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Contrary to the characters in my books, I don’t really kill people, or catch those who do, so the blog posts might be about reading, or writing, or animals. These are the things I have great passion for.


Talion - Mary Maddox This was a wonderfully dark and ‘sick’ book. And I say sick in a good sense. The killer was a twisted soul who made me want to hunt him down and kill him. (okay, you might be wondering who’s sick, but it’s not me.) Maddox had me wondering though—wondering where she came up with this psycho.

I think it was perfect that she had the killer stalking the younger girls. They were the perfect age to make him even more of a predator, if that was needed. Young girls, in particular, are especially vulnerable so this was excellent plotting on Maddox’ part.

Early on I wished I had more background information on Lu’s ‘friends,’ but the more I read, the more things clicked in place. For those who might be squeamish, beware Maddox does a magnificently brutal job of describing some of the scenes. And she has a firm command of the darker side of the language as well. I personally felt that fit the tone of the book, and was not bothered at all, but there’s the warning for those who might be offended.

The writing was good, moved along at a nice pace, and the last 1/3 or 1/4th of the book flew by. Maddox cranked up the suspense a few notches which made putting it down difficult. This was not my typical read, but I found it to be entertaining and a solid read. I will definitely pick up another one of this author’s books.