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Death Angel Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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Powers tackles the unthinkable in this novel of grief and resilience. Your heart may be breaking, but you'll keep reading to the bitter end.
"Death Angel" is a stunning, even shocking read. It will make your blood run cold.
A substantial promotional budget will allow extensive national advertising, including targeted print media ads and mainstream print outlets.
A multi-tiered publicity campaign to include wide distribution of Advanced Reading Copies, a national author tour and Book Sense Programs. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I cannot give this book 5 stars, however, because I did not care for the characters. They never seemed to fully develop and instead were superficial. I found Kate and her husband, Richard to have a strange relationship and even Kate herself was odd. She had one child and a part time job but no real friends. In some ways, her husband seemed to be dominate (he laid out her clothes for her to wear each day) but in other ways he didn't. The only character I liked, who seemed like she could be a real person, was Kate's elderly next door neighbor.
[SPOILER] However, I couldn't take to Kate (the main character) at first as she kept information back from the police. Considering the violent death of her daughter, I thought it rather unrealistic that a woman would hold back information. I daresay, the clues seemed to point to the husband, but Kate's blind faith despite his behaviour toward her was not believable to me. The husband exhibited the textbook profile of a narcissist/psychopath, which I can see was used by the author to throw readers off the scent of the real killer. But this contradicted with Kate's motivation to protect her husband by withholding information from the police. The husband's behaviour was too blatant, I thought. I think it would have worked better if it had been more subtle. This just didn't gel for me. [END SPOILER]
Despite my comments above, I felt this made a good, suspenseful read, and I enjoyed reading the story. In the end, I came to like Kate a little as she finally decided to put her trust in the police, albeit rather too late. I knew who the killer was, but I won't spoil it for readers of this review. The plot was skillfully put together, and it had a couple of twists I didn't see coming. So overall, a good job! Finally, what touched me about this story is the grief I felt at this senseless murder of a child. The author handled this tragic issue with excellent sensitivity.
Her character adds new heights to the emotional complexity of a child's murder and grips the reader like few characters can. A must read for any mystery lover and avid reader alike.
This story begins with a child predator and his victim. I despise authors who feel it necessary to describe each and every degradation and point of pain inflicted on their child victims. Powers avoids that. You know what has happened without having to roll around in the gore. Then she begins the story that explores the aftermath of such an incident - and the real mystery begins. I truly appreciated the way in which she handled the subject and she wove a believable intricate mystery. I almost closed the book when I realized that it was about child victimization, but I'm glad I didn't. I declined the 5th star only because I was able to ID the perp about half way into the story - not for sure, but I would prefer being kept in suspense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kate's daughter is missing and her backpack was found in the street. Kate called the police and they searched the neighborhood. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Karen C. Smith
Loved the suspense of this book. Kept me glued to it trying to figure who it was. Loved the story line.Published 5 months ago by phyllis meister
Very good. I had not read any books by this author before. Will certainly be reading more of her books.Published 11 months ago by Frances Hendren
Good mystery novel, full of unexpected twist and turns. Recommend it for readers of suspense novels.Published 12 months ago by Joanne Barnett
This makes for good reading with a somewhat surprise endingPublished 14 months ago by Gertraud K. Weber
I loved this book. I could not get enough of it. I wish it had a better ending if I had to find something that wasn't good. I love the way Martha Powers writes.Published 14 months ago by Deb
The story kept you guessing. I had no clue who the murder was until the last couple of chapters what a surprise!Published 14 months ago by Twila Csokas
Really great plot lines that turn like a maze where you find yourself at a dead end with new clues leading in another direction. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lois
This author does not disappoint, I cannot believe how I read this in one night, could not put down, as I've said before, her writing is so exquisite, the suspense like this - is... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Virginia