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The Devil's Closet (Ceecee Gallagher) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Ceecee Gallagher
  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; paperback / softback edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843961597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843961591
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a debut novel, this is more than a satisfying read and though, at first, I had a bit of a hard time warming up to the character and the premise, I ultimately became sympathetic towards both. The plot revolves around a child serial killer who has a penchant for dressing up his victims as elaborate life-size dolls and CeeCee Gallagher, the police officer determined to track him down at all costs, irrespective of the harm her actions may cause to all those involved, including herself. It's definitely a fast paced read and those who enjoy a thriller that doesn't wallow in graphic, gory and/or disturbing details, will find themselves immersed in the story. For me, however, the whole sub-plot regarding CeeCee's personal life and her ongoing love affair with an FBI agent and her husband's alleged dalliances with his new female partner, proved a major distraction. I'm sure Dittrich meant it to be a device by which the reader could become more involved and familiar with the protagonist and in a few instances it actually did serve as a mechanism that exacerbated the killer's personal contempt for CeeCee thereby propelling the narrative forward, but for the most part I found that the novel came to a complete and grinding halt every time it was pushed to the forefront. I found myself gnashing my teeth whenever the actual plot was pushed aside in favor of the romantic entanglements and familial drama. But again, for a debut novel, it's more than enjoyable with a gripping conclusion. The killer is reliably creepy and a loose enough canon to inspire fear, especially as he slowly starts loosing his grip on reality and the most volatile aspects of his psyche surface. If it weren't for the aforementioned love "rectangle", I would have recommended this novel enthusiastically but it was too much of thorn in my side for me to do have done so. I look forward to reading her next novel as I'm sure she'll do away with all unnecessary subplots in the future. Well, I can only hope, anyway.
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Pretty good story. However, I found the multiple love triangles to be distracting. In my opinion, they added little to the story. Three separate affairs going on in one department was unrealistic. Also unrealistic was the description of all the law enforcement individuals being devastatingly handsome, or beautiful.

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I'm impressed by the completely psychotic and creepy qualities of the Mystery side of the story. I am completely and wholly unimpressed and turned off by the Romance portion of this story. I found the relationship development and deterioration between CeeCee, her husband, and her love interest completely distracting and one hundred percent unhelpful to the crime/mystery solving. It was as if the author has two different novellas about CeeCee and threaded them together to make one big dramatic and frustrating story. Also, the things Michael did and said did not line up correctly in my head (referring to my own personal experiences with intelligent and romantic men)as how an intelligent and romantic man would say or do things. He seemed half-done, under cooked... Hokey? to me. His character just didn't sit right with me, and it didn't help that CeeCee focused more on her love life than on the serial killer.
3 stars for not killing me with grammar or spelling errors.
3 stars for killing me with terrible relationship issues.
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I guess it was my own fault. I should have known it was chick lit at soon as I saw the name"CeeCee" as main charcter.

The thing is, I actually believed it would be an exciting read. That's why I was so disappointed when I realised the story was much more about CeeCee's marital problems, her new love, and other chick lit-stuff.

The mystery is sadly rather obvious, except small things where the reader doesn't have all the information, such as local names.

CeeCee is an infuriatingly rash woman. She doesn't care about the people around her when she acts. One of the times that illustrates this, is when she foolishly enters the house of the suspect alone, without a warrant. Michael, her partner, warns her that if he doesn't hear from her in exactly one hour, he will start a huge search-and-rescue. She says she understands, and will call. When she finally calls, over two hours later, she is in trouble, and whispers that she needs help, before she hangs up. After the danger is over, she does not call him again to let him know. No, she does not care that most likely, the entire ploce dept. is out looking for her instead of doing their job. She drives home, takes a long shower, tries to calm down, then drives Michael. All the while, everyone (includng her husband, boyfriend, father, and uncle, who also works in the police)is in terror, imagining the absolute worst, and no police officer is able to do their actual work, because they are out looking for her.

The reason I still gave it two stars, is that the language is quite good, there's a good "drive" to the story, and I could, maybe too much, relate to her marital problems. And the climax is quite good. However, I don't think I'll read more of these books. There's just too many other books to read, such as mystery books where I actually have to think a bit.
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I got about 20% through this book, after almost stopping twice. I'm not interested in the detectives personal life. I expected a mystery/crime novel not a soap opera.
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