Friday, May 11, 2012

"You never give me a chance." Song lyrics

N.Y.P.D. detective Ellie Hatacher and her partner J. J. Rogan are called to the scene of an apparent suicide. The victim is age sixteen and from a wealthy and influential family.

Alafair Burke uses her knowledge of the streets of New York to create action that rolls out as if the reader was a pedestrian in the street or in Washington Square Park, listening to the sounds of laughter and watching the eccentricities of the cast of characters.

Ellie not only investigates the questionable suicide of this teenager but has flashbacks of her own policeman father who was found dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot when Ellie was of an impressionable age. She considers if she "...could simply set aside her own past like a discarded shopping bag."

When Ellie talks of her youth and her hero father, she remembers the occasions when he'd discuss his work. We wonder if this could be anything like young Alafair Burke growing up with her own multiple award winning father, James Lee Burke.

The teenage children and their relationships with their parents are the heart of the story. Many of these teenagers have been cast aside by their parents and are attempting to live their lives on the streets.

Another important theme is the abuse of prescription drugs and antidepressants.

There is rich character development as the author deals with the teenagers and we learn of their histories and the background of some of the parents who seemed so perfectly situated in their world.

The author keeps the reader guessing through the intricacies of the story and the reader will shake their heads in appreciation of the author's writing skill as we read the concluding chapters of this entertaining story.

Giveaway Rules:
1. there will be two winners
2. be a follower of this blog
3. use above link and see the Amazon review of the book and indicate the review was helpful.
4. leave email address and indicate steps 2 and 3 have been completed.
5. U.S. and Canada
6. Giveaway ends May 19


Ethan said...

Another great review Mike!

Linda Kish said...

I am a GFC follower

I went to Amazon and marked your review as helpful. This sounds very interesting.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Tore923 said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I marked your review as helpful.

Blake J, Stine said...

Very interesting review.

Unknown said...

This book sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
GFC follower: Lauren Mackesy
email follower: Lmackesy @
I clicked on the amazon link.

Lori Thomas said...

gfc follower(Lori Thomas)

marked review helpful

email subscriber(ctymice at gmail dot com)

great review!! Thx 4 the chance!

Christine A. said...

Hi Mike-

Hope you are feeling better. Good job on the review. I liked the Amazon review and follow by email.

your1chef at aol dot com

Steph said...

I'm a follower & marked your review as helpful on Amazon. Great job! This book has been on my wishlist for awhile now!


Deb said...

Hi, Mike, I love to read your reviews and love that you sent me a heads up on this giveaway. You're smart and brilliant at the same time!! :] I found the Amazon and this review helpful, and thank you for bringing it to my attention. I'd love to read it!
I'm a follower of yours from Book Blogs

Twisty J said...

Great review- I have been hearing a bit about this title.

I am an e-mail follower, and I also voted on Amazon.


Vicki said...

Blog and email follower
I said your review was helpful on Amazon.
Thanks for the chance to win!

rubynreba said...

I am a GFC Follower.

I marked your review as being helpful.


Marjorie/cenya2 said...

2 and 3 steps have been done.
Sounds like a good read.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Carol M said...

Steps 2 and 3 have been completed.

I'm looking forward to reading Alafair Burke's books. I heard they were really good!

mittens0831 at aol dot com

Jonathan Wilhoit said...

Yet another good one from you, Mike. Thanks!

Jonathan @ I Read a Book Once

Kara D. said...

I am a follower via email ! Awesome book review and sounds great! Thanks for the email letting me know about it! I also marked Amazon as helpful.

Thanks so much!


karenk said...

sounds like a great read...

i'm a follower, too!

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Sheri W said...

I did step 2 & 3, I like all your reviews on amazon. I also shared on twitter and FB!

Krystal Larson said...

Follower =) edysicecreamlover18@GmailDOTcom
and liked your Amazon review.

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Nice review:)
Sounds good,i think i would enjoy reading it.
follower,loked on amazon too.

Thanks for the giveaway:)

Unknown said...

Best wishes to those who won a copy of this book:
rubynreba and Lori.

Thanks for participating to everyone.


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