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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1986913147
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- Publication Date: March 19, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BLJYCY3
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In addition to giving us a glimpse into the lives of our favorite FBI criminal profilers, Darger’s books also help us connect with the most overlooked element in the serial killer equation: the victim. The Girl in the Sand takes this to a whole new level, fully immersing us in Emily’s fight to survive the most feared serial killer in Las Vegas history, Leonard Stump. Emily’s no overpowered protagonist or cliched whore with a heart of gold. She’s just a woman who caught Stump’s eye, the next victim in his inevitable killing spree.
“They always say ‘it could happen to anyone,’ but in a way, I think it’s better said, ‘it actually happens to someone.’ Every awful thing, every tragedy, every nightmare—it happens to someone. A person. A real live human being.” … “This time, it’s us.”
While Darger and Loshak are chasing leads and burning cars across Vegas, Emily’s fighting for her survival and her sanity at Stump’s hands. There’s no way she can win, but she keeps fighting because sometimes just not losing is the closest you can get to victory. In a way, that’s both horrifying and inspiring…which is why I have about fifty passages from her chapters highlighted. In addition to writing incredible, action-packed suspense, Vargus and McBain toss off gems of truth like it ain’t no thang to bring the disturbing realities of the world into such sharp relief.
The Girl in the Sand takes everything the Violet Darger stories have been building on, then cranks that to eleven and blows all the speakers. There’s a point during one of Loshak’s chapters where he muses that every desperate act springs from a fatalism in the person committing it. Well, it’s probably a good thing Darger didn’t hear him think that, because it doesn’t get much more fatalistic than that climax or more desperate than Darger’s last stand. If your pulse isn’t pounding by the time the showdown with Stump ends, then you need to see a cardiologist immediately.
Violet should change her last name to DANGER.
ok I'm really sorry about that.
But seriously, folks, this book has me shook. I stayed up three nights in a row to read it, and I regret nothing! If you're a new reader you're in for a treat, because you get to binge and binging is the best.
A couple things stand out when I think about why I love these books. First of all, the dialogue. It's hard to master really good, believable dialogue. I'm not a writer but I am a reader, and I know it's hard because so many authors miss the mark with dialogue. It just feels like you're reading a book when the characters talk. And really, it's not supposed to feel like that. It's supposed to feel like a real conversation. And these authors nail it every single time.
Another thing. I love horror. That's my specialty. I'm not really into crime fiction. But these books are kind of a nice combination of crime fiction and horror. Ok nice might not be the right word to use. How about gruesome. Or thrilling? Terrifying? Gripping? They're all that. They suck you in right away. And you just can't put them down until it's over. And then you wish you could read the next one immediately. They're pretty much perfect. Like a large, fresh, warm pizza. Delicious and satisfying.
If you've read any books by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain, you know how they have this way of getting inside people's heads and expressing complex ideas in a really believable way. That's probably my favorite thing about them. It's also the main reason I wouldn't advise crossing them. Because anybody who can get inside the mind of a killer like they do? Well, I wouldn't want to get on their bad side.
And that's the sickest part isn't it? Their stories always show how much we have in common with the monsters. How close we really are. It's not as far as you think to the other side. You can glimpse evil in the bathroom mirror. You can find it without even leaving home.
So buckle up, kids, and hold on tight. It's gonna be a hell of a ride.
ps. if you haven't read the supplemental mini books in between these, you really should. They add a lot to the whole experience.
The story follows FBI agent Violet Darger as she arrives in Las Vegas, in pursuit of serial killer Leonard Stump, who has apparently emerged from retirement and resumed killing after a 20-year hiatus.
I don't want to give spoilers, so I will go light on details, but this book held me spellbound while I was reading it. I literally could not put it down, and was up until 4:00 am because I *HAD* to find out how it ended.
I liked the fact that they didn't resort to "deus ex machina" at the end. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it's very suspenseful, and it's a pet peeve of mine when authors put characters into impossible situations and then pull some unbelievable gimmick out of thin air to miraculously extract them and save the day. That's not the case in this book, and that's all I'm going to say about that.
I would recommend that people read the books in order. This book builds upon previous books, and someone trying to read this as a stand-alone novel would likely feel lost.
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written with no holes barred. Some of it was very gruesome, but serial killers are sick and create awful things and this one did.