- File Size: 610 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: Wallace Publishing; 1 edition (July 17, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005F0YSZS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1,002,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #5984 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Psychological
- #12549 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Psychological Thrillers
- #14995 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Women Sleuths
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Brilliant Prey is all about a puzzle. Lauren is a Mensa member and receives a letter she thinks is from mensa, only it contains a puzzle and a chilling note from a year ago when her husband died.
A year after her husband's suicide, Lauren receives the first of several messages. While trying to solve the puzzles she meets two interesting men, blossoming into romance and new knowledge. But she also learns more about her husband's death. Now, as she comes closer to the truth, she finds that her own life may be destroyed in the process.
I learned about astronomy, Mensa, and ethical decisions, along with reading a brilliant tale that kept me guessing to the end.
While this story certainly has some basic similarities to cypher stories like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (and I think fans of that book would love this story), it is meatier. It raises philosophical questions that cannot be answered. But it's great brain candy, too. Amazing book.
With more twists and turns than the best roller coaster, Brilliant Prey kept me guessing until the very end!
Besides that, it is a great puzzle story similar to treasure chase movies and books you have probably enjoyed. Lauren James is the main character, a psychiatrist who is trying to pull her life together again after the death of her husband, a well-known child psychologist and author. What nobody knows except for Lauren and a friend is that her husband committed suicide and this information was hidden at the time of his death. But Lauren is still so confused and wonders what would cause him to leave her as he did...
Consider the title and the cover of this fascinating novel. It provides you a number of clues. And Lauren, who had recently applied to join Mensa had just received a letter from the group. Instead, it was a letterhead with a series of dark random dots. The blotches were reddish and Lauren's first instinct was that it was blood...
On the back were six hangmen with X's for eyes and handwritten was Six Guesses Each...After going through more information and thought and rearrangement of what was there... Lauren and her sister worked on it together, discovering more until finally her sister suggested they call the police.
Lauren's opinion was that it was a challenge from Mensa and she needed to solve the puzzle. Finally, she had looked more closely at the envelope and discovered that something else was there...a copy of the suicide note left by her husband! But who had sent this and how did anybody in Mensa know what had really happened. Lauren knew she had to solve the puzzle!
Until she realized that it told her how many minutes she had to live...
Lauren attended the next meeting of Mensa and was trying to confirm not only her acceptance, but talk with others about receiving the puzzle and what it meant. That evening she met several members, one of which explained that she thought the dots were related to astronomy, and some constellation, explaining where the Big Dipper and Ursa Major were...
On their next meeting, she met Caleb, the astronomer and someone who soon became a good friend, with both of them thinking maybe more, but Caleb was still married. Fortunately Caleb was a good, kind man and was there for Lauren as she continued receiving more of the puzzle. Pieces that ultimately led her to a child's grave and by accident to learn that the baby was named Lauren also...
Some clues involved astronomy, one clue was gross and Caleb found it to be sperm that was floating in purple gelatin. Lauren was so upset at that one that she threw the container and broke it...
On and on she went, discovering more, until she learned of a cruise where participants would be watching an eclipse. On board, she discovered one of the Mensa group was there and also met a young man who had brought a group of children from his church to learn more about becoming astronauts. Lauren had been attracted to Caleb, now she was to this man as well--perhaps she really was beginning her new life...
But she kept getting more emails or packages, each having to be considered, solved, or held in memory to add as a clue at the right time. Can you keep each clue in mind as you try to solve the puzzle along with Lauren? Well, I can tell you that I never would have thought of the way this story ends. Even if I told you in advance, that sexual abuse is involved, I believe you will still be as surprised as I was as the ending unfolds. Yes, unfolds, because there is much more to the ending than the norm...
If you enjoy or want to learn about astronomy, I think you would especially enjoy this book. A psychological suspense thriller that will keep you totally involved with solving the puzzles, so much so that you may not be able to even consider the characters adequately, just as Lauren, the psychiatrist, could not. Who is the sociopath? I dare you to name that character before revealed! I didn't solve any of the puzzles...but I should have picked up on some of the signs...The fact that I didn't shows the complexity and skill the author has used in her novel--Pay attention, or you might, too, think this book is not worth reading as seen from other reviews...You will be very wrong! In fact, I'd like to see Angelina Jolie play Lauren in the movie! She'll add some fancy gimmicks to the script just as she did playing Lara Croft in Tomb Raider!
The ideas and the story were excellent, but the writing was abysmal. The dialogue was stilted, the editing was clearly not the work of a professional, and the entire piece was disjointed.
I was initially baffled by the numerous 5-star reviews that this received, however then I noticed that almost all of the incredibly positive reviews were left in the couple of months following the book's release. I would strongly suggest that these reviews were written by the friends or family of the author.
The number of 5-star reviews declines noticeably over time, and are presumably left by readers who are unconnected with the writer.
The ideas behind the story were excellent, but this book was simply not structured as a readable novel. Unfortunately, any good ideas were lost amidst the distractingly awful prose.
I did try to solve the mystery as each new clue was presented, but alas I failed. Read it you'll enjoy it.