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Blown Away

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Excellent police procedural

In Naperville, an affluent suburb of Chicago, while jogging, rookie police officer Emily Thompson thinks nothing of seeing the headless bodies of a goose and two ducks. Later that same day she is at the scene of a dead woman in a rented car possessing a card with Emily...
In Naperville, an affluent suburb of Chicago, while jogging, rookie police officer Emily Thompson thinks nothing of seeing the headless bodies of a goose and two ducks. Later that same day she is at the scene of a dead woman in a rented car possessing a card with Emily¿s name on it. Emily and her superiors believe the woman committed suicide. When she returns home, the heads of the goose and two ducks are in her mailbox, her business cards in their mouths. ---- Her bosses take it as a threat and warn Emily to be careful. That night she visits the library where a naked teen has an envelope for her, a birthday card telling her that her real presents are in the library. A dead man is found in one of the chairs making it obvious a serial killer is on the prowl with the ultimate objective being killing Emily on her birthday which is just a few days away. The culprit is someone who knows Emily but she has no idea who hates her so unless she can figure out who it is, she will die because this is a brilliant murderer who never gives up. ---- Nobody reading BLOWN AWAY would believe this is Shane Gericke¿s debut novel because it is better than most police procedurals written today. There are plenty of action and chase scenes but it the amazing character development that makes this book worthy of an award nomination. Readers get to know the men and women in blue and what they face every day on the job. This is the ultimate chilling cat and mouse game in which the more the audience learns about the UNSUB, the more they want to see him locked away (preferably in a coffin). ---- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This book is b-a-d

Usually I'm quite wordy in my reviews. However, in the case of Blown Away, I can be succinct. This book is bad. Almost every last element in this book must have been taken from some kind of mystery book supply house: the plot, the sub-plot, and the characters. Only the ...
Usually I'm quite wordy in my reviews. However, in the case of Blown Away, I can be succinct. This book is bad. Almost every last element in this book must have been taken from some kind of mystery book supply house: the plot, the sub-plot, and the characters. Only the dialog was original and it was so stilted and phony, one wished that had been copied from somewhere else. One further note: the various characters used the term 'unsub' so many times, I began to laughingly count how often per page. This may have been the author's first book, but the plot and characters have been used a thousand times - to make far better books.

posted by Anonymous on May 19, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    I enjoyed every minute of it!

    The book held my interest the entire time. I thought the characters were believable and the pace fast enough to keep me from stopping until I finished. I would highly recommend it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent police procedural

    In Naperville, an affluent suburb of Chicago, while jogging, rookie police officer Emily Thompson thinks nothing of seeing the headless bodies of a goose and two ducks. Later that same day she is at the scene of a dead woman in a rented car possessing a card with Emily¿s name on it. Emily and her superiors believe the woman committed suicide. When she returns home, the heads of the goose and two ducks are in her mailbox, her business cards in their mouths. ---- Her bosses take it as a threat and warn Emily to be careful. That night she visits the library where a naked teen has an envelope for her, a birthday card telling her that her real presents are in the library. A dead man is found in one of the chairs making it obvious a serial killer is on the prowl with the ultimate objective being killing Emily on her birthday which is just a few days away. The culprit is someone who knows Emily but she has no idea who hates her so unless she can figure out who it is, she will die because this is a brilliant murderer who never gives up. ---- Nobody reading BLOWN AWAY would believe this is Shane Gericke¿s debut novel because it is better than most police procedurals written today. There are plenty of action and chase scenes but it the amazing character development that makes this book worthy of an award nomination. Readers get to know the men and women in blue and what they face every day on the job. This is the ultimate chilling cat and mouse game in which the more the audience learns about the UNSUB, the more they want to see him locked away (preferably in a coffin). ---- Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2006

    This novel lived up to it's name and blew me away

    I'm only fourteen and got this book from my uncle while I was away in California. I was so entranced that I didn't stop reading to eat or even go to the restroom, haha. I loved how the author put so much detail in the killings and the plot was so twisted. I was left guessing so many times during the novel with the relationships between Emily and Maurice and who the killer was. I also thought that the author did a great job showing the differences between the killer, and Emily's family life and why the killer wanted to hurt Emily so badly. This book was so brilliant that I reccommend it to everyone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2006

    Realistic, hard to put down

    I mostly read science fiction, but thought I'd try 'crossing over' to a thriller for a change, so I bought 'Blown Away'. I'm glad I picked this book, as I feel it gave me a realistic view into the lives of the police who work hard to protect us. I don't have a lot of time to read lately, but the story line kept me up late a few nights as I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Speaking of what happens next, I can't wait for the sequel to see how Emily handles her next case!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    So Good You Can't Put It Down!

    Blown Away blew me away! I couldn't put it down. From the thrilling opening to the taut finish, this is a book that will make you want to read a sequel (I hope there will be one!) One of the best new thrillers around.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2006

    AWESOME

    This book was awesome. I was hesitant at first as I didn't know the author, but since it is written by a home-town boy and is set in my home town, I thought what the heck. Now, I can't wait for his next one to come out!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Loved this book!

    I was hooked on this book from page one!! I have bought the sequel Torn Apart and can't wait to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Fantastic

    This book will grab you & you won't be able to put it down. It's very thrilling with lots of twist & turns!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Enjoyable

    I liked this book a great deal.

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