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His latest thriller is BAD TO THE BONE, the third entry in a continuing series that also features COLD AROUND THE HEART and BLOOD IN THE WATER. A complete list of his books can be found at Amazon Author Central's Michael Prescott page. Please be aware that more than one writer uses the name "Michael Prescott," and sometimes the works of these other writers show up in Amazon searches or on Amazon sales pages. If a given book is not listed at Author Central, it is the work of a different author.
Top Customer Reviews
I had problems putting this one down to carry on with regular life, I found it to be that good. I would suggest this to everyone who like a crime thriller. I don't think you will be disappointed with this one.
The story centers around Jennifer Silence, a police profiler, and her brother who is a physician suffering from schizophrenia inherited from their physician father who committed suicide. An earthquake of somewhat greater proportions than usual disturbs the foundation of her century old home in Venice, California. The disruption reveals a formerly secrete hiding place in the cellar that sets the plot into motion. Numerous characters provide various levels of interest within the narrative that swings back and forth between the London activities and those taking place in California.
The story is interesting, but the presentation does not provide a `page-turner', per se. I found myself bogged down in some descriptive passages and found Jennifer to be a relatively shallowly-developed person. She seems unable to exhibit demonstrable feeling for anyone other than her brother, and even here, her devotion to the brother is rather tenuous. Her relationship with police sergeant Casey, Investigator Draper, and even her best friend Maura, somehow feel `forced'. Additionally, she makes decisions and engages in activity that work well to move the plot, but often are not what one would expect a rational person to make under the circumstance.
In summary, Riptide provides another tale of the activity, and possible fate, of Jack the Ripper. The postulate of his move to America is one often provided. However, his activity here, and the twist in the conclusion are most interesting. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, author of award winning fiction/non-fiction.
Riptide's premise is a very interesting one, especially for those who find the Jack the Ripper mythology irresistible. Unfortunately, Michael Prescott's novel didn't connect with me entirely.
Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Silence is on call to the Venice, California PD as a Psycholinguistic Analyst. She reads the hidden messages between the lines of the written word. Her cellar reveals a diary, among other things, that lead her into a world of speculation, Ripperology and ultimately, gruesome murder.
My main dislike was the protagonist herself. I found Jennifer quite unlikeable, shallow & thoughtless. She seemed to argue with most of her friends and colleagues. However, the exception was in her dealings with her brother, Richard, which I found quite heart-wrenching. Throughout the book, I felt Jennifer acted unprofessionally and indulged in questionable and risky behaviour, endangering the lives of those around her with her impulsivity and stubbornness.
Aside from this, I found the story arc rose and fell unevenly, and even the suspenseful action scenes felt anticlimactic. I'm not quite sure why the writing fell flat for me. Just okay, nothing more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the story. I liked the concept of a possible line of serial killers descended from Jack the Ripper. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D.L.Williams
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit slow to start but when I got into it, I couldn't put it down! I will definitely be reading more by Michael Prescott.Published 4 months ago by Carol
I started it in the morning and finished it in the evening . Mr. Prescott did a great job on this one . Very entertaining and very interesting .Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good story as are all of Michael Prescott's.
His characters and plots will keep you in suspense right up to the conclusions. Read more
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