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More About the Author
When she head to veterinary school those many years ago she had no idea decades later she would be writing controversial historical thrillers, gut wrenching mysteries and roller coaster-style action/adventure tales!
Born in San Francisco and raised in the beautiful Napa Valley, Carolyn always had an overactive imagination. As a child you could usually find her dragging the neighborhood children out to the haunted barn to make her Nancy Drew-style audio tapes. Oh and did she mention, there was an entire life-sized recreation of the nativity scene in the rafters? Yeah, that wasn't just a little creepy.
Which of course was great practice for writing such blockbusters as Plain Jane: A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal and 30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller.
Carolyn is honored to have a seven book contract with Amazon's mystery and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer along with being one of the eight books during the inaugural launch of Amazon's new Serial program (9th Circle).
With over 250,000 books sold, Carolyn now lives on a beautiful lake in the Pacific Northwest where the fog rolls in over the water, snuffing out all signs of life around her. Yep, she still loves the creepy!
Top Customer Reviews
I pride myself on being able to figure out books with a twist. I could tell from the beginning that this novel had one. The killer is shrouded in mystery. Aha! A challenge.
Two things happened as I read. First, I was so engaged I forgot to try to figure out who did it. Second, when the reveal came, I was STUNNED! It made so much sense, but I never saw it coming. I tracked it back, (just like right after I watched "The Sixth Sense") and every "t" was crossed, every "i" dotted.
I don't often write reviews, but I felt compelled with this one. I can't recommend it highly enough. Get it now; thank me later! :)
So I decided I'd take a peek last night, see how the story begins. And the next thing I knew, I was gasping to the finish line this afternoon, unable to stop. West cooks up a serial killer story with a unique twist that I will not spoil here. It is a definitely adult story, but well done, with characters that aren't like any others I have encountered. All in all, an extremely well constructed, pulse pounding read that is positively worth your time.
To have Amazon, or whomever compared it to James Patterson is a travesty of the highest sort verging on mis-representation, and Patterson should sue.
An interesting set-up is bungled by inept composition and the aforementioned romance novel staples. This novel is an insult to 21st century women. Yes, I know all genders can be sexually obsessed (the heroine here is) but to make a contemporary heroine the puppet of a male and even though this male is ambiguously a manipulative genius, though not the villain, verges on the criminal. Ms. McCray needs to concentrate more on plot, and work out her obsessions in another forum. Cut 50 pages of this bodice busting c**p and give us more substance.
Words like unhinged, grotesque, shocking, intriguing, and macabre were spinning through my head as I read the stunning and suspenseful pages. In this book, the lines between profiler and killer severely blur constantly. Cristyn West keeps you guessing, "Just WHO is the killer?" And just when you think you've figured it out, she takes you through to another labyrinthine twist.
I found myself wondering, "Just who is watching you?" This was a creepy, gritty, horrifying and shocking ride. Right until the last page I found myself exclaiming, "No way!" This book will make you jumpy, especially if you're a brunette. You'll find yourself checking your doors and windows, and looking over your shoulder. You'll catch yourself watching everyone around you, wondering......
The suspense is drawn out to the last drop, right up until you discover the shocking truth! To catch a killer, just how far would you go? Read Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware and you will discover that there's a fine line between madness and genius!
To start I did not find it to be a thriller at all. Furthermore, I did not find the two main characters, Nicole and Kent to be likeable or sympathetic leading characters. I found Kent to be mentally unbalanced, (which he was written as), and as such really I do not understand how Nicole could have any romantic interest in him. Nicole's character is like one of those weak friends who is always complaining about her terrible cruel boyfriend but then continues to be with him. At the end of the novel, her weak annoying character become even more dis-likeable by taking an action that makes her even more mentally unstable than Kent.
I do not know how there are so many high rating for this book, it was a terrible read and I unfortunately paid $5.99 for it, not the current $0.99 selling price. I have never given a one star rating, if I could though, I would give it 0 stars; it was that bad.
This book is not comparable to Patterson, Child or any other author who actually has a major publishing house backing them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes it's a little hard to follow but a good read none the less. The end was a surprise for me. I usually figure it out but not this one.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very good book, kept me coming back for more. Well written and thrilling.Published 9 days ago by Casey Gentry
Once I got past the profiler with the huge ego and stranger acting out, this was a book hard to put down. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Patrica Rickaby
I found this book to be a great disappointment. It started out being a thriller, but by the fifth chapter it became trite to me. I finished it, but wished I had not.Published 19 days ago by Linda
Another out of my comfort genre, but I wasn't disappointed. It kept me engaged and kept me guessing and second guessing. A true page turner.Published 1 month ago by c'est moi
This kept you reading until you were to tired to read anymore. But you kept coming back for more. GreatPublished 1 month ago by joann doheny
This was my first book by this author. Despite the little bit of gore, it intrigued me to the end. I will definitely seek out some of her other books.Published 1 month ago by barbara
Exceptionally well-written, Plain Jane is a serial killer tale with perhaps two of the most unique protagonists I’ve encountered in the hundreds of books I’ve read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doug Hawk
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