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95 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2012
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So this is the first book by Morgan Hannah MacDonald that I have read.

First, Sandman is a good book! If you are looking for something easy and fun to read and enjoy the serial killer/crime genre, then this book is for you. I downloaded it to my Kindle and read it in two sittings.

One review of this book stated that it was too graphic. I disagree. As a retired police officer from outside Washington D. C. (later the Chief of Police for the city of Ketchikan, Alaska), I have seen some pretty gruesome scenes over the last 24 years. I did not find the descriptions to be gratuitous in the least. Instead, the writing revealed a keen knowledge of homicide investigations and police work in general. MacDonald's vivid descriptions added to the story and in no way distracted from it.

The work itself is well written and nearly perfectly edited; a rarity in today's world. I look forward to the next book.

There is something about the book that bothered me a bit, but out of respect for the author and a desire not to screw up a glowing review, I will simply not mention it further.

Keep writing Morgan MacDonald, you rock!
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
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Today's review is on Sandman by Morgan Hannah MacDonald

At first, I wasn't so certain that I had made the right decision in accepting this book for review. Once I got started however I was hooked. I found myself looking at the clock late at night telling myself that I would read just one more chapter, or read for just fifteen minutes more. I had to force myself to put this book down so I could get some sleep. It was not an easy task.

Meagan McInnis has had the worst luck with men. Having ended her engagement to Jay; who would constantly accuse her of cheating, she ends up dating a fellow hairdresser. Oh he was handsome, but he was also an arrogant a**. Even now, after breaking up with him, he still thinks that he she will give in and fall into his arms. At this point in her life though, the only male she wants in her bed is her faithful dog Godzilla. Thank God she still has her girlfriends.

On the night of her birthday, her friends take her to see one of her favorite musical performers. It's a ladies night out, and it was fantastic. The opening band wasn't to bad either, especially their lead singer Drew. The way his attention was glued to her as he was on stage, it was like he was singing every song just for her. The attraction was instant, and after his set, he set out to win her heart.

But not all is well in the county. There is a killer out there, and as each body is discovered, it's clear that he is getting much more violent in his murders. What's more, he is killing more frequently. As more bodies are found on the beach or near a body of water, the media dubs him the Sandman.

Homicide Detective, J.J. Thomas is still getting over the death of his wife. He hardly sleeps, and he drinks to much. If he doesn't get his s*** together, he faces suspension. None the less, he is given the Sandman case. By a fluke or a stroke of luck, he discovers that Meagan may just hold the key to finding this psycho.

When Meagan herself goes missing, Thomas will stop at nothing to find her. He already lost his wife, he was not losing Meagan too. But can he get to her in time? Can he save the woman he loves before the Sandman kills her?

Sandman is a book filled with mystery, romance, and twists that will keep you wondering who the real killer is. A fantastic book, a MUST read.

4 of 5 stars
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2012
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The Sandman had all the elements of mystery, suspense, and romantic entanglement. I purchased it based on the stellar reveiws. While the author handled the mystery aspect well enough...the romance and characterization left something to be desired.

The Sandman is a crafty serial killer targeting specific women. Our hero JJ Thomas is the detective who gets called to the scene of his latest crime...he is the one who ultimately ties the individual murders together, making the perp a serial killer. Going on at the same time is Meagan our heroine trying to rebuild her life after a series of bad relationships. She is being harassed by co-workers and ex boyfriends. Ultimately their paths will cross.

The mystery and suspense of finding the serial killer was satisfactory with believable detecting; it was the characterization and the romance that fell short for me. ******* Potential SPOILERS about the main characters BUT not the killer****** JJ is a torchered soul, guilty over the death of his wife, he has succumb to alcohol to numb the pain, in fact he is at risk of suspension. However almost miraculously he no longer wants booze in the middle of the book and no longer carries horrible guilt and no one on the squad mentions a thing about him not looking like crap anymore and being an effective cop. He falls in love with Meagan way too fast... Although Megan is apparently a temptress because throughout the book men cannot resist her. It was a bit much...seriously just how tempting can one woman be? With all of her man problems she has no hang ups about jumping right into a new relationship...twice. She also falls in love way too fast. The last 20 pages were to somehow solidify their love for each other but left me feeling even more certain that the characterization was weak - I guess to make up for not meeting until halfway through the book?

So... I did like the mystery aspect well enough...but the characters needed to be a bit stronger and more dynamic. The romance needs to be more believable. I know I am in the minority but the book was just okay for me. (On a side note: Looking back I was surprised at the amount of people who critiqued the book at 5 Stars that have never wrote a book review before ...interesting.)
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
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Suspense; thrills; who-done-it?; love and sex.....who could ask for more? This book has it all and more. I started reading it and didn't stop until I found myself at the credits. This is the kind of book I love....it keeps you wondering who is the "Sandman" until the very end. Well written....can't wait for more!!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
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I struggled through the first few chapters of banal dialogue, then in chapter 4, met the detective reading a report that said the [perp] was [not a secretor], next saying that, despite that he left semen, there is no DNA. A nonsecretor is someone with blood type A, B, or AB, in which the A and/or B blood antigens are not present in secreted bodily fluids (saliva, semen, etc). DNA is not a blood antigen. If there is even the minutest amount of sperm in semen, there is DNA. Very few men have NO sperm in their semen. And any ejaculation will give up cells, like swabbing your cheek will, that provide DNA. Either way, an ignorant author shows her exceptional laziness.

If this author cannot even look up [nonsecretor] in Merriam-Webster, it seems unlikely that anything further in the [novel] is going to be accurate. Total crap. That's when I stopped reading.

I can't believe how highly rated this [novel] is. From now on, I'm reading the one star reviews first.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
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I got this book because of the high ratings it has received on Amazon. However, I did not like it at all. The book is extremely dark. First of all, it had a lot of swearing. Seriously, they say the "F" & "S" word like 2 to 5 times a page. Second, the serial killer is completely sadistic. The book describes how the women are killed in graphic detail (body parts being off, rape, sodomy, strangulation). It also has multiple scenes of the killer being aroused and masturbating. Third, at least the first third to half of the book is just a serial killer murder mystery and then it abruptly changed into a romantic suspense. In truth, I only read the first half and then skipped to the end to find out who the killer was but the book left me feeling disgusted and wanted to scrub my brain out from having read it at all.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
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What a waste of 99 cents! I could only last thru about 20% of this mess, then the writing style was so annoying, I had to give up. Perhaps it's a bit unfair, because I had just finished James Lee Burke's "Creole Belle," which was outstanding, and "Sandman", in comparison, was like trying to read something written by a fourth grader. I mean, how much do I need to know about the goings-on in a hair salon? I guess the term "romantic-thriller" should have given me fair warning, because in my limited experience, most books of that genre are pretty sappy. But, at 99 cents, and at midnight with nothing to read, I figured, "what the hey, why not?" My bad! I truly enjoy serial killer stories, especially if fleshed out with character development, but I don't need to read about the mundane triviality that makes up most of what i read here. Further, I'm as foul-mouthed as the next person, so am not offended by profanity in a book, but when it's consistently and obviously gratuitous, it just shows the writer lacked sufficient vocabulary to properly make his/her point. Said differently, the characters don't even "cuss" right. I noticed some reviewers praised this book, but I'm sorry, I just don't get it! If I had paid more than 99 cents, I'd want my money back!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2012
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This is a joke right? Badly written, pathetic 'sex scenes', a story line that could have been concocted by a 10 year old AND people give it 5 stars!! Truly a very, very poor book. Don't bother.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2012
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I have mixed feelings about this book. Mostly negative feelings, actually. When I was younger I enjoyed romance novels with their heaving bosoms, etc. Now I've moved on to mysteries. I thought this book was about a serial killer, and it appeared to be just that. It was, however, a little more graphic than I care for, and about half way through I wondered if I even wanted to finish reading it. But, I paid for it, so I slogged on. It seemed to get a little less graphic. The "maiden" was saved from her awful fate at the hands of the "sandman", and the book ended with an incredibly graphic sex scene...more detailed than any bodice ripper ever produced. Turned me off. Felt dirty for having read it. Didn't like it one little bit.

Spepcific dislikes (other than the overt sexual innuendos): the female lead character had worse luck with men than any one I've ever read about. Apparently the author didn't think much of men in general since all the male characters in the book (save one) were vile predators. And the female lead? She was too stupid to even do anything about any of them, other than quiver helplessly. She also fantasized about all the men and wondered about them.

And what really peeved me, at the end of the book the author begged for a glowing review. My review doesn't glow. Plot thin, characters one dimensional. On my list of "one of the worse books I've ever read."
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2012
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I couldn't put this book down. It drew me in from the first chapter! The perfect combination of suspense, thrills, romance and drama. Couldn't wait to see who the Sandman was, but didn't want the book to end! I loved the OC setting and references to So Cal spots; it made the story seem eerily believable! I will be locking my doors at night...can't wait for the next book by Morgan Hannah MacDonald.
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