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The Schwarzschild Radius by [Florentin, Gustavo]
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Editorial Reviews


"A fierce thriller that doesn't offer many chances to catch a breath."--Kirkus Reviews

"A top-rate thriller." --San Francisco Book Review

Winner 2016 Pinnacle Book Award for Best Mystery
Winner 2015 IAN Book Award for Outstanding Mystery
Winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Award
Finalist 2015 IAN Book Award for Best Thriller

Finalist  2015 International Book Awards
Finalist 2015 Reader's Favorite Awards

"One of the Top-Ten Fiction Books of 2014"

"The next GONE GIRL"

  Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Gustavo Florentin's crime thriller, The Schwarzschild Radius, is an awesome read...I'm hoping that this book is the start of a police procedural series featuring this complex and multi-faceted detective. The action in The Schwarzschild Radius is riveting and filled with suspense, and the ending is not at all predictable. I really enjoyed reading The Schwarzschild Radius and highly recommend it.

Reviewed By Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

Wow, this is a gritty book that really takes a hard look at what can happen in life if you aren't careful...The writing flows well and you find yourself turning every page and wondering what is going to happen next. I could not set this one down and ended up reading it in one day flat. Fair warning: as a thriller this is a dark novel and it is full of themes that some might not like. However, it is well written and if you like the genre you are going to love this book. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin is a thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats...It is a gripping plot that is mysterious, powerful as well as scary.

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Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student, descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared. After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony. As she closes in on the killer who has taken Olivia, Rachel becomes his next target.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2001 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (September 21, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 31, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
“The Webmaster” finds and kidnaps young women, then auctions off methods of harm and finally method of death to perverted people who will pay thousands of dollars for the privilege. When he starts stalking Rachel things do get appropriately tense and taut. However, I found the detailed methods of torture went over the line into ‘torture porn’ for my taste. I like horror in general, and am okay with a certain level of graphic detail, but this felt like it was graphic detail for its own sake instead of adding to the story.

I could never reconcile myself with Rachel’s methods and investigation. It all seemed too tenuous a thread to pull to justify some of the situations Rachel put herself in. A lot of the separate threads in the book never came together for me; add that to the torture porn and I can’t bring myself to recommend this book.
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This book is not something to read late at night or before bed unless you want nightmares. It is dark and twisted and very realistic. The darker sides of the human condition are explored with intricate detail leaving nothing to the imagination. A true thriller horror story if I have ever read one... But with real life monsters instead of mutants or supernatural ones. I really enjoyed it but I will definitely be reading light and fluffy for a while to get over this book!

Rachel loves her adopted sister with all her being. Then Olivia disappears without a trace and Rachel decides to take the search over knowing that the police will never be able to find the kind of information that she can if she just follows Olivia's lead. The world she uncovers when she searches for her missing sister is terrifying and oh so very wrong on so many levels. The underworld of pedos and underage prostitutes is much more vast than anyone could ever even imagine. So Rachel stays at Transcendence House and poses as a 16 year old runaway to investigate. ... But that just leads her further down the rabbit hole. How will she find someone who knows Olivia well enough to know her real secrets? Will she (an 18 year old college student) be able to successfully pull off posing as a desperate underage runaway living on the streets? Will she ever find Olivia? Will either of them survive to live their normal lives again?

This book was incredibly well written and completely believable. A parent's worst nightmare brought to life in exquisite detail. When I started reading it and realized how intense it was I thought about not finishing the book but it was already too late... I was sucked in and completely invested in the characters and just had to know how it ended!
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The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin is a tightly wound thriller that packs a lot of twists and turns. The story gripped me from page 1 and didn't let go until the end. The author has created a world of depravity that is all too realistic. Rachel's sixteen-year-old adopted sister is missing, and she'll do anything to find her. She follows her trail into the dark world of underage sex. She has no idea how dark that world really is. She puts herself in this dangerous world, going further and further for more clues to find her sister.

Rachel isn't street-smart, but she is intelligent and tries to use this to her advantage in gathering information. She places herself in the same settings she discovered Olivia had been in, and it is truly awful. Many of the men she finds herself with are wealthy, influential, and pillars of society. You would not expect that once their true natures are exposed.

Even farther beyond the realm of where you think people can go comes even more wicked behavior. There is a killer, kidnapping young girls and torturing and killing them for the highest bidder. Anything goes in this twisted, torturous online auction. Detective McKenna is running against the clock trying to find Olivia and save her and any other missing girls in the same situation. He has a teenage daughter and takes the case to heart.

The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin has a lot of moving parts. There are lots of characters and viable suspects - or at least those you suspect know more than they let on. The book has a staccato feeling, as there are several short chapters that alternate points of view and pack a powerful punch.
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The Schwarzschild Radius is a gripping novel, and I did like it for the most part. It is a dark and twisted novel, but it's not as extreme although it does deal with sensitive topics such as, strippers, prostitution, and sex trafficking. I've read more graphic novels in the past, so this was pretty okay.

Rachel loves her sister Olivia; she's quite dear to her heart. Olivia disappears without any trace, and no one's aware of her whereabouts. Rachel decides to take things upon her own hands to search for her sister. She follows the same footsteps Olivia once took, she takes the leads she receives and actually acts upon them - and I mean literally acts upon them. She receives a lead that Olivia worked at a strip joint, so Rachel decides to work at the same strip joint to receive more information about her sister.

I did feel that Rachel did not have to place herself through these harsh conditions when she clearly did not desired it. I felt at times, she was trying to be a "hero." I understand her circumstances, however, she could have relied on the detectives and police, and hand over the leads. She makes some of the most immature moves, but sometimes brave - because she does find Olivia eventually, but now Rachel's the next target. It is a good story, but it is not as believable as I would liked it to be. I understand the police and detectives go undercover all the time, but that's their job. They have to, Rachel didn't. She's not trained to do these things, it could kill her. I can't decide whether she was being brave or .. foolish. This novel did have a fantastic concept though.

It was an engaging thriller that I did like reading about, it did have potential. I liked reading about another character in this novel more than Rachel and Olivia though.
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