- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: P Mass Paper; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786021543
- ISBN-13: 978-0786021543
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,045,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mania Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
This book starts off with a bang, or perhaps a slice. Either way, it's a terrific start that pulls you right into Nick's world as he and his brother are attacked by a vagrant, an attack which results in his brother's death.
The story then goes back in time to a couple of months before the attack. This is a common tactic, but it's still not one of my favorites. I don't really like knowing what happened first. My dislike stems from the fact that when I already know what happened, I find myself rushing through the back-story with a `get to the action' attitude. This author does do a better job using this format than some because he switches from past to present often, telling the current and the back-story at the same time. It did get a little confusing now and then, especially when I had to put the book down for awhile to do other things. However, overall, it was an interesting way to tell the story.
The story is told mostly from Nick's viewpoint, which is an excellent method to hold suspense due to his brief memory lapses. However, for some inane reason, there are occasional bits thrown in from other viewpoints. Not only are these portions unnecessary, but one such bit actually gave away a major spoiler. It wasn't a direct giveaway, just one sentence that hinted at something, and perhaps some people will miss it. After reading that bit, I kept thinking, "No, I have to be wrong. No author would give so much away right in the beginning." Unfortunately, I was not wrong, which ruined quite a bit of the ending for me.
As I stated, the book starts off at a good pace with a fast draw, but there are some middle portions that drag almost interminably. For instance, Nick makes a trip to visit a childhood girlfriend.Read more ›
The heart of MANIA lies with Nick Wilder. Be forewarned: Nick is not a particularly sympathetic character. It is evident almost from the beginning that there is something wrong with him. A freelance newspaper photographer who barely ekes out a living, Nick constantly has blackout spells, repressed memories, hallucinations --- and a habit of turning up at murder scenes where the guest of honor is a victim of a Seattle serial killer known as the Street Butcher. Nick does this so frequently that it has caused a split in the Seattle police department between Adam Stolie, the detective investigating the case, and Lieutenant Dombrowski, Stolie's superior officer. Stolie thinks that Nick is innocent, just unlucky, while Dombrowski believes he is guilty as sin.
The worst part about it is that Nick isn't totally sure himself. His older brother, Sam, is wildly successful and very supportive of him. But Nick is jealous --- and he keeps having these weird memories of Sam, memories that are not only strange but incomplete as well. While so much is wrong with his life, there is Sara Garland. He meets her in a coffee shop, and it is like love at first sight. Sara is beautiful, intelligent and wealthy, but most importantly, she is incredibly supportive of Nick as she aggressively pursues him. How can a loser like Nick be so lucky? Well, for one thing, as we discover, he is definitely not a loser...but there is something that is most definitely wrong with him.Read more ›
I entered a giveaway for this book based on a small blurb of a description. It was the best giveaway I've ever entered. The plot of this book requires the reader to think and to engage in the action or risk losing the threads of the story. The title couldn't be more appropriate. I read this book in a fever. I couldn't put it down and when I was forced to, I mean you've gotta eat right, all I could think avbout was what would happen next. I devoured this book in a day. Nick and his brother are attacked and from there, Nick's life unravels. The past and present are mixed together throughout this book as Nick's mind jumps around trying to figure out exactly what is going on in Seattle. I would describe the plot flashes back and forth as that of Pulp Fiction. Everything will make sense at the gripping, heart-racing end. You won't be able to put this book down once you get within several chapters of the conclusion. Is Nick guilty of murder? Was his childhood really as he remembers it? Is he mentally ill? Exactly who is this woman who has no business loving a man like Nick? You'll be guessing to the end and even then, you'll probably guess wrong.
If you like your thriller/mystery books to be intelligent, then this book is for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buy this, you wont be sorry. I dont often write reviews because I am lazy. But this was a great read and my ONLY disappointment was not being able to immediately purchase another... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Peggy Medina
Wow. I'll never get back the time I spent reading this. Thankfully, it was free from the library.
The narrative abruptly jumps in space and time without adequate cues,... Read more
I wasn't sure what to expect from 'Mania' but I was not expecting the complexity of Larsen's story - you will probably have to suspend your disbelief more than once to follow it... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Jeffers64
Mania is a thriller with twists and turns that will keep you reading and guessing right to the very end. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by MandytheBookworm
This book Totally Rocked!! 5 PLUS STARS! This a new top favorite of mine. Love Love LOVED IT! The beginning starts with a total punch and then you get knocked down again and again... Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by HappyReader
I don't know what to say. I think Craig Larsen is a promising writer. His words flow. His plots and twist work for me, not too unbelievable, not too predictable. Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by Victorya
This story is okay and entertaining enough. However the style of writing is very poor. The main character's name is repeated far too often..Nick put his coat on. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Liamo