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Stirred (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels/Luther Kite Thriller) Paperback – February 21, 2012
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Blake Crouch: So rumor has it this is the last Jack Daniels novel. [Jack also appears in Shot of Tequila, Shaken, Serial Killers Uncut, and Flee.]
BC: So...are the rumors true?
JAK: You tell me.
BC: Pretty much. Yes. Yes, they are 100 percent true.
JAK: Well, what if they offered us a lot of money to write another book?
BC: No way. We've discussed this. We're done. But just for the sake of argument--how much are we talking?
About the Author
Blake Crouch attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with degrees in English and Creative Writing. 2004 and 2005 saw the publications of his first two novels, DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS. Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book.
Top Customer Reviews
Jack Daniels galumphs along, ponderous and pregnant, worrying about bringing a new life into her world (and well she should at 48 years old - YIKES), trying to make life changing decisions with her baby daddy, Phin - and then serial killer extraordinaire Luther Kite comes back into her life. And he's not alone - we get to catch up with some of our other killers du jour too, including my favorite, Lucy. Also tagging along are other favorites including McGlade, who you don't want to be stuck on a stakeout with or have choosing your baby's name.
Deeper in the book, STIRRED feels like a noir nightmare, with Jack and gang in incredibly creepy surroundings with shades of Dante's Inferno thrown in. And there was a plot twist that caught me totally unexpectedly - not easily done.
I especially liked the hyperlinks on the Kindle version I read, linking to mini reminders of the previous books/stories and characters referenced to in STIRRED. They helped me a lot, especially considering how many years this series - books and stories - covers. And they will allow you to read STIRRED even if you haven't read any of the previous books. But do yourself a favor - read the others so you get the biggest gruesome impact.
And even though this is the wrap-up of previous books, neither Crouch nor Konrath totally close the door on reading about our favorite characters in the future.
Also, keep in mind this is a book about serial killers, not kindergarten teachers.Read more ›
I mothereffing loved this book.
The hyperlinks were a great touch. Revisiting the characters and story lines (from previous books) by clicking the links made it interesting. I laughed out loud a few times, cringed a few times, and overall had a ball. I think because I knew it was going to be the end of the Jack Daniel series & the end of Crouch's Desert Places books, the reading was kind of bittersweet, but you'll have that when you love certain characters.
FWIW, about 17% into the Kindle version there's a scene with Phin & Jack that leads into Jack & Harry and OMG, I had to reread it a couple of times. I'm stealing some of that dialogue for the next time I feel the need to insult somebody. It was hilarious! Oh, and if I ever find a Harry McGlade t-shirt, I'm buying it.
Great book, 5 stars all the way.
It was a very good read. Chilling in parts. Thrilling in parts. Comical in others.
I've read all the Konrath Jack Daniels novels and I think this one is one of my favorites.
Luther Kite was an excellent foil to use against Jack. They are quite well matched.
Most of the time when I had to stop reading, I couldn't wait to get back to it to see what happened next.
In the Kindle version, they used hyperlinks to highlight references to other books in the set. To let you know where other characters or situations were from. This is an excellent use of the electronic format.
The only downsides to the book were...
I felt that the final confrontation went on a little too long. It was interesting, but it just seemed to take Jack a while to get through everything. (Trying to be spoiler free here.)
From time to time with all the mentions of gadget names, it seemed like there was deliberate product placement going on.
That being said, I am looking forward to seeing what the authors come up with next.
Still, there were times when I had to stop, breath slowly to calm my heart, but then I jumped excitedly right back in to see what happened next!
Upsetting though it is at times, this thing won't grab you by the throat. It won't follow you home. It doesn't know where you live, it's a book.
Jack might be a difficult person to be around, but she's got the best heart possible. And her "boys" aren't too shabby either.
I love her pets, even the nasty cat.
Nice twist at the end!
A great read from start to finish.
I was SO disappointed in the conclusion of Violet and Andrew's story - I mean, that's why I read the book in the first place. I desperately wanted them to find peace. I saw that Crouch noted in the author's interview at the end that he hopes his fans don't kill him. Well, I'm no killer, but Mr. Crouch, I was sorely disappointed that you basically changed his entire character and turned him so thouroughly into Luther we didn't recognize him. I thought maybe there could be some redemption for him, or even for Violet. Also, I thought it was sort of lame to leave the three main killers alive at the end...I think these people have run their course and if it's just to write more and sell more books, that leaves me cold.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I found myself holding my breath at times. Great characters, suspense beyond belief! What a fabulous twist at the end! Read morePublished 2 days ago by L. Simmons
As someone that had read both authors' books, it was great to see these characters and the conclusion of their storiesPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Kindle edition, went to the 36 per cent read level & then jumped me to the finish, couldn't finish readingPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome page turning book love all of Blake crouch. Scary... Yet captivatingPublished 1 month ago by joann godin lepine
Read the whole "Jack" Daniels series,so the questions answered classifying the content of the book might not be particular to this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Randy Crutfield
BUY THE COMPLETE SERIES AND READ IN ORDER!
I always shy away from mysteries that have humor because it usually ruins it for me. Read more