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- Print Length: 206 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (May 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0051IPXJY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For the last decade therapist Gwyn Sanders has run a spousal abusers group. However, she was unprepared for the savage murder by Alfred Croce of his wife who attended Gwyn's sessions. Not long afterward an avenger begins killing the male abusers whose wives belong to Gwyn's group. The culprit knows insider information as each murder is customized to mimic the victim's brutalization of women. The circumstantial evidence points to Gwyn with one theory being the Croce homicide triggered her dormant anger at violent men as she assumedly did to her stepfather.
This is a terrific amateur sleuth-police procedural as the beleaguered heroine refuses to be a victim again. Although the story line goes down the path anticipated, the key to making this a strong thriller is the diabolical villain who cleverly remains in plain sight and has the ability to change plans when needed. With an underlying plea to victims to get help, readers will relish Striking Back as Mark Nykanen provides a gripping whodunit.
The questions keep popping up as the LAPD conduct their investigation, opening up an old, suspicious case involving the death of Gwyn's stepfather and Gwyn conducts her own, stumbling on accidental evidence along the way. Meanwhile, her love affair with the handsome Dr. Howard Harken ebbs and flows like the Pacific tides they like to surf on as they share a bed and each other's secrets. Is Harken the killer?
Could it be her mother or one of her group members? Maybe it's a fellow social worker? Or perhaps an abused ex of one of these maniacs striking back?
You don't really know until the end and that's where the story falls short, the who and the why are somewhat anticlimactic. There is a lot of build up to it and when it finally comes down to who it's not too surprising, which would be fine if the why was gasp worthy. That being said, I don't actually know why. It's kind of left to one's imagination that the vigilante vendetta killer is pretty bent and at the point of having nothing left to lose, which isn't very exciting. It's disappointing in that it doesn't match the pace of the rest of the book.
But my real problem with this book was one of plausibility. I struggled through the first half, often cringing as one or another character failed to act in credible way. I then put the book down for several weeks, returning to it only because I hate to leave a novel unfinished. The second half proved more engaging, but the plausibility issue persisted. I had to force myself to read the last thirty or so pages, which is precisely when I shouldn't have been able to tear myself away. And the final, post-denouement chapter is w-a-y too long, which speaks to the number of loose threads the author needed to address.
However, it must be noted that the author has real talent, and this is a far cry from some of the self-published thrillers available for Kindle (which range from excellent to execrable). It's more like a project from a talented writer that somehow went-off track in its early stages and never managed to recover.
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So much of this book was interesting -- Gwen is a compelling and intelligent heroine, her world is interesting, the mysteries (both present-day and in Gwen's pasty) quickly draw... Read morePublished 7 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
I really liked reading this book. I didn't know until almost the end who did it and the why. I enjoy reading these kinds of stories, ones that keep you guessing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by tjslinks
This is the kind of book I really enjoy. The real story of the main character and her past was kept to the end. Every thing she went through was scary. Read morePublished 11 months ago by janice
Gwyn Sanders is an intriguing as it gets. She can easily relate to her patients because she has an ugly family history herself. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Majanka
Great read hard to put down. Lots of suspense and full of firsthand character. I would recommend to everyone who loves to readPublished on April 27, 2013 by Kellee Bavo
Being a counselor/therapist for men who abuse their partners or children is difficult. The difficulty increases when the therapist is a woman, especially one with a history of... Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by The Book Diva Reads
Mark Nykanen has created a thriller that until the last page could have any number of results - and that is what held this reader's attention from the first page. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Upstate New York Reader
Well this is the 6th book in a row I have attempted to purchase, and none of the 6 will even open. Every book I open says "Error Opening Content An error occurred while opening the... Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Dieter
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