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Archive for the month “December, 2015”

Book Review: Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline 

 Last night I stayed up late to finish Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline; I’m glad I did because it was the best legal thriller I’ve ever read and one of her finest books.

What made this novel so compelling? Well, for starters, it featured excellent character development. From the protagonist to the client she represented, nearly all of the key players in the book faced realistic internal and external struggles that made them relatable, mature and human. 

I also enjoyed the romantic subplot and how it intersected with and influenced the main storyline. It was tastefully written and heartfelt, and I’m eager to see how it evolves in future novels in this series. 

Corrupted has an interesting structure as well, with portions of the book taking place in the past and others in the present. Scottoline wisely doesn’t jump back and forth more than necessary, and events that take place in both time periods are seamlessly woven together as Corrupted escalates toward a thrilling climax that is unpredictable, plausible and immensely satisfying. 

If you need a new book for the new year, pick up a copy of Corrupted. It’s a finely crafted tale that makes one thing clear: Lisa Scottoline is at the top of her game. 

Off to the Caribbean!

CarnivalGlory-GrandTurk-1680x1050In a couple days, my girlfriend and I are heading to Miami for three days, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Then, we will board the Carnival Glory for a seven-day cruise, visiting Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cozumel. We have several excursions planned, including swimming with dolphins and stingrays, cave tubing, snorkeling, and renting a wave runner. I’ll make sure to share all of the great photos, videos and stories with you when I return. Happy New Year!

Book Review: The Must List by Entertainment Weekly

9781618931566To celebrate the past 25 years of pop culture, Entertainment Weekly released a new book entitled The Must List. Is this compact hardback book worthy of sitting on your coffee table? Watch my video review to find out:

Book Trailer: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

91xiR2VC2qLMy favorite author, Harlan Coben, has a new novel coming out in the U.S. on March 22 (and in the U.K. on March 24): Fool Me Once. Based on the book trailer below, it looks like it’s going to be another terrific, mysterious thriller from Coben:

I Finally Started My Novel

Well, kind of. A couple days ago when I downloaded the Dragon Anywhere app on my iPhone – which I’m using right now to write this blog post – I decided now was finally the time to start outlining my novel. What will it be about? I can’t say just yet. How long will it take to write? Who knows. All I know is that it won’t get done if it doesn’t get started. One of the things I’ve learned from the myriad of successful authors I’ve interviewed and befriended over the past several years is that outlining a book before you write it can be incredibly helpful. I’ll keep you posted on how my journey is progressing and any key milestones along the way.

Book Review: Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross

IMG_0004I recently read Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross and it was terrific. The story is fast-paced, the characters are well-developed and it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. My only complaint about the novel is the ending. It ran too long, concluding with a cliff hanger, leaving it open-ended for a potential sequel. It would have been far more satisfying for it to have ended after the climax came to a close. Instead, it dragged on too long and left me confused and disappointed. Despite my distaste for how Eyes Wide Open ended, I still recommend that you read this book because it’s well-written, compelling and full of suspense.

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