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On Message: A Jillian Hillcrest Mystery Paperback – December 6, 2011
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About the Author
Joyce T. Strand, much like her fictional character, Jillian Hillcrest, served as head of corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley spanning more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder. Rather, she focused on publicizing her companies and their products. Joyce received her Ph.D. from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. ; and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.
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Anthony Carbis U.K.
Crime stories seem to be popular for review at the moment, as this is another one. However what makes this one different is that it is set in the realm of medical knowledge and biotech, where the main protagonist is a PR rep for a drug company developing a drug for Lupus. There are many twists and plot turns in the novel and much danger for our main character. There is suspense and risky situations that should have you on the edge of the seat. There is so much potential for this to be a real page turner and yet it falls short of that.
One of the main reasons it falls short is that this story gets bogged down in unnecessary detail. In all stories the information give should advance the plot in some way. However there was much information in this novel that was unimportant in terms of the actual story. I didn't need to know that much about Lupus or what the drug they are developing intends to do, since it does not affect the plot. The same holds true for many other little snippets of information that just weren't important and made me feel as if I was wading through this book rather than racing along to a climatic ending.
The other failing for me was the many points of view, or characters who got their own chapters. While this was fine for the major characters, such as our protagonist and the detective, there were some points where I was left wondering why I needed to hear from a character, especially in such detail in many cases. Not everyone involved in a story needs their voices to be heard, and there were quite a few minor characters whose personal point of view chapters could be left out. It just adds to the extra information.
However despite these failings this book was interesting. I just feel it has the potential to be more than just interesting, I feel it could be a great read, with just a bit of editing and cutting. It has all the elements of a great detective story, an interesting main character, several crimes, a mystery, suspense, danger and a few red herrings in the mix. If only it didn't get bogged down in the details.
I enjoyed this book. I personally think in the beginning all the explanation of how biotechnology companies work was too much information. I found myself getting lost in the knowledge. I understand that some of it was needed to explain the store.
The murder mystery part of the story was amazing. It was very fast paced but yet not too fast. I loved how they ended up solving the crime.
I loved the side story of the main character of Jillian as well. I am anxious to see what happens between Jillian and her ex Chad.
I loved how this book ended. I knew when I started to read this book that it would be a series eventually. The author ended this book beautifully without a cliffhanger of the next book.
I highly recommend checking out this new author. I can see her having great success.
I love love Jillian and can't wait to see whats next for her.
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Author: Joyce Strand
Publisher: McCloughan and Schmeltz