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Posted August 8, 2011
He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not is absolutely gripping.
The novel opened with a chilling account of the serial killer positioning the body of his latest victim. Even more distressing, Ms. Diaz hinted that the killer is someone in law enforcement. I love a good mystery and was hooked instantly. I had to discover the killer's identity and how he would be caught. Ms. Diaz created a sense of urgency that had me racing through the pages seeking the answers.
Ms. Diaz certainly knows her way around a good mystery. The list of suspects was small. I was constantly evaluating and reevaluating several of the secondary characters wondering if their pleasant demeanor was merely a mask hiding a killer. Ms. Diaz left tantalizing clues throughout the story, and I was able to piece some of them together. However, I can honestly say I was surprised when the last piece of the puzzle clicked into place.
Amanda is easily one of the strongest heroines I've had the pleasure of reading about. After facing the serial killer years ago, Amanda's physical injuries have healed, but her emotional and mental wounds are still bleeding. I admire the courage it took for her to agree to help the police. As if facing the nemesis of her past wasn't enough, Amanda also finds herself falling in love with Logan. Ms. Diaz did an excellent job of depicting Amanda's desire for Logan as well as her fear of being vulnerable. As Amanda and Logan explore their feelings for each other, it was a pleasure watching Amanda's wounds begin to heal.
Logan is the perfect hero for Amanda. He's strong, caring, protective, and loyal. Despite his tough exterior, Logan has some scars of his own. He made a terrible mistake when he was a rookie cop that still haunts him. Logan is determined to never make a mistake on the job again. His drive is certainly admirable, but his single minded focus blinds him to the simple pleasures in life, including Amanda's obvious affection for him. Logan and Amanda had some truly tender moments, but they also had some bitter arguments stemming from their stubborn streaks. I found myself wanting to smack both of them at times. Logan and Amanda were talking to each other, but neither was really hearing what the other had to say. The push and pull of their dynamic relationship added an interesting dimension to the story that was every bit as compelling as the mystery Logan was trying to solve.
In addition to weaving an excellent mystery and creating well rounded characters, Ms. Diaz also made excellent use of descriptive language. "The sweet music of her screams echoed in his mind as he inhaled the lavender-scented shampoo he'd selected for her. He sat cross-legged on the carpet of pine needles, stroking her hair, his fingers sliding easily through the silky brown mass he had washed and brushed." After reading these two sentences, I had goose bumps. The crimes of the serial killer are truly gruesome, and it would have been easy to go over the top with the description of his atrocities. However, Ms. Diaz did a great job of providing just enough detail to make the hair on the back of my neck stand up, but stopped short of revealing so much that I felt sick. It is a fine line that Ms. Diaz walked very well.
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Posted August 31, 2011
Great Read, Great Writing
Awesome debut novel. I loved the relationship between Amanda and Logan. I love how they both started out so wounded and then found and healed each other. Their characters rang true and I completely believe they'll live happily every after :-)
As for the crime/mystery that, too, was wrought with a delicate hand. The killer was not revealed until the very end, the procedural descriptions weren't overdone but were very authentic, and the killer's POV scenes gave me shivers but not nightmares -- a perfect not-over-the-top balance for me.
I can't wait to read Lena's next book, and I'm not even a mystery fan first! Well done.
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Posted August 19, 2013
I loved this story. The descriptions of everything make you feel
I loved this story. The descriptions of everything make you feel a part of it. The characters are great. A fast and easy ready with lots of mystery. I highly recommend this book. I loved the storyline and this book was very well written. Although this book was non-fiction, the characters seemed so real to me and everything came together at the end. If you like mystery, drama and a good climax.....this book is for you!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2013
Great suspense! 5 stars I just finished reading He Kills Me, He
Great suspense! 5 starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I just finished reading He Kills Me, He Kills Me not by Lena Diaz.
Since I started to read romances, I had put away thrillers.... and what a nice surprise!
I discovered a romance with a plot filled with suspense.
This is the second book that I read written by this author, my first read
of hers was The Marshal's Witness, which I liked very much!
This book is very well written and I will surely watch for her next book!
Well, Ms. Diaz got me hooked back to reading more thrillers.
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I thought the story was fast paced and the book was written so that it flowed easily for the reader. I liked the story line and ending !!! I wish the author went into more detail about one of the deceased characters (Dana Branson..Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The title caught me when I was searching for other murder/serial killer mysteries. What little information was given about the story hooked me in right away.
Posted August 12, 2011
What a great book!
I enjoyed this book tremendously! I consider myself a mystery snob because I can usually figure out the clues and the "who dun it" pretty quickly. This book kept me guessing the entire time. I especially appreciated the fact that the explicit language was kept to a minimum in this novel. Keep up the great work! I can't wait to read the next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2011
A MUST Read
I just want to say, I LOVED THIS BOOK! In my humble opinion, Lena, you are going to go far in your writing career! Congratulations on a job well done! (Hurry and finish the next one...........I tried to savour HKMHKMN, but became so engrossed I had to hurry and finish it and what a finish it was!) Rating: 5 booksWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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