- Tapa blanda: 224 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub (14 de junio de 2005)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1419609645
- ISBN-13: 978-1419609640
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Malicious Intentions (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 jun 2005
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Homicide Detective Carmen Moore and her partner, Chris Duhn, of the Élan Police Department, head up the investigation into a gruesome murder that occurs on the first floor of Carmen's apartment building. The viciousness of the attack and a single word etched into the victim's skin suggests that a serial killer may be stalking the streets of Élan. Enlisting the aid of Detective Zoë Childers, the three detectives set out to capture the killer before he or she can claim another innocent.
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The characters never quite acted/reacted like real people would, but rather like how someone in junior high imagines they would, and that makes it hard for them to be truly sympathetic. Tone and scenes changed often, usually in a jarring manner. Too often the characters would be thinking/doing one thing, then suddenly think/do the opposite. For instance, there was some drama with one half of a couple acting cold and distant the morning after, eaten up with guilt, then a sentence later, without any motivational transition, she's glowing. They were bipolar: all defensive and yelling one moment, then crying and contrite the next. Relationships and other important connections between people were introduced abruptly. And honestly, they were like teenagers in their actions, reactions, statements. It was uncomfortable.
The characters too often did/realized things "instantly" or "immediately;" this is a pet peeve of mine. But overall the writing and phrasing was unskilled. For instance, there's an entire paragraph in the beginning of the book in which each sentence (and there are many) begins with "she" and then is structured to have the character completing an action. On pg. 94 one character stifled screams of ecstasy as her body experienced "climatic" pleasure. I'm not sure what the weather had to do with things, though I guess they were in Florida (a far-cry from Seattle in the winter). There were also too many euphemisms that I somehow found comical: "sweet, succulent valley" or "private garden."
I guess I could go on. I did want to address another review that wondered how one with Carmen's insecurities became a well-regarded homicide detective. For me, it wasn't so much that detectives are without insecurities, it was that she had a certain reputation as a hard-bitten, driven detective that was never in evidence. How did she get that reputation, anyway?
I respect anyone with the gumption and focus to write an entire novel, let alone get it published. I don't want to sandbag this author. I've never written a novel, so it's easy for me to sit here and critique. I'm not sure what this author could do to improve her writing; she's not without any talent, it's just really immature at this point.
Malicious INTENTIONS is a gripping Crime Drama and, at the same time, a beautiful love story. D.C. Elmore has crafted a story that you will not want to put down until the end.
For fans of Police dramas, this book delivers with chillingly precise form as it follows the path of a bold serial killer who's out to make a point. Lesbian romance fans will be equally pleased as Detectives Zoë Childers and Carmen Moore give in to their long-growing attraction, all the while balancing their working relationship to track down a murderer.
A bonus feature for readers of this excellent story is the author's website ([...] On it, one will find a special section, the Interactive Companion, devoted to Malicious INTENTIONS. This clever online tool helps bring the story to life even further as guests may view detailed Crime Scene Sketches, Character Dossiers, and Informational Links.
Given that this is only her second published work, I look forward to many more exciting releases from this talented writer in the future!
Mixed into the mayhem is Carmen's blossoming relationship with Detective Zoe Childers, who is not only intelligent, but beautiful as well. As Carmen and Zoe explore their attraction for one another, the killer explores the ways to keep them apart... permanently.
This is a great read!