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Compulsion Paperback – October 31, 2008

3.8 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Emily Stone Series

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"Jennifer Chase's Compulsion is an all-time great fiction suspense thriller. Jennifer takes her knowledge of forensic science and criminology to new levels of understanding and entertainment. This is one edge-of-your-seat who-dun-it that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the last." --Sandra E. Graham, BookPleasures, author of Amos Jakey and Nicolina

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"Pot boiler will keep the pages turning... If you enjoy crime fiction with a local [California] flavor, you might wish to try this debut novel. Hang on; this one also has a wild ending with some major eye-popping developments that will take you by surprise."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432734164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432734169
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,816,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Did I read the same book as the four- and five-star reviewers? Though the story line is novel (a most difficult feat in today's overly prolific e-publishing world,) the structure, the grammar, the vocabulary is atrocious. The prose is stilted, word choices appear to have been randomnly and psychotically plucked from the worst of Roget's Thesaurus, awkward and frequent tense shifts left me reeling from confusion and irritation. The author appears to lack even a basic understanding of sentence structure ("a child serial killer" is a serial killer who is a child. What she meant but did not know how to say is "a serial killer of children.") I find myself only writing reviews on books that match my definition of abysmal. Why? Because too many reviewers give four and five stars to books whose authors should have (and in my classes would have) received F's in freshman composition. I find the rapid decline of the quality of writing being published today deplorable. And it frightens me to my core that today's readers don't know any better.
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There are certain types of books that are almost guaranteed to keep me turning the pages into the late hours of the night. The first is any novel that develops a compelling story of the complexities found in human relationships. Second, I love a great piece of historical fiction that places me in a previous moment in time. And, finally, I gravitate towards thrilling mysteries that are filled with breath-taking action and plot twists. For literary satisfaction on the last count, I am so excited to have discovered new author Jennifer Chase. Her first book, Compulsion, is a fascinating story of serial murderers, pedophiles, and the one amazing woman who is able to bring them all to justice. When a book contains these elements and is well-written, which Compulsion most certainly is, you have the recipe for an amazing read.

Author Jennifer Chase introduces us to the great character of Emily Stone. Working anonymously with her camera, computer, and trusted weapon at her constant disposal, Stone goes on the hunt for some of the most violent and deplorable criminals one can imagine. She uses her police background and natural ability to get inside the criminal mind to gather detailed, on-the-scene evidence. Then, she sends her information to the police and another villain is taken off the streets. When Stone's identity is revealed to the latest killer on her radar screen, the fast-paced action that unfolds becomes the heart of the story and takes the reader on an amazing journey of heightened adrenaline and fear.

One of the greatest strengths in Chase's writing is the careful unfolding of her characters' personalities. The man known to the readers for most of Compulsion's pages only as The Killer is first revealed through the gruesome crimes he commits.
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The life of a vigilante detective is a dangerous one. "Compulsion" follows vigilante detective Emily Stone, who has anonymously delivered the evidence needed to bring many scumbags to justice. But no good deed goes unpunished, and she soon finds herself the target of two ruthless serial killers. A delightful blend of mystery, thriller, and romance, Emily Stone's story in "Compulsion" is utterly fascinating reading that'll keep the pages turning.
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Jonathan Kellerman has a novel titled Compulsion...do yourself a favor and read his.
This author is a strange writer. The twists and turns don't play fair with the reader as important info is kept from the reader leaving the reader sitting there thinking: "Say whaaaaa?"

The concept of an alpha female heroine who secretly solves crimes where children disappear is excellent. But this author does not know how to write in a way that commands empathy and involvement.

I was fascinated by the prose style. It's like getting a novel via Western Union Telegraph or one twitter 140character tweet at a time. You read info... she did and he did and this happened....
but you can't sink into the adventure because the style is so bad.

The love scene between the heroine and hero was most laughable I've ever written.
I'm not a fan of romance novels but Tami Hoag knows how to write a good love scene in an excellent suspense thriller!

Anyway.... save your money and buy a book that is worth your time! This one is not... I don't plan to buy any more books by this writer.

She needs to go back to the drawing board...or take some courses. James Patterson supposedly writes 80page outlines planning his books. This book is like she wrote the outline and left it at that ....

bizarre.

If she has a friend she could work with the way James Patterson does... she could do the outlines and let the friend do the writing.

whatever... sometimes even if you can make a little money writing... you shouldn't if you can do something else far better...

I don't see this book as written being accepted by any reputable publishing house.
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I, too, cannot believe the 4- and 5-star reviews of this novel. The proofreading errors were very distracting, as well as the choice of vocabulary. There is much "telling" as opposed to "showing" in this novel. I chose this book based on the topic and the Amazon reviews. Although I was disappointed in my choice within the first ten pages, I read through to the end. Ultimately, this book did not measure up to the favorable reviews. I would not even consider it again for a "beach read."
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