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The Tunnels (A Kelly Jones Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 22, 2007
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Though formulaic, the debut novel from Gagnon is saved by smart, appealing lead characters FBI Special Agent Kelly Stone and her partner, Roger Morrow. A distinguished New England college is in turmoil after two female students, each the daughter of rich and powerful families, are found butchered in an old campus tunnel system, with strange Norse symbols painted around them. Joining the agents on the case is former FBI agent Jake Riley, who now works as head of security for one of the dead girls' fathers. As more bodies turn up—and a student goes missing—Kelly and her team find themselves in a race to stop the mysterious killer. While Gagnon doesn't bring much new to the standard serial-killer plot line, she keeps things moving with a brisk pace and likable leads. Kelly's interactions with Roger carry a nice blend of warmth, humor and professionalism, bringing a sense of the real to their partnership. Kelly and Jake's relationship is no less interesting, and Gagnon wisely avoids forcing a romance between them. Gagnon's characters hold promise for an enjoyable series; she just need to find some cases worthy of them. (June)
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"From its harrowing prologue to its haunting last paragraph, Michelle Gagnon masterfully crafts a stellar work of mounting suspense and terror. Ritual murder, ancient magic, and buried secrets all blend seamlessly in this debut mystery by a major new talent. Not to be missed!" -- James Rollins, New York Times Bestselling author of Black Order
"Michelle Gagnon's stellar debut is an edge-of-your seat story of suspense and intrigue. FBI agent Kelly Jones is in a race against time to stop a series of gruesome murders on a pristine college campus. With a deftly-crafted plot and a winning protagonist, Gagnon spins a fast-moving yarn that is certain to keep you up late. We will hear more from this talented newcomer. Highly recommended." -- Sheldon Siegel, New York Time Bestselling Author of The Confession
"This book starts out scary and only gets worse--or, if you like frightening thrillers-- better. Michelle Gagnon is a fresh and confident new voice in crime fiction, and The Tunnels marks an auspicious debut." -- John Lescroart, New York Times Bestselling author of The Suspect and The Hunt Club
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I was also bothered by the emphasis placed on a character's hallucinations when they turned out to have zero bearing on the plot. Especially for a character that should be very much in control and not prone to midnight fancies/dreams.
I couldn't appreciate the heroine, and believe me I wanted to love her and love this series. Just not enough depth, and too loosely plotted.
Nicely done, very good pacing, plausible suspects and good lead characters. The banter and respect between Kelly and her partner rings true, and although there is a hint of attraction between Kelly and Jake, it doesn't overwhelm the mystery or the suspense.
Under a prestigious college in New England, there are some tunnels. I'm sure lot of schools have them. The problem is that in these tunnels a serial killer lurks. He just wants special people to be his victims. After all, not just anyone can be a victim of his, only the elete. When bodies are found (carved up in a graphic way) Special Agent Kelly Jones is called in. She has a knack for catching serial killers, and this one is so clever, he's off the charts. He's killing for a reason, and it's up to Kelly and her partner to find the reason, and find the killer. There's more to the plot, but if I say to much more it will ruin it. Let's just say that Kelly Jones has some demons in her closet that start to come out.
This is such a great read. The characters are true to life and seem to jump right off the page. There are some fantastic plot twists and great cliffhanger at the end of each chapter. If you start this, I can promise you won't be sorry.
There is just one drawback from the book, you'll lose a lot of sleep because you'll be hooked to see what happnens next. I know I was. I can't wait to start the second book in the series.
Great book, great read!
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