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Murder List (Buchanan-Renard-MacKenna) Audio CD – CD, December 1, 2013
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There are few authors who can weave nail-biting thrills, edge-of-your-seat drama, and romantic suspense as masterfully as Julie Garwood. Now she ratchets up the tension with Murder List, in which evil is on the hunt—and proves to be methodically organized and chillingly successful.
When Chicago detective Alec Buchanan is offered a prime position with the FBI, it is the perfect opportunity to leave the Windy City and follow in his brothers’ footsteps to the top echelons of law enforcement. But first he must complete one last assignment (and one that he is not too happy about): acting as a glorified bodyguard to hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison. The gorgeous exec has become entangled in some potentially deadly business. Someone has e-mailed her a graphic crime-scene photo—and the victim is no stranger.
Regan suspects that the trouble started when she agreed to help a journalist friend expose a shady self-help guru who preys on lonely, vulnerable women. In fact, the smooth-as-an-oil-slick Dr. Lawrence Shields may be responsible for the death of one of his devotees, which was ruled a suicide. Hoping to find some damning evidence, Regan attends a Shields seminar.
At the gathering, the doctor persuades his guests to partake in an innocent little “cleansing” exercise. He asks them to make a list of the people who have hurt or deceived them over the years, posing the question: Would your world be a better place if these people ceased to exist? Treating the exercise as a game, Regan plays along. After ten minutes, Shields instructs the participants to bring their sheets of paper to the fireplace and throw them into the flames. But Regan misses this part of the program when she exits the room to take a call—and barely escapes a menacing individual in the parking lot.
The experience is all but forgotten—until the first person on Regan’s list turns up dead. Shock turns to horror when other bodies from the list start to surface, as a harrowing tango of desire and death is set into motion. Now brutal murders seem to stalk her every move—and a growing attraction to Alec may compromise her safety, while stirring up tender emotions she thought she could no longer feel. Yet as the danger intensifies and a serial killer circles ever closer, Regan must discover who has turned her private revenge fantasies into grisly reality.
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (December 1, 2013)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 148053062X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1480530621
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.13 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The problem with this book was that there realy was NO "action" . 30-93% were just filler, nothing much happened. The sex scene was lackluster at best, and very "sudden". First kiss, sex, last kiss it all happened at the same time. Then nothing until the end of the book, when the hero decides he's gonna marry the heroine, and she agrees....I couldn't really buy their love which was suppost to be "the one" considering they decide to marry after 3 weeks of knowing each other and one sex encounter (that is counting the kisses)
Also the suspense story line was extremly weird and unbelievable, and it was a HUGE stretch how the hero "figured it all out".
After this review you probably wonder why I'm giving it 3 stars, and not 2 or 1, but the truth is the author has an entertaining way of writing. She kept my attention (for the most part), it's just that once I got to the end it felt like I've wasted a few hours of my life.
The previous book was good though (even though I hate how predictable the structure of the books in this series is becomming) so I'm gonna give the next book a chance.
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Unfortunately, the contents didn't really match up to the back page promise. To begin with, the prologue was, dare I say, corny and cheesy, introducing heroine Regan and her brothers when children, which didn't bode well for the rest of the story. Then you are catapulted into the mind of a killer, a very jarring change of pace!! And though the hero and heroine characters were quite well rounded, there was something about this tale that just didn't work for me.
Regan and Alec didn't have that all-important chemistry, in my opinion, and the inclusion of Regan's friends (which are made too much of here not to pop up in their own stories later on) was okay, though a bit annoying, and they seemed to take the emphasis away from Regan herself at a crucial part of the story.
All in all, I had trouble finishing it. However, I had already bought a copy of 'Shadow Dance', Alec's sister's story, and I'm only a third of the way in, but it is really good! Much more like Julie Garwood's best.
I really liked the part of the killer. You can really feel his struggle and his internal fight. Though at some point I felt that the story of the murder was left to a second plan.
Detective Alec Buchanan is assigned to serve as bodyguard of Regan until he leaves for a new position in the FBI, based in Boston. He is assigned for 3 weeks, after either they have catched the killer or a new detective will be assigned.I liked a lot how the love story is being built little by little, at a slow pace. Unlike other love stories that I have read where they just met and fell crazy in love for each other. This is what makes it more real and also what keeps you reading. Just want to figure out what is gonna happened.
Even though I really enjoyed the book, at some points I missed some police work and more action from that side.