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The Puppeteer [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Breaux
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"The book starts with a bang from the very first chapter and just races
along from there. It's a different sort of thriller, one I found to be
very engrossing and compelling--a fast-paced page-turner with heart and
substance.
" -Amazon reviewer

Kelli Gray is a law student at the University of Pennsylvania. After overcoming a difficult past, Kelli's life is finally stable. But her hard-won peace is shattered the night she witnesses the brutal murder of her best friend Nikki at the school. The attack is one in a rash of slayings that throws the university and the city into hysteria.

Floyd Cane, a former university maintenance engineer, now lives on the streets in order to avoid his memory-filled house where his wife and two daughters were killed one year earlier. Floyd's oldest daughter was a Penn Law student, and he is convinced that his family's death is somehow linked to the current murders. Cops dismiss Floyd's suspicions as the madness of a vagrant's unhinged mind, but certain evidence supports Floyd's theories and Kelli slowly begins to listen. The discovery of yet another victim propels this unlikely pair into a race to find the killer, and the clock is ticking. Kelli and Floyd soon uncover the dark, sadistic secret past of someone familiar to both of them---a secret that may just be the key to finding the Puppeteer. And one that forces Kelli to confront the ghosts of her own painful past, and face the terrifying possibility that she herself has more to do with the murders than she ever imagined.

AMAZON REVIEWS FOR THE PUPPETEER:

"Melanie Breaux proves to have a very strong voice, and a deft hand in
crafting a layered storyline and complex, multifaceted, likable
characters...I like my mysteries dark and twisty, but above all entertaining, and this fits the bill.
"

"In The Puppeteer, Breaux paints a textured canvas. The layered
characters are relatable and the woven plot is entertaining. Danger
spiced with seduction make this a real page turner.
"

"I couldn't put this book down. Every time I thought I knew who the killer was something changed, bringing me back to square one."

"The book grabs you right from the first chapter and keeps you hooked and keeps you guessing the entire time."

"The author has created a compelling mystery-thriller with plot lines that twist and turn with epic unpredictability."

"An imaginative, compelling novel. It incorporates humor, mystery, and a capturing prose."


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Melanie Breaux holds a B.F.A. in theater from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After NYU, Melanie spent four years in Los Angeles acting and attending fiction writing classes at UCLA before returning to Philadelphia to attend law school. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and one very spoiled Puggle.

In her free time Melanie enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, renovating old fixer-up homes with her husband, exploring Philly's diverse neighborhoods, reading everything, and watching movies of all genres. Melanie is an avid traveler, and packs her bags and boards a plane whenever she can.

Melanie penned the first draft of The Puppeteer while a student at Penn Law. The book draws very loosely on her experience there, her time spent practicing law, and her fondness for the colorful neighborhoods and people of her native Philadelphia.

She is currently working on her next thriller novel, which will be the first in a new series.

Learn more about Melanie, her writing, and her blog at: MelanieBreaux.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Melanie Breaux; 1 edition (October 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P7KHCA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing murder mystery October 17, 2012
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I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to try this book as I had never heard of this author, but was intrigued by the sample chapters and the setting at an Ivy League university. And for the price, I had little to lose. I'm glad I gave it a shot. Melanie Breaux proves to have a very strong voice, and a deft hand in crafting a layered storyline and complex, multifaceted, likable characters. Without giving too much away, the author does not shy away from exploring the darker side of human nature, but also the power of redemption and compassion. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, especially the homeless man, Floyd. I like my mysteries dark and twisty, but above all entertaining, and this fits the bill. Many of the scenes are very visual and read almost like a movie. Reminds me a bit of James Patterson or Sandra Brown in the pacing and plot. After I finished the book I was surprised to see in the author's bio that this is her first novel; it certainly does not feel like a first novel.
I almost gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 stars because I do think the author could have gone into more detail about the backgrounds of some of the characters. The book in places seemed to gloss over some of the more interesting (if minor) characters--like the bartender Anir. But then, I guess it's a good thing if you finish a book and your biggest gripe is that you want to know more about the world that the author created. Bottom line: An entertaining, quick read. Some dark subject matter. Extremely strong first novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! November 5, 2012
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I don't normally read thrillers, but recently having finished grad school, the setting at UPenn Law drew me in and I'm glad it did. My gauge of a good book is how late I stay up to read - I didn't put this down til after 3am on several nights, I was even reading at my desk and in the bathroom at work. It's a real page turner and manages to both surprise and satisfy in the end as well, which is rare. Highly recommended if you enjoy well-written compelling stories. The Puppeteer plays on your fears and emotions to really draw you in and I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Looking forward to Melanie Breaux's next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puppeteer by Melanie Breaux. October 11, 2012
By Amber
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this book from the very beginning. The plot had many twists and turns and the author had me hanging until the very end.
I am not from Philadelphia, however, I have been going there for years and I got excited every time I knew the exact place or street mentioned. Can't wait to read the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITE MUST-READ February 20, 2013
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"The Puppeteer," a new crime thriller by Melanie Breaux, captures your attention from the very first sentence and refuses to let go. Its precise, evocative prose brings each scene and scenario to life: you feel the chilly wind blowing between buildings in Center City Philadelphia, hear the thumping bass of the music at Sean's club, and see the sadness in Kelli's eyes when she visits her fading grandmother.

These details serve as subtle background music for the wholly engrossing story of an on-campus murder of an Ivy League law student. The girl's death itself is shocking, but the brutality of the crime makes it doubly so. Such that when the second female character is introduced, you immediately fear for her life. Breaux's protagonist is a strong, sympathetic woman, and you gladly take her hand (and wisely watch her back) as she searches for the truth. At turns riveted, breathless, and terrified, you hold on for the ride until the last word is read.

Speaking of the last word, my one "complaint" is a compliment--I wish the book were a smidgen longer. I want to savor the conclusion, revel in the satisfying end for another few paragraphs. I also want to know a bit more about the supporting cast, one character in particular who tugged at my heart. But that's a minor demerit of an otherwise brilliant book.

Ms. Breaux writes this gripping tale with the skills of a pro in her prime... which makes this debut novel even more astounding. And as much as I thoroughly enjoyed "The Puppeteer," I sincerely hope it will not be her last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read for murder mystery enthusiasts December 30, 2012
By A.H.
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There is nothing like a good murder mystery to excite all of the senses as this great find by a new author surely accomplishes. Didn't want to put this book down and quickly found myself in full "whodunit" mode. The characters are well developed and each scene is detailed in a manner that connects the reader to the characters. As a native Philly gal the backdrop of Philadelphia was a special connection and found myself trying to recall locations referenced as the events in the plot unfolded. Whether you are familiar with Philly or not the story stands on its own as a very good read. It is also refreshing to see in this genre a female sleuth. I enjoyed a night in front of the fire on a snowy night with this book and will look forward to future writings from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Author Hits a Mystery Grand Slam December 5, 2012
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Ms. Breaux is my new author to look forward to reading. This book is very well written. This tome grabs your interest in the first few pages. The conversations are "real world" and the scene details are just enough to visualize without boring the reader. The character developement is excellent keeps your interest till the end of the book when all is revealed. Just when you think that you have figured out the ending the book takes a twist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
This was a great read. I loved it. Will tell all my friends about it. Can't wait for the next book.
Published 1 month ago by Valerie Slocum
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read.
As a former Penn Law student, this book was very interesting to read, the setting bringing back so many memories. Read more
Published 3 months ago by -C
5.0 out of 5 stars A Philadelphia Page-turner
Ms. Breaux has crafted a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller that kept me glued to each and every page and guessing the culprit until the very end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris Cashdollar
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Melanie Breaux’s first novel is a winner. The Puppeteer will invite favorable comparisons with Dan Brown’s novels. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Langdon
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic debut
I was hooked within the first few pages of The Puppeteer. The plot is fast-paced, but Breaux still manages to find time to develop characters that I truly cared about. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David J. Brubaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I am not one to read a book quickly, but within a week it was finished. This new author has the talent to keep one in suspense as she is most articulate in her writing one actually... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
I found this to be a fun read with some very unexpected twists. I had no idea how it was going to end. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Allison
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
If you like solving a mystery with a little love story...this is a good read. Enjoyed the twist of who the villain turned out to be and wanted to know more about the happy ever... Read more
Published 17 months ago by LK
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book!
This book was great! I love thrillers and this really kept your interest and made you want to keep reading. I can't wait to read another Melanie Breaux novel!
Published 18 months ago by TexasLauren13
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
This book was amazing for a first novel by this author! I couldn't put it down! The characters were easy to become obsessed with! Read more
Published 19 months ago by tara simpkins
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Melanie Breaux holds a B.F.A. in theater from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After NYU, Melanie spent four years in Los Angeles acting and attending fiction writing classes at UCLA before returning to Philadelphia to attend law school. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and one very spoiled Puggle.

In her free time Melanie enjoys creating new recipes in the kitchen, renovating old fixer-up homes with her husband, exploring Philly's diverse neighborhoods, reading, and watching movies of all genres. Melanie is an avid traveler, and packs her bags and boards a plane whenever she can. She has trekked to Japan, Cuba, Vietnam, India, Kenya, and South Africa, among other exciting places.

Melanie penned the first draft of her debut thriller novel, The Puppeteer, while a student at Penn Law. The book draws very loosely on her experience there, her time spent practicing law, and her fondness for the colorful neighborhoods and people of her native Philadelphia.

She is currently working on her next thriller, which is also set in Philadelphia and is the first in a series.

Learn more about Melanie, her writing, and her blog at: www.MelanieBreaux.com

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