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"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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From a Reader's Perspective:
I knew what to expect from this book: dark, twisted, and a total player in the MC. What took me by surprise was the colorful, yet fast paced, writing. You could clearly see the peeling linoleum in Syd's apartment, feel the superiority in Jake's mind, and smell the scents described on the page. But those things were just the perks in a delightfully diabolical scheme being played out by dear Jake Bishop.
Ladies, this isn't the bad boy you love to hate. Oh, no. He's the one you run from, the one that turns your fantasies into living nightmares. Truly cringe-worthy, I give Jake Bishop the highest evil ranking you can conceive.
Then, there's Sydney. Oh, how many times I wanted to smack that girl! But she got played by a master of the game. I could sympathize with her easily, and wanted more of what she was thinking and feeling in that last chapter.
There was no other way this book could've ended. It was a stunning collision of perfect meets chaos. This is a wild ride you won't soon forget.
From an Editor's Perspective:
Very well done. I didn't find but one or two comma errors in the whole thing. Kudos must be given!
+1 Star for making me cringe often
+1 Star for descriptions that brought the story alive
+1 Star for giving me an awesome bad guy I could actually hate
+1 Star for making Syd's actions and persona believable and making me care about her
+1 Star for editing
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars. Highly recommended if you love dark thrillers.
Usually we expect good things to be found in beautiful packages, not the case with the character of Jake Bishop. He’s the type of man that makes you want to scream, “Beware of what lurks in sheep’s clothing!”
It was weird for me to read a book knowing that the outcome would not be good. But I wasn’t disappointed. I literally couldn’t put “Dark Bishop” down, waiting to learn the next kink in Jake’s persona.
The main character is so aptly named. Jake Bishop plays the ultimate game of chess, but instead of using game pieces he uses people’s lives. In the game of chess, a bishop has no restrictions in distance with its moves. Jake is a powerful man whose reach stretches across the state and into all walks of life. The game piece bishop is able to capture its enemy, so does Jake. The bishop can be equal in strength to a knight. Well, Jake Bishop assumes he is above the law.
There is something to be appreciated about a character like Bishop. The authors did a fantastic job of crafting a persona so overwhelmingly believable. He was a modern day Jekyll and Hyde. You will want to like him. On the surface, he was successful and attractive. However, I loved the perversion lying beneath the façade. Jake was wholeheartedly insatiable, always wanting more of everything. Each step he laid was so carefully planned. His actions were criminal, maniacal, but his brain was brilliant in its functioning. I applaud Brownell and Bond for creating such a complex character.
I liked the character of Sydney. I appreciated how she eventually rose above her gullibility and became a smarter person. Her work ethic was admirable as well. She was the type of girl who was easily liked and should have had plenty of friends. Unfortunately, her naiveté was a major flaw in her persona.
The character of Logan was another likable person. He tried to be the good guy and do the right thing. Too bad he didn’t discover Sydney sooner.
The story of “Dark Bishop” was satisfying in a warped way. It took a stereotypical romance encounter, flipped it on its ear, and delivered a provocative suspense novel. The greatest feature of this collaboration is its seamless presentation. Although I suspect which writer wrote what, it’s not easily determined.
I highly recommend “Dark Bishop” to anyone not too shy to read dark fiction. Once you do, you might start looking at that handsome stranger sitting at the local diner a little differently.
The lead male character is a manipulative white collar serial murderer. There are many scenes of torture and death. The ultimate low point is the scene where the male lead cuts the fingers off his romantic partner and revives her with ammonium nitrate.
This story really needs to be classified under horror, which is why I'm giving it the rating of 1 star.
Not entertaining, not very well plotted. The best I can say is that it is well edited.
I gave it 3 stars because I do believe it was well written. BUT, it should be described as a dark and disturbing book. If you are looking for a happy ending, do not buy this book. However, if you are an 'anything goes' type of a reader than buy it!