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Shiver (New Orleans Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

4.3 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in pre-Katrina New Orleans, the new romantic thriller by bestseller Jackson, her first to be published in hardcover, fits all the usual pieces into all the usual holes. A psycho sexual serial killer stalks victims connected to an insane asylum, shut down 20 years earlier but still standing in all its creepy abandonment. Abby Chastain, a portrait photographer on the rebound from a bad divorce, is trying to wean herself off men. Det. Reuben Montoya, the virile, not-by-the-book cop (last seen in 2002's Cold Blooded), is assigned to track down the serial killer. Along the way, Montoya develops—against his better judgment—a soft spot for the libido-tingling Chastain, now in peril because her mother was either murdered or committed suicide at the old asylum just before it closed. Fans of the prolific Jackson (Fatal Burn) should be pleased, but those unfamiliar with the conventions of romance fiction should be prepared for characters who "growl" rather than simply "say" and descriptions of physical beauty along the lines of a "body that wouldn't quit." Author tour. (Apr.)
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Jackson, with many best-selling mass-market paperbacks under her belt, nimbly makes the switch to hardcover. Abby Chastain is ready for a change. Again. She had come back to New Orleans, her hometown, during a rocky marriage in search of a fresh start. (Jackson acknowledges that this New Orleans is pre-Katrina, the city as "it once was and will be again.") But her husband, local shock-jock Luke Gierman, fell right back into his old womanizing ways, which lead to a bitter divorce. When Detective Reuben Montoya darkens her door with the news that Luke has been killed alongside a young woman, Abby's emotions run the gamut from apathy to despair. Terror becomes the emotion du jour, however, as Montoya begins to find connections between the two victims, many of them stemming from Our Lady of Virtues, a hospital for the mentally impaired that is set for demolition but that had once been the home of Abby's mother and the place where she fell to her self-inflicted death. Can Montoya do his job as his fondness for Abby grows and as the bodies begin to stack up? Can Abby reconcile the repressed details of her mother's time at the asylum with the facts being uncovered during the investigation? Readers will know the answers soon enough because they won't be able to put this one down. Mary Frances Wilkens
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Product Details

  • Series: New Orleans Series (Book 3)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423315057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423315056
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,019,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

#1 NYT and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Jackson started writing after her sister read an article in TIME Magazine in 1981 about how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. Both Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bush, began their writing careers right then, and lo, these many years later Lisa has published seventy-five plus novels and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

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Format: Hardcover
Detective Ruben Montoya ("Cold Blooded") is back, investigating the murder of a local shock jock and a female college student headed for a nunnery. Still grieving the loss of his lover Marta, the last thing he wants is to get involved with the prime suspect - the victim's wife Abby Chastain.

As more victims start to pile up, it is obvious that there is a serial killer on the loose, and all points lead to the Our Lady of Virtues convent and mental hospital, where Abby's mother plunged to her death decades earlier. Each set of victims are polar opposites of each other, adding to the mystery. While Ruben does not believe that Abby is the culprit, she is somehow integral to the killer's motivation - finding out why just might get them both killed.

Jackson does a great job keeping the killer under wraps (so much so that we are not aware of him until the final act); throwing out numerous possible suspects. The killer's inspired MO is clever and ingenious. But the revelation of the culprit was a let down after such a gripping tale, marring what could have been a perfect story.
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Format: Hardcover
I don't know how (or why) I managed to finish this book. The first pages made me quickly realize I was not dealing with a good writer, and nothing changed my opinion. How many times do we have to read the same thing (paraphrase): "She knew she shouldn't feel this way. He was a detective, and that was why he was here." And from him: "He knew he shouldn't feel this way. She was a suspect in a murder." Except dragged on for a full page. Come on! Once, yes. Twice, maybe. Every few pages? Give me a break!

Later on we get into the real stupidity. Ok. There is a mass murderer killing people known by the main character. He steals their weapon from their house and then uses it on them and another person. Someone breaks into her house and steals her gun. Can you say big red flag? But the cop who loves her says he's nervous but knows she's getting an alarm system in a week. I don't know about you, but I'd be telling her to get the heck out of town, live with relatives, move to a hotel.

oh, and here's another. Her sister has been shot in the head. As she leans over not knowing if her sister will live, she's more concerned about the manliness or scent or look or something of the guy next to her (the cop she shouldn't have these feelings for).

There is so, so much unbelievable and unreadable about this book. If the writing were superior you could get over the nonsense, and if the plot/action were believable you could maybe get over the bad writing, but it's just two negatives here that don't make a positive.
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Format: Hardcover
I love the romantic suspense genre. This was my first Lisa Jackson novel and I'm a little disappointed when comparing it to my other favs in this genre. Here are a few of my gripes:

The story kind of jumps around from character to character, storyline to storyline. It gets to the point where often times you skip a few pages because she's going on and on in an annoying fashion. She transitions from one thing to another, straying from the plot, and goes on about something else for 3-4 pages at a time sometimes. It kind of takes you a minute to realize the point.

The editing is surprisingly poor. I didn't expect to notice as many grammatical problems as I did. I found myself rereading a few sentences that simply didn't make sense. Now the whole book isn't full of typos, but there are enough to notice and make you reread and wonder how such a simple mistake went unnoticed. It gets a little maddening towards the end. I'd say I noticed 10-15 grammatical errors, which shocked me personally for such a popular author

Some of the criminology terms and personalities she uses come off as very fake. She says in the beginning of the book that she created a fictional department and changed some protocol and policies to fit her story. That's fine, but at times, it came off as trying a little too hard with the cop stuff.

Like another review said, the romance really did feel like an afterthought. The book is about 420 pages, and you don't get any romance whatsoever until page 299! It was insane. I kept waiting for it and it kept being put off.

The character development is indeed poor. She writes a lot of flashback memories but at times it's hard to piece them together and make sense of where she's going with it.
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Format: Hardcover
As a child, Abby Chastain watched her mother plunge to her death from a window in a mental institution. This event has shaped her entire life. Her relationship with her family is strained, she's been through a recent bitter divorce that only seems to get more contentious now that it's final, and she's beginning to fear that she's following in her mother's footsteps--and going crazy.

Her ex-husband is a shock jock at the local radio station, and after a nasty confrontation, lambastes Abby over the radio. Abby is naturally mortified and incensed by the attack. A few days later, Luke is found brutally murdered. Detective Ruben Montoya is sent to investigate the case, and identifies Abby as a prime suspect, despite the strong attraction he feels for her. Montoya realizes very quickly that this is the work of a serial killer, and is able to rule Abby out. But as others are killed, he realizes that Abby could be a target--but why?

Shiver is obviously one in a series of books written by Jackson, but was never difficult to follow. The characters are believable, and while Abby occasionally behaved in a way that made me question her intelligence (not her sanity), it was a very engaging read.

The murders are quite grisly, and not for the faint of heart. The mystery is solved, although the killer's motivation isn't really explained until the very end of the book.

Armchair Interviews says: Shiver provides a well-written and diverting read.
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