Friday, July 25, 2008

Nightlife by Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry is a new-to-me author that I discovered when I went hunting at the local library. It had a very interesting premise and I decided to pick it up. I am glad I did, as I give it a B+.

From Amazon:
Thomas Perry’s novels of suspense have been celebrated for their “dazzling ingenuity” (The New York Times Book Review) and for writing that is “as sharp as a sushi knife” (Los Angeles Times). By turns horrifying and erotic, Perry’s new thriller takes us on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that pits two women against each other: a beautiful serial killer and the detective who is determined to stop her.When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his Portland, Oregon, home, police find nothing at the scene of the crime except several long strands of blond hair hinting that a second victim may have been involved. Hotel security tapes from the victim’s last vacation reveal an out-of-focus picture of a young blond woman entering and leaving his room. Could she also be a murder victim?Portland homicide detective Catherine Hobbes is determined to solve the case and locate the missing blonde, but her feelings, and the investigation, are complicated when Hugo hires private detective Joe Pitt to perform a parallel investigation. As the Joe and Catherine form an uneasy alliance, the murder count rises–and both realize that the pretty young woman in the security tapes is not a victim at all. As Catherine follows the evidence, she finds herself in a deadly contest with an unpredictable adversary capable of changing her appearance and identity at will. Catherine must use everything she knows, as a homicide detective and as a woman, to stop a murderer who kills on impulse and with ease, and who becomes more efficient and elusive with each crime.

This book was a bit spooky. I love when authors allow the reader to get inside the mind of psychopathic murdered, and Mr. Perry does an excellent job with that in Nightlife. The murderer is amazing with what she is able to do and convince people off, and I am not even sure what her real name was in the end of the book. I felt like everything in the book happened for a reason and lately it seems with longer books that is not always true. It took me awhile to read this, but that was because of being busy with work and other stuff. I noticed that Mr. Perry has a long backlist, and I will be sure to check out more of his books.

Work is going well, though I have been keeping very busy. These kids need a ton of help and I have so much to teach them in three and a half weeks. I gave them a pretest and no one had a score above 50%. I have been getting some positive feedback from the kids, though, saying that they are understanding things that they didn't get from their other teachers. They also seem to like a lot of the shortcuts I am teaching them that makes it easier for them. I hope they take the post-test serious though, because that reflects on my succees and I feel like some of them may not take it that serious. However, last night I made up index cards of problems we worked on this week and the students actually liked it and said we should do it everyday! I was floored!

I am to ten books for the month and am hoping to get at least one read this weekend. I think my next one is going to be the other Diana Diamond book I have from the library. I still have three other books from the library and two more just came in that I have to pick up this afternoon. I hope everyone else is reading some excellent books and having a good week! Happy Reading!

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