I just didn't. When I finally did pick it up, I wasn't disappointed. It really grabs you from the first page and immerses you into this world in the not too distant future and it is eerily close to home. With how things are in the world today, this book could be considered a bit foreshadowing if things play out as everyone fears. Anyhow, it was really cool Everything in this novel seemed like it could come to pass Anyhow, about a fourth of the way through the novel, I just kept hitting these patches of reader quicksand.
You know what I'm talking about I felt like I had to force myself to read further and further. Reading shouldn't be like that.
Don't Look Away
But it kept this sluggishness up for pretty much the rest of the book. The beginning of the novel felt like it was just going to blow my mind and then this. I was pretty disappointed when I put this one down. Maybe I've hit a reading plateau and if I were to pick this up at another time, I would enjoy it. What I do know is that while this book isn't badly written, it just wasn't for me.
Don't Look Away, by Leslie A. Kelly, is a thrilling romantic suspense that takes place in the not too distant future. Detective Veronica Sloan, her partner Mark Daniels and FBI agent Jeremy Sykes team together when there is a gruesome murder in the sub-basement of the under-construction White House destroyed in the worst ever terrorist attack of and the victim was a participant in a top-secret program.
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A program that the 3 cops are in as well. Horrific murders, a love triangle, and nail-biting suspense make this a must read. Ending with a cliffhanger I look forward to the next book in the series. This book was a good read. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Sometimes it was a little drawn out but overall I really liked it. I'm looking forward to the next one in this series.
Actual Rating: 3. Being a more futuristic type of book, even if it's set only a few years in the future, it was kind of hard to pick up on all the new lingo and all the "history" of the present timeline. Veronica was not an easy character to relate to, and sometimes came off extremely judgmental; but then she'd correct herself by revisiting earlier snap judgments she makes about people, Actual Rating: 3.
Veronica was not an easy character to relate to, and sometimes came off extremely judgmental; but then she'd correct herself by revisiting earlier snap judgments she makes about people, and properly accept that she was wrong. I don't know what to think about her. And then we even have a sort of love triangle--I don't like love triangles.
And in this case, I think it would have been handled well if there had been better chemistry between the respective points involved. At least Veronica points out the obvious, resenting the fact that they are in the middle of a murder investigation, a rather cruel and gruesome one at that, and the two men around her are too busy posturing and trying to pee their territory around her.
Anyway, I wasn't really all that impressed by the O. The hype and the curiosity that came about made me think that there was a lot more to the optical tech than we actually ended up finding. In the end, it was all just a fancy, more glamorized kind of body cam that really only snaps non-motion pictures once every second. While that DOES make for a nice way to watch a crime happening from a victim's perspective, as we can see, there are loopholes and workarounds. If the perpetrator knows that the O.
Simply remove the head and hide it, or bash in the skull and completely ruin the optical chip, or just wear a mask or find some way to blind the victim. Truthfully, I was actually expecting something a bit more advanced and Time to adjust my mindset, I suppose. Though at the very least, the criminal investigation wasn't bad, though I would have liked to see more of it. While our two main characters spend their time looking at photos from their victims' O. Finally, this book kind of ends on a cliff-hanger, which means I need to pick up the second book ASAP.
I don't like cliff-hangers.
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Jan 01, Beverley rated it liked it. I received a free copy from NetGalley. Futurist technology in a crime drama. DC attacked by terrorists and now the US is under very strong "security" measures. Some of it isn't as fictional as one would hope. Strong female main character.
Interesting plot. Highly disliked the ending, as too much was left unfinished, so that you would go read the next book in the series. The victim, despite the pain she is in, tries to keep her eyes open, knowing the last images she sees before her death might help identify her killer. Her body is found in pieces with one important one missing—her head.
Because the victim was one of the 5, people enrolled in a special program where a chip is implanted into the brain, merging with the optical nerve, recording every image the individual sees And Leanne Carr might have gotten a glimpse of her sadistic executor before she died. This one read more like a thriller than romantic suspense, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with that. I absolutely adored her. I understood where she came from, why she behaved the way she did, why she kept everybody at a distance I most certainly would if something like that happened to me.
And I was so utterly glad Ms. Kelly Smith created a fitting hero for this amazing heroine.
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Someone who understood her completely, someone who knew when to push and when to leave her be, someone who knew when to give her space and when to crowd her. Yes, I adored Sykes, too. And though the book ends rather satisfyingly—the good guys survive, the killer is dead It also ends in a cliffhanger.
The murders yes, multiple murders were apparently part of a bigger picture, and boy am I champing at the bit to read the sequel and see that bigger picture. A wonderful and complex story that some might find lacking in the romance department, but anything more than what we were served might have overshadowed the other elements and aspects of the story. Great plot, flow of narration, and characterization. Loved it! Most debut novels can be disappointing, especially when it is a suspense thriller. Smith not only delivered in her first Veronica Sloan installment, she managed to surprise, intrigue and capture the imagination of her readers.
Don't Look Away
Having lived through the worst terrorist attacks in history—which destroyed much of Washington, D. But even she is stunned b Most debut novels can be disappointing, especially when it is a suspense thriller. I love my mysteries. Not the cozy mysteries though. I like them fast, action packed, and at times, gory. There are times when books can be so gory I could only call them Hannibalish and sometimes that can turn my stomach to the point of ditching a book.
Not so with Don't Look Away. This is not a cozy mystery, so for those who do not have the stomach for some blood, gore and more, I suggest you take a cup of tea to settle it first before you even begin to open that book. It was the very first page that made me continue turning the pages. The way the author used the very title to describe a victim's last fifty-eight minutes was a surprise.
The hunt for the killer was well thought out and did not drag.
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Instead, it encourages the readers to read on and hunt along with Ronnie, or for those who like to cheat, turn to the last chapter and cut through the chase. If I were you, don't do this, it will only make matters worse for now you would have to go back to where you came from and find out why the ending ended like that. Keeps you guessing all the way. Ronnie had some training in profiling criminal minds so it was lovely to see some of the familiar psychological terms thrown in.
Best of all, the author certainly knew how to use those terms and use them the right way to reach the right conclusions so she could solve the case. Don't Look Away was well written, had breathtaking imagery, and a story that keeps the readers speculating till the very end.
And the end is just a teaser of what could only mean a book two. Review based on ARC sent by Netgalley Veronica Sloan, a tough cop from the DCPD, has the Optical Evidence Programme device implanted in her head, making her a willing participant in a radical experiment that will permit the visual memories in her mind to be downloaded and seen by others, in the event of an accident, felony or homicide.
Veronica and her partner, Mark Daniels, are summoned to DC to investigate the murder of Leanne Carr, who was brutally tortured before her death. Leanne too had undergone the optical implantation. During the course of the investigation, Veronica is grievously injured by the killer. The modus operandi is repeated a few days later when two other OEP implantees are murdered. The investigators must now race against time to find the killer. I was fascinated with the science fiction bits, especially the 3D projection of the visual memories captured by the OEP device.
Kelly has also written a crackling Prologue, one that grabs your attention instantly. One, two and three-word sentences also heighten the effect and take us into the mind of the victim. If there is anything that got tedious for me, it was the sexual tension between Veronica and Jeremy, and between her and Mark.
Another thing that took away from the character of Veronica was the reflections she was prone to. I'd love to read another murder mystery involving the OEP device.
http://gatsbyestates.co.uk/el-inositol-en-nutricin-ortomolecular-el-ingrediente-lifting.php But only if the love triangle is give a much-needed rest. Set in Washington, DC in the year , selected people have recording devices implanted in their heads.
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