pick up a bit. I thought I had to case solved but I was wrong, and I always love when that happens!

Next up is a library book I have called The Delivery Man by Joe McGinniss Jr. Not sure where I heard about this book, but I did place a hold on it from the library. I started it this morning and I am about 80 pages in. It is all right, though I am not sure if I love the author's style of writing. I will stick with it, though. I hope to be able to finish it tonight and spend tomorrow reading as well. Ever since the Superbowl was in Detroit two years ago, I have been boycotting it. Too much over exposure for me, I guess, so I normally spend the day either shopping (great sales and the mall is dead) or reading and catching up on my recorded shoes. Sounds like a great day to me! I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend and Happy Reading!

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