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This Time You Lose by [Stralyn, Chris]
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This Time You Lose - A Readers Choice Top Ten Novel

"5 Stars! I'm so glad that I decided to give this book a chance - it's EXCELLENT! This Time You Lose grabbed my attention from the very first page, and I read it in one sitting! (Went to bed, and was up reading under the blankets until the early hours of the morning!) Very well-written book, a fast-paced and suspenseful read that kept me on the edge of my seat. Found myself actually saying "OH CRAP!" out loud at a few points. The writing is superb, characters are believable and likable and descriptions are vivid and visible - I felt as though I was right there alongside the characters. There is foul language and some violence, but it is tastefully handled and nothing is overly graphic. If you enjoy thrilling, suspenseful stories, definitely give this one a chance. You won't be disappointed." ~ Taylor Wilmering, writer - Hampshire, England

"Wow Wow Wow! What a story that could truly happen to anyone!" ~ Shellie Brewer,

"Wow! This story takes off with a bang as you basically wake up alongside Lisa and are instantly thrust into her living nightmare. The tension is there throughout the entire book and it has the feel of watching some horrible hostage situation unfold on the news before your very eyes. This book actually gave me goosebumps at times! I was definitely on the edge of my seat, biting my finger nails. The story was definitely unpredictable. Another thing I loved was Lisa herself. What a tough cookie! She easily ranks high on my 'Bad-ass Heroine' list. I could only hope and pray that I'd have half the courage and cojones this woman possessed in time of true crisis." ~ Rachel Michaux, - Rachel's Reviews

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This Time You Lose is a Readers Choice Top Ten Novel, and has been read and reviewed around the world. You may view ALL of the reader reviews (316 total as of 8/3/13)  - collected from various sites worldwide - by visiting my website at

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2365 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Stralyn; 1 edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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** I won this book through a Bookplex giveaway **

This Time You Lose is the perfect choice for a suspense seeker. If you want to have a tense, tight and terror filled read from practically the first page to the last, you've found the right book.

The story relates the occurrences, over a day, in the life of child care provider Lisa Kaamp. She is accompanied by many supporting characters and one seriously sadistic antagonist. It is difficult to discuss my experience of this story without revealing key elements of the plot. Suffice it to say, there is a conflict that consumes the entire novel and is resolved very quickly at the end.

Herein, for me, lies the problem. The writing is done in real-time and presents an hour-by-hour capture of the action. However, it was sometimes unclear what the chronology was as events described occurred concurrently. The book would be well suited to a time stamp for each chapter, so that the reader can keep the timeline straight. I also found the unanswered question, which is threaded throughout, an unsettling feature. It's not clear if it is intentional, but the reader never knows why TITO, the depraved aggressor, targets Lisa so vehemently. I was left to wonder and this was not good when there was so much that transpired that seemed inexplicably evil. I don't mind some uncertainty, but this seemed to be an excessive amount and it detracted from my enjoyment of the story. As the novel reaches its climax, we have to hold our breath as we wait to find out how the situation is resolved. This state of protracted agitation is precisely the condition I was in for the whole book. It's the reason that I didn't award five stars.

Chris Stralyn is a very good writer. She uses language that is real, raw and appropriate for the character.
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By S. Hurley on September 6, 2012
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I read the reviews and decided this looked like something I would enjoy as I like thrillers - however I was so disappointed I actually didn't read to the end because I knew it couldn't get any better. I deleted it from my Kindle. The first thing that got me was when the police dispatcher rang the house knowing there was something wrong and the kidnappers put Lisa on the phone to speak to them - but of course the kidnappers didn't listen in, just threatened Lisa that she better say nothing to arouse the dispatchers suspicions - please! And if I had to read how 'Lisa was a godsend' and they 'didn't know how they would have coped before she opened her Daycare' etc. argh its no wonder I deleted it.It was far too cliched for my liking - If you want a thriller try anything by Michael Connelly, Lee Childs, John Sandford. Those that loved it must be used to reading terrible stuff if they think this is excellent!
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The author can, in fact, write - solid prose and good dialogue, but the characters and the plot are just out of synch. As well placing women and children in generally senseless jeopardy is a cheap plot device. The robbers are quite possibly the dopiest bunch of criminals ever - four of them and no one watches the hostages, sitting down in the basement drinking while the ringleader rants and raves and storms around the house venting his rage on only the one woman - who gets raped, beaten, stabbed, beaten, strangled, beaten and called a "b(tch" endlessly. As for the cops, they are way too savvy for rural Michigan.

Overall, just not quite right.

WARNING: A disproportionate number of 5-star reviews are from people who have only written only one review - this book. A number of other reviewers have 5 or fewer reviews to their credit. Caveat emptor and dropped from 2 stars to 1.

Update: been thinking about why I would pan a well-written book, and it came to me: the criminals in this book are relentlessly stupid - a collection of drunks, druggies, perverts, and pederasts who are stubbornly stupid. The cops are marginally brighter, but if I may speak for most readers of mysteries and thrillers, we like a struggle between "equals." The antagonist of this book is consistently dreadful and dim - a 3-time loser who stumbles into a burglary that turns into an assault that turns into rape that turns into a kidnapping and a sustained assault on the protagonist. There is not a flicker of intelligence (feral cunning is about it) and one is hardly treated to a war of wits. Wholly unsatisfying unless you happen to enjoy sustained sadism.

Pet peeve: with all of the available names for cities, the author chooses a nearly unpronounceable name for the city - a glitch that always throws me off and causes a stumble in the smooth flow of prose.
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From page one I was engrossed in the storyline in This Time You Lose! Imagine being awakened from a sound sleep to be eye to eye with not one but four intruders. After being attacked and brutalized it doesn't register until it's too late that the children in your at-home daycare have arrived. Now instead of a terrible home invasion, there's a hostage situation that is terribly out of hand!

Author Chris Stralyn does a great job making the reader feel as if he/she is right alongside Lisa as she struggles for her own survival and that of the children and families that she cares for everyday. A heart-pounding novel that will keep you riveted 'til the end!
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