I read today’s First Line Friday earlier this year and reviewed it here. I enjoy Lisa Scottoline’s novels and was sent this one by the publisher St. Martin’s Press. This is a novel you start out thinking one thing, but the reality is a complete 180! And from the first line you know you are in for a roller coaster of a ride:
Chris Brennan was applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he was a fraud.
On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.
But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.
Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.
Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Jordan’s baseball games. But Jordan is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.
Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.
At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?
One of my friends first convinced me to watch True Blood and also read the Sookie Stackhouse series. The first season of True Blood is the closest to the novels, after that they each go in their own direction. The book series slowly declines, to me it felt like Charlaine Harris was stuck in a contract and had to get a set number of books written. I did not really enjoy the last couple of books, but I continued it to see how it would end.
I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….
But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….
If you are a fan then you are either ‘Team Bill’ or ‘Team Eric’. I am Team Eric! If you watched the show and/or read the books, whose ‘team’ are you on? For the tv show I am also ‘Team Alcide’![Top]
I have seen the movie countless times, I love Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd is great as the one who got away. This is another I hope to read at some point (I have such a huge TBR!). Though it is book two in the Alex Cross series, I think I will be fine reading this one by itself, I wonder how different the movie is from the novel. And it has a creepy first line:
For three weeks, the young killer actually lived inside the walls of an extraordinary fifteen-room beach house.
In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. In Washington D.C. Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing – and they are working coast to coast.[Top]