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Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds Series #4)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

An exciting fast-paced thriller

In Sedona, Arizona former TV news reporter Ali Reynolds is renovating a house when the wife of her contractor is found brutally murdered in their home. Police Detective Dave Holman suspects the husband Bryan Forrester killed his stay at home wife and mom Morgan as the...
In Sedona, Arizona former TV news reporter Ali Reynolds is renovating a house when the wife of her contractor is found brutally murdered in their home. Police Detective Dave Holman suspects the husband Bryan Forrester killed his stay at home wife and mom Morgan as the violence implies someone passionately involved with the victim. Ali believes Bryan¿s proclamation of innocence, but no one else does.------------- Feeling obligated and also needing her home ready for the Thanksgiving invasion, Ali investigates, which leads her to singleatheart.com, a website where ¿married singles¿ can harmlessly flirt. As she digs deeper, she realizes a serial killer is hacking into homes with Morgan being number five. With all that info, she remains ignorant to the fact that the culprit is watching her.------------- The fourth Reynolds investigative tale (see HAND OF EVIL) is an exciting fast-paced thriller that starts at hyperspeed and accelerates from there. Although a couple of key late spins subtract from the plausibility, fans of J.A. Jance will enjoy her latest whodunit especially when the heroine finds family members wanting to help her but for the most part hinder her except for one key late intrusion.-------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by Anonymous on October 2, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Confusing... main storyline gets lost

Author confuses the reader with too much of a sub storyline and not enough of the primary storyline. The pace is slowed due to the secondary story and the reader is lost in the middle of the book, making it a chore to finish the book. The story would have been better if...
Author confuses the reader with too much of a sub storyline and not enough of the primary storyline. The pace is slowed due to the secondary story and the reader is lost in the middle of the book, making it a chore to finish the book. The story would have been better if the author laid out the story line better. I hope the next Ali Reynolds book focus is better and the story is not diluted.

posted by Mysteryreader25 on February 1, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Too many distractions from the Mystery

    I am truly baffled at the four star review for this book. This story is told with the idea of "why use thee words when twelve will do".

    The mystery itself is classic an interesting. A hardworking father that we can feel for when he loses is wife and then is framed for the murder. The problem is that the mystery get's lost in the shuffle of far too many subplots (home renovation, wedding planning, scholarship winners, Thanksgiving Dinner, family conflict, etc.). The killer was interesting if not cliche; though at times he did things far below his supposed intelligent level.

    Let's be clear, this book is trying to be a "thriller". In that genre the reader knows who the villain is and the suspense comes from wondering when the "hero" will intersect them. Of course, there is nothing thrilling about this as it moves so slow. There are so many spectacular mysteries and thrillers out there, I cannot possibly recommend this one. Unfortunately as this is my first book by JA Jance, it will also probably be my last.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

    I did not care for this book. I expected it to be more interesting. Too much was written about other things that did not have anything to do with the plot of the book.

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