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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Must for Book CLubs

This thriller takes place in South Carolina . The old State Hospital is a true location that brings the fiction detail to life. If you enjoy a quick read that holds your interest on every page and cannot put down till then end - this book is for you. Book clubs will e...
This thriller takes place in South Carolina . The old State Hospital is a true location that brings the fiction detail to life. If you enjoy a quick read that holds your interest on every page and cannot put down till then end - this book is for you. Book clubs will enjoy and the author will call in and answer questions from its members- David Baldacci and Harlen Cobin move over this author is right there with you.

posted by Ralphetta on May 15, 2010

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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

(SPOILER) Glaring Inconsistencies and Stilted Dialogue

Ever watched a thriller on the big screen only to be thrown off by some obvious error? The same occurs in this story every few pages. Supposedly the author is a licensed psychiatrist, but if I hadn't looked him up I never would have believed it. The story centers aro...
Ever watched a thriller on the big screen only to be thrown off by some obvious error? The same occurs in this story every few pages. Supposedly the author is a licensed psychiatrist, but if I hadn't looked him up I never would have believed it. The story centers around a psychiatrist being stalked by a killer, much of which takes place in what must be the poorest run facility of all time.

Case in point (SPOILER ALERT):
Why does a patient kept in the 'maximum security' section of a long-term facility have a day-pass?
When said patient becomes violent, why do they call a code blue? Code Blue was originally used for medical emergencies, and very few hospitals use it at all anymore because it either frightens people in waiting rooms or causes 'hallway rubbernecking'.
Why do only two orderlies show up for said code blue? I've never seen less than 4 orderlies for such an occasion, and once more than ten (during a shift change).
The Haldol (a powerful tranquilizing agent) doesn't show up on a criminal toxicology screening because it is a 'legal drug'. Yeah, right....

The police officer parked outside of the suspect's father's house doesn't notice when said gentleman blows out his own brains with a shotgun inside the house. Anyone else here ever fired a shotgun or been around one when it was fired? They are not quiet.
Local authorities don't normally call the FBI for a single murder, no matter how wierd or violent (unless the murderer happened to cross state lines or took place on an interstate or federal facility). However, local police would have called the FBI after the second murder, at which point the FBI would have been all over that case.
If you are looking for a suspect who you believe has run off into the woods, you bring in a canine unit to find him. That dog is going to sniff him out; I don't care how many secret passages there are in his house. If it is the house of a suspected serial killer, you bring in cadaver dogs and they also would have found the passages leading to all the dead people.
You can't keep blood in a jar for any length of time. Well, you can but it clots and you'd be left with a gloopy/crusty brown mess.
Your average freight train takes MILES to stop. It is not miraculously going to stop in the nick of time because you happen to be standing on the tracks. You will barely register as a blip to the driver before you become a hideous pink smear.

That doesn't even cover lesser questions, such as how does an uneducated construction worker get hold of chloroform? If he uses it later in the story, why doesn't he use it on his earlier victims? Or am I supposed to assume he did, and did our author not know that traces of chloroform can be detected forensically? For that matter, because of the hazards of injectable potassium chloride I've never seen it available in a hospital setting outside of prediluted solutions (it is possible the hospital pharmacy would have it and would premix it to order for a specific patient, but I can't imagine a nurse injecting it into an IV drug mixture directly).
That round thingy in a revolver is called a CYLINDER. The phrase 'closed the chamber on the revolver' made we wince. Repeat after me, CYL-IND-ER. Gah.

And on and on and on...
Once you add in the completely implausible romantic relationship between the detective and doctor, and the unforgivably stilted dialogue, the whole story becomes an exercise in page turning awful.

posted by Jadxia on August 28, 2010

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Must for Book CLubs

    This thriller takes place in South Carolina . The old State Hospital is a true location that brings the fiction detail to life. If you enjoy a quick read that holds your interest on every page and cannot put down till then end - this book is for you. Book clubs will enjoy and the author will call in and answer questions from its members- David Baldacci and Harlen Cobin move over this author is right there with you.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    A dark thriller from a dark world!

    Having spent time in various mental health facilities, I found this book to be excellent. From the old psychiatric hospital to the darkest recesses of the human condition, everything rang true to me. Despite what another reviewer has written, I thought this was an accurate, thought-provoking book written by someone who has been there. But most importantly, it's just a great read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    Happily Surprised!

    A definite Must Read! Couldn't put it down! I'm hoping there will be more to come; a Dr. Carson series perhaps?!? That would be awesome!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Thriller

    If you love thrillers, you'll love this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    A Real Thriller

    Get it, read it, you'll love it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Ettie

    Great book from start to finish

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    vulgar language

    Did not finish. Would have finished and given it a higher rating without the vulgarity.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Pretty good!

    Worth reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Great

    I dont know what book the one reviewer was reading but there is no vulgarity in this book. A good thriller from page one. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Nice, quick read

    Fast moving, interesting story.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Great Read

    Storyline:

    Wow. Really great. If you are into psychological thrillers you should read this book. There have been many psych. thrillers written as of late, but this one has structure and substance. You can see the flow of events and, since the book takes place in the authors back yard, there is credibility to the work. While this is a work of fiction, the story reads like true life.
    Story Characters:

    This was pretty intense. You felt real pain when reading what Dr. Jack Carson had to go through and how he dealt with each test that was thrown at him. You find yourself caring not only about him, but wanting to get in the head of the killer and understand their point of view and reasons for his actions. Michael Mefford did a great job in making the characters of his book not only important but not one of them was a throw-away.

    Writing Style:

    I was hooked from the first page. While it's no surprise I am a huge fan of psych thrillers, it's rare to find one that isn't forced or unrealistic. Mr. Mefford has managed to write in a way that we could be reading an article in tomorrow's paper about a real psychopath. The pacing was great and the actual writing was fluid.

    Editing Style:

    Really nice work. Nothing jumped out at me.

    Overall Thoughts:

    If you like psychological thrillers, this is a must read. I hope to be seeing more from this author.

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