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Hit List Paperback – May 30, 2009
Top Customer Reviews
Those among you familiar with these authors can appreciate the mastery with which they craft their books. Most of the books written by them would get 10 out of 10 from me.
When I started reading "Hit List" by Darcia Helle, I quickly realized that this book is placing very high on my list. While no one can come close to Agatha Christie, James Lee Burke and Conan Doyle, she was standing tall right next to Robert Crais, Michael Connolly, Anne Stuart, Christine Feehan and Robert B. Parker.
It was definitely better than "Silver Falls", the last book by Anne Stuart, and right behind her famous Ice Series. Better than everything Parker wrote in the last seven years, and holding its own against Baldacci, Connelly and Sandra Brown.
The story is so well written, and it keeps you guessing until the very end. The characters are literary marvels, no clichés here. Dialogue is authentic, pace is great, there are little smart observations on life scattered throughout the text that make you think you and the author are old pals trading remarks about life over coffee.
My favorite part of it all is the plot: A woman living alone one day goes crazy! The parts of the book that we see out of her head are the best! Her grown son moves in to help take care of her. He resents it somewhat, it is hard to see mom reduced to a drooling idiot, but then it strikes him: What if she is not crazy? What if someone is really out to get her, watching her, planning revenge? He hires a private investigator Lucianna to find out.....Read more ›
Ian's mother, Corrine, chanting and rocking, sometimes catatonic, appears to suffer from mental illness. She presents all of the mannerisms of psychosis and paranoid schizophrenia. Corrine's apparently irrational fears and free-floating anxiety seem to be the result of a ravaging psychosis. Or, are they? Only her son, Ian, believes that something might be amiss. He hires a beautiful, vivacious private investigator, Lucianna, to resolve the unanswered, bothersome questions. But, Ian soon finds himself infatuated with the voluptuous private eye.
Lucianna, gruff and all business on the outside, is fragile and vulnerable on the inside. Plagued by the murder/suicide of her own parents, Lucianna is compelled to determine the truth in the case of Corrine. All the while, she is drawn in by the allure of Ian. Something disturbing, deep within the story, draws Lucianna to the case. As she becomes emotionally involved with Ian, the two characters are enveloped first with passion and later with love. Surrounded by treachery and fear, they draw upon each other for strength. Add to the mix, a shady psychiatrist named Endicott, unethical, eavesdropping cops and a crime organization, bent upon eliminating anyone with potential knowledge of their illicit efforts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this book. Once you get going and understand what is happening you really don't want to stop.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Prime member BL
I think this was a well written, very attention keeping storyline! I've already recommended it!Published 5 months ago by Mia Dorman
Somehow, the story just seemed overly tedious. I made it half way through and gave up. Not enough action, too much talking and I found the writing stilted. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tazmania
Lots of vivid character development in this tale of intrigue and suspense. The dialog is realistic and the narrative unfolds at a steady pace, offering plenty of twists and turns. Read morePublished 19 months ago by saniko
Ian finds his mother huddled in a closet holding a baby blanket and muttering words that don't make sense. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cyndi
Ian's mother, Corinne, used to have a 'normal' life. Then it seems as if she has gone over the edge; curled up in a ball in her closet, babbling and paranoid. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mary Lou
Hit List was a real page turner, surprises and twists and turns at every page. The author did an excellent job of weaving together a very engaging plot and characters that as a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tara Anne
Love a good mystery and this was an excellent one. Very much enjoyed this storyPublished 23 months ago by Martie K