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Posted March 1, 2013
I am so happy that I read DEADLY EYES. It is is book filled with fast-paced action and intense suspense. This roller coaster of a read is filled with intrigue and twists and turns that completely caught me off guard in the end. I found myself spellbound as the incredible suspense kept me eagerly turning from page to page. The outcome completely blindsided me. I had no idea what was coming and how this thing would end. And I was really intrigued by this author's use of alternative endings. Without giving anything away, I will confess that I read both endings and that I did find one much more satisfying than the the other. If you love a good mystery, especially one set in an exotic tropical location, then I recommend that you get yourself a copy. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted November 19, 2014
Looking for your next thriller? I highly recommend this one. I love that the author included two endings and, of course, I preferred the darker ending. Grab this one and curl up in your favorite chair for a great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2014
Scary and Thrilling, but also full of the atmosphere of the Caribbean. The writing really takes you out of yourself to an exotic location. The idea of being stalked by a shooter in an idyllic locale, of wanting to lose yourself there but protect yourself at the same time is really quite surprising. It's a quick read, even though it's over 300 pages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2014
"This was a fast paced and gripping story, easy to read and very hard to put down. Filled with the colourful sights and sounds of a heady Caribbean paradise, the setting of this book is instantly intoxicating.The central character James Cuffy, (Cuff), is a very likeable guy from the start; the light hearted banter between characters, intriguing, which immediately makes you wonder what could possibly happen next. The story unfolds piece by piece with the tension building gradually - beginning with a mysterious exchange at a bar, leading to a deal and then a murder, which prompts Cuff to embark on his own investigation.Observed from afar by an unknown, yet terrifying pursuer, James has no idea of the deadly web he is being drawn into. At first this seems like a sinister game of Cat and Mouse. Cuff follows a trail which has been carefully plotted and no-one's giving him any answers, not even when he ropes in his girlfriend, Rosie. Cuff knows others are involved. One by one, they too end up dead, mysteriously picked off each time he comes a little closer to the truth. The tension is unbearable at times.I read the book while on holiday and got about 60% through before the stalker's identity was revealed, which came as something of a surprise. It eventually transpires that the man murdered at the start, was a powerful and influential industrialist, who's multi-Billion dollar empire stretched across the Globe - and it appears that Cuff is about to be framed for his killing.What makes this book even more unusual is a choice of two different endings. I have to say I opted for the first ending, which was apparently less dark. I liked Cuff so much I couldn't bear to see the fall of such a great character. This was a brilliant read, very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2014
Posted October 11, 2013
Weak plot-line with huge holes. Awkward dialogue. Awkward dialect. The end just sort of fizzles out and the "alternate dark" ending is even worse. Having lived on St. Croix years ago I thought I'd enjoy this book -- and I did enjoy reading about the localized references I recognized. Beyond that, I regret the time I wasted reading this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2013
Posted September 21, 2013
A seemingly idyllic life in the Virgin Islands is instead focused on murder and revenge. While an interesting plot, I found myself wondering why neither ex-professor "Cuff" nor his sweetheart realized the obvious much sooner - perhaps because he is constantly thwarting her physical blows and the pugilistic threats/challenges she directs at him (which gets old quickly). Michael Meyer is a descriptive wordsmith but where one of his phrases would suffice, he includes an entire repetitive paragraph; I found myself skimming and skipping through the verbosity. Some of the island culture, a couple of eateries and hotels and the VI version of Times Square are sprinkled in but merely as "props". I would have loved to have some of the action in the gorgeous water, on a yacht or along the miles of breath-taking beaches -- Rosie's "Scotia apt." gets most top billing, sadly. However, it is a light read and both endings offered were plausible.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2013
Michael Meyer has written a fast moving, suspenseful mystery. The twists and turns that this story takes will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. As a bonus you can choose from one of two alternate endings. James Cuffy is the target in a deadly game of murder and revenge, but he doesn't know why or by who. He can't escape the noose tightening around his neck. With the help of Rosie, his girlfriend, he follows the clues even as he gets sucked deeper into this conspiracy. These two characters compliment each other. I especially enjoyed Rosie. She is such a strong and vibrant woman. I highly recommend this book. I was gifted Deadly Eyes by the author and I'm so glad that I was.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2013
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
I was intrigued by a story having two endings, so I thought I would give this book a try.
James Cuffy (or Cuff to his friends and acquaintances) is a normal man, living on a beautiful island. But even he has skeletons in his closet! I liked his character very much. He is somewhat naive and confused, when he is thrown into a mystery. Who is stalking him, and why? I loved his attempts at amateur sleuthing.
Rosie is a very strong character, both physically and figuratively. I wouldn't want to get on her bad side! She is an Amazon, but even she is at a loss as to why Cuff is being targeted.
I love a good suspense/mystery, so I was looking forward to reading this book. The author has done a remarkable job in bringing the island and the people alive in this story. The descriptions were vivid enough that I could almost "feel" the wind, and "hear" the sea. The story has many twists and turns that keep the mystery and suspense almost palpable. However, I guessed correctly as to who the "Deadly Eyes" stalker was, way before the actual person was revealed. What struck me was that James Cuffy (who's skeletons were rattling rather loudly in his cupboard), was completely clueless! As were the police! I actually felt sorry for James Cuffy, as he was being hunted on both sides, but also a bit disappointed in him too!
As this book has two endings, I decided to read both, to get an alternative comparison. The first ending was relatively normal, but I still had issues with the police and their "man hunt" investigation. The second ending was much darker and a lot longer. I think that I prefer the first ending, as the second ending still didn't satisfy the injustice I felt with regards to the police and their investigative procedures! It was sloppy and incompetent in my opinion! If I had police investigating me (although they wouldn't find anything!), I would want them to look harder and see past the easy evidence!
Michael Meyer has written a fast paced read that had me on the edge of my seat! I would have loved to have given this book a higher score, but feel that the author could have utilised the second ending a little bit differently. I am not sure what he was trying to do, but I found it to be slightly unbelievable and far fetched. If true, it would be downright terrifying!
I recommend this book if you love thrillers, mystery or suspense novels. - Lynn Worton
Posted April 28, 2013
I haven’t read a murder mystery in years, but this book will definitely change that going forward. Right from the start, I was intrigued with aspects of the story yet to come to light, and just had to keep reading to see how it was all going to fit in together. There are so many twists and turns, no one is likely to see the end coming and the descriptions in the book were so vivid, it was easy to imagine the whole story. The two alternative endings were a great addition to the book, and after reading them both, I found both made an excellent ending to the book.
Posted April 14, 2013
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