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The Profiler (The Munro Family Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 21, 2014
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CHRIS TAYLOR grew up on a farm in north-west New South Wales, Australia. She always had a thirst for stories and recalls writing her first book at the ripe old age of eight. Always a lover of romance and happily-ever-afters, a career in criminal law sparked her interest in intrigue and suspense. For Chris to be able to combine romance with suspense in her books is a dream come true.
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Unfortunately, we barely get any of that. Most of the book is about two crap characters and a bunch of filler. Clayton wasn't TOO bad, although he felt incompetent and pitiful often, but Ellie I didn't care for in the least. First of all, her one husband, who was not even a "fed" when they met but became on AFTER they were married, takes off and therefore all "feds" are evil? Beyond nonsense.
Secondly, her bipolar mood swings were beyond annoying. She acted more like a rookie than someone who has been a detective for several years.
And what happened to the old Fade To Black technique? Can we bring it back? I'm in the middle of a murder mystery and then suddenly there's porn. Why do authors these days think they need detailed sex scenes in every book in order to keep me interested? Because I can assure you, the opposite is true. Even worse when I skip through the chapter to get passed it, and then as soon as the two are called in because of a break in the case, they begin rutting yet again. That doesn't exactly speak to their previous seriousness to the case.
Aside from the filler, (why do I need to know the intimate details of someone's shaving habits?) there's also this random spirituality. Suddenly the spirit of a dead child shows up and the dead wife just happens to speak up in time to give them both permission to rut some more. It was just one more insult in a long list.
This could have been a great mystery, or a lack-luster romance if it could just figure out what it wanted to be. Unfortunately, it just turned out to be a jumble of nonsense. Better luck next time.
That say, I continue:
1. The genre is not accurate, is more romance than anything else. Needs to be relocated.
2. The main characters are more involved in look at their bodies than the crime.
3. The; oh's, ah's, grunts of the main characters sounds more that they're having (sex or a heart attack).
4. Knowing who did the crime, so early, is a spoiler in the 1st. installment of the book, specially if is a series. Show your cards one at a time.
5. All that tragedies repeat it over & over & over is like filling space. Expose the problem but don't duel all book on that. That means the reader close the book or jump pages.
MY PERSONAL VIEW: Indie Authors doesn't had a troupe of people behind them (like when you had a Publish House, PR, etc).
They had to work hard to publish their books for themselves. Lets help them, you can post a positive real deal review pointing what you find out of the box and don't had to bite the authors head.
Lets face it "big name authors" are basking in their "earn names". Indies are working hard & they're the future of literature.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm a reader of many years and I'm in for: Read, Revise & Review. (If apply)
I 'm honest for me, other readers & authors. If you don't do that & reach the authors how we can had better books?
Overall, I thought this was a good opening novel for the series. The author handles characterization well, allowing us to get to know Ellie and Clayton. The story's focus is really on these two people, the sexual tension between them, and their struggle to let go of the heartache of their pasts. The murder mystery, while interesting, feels secondary to their personal stories and budding romance.
This series features a family of people involved in law enforcement, rather than a single main character, giving the author plenty of room to create. I'm looking forward to finding out where book #2 takes us.
For this reader, the main characters spent too many pages rehashing the same introspection, repeating the same questions over and over. I got it, understood their condition and found the additional repetition unnecessary and tiring.
If anything needed repeating, it was the love scene which Taylor captured with a perfect blend of lust, need and the ultimate intimacy of human souls connecting.
Overall, "The Profiler" is a solid read that won't disappoint and begs the question "What's next?""