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Deep Freeze (West Coast Series) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2005
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When beautiful Jenna Hughes moves with her two children to a small Oregon town in bestseller Jackson's well-crafted romantic thriller, the retired movie star expects to start a quiet new life, but a psychotic fan's deadly obsession soon throws the tranquil community into chaos. One by one, women are kidnapped by a serial killer who hopes to mold them into the likeness of his favorite actress, and Jenna knows that it's only a matter of time before she's the next victim. Jackson (The Morning After) weaves together various subplots, including Jenna's relationship with her rebellious teenage daughter and the inevitable love interest with the rugged local cop, to create a fast-paced and surprisingly complex story. Unfortunately, the focus on the villain's absolute evil rather than on his humanity doesn't allow him to be as disturbing as he could be, but most of the other smalltown characters are more believable. The depiction of the protagonist, a woman who desperately wants her life to be as normal as possible, reaches an unusual depth, and the crisp, skillful language infuses every sentence with suspense. Despite some predictable moments and over-the-top torture scenes, this chilling novel about the high price of fame will keep readers riveted.
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"Bone chilling...Jackson skillfully crafts a horrific thriller... a beautifully conceived plot full of unexpected twists and provocative misleads..."
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This was my first Lisa Jackson novel.
Jenna is an ex-Hollywood actress who steps out of the spotlight and into a small Oregon town to raise her two teenage girls. The worst storm in years bears down as Jenna, who lives in a remote part of the county, learns she has a psychopathic stalker. One who’s killing local women.
Shane is the widowed sheriff of the small town, initially believing Jenna is a spoiled Hollywood princess. Gradually he learns that she’s just a mom who’s trying to raise two teenage daughters by herself. He has his own tortured past, demons to deal with, including a wife who’d had an affair with his now-ex friend and a childhood friend who died attempting a teenage prank.
I found this book to be decently written with a few proofing errors. The characters were fairly well developed but there were loose ends. Several of the incidents mentioned were never explained, (frustrating), and the supposed romance, well just seemed forced. There were plenty of suspects and it did keep me guessing. However in the end, when you find out whodunit, it was very anticlimactic, almost disjointed and not explained well.
The biggest problem - head hopping. There was no distinction (like a blank line, asterisk, etc.) between the different POV’s. At times, I’d read a few paragraphs and no…wait, this is a different time/place etc. and had to go back to see where the change occurred. Having to reread definitely pulls you out of the story and I found it extremely frustrating. I love a good mystery, but to have every character suspect is exhausting.
Another issue, though the main characters have their HEA, there is a hook at the end which appeared a bit crude. I probably won't buy another from this author.