Monday, June 2, 2008

The Madman's Diary by Thom Racina

The Madman's Diary is another older book that I picked up from the used book store. The blurb on the back of the book sounded very interesting and I decided to pick it up off of the shelves finally. The writing was not that well done, but the story was pretty good. I ended up giving it a B.

Palms Springs interior designer Judy Sussman is shocked by the brutal murder of a business associate. Her seemingly charmed life has had its share of ups and downs- including the suicide of a former boyfriend and the disapperance of another.
Besides Judy, there is another link in this chain of tragedies. A man whose obsession for her will never end until she finally sees the spirit she has awakened in him. The one that drives him to madness. The one that drives him to kill- and kill again...

This book was over 400 pages, but I really felt like I didn't get to know the characters that well. As a matter of fact, I couldn't stand the main character, Judy. There were many suspects as to who was killing people for her and she just seemed to play it off like of course there are people who obsess with me, I am perfect. She just seemed really immature, especially for a woman who is supposed to be in her mid-30s. There were also a TON of typos, which I know is not the author's fault, though they really bothered me. I have been noticing that a lot lately in the older books I have been reading. The author did do one thing that I caught (the power was out yet she was using her dryer) and I know it isn't a big deal but it kind of bothered me. The ending was great though, and totally came out of left field. I know I have another book by the author, so I will read him again and hope that it was just one character who I didn't enjoy.

I am not sure what is up next, though I do know that tonight I will be downtown cheering the Red Wings to their 4th Stanley Cup win in 11 years. Tomorrow I will be able to pick out the books that I will get with my Amazon gift certificate because of the win. Let's Go Red Wings!!!!!!

Happy Reading!


Heidi said...

You keep getting it wrong. It's Let Go Pens!!

I am curious, what is the stupid summer job that you will be working?

Kristie said...

Working at a park with kids. The job itself isn't stupid it is just that I am getting paid next to nothing and my boss can't even vote.

You guys got lucky last night. Some bad calls and breaks.

Heidi said...

The job sounds like fun sorry to hear about the low pay.

I don't think there was any luck involved.My guys did good. I am sure the Redwings thought it would be a easy game
The bad calls don't matter since no goals were scored because of them.
Sounds like some sour apples since we snatched the cup right out of their hands in the last 30 seconds of regulation.

Kristie said...

Oh, but the bad calls do impact the game. Our penalty killers are then more tired from having to be on the ice defending a penalty when there wasn't one to call.

Not mad... now I know I will be able to go to the parade and we get an extra game to watch the Wings.

Heidi said...

I need your email address.

Kristie said...

It is kristie_19_2000 at yahoo

Jani said...

I found a couple of things that bugged me about the book. Why did Ben hided the fact that he had been in Palm Springs? And is the murderer who I think it is?