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The Trade Paperback – June 11, 2013
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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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McKenzie's character will make you want to become a journalist. She fears nothing and will not stop until she has answers. There always seems to be someone or something slowing her down, but don't doubt because McKenzie will use her resources to find what she needs.
The Trade brings in thrills to keep you reading. You will feel as if you are one of the victims searching for the "Cradle Robber" to save those ahead of you. Can it be done? Can you save them? Is there hope? Can McKenzie do it again? You MUST read to join the action!
The only con I had with this book is that I am a sucker for a good love story and really enjoyed Mac and Noah's relationship from Chain of Command. I was sad to not have Noah's character as strong in The Trade. However, I can't wait until the next McKenzie McClendon thriller!
Marshall has done such a great job researching and preparing for this book. It took a lot of work to understand the intricacies of the medical pieces that take part throughout this book. As with Chain of Command I was not disappointed for my summer reading! Bring on the next one :)
Like the first book in the series, I loved how the book just kept moving along, unraveling and unfolding into newer and deeper plots. There was always something going on in this book... never a dull moment. I get bored so easily in books too; I am just so ADD like that. So for a book to really keep my interest throughout is really a testament to the aforementioned. Truly.
There was a perfect mix of mystery, suspense, and thrill in this book, all mixed in with twists and turns. Not to mention the very final twist -- a true, "I did NOT see that coming!" moment. And I really love a book with a good twist. Especially one that is enough of a cliffhanger that you know it is setting the stage for the sequel. I definitely cannot wait for that.
And I do not doubt for a second that the sequel will be equally enthralling. I love the page-turning suspense of Marshall's writing that is only heightened by the ever-developing mystery woven in. And the villains and antagonists are just SO sickly evil it makes the thrill that much more exhilarating. Which I suppose is a good warning to heed before reading the book: Beware the BAD bad guys. They are true sociopaths. Makes my skin crawl just thinking about how well Marshall writes the perverse satisfaction they get from their sadistic pleasures.
All that being said, I did have one major issue with the book. Noah. I mean what the hell? The first book practically wraps up with confessions of love between Noah and McKenzie, yet it is not until 67% of the way into the book that she actually comes face-to-face with him again. And prior to that... I think there were maybe two or three mentions of him. Like McKenzie making a phone call to him. Umm, OK? And seriously, if she is freaking SHOT in the middle of some mass murder you would think she would at least get a flippin' phone call from the guy. But no. That REALLY bothered me. But I am also a major sucker for the love stories, so my disappointment in this front is not hard to imagine.
Still, it was enough of a disappointment to knock a star off for me. When my Kindle said 50% and we still had not seen Noah, the ants in my pants quickly became fire ants. I was itchin' to see him and burnin' with frustration that I hadn't.
All I can say, is the sequel better have more of a presence from Noah. And the ME. You know, a bit of a love triangle between the jock and the geek where the jock gets all alpha male on her but the geek makes her laugh. OK, totally cliche, but it totally works. Plus, with all the action and plot-unfolding that goes on these books, a little cliche might be refreshing. (Or that is just me stretching to justify the in/famous love triangle.)
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