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Posted October 6, 2012
Two Graves is an exciting, gruesome thriller told from 2 points of view, the killer, and the lieutenant. With a couple different plots, this was a book I had a hard time putting down. Right from the start we’re introduced to Preston. A man who has been bullied all his life, and even as an adult he is still easy prey. After being accosted by some teens, he finds one of them alone, and in an unfortunate accident that ends up with the death of the young boy, Preston finds pleasure in beating the already dead boy. This gives Preston his strength and courage to go on a killing spree of everyone who has ever bullied or humiliated him back in high school. Preston is a character that I felt sorry for one minute, then despised the next. When he found his next victim, we’re taken back to the event in the past that caused his humiliation. This is where I had such sympathy. With bullying being such a hot topic in life, it was hard not to feel sorry for him. But then, we’re taken back to the present where Preston reaps his revenge. The stomach turning descriptions of the murders were quite unsettling. Much more detail than I like to read. Lieutenant Mann is the man in charge of finding this serial killer. As well as working on this case, he’s also trying to get a top mob guy behind bars. There’s plenty of behind-the-scenes political influence taking place, and this side of the story gets quite confusing at times. There are a lot of characters involved, all with significant parts. What I really enjoyed about this book was the fact that as we saw the investigation going on, they really had no clues to who it was. Most thrillers, they know who the suspect is, but can’t find them, but in Two Graves, there’s evidence, but no suspect. It was a clever angle, and seeing how things evolved to figure it out kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I didn’t feel as if there was a surprise ending, but everything got wrapped up and left no questions unanswered. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2012
Excellent story telling. Good storyline, good characters, and excellent writing make for a super enjoyable read. Great way to spend an afternoon the sun. Good Job!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2012
I really enjoyed Derek Graystone’s book ‘Two Graves’. It’s a complex read and I mean that in the greatest sense of the term. It is not a read you will get bored with, or lost in. It pulled me so far in, that I had real difficulty putting it down. If it weren’t for taking care of my daughter, I probably wouldn’t have. It was a fascinating depiction of the mind of a killer, with solid writing that moved me swiftly through the pages. The characters were clearly defined and there weren't just one or two, but rather a handful of strongly developed personalities. This is a clean read. If you ever wanted to step into the head of a real psycho, and also follow alongside the corruption of... (oops, sorry, no spoilers). Bottom line is, I highly recommend Two Graves. If you like psychological thrillers, YOU WANT THIS BOOK! It’s the wet dream for Crime Drama readers as well. Great stuff! I will be following Derek Graystone’s books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2012
When you set out on revenge, dig two graves. - Confucius
Before you mistreat the geeky nerd in school, remember that he might come back to haunt you. Preston had been bullied one too many times and sets out for revenge. He leads an entire city on a manhunt for the next few months as he avenges himself. But this is really only half of the story.
When I started this story I thought it was only going to be about the manhunt for Preston. But while Preston is high on the list of people to rid the city of, he's not the only one or even the highest.
The author ties both story lines together well. My only complaint was the confusion with so many characters at first and the lack of details for the other story line. I would have liked to have seen more.
But overall this was a very well written, detailed (in a good way) and intriguing story. I couldn't put it down once I started. I can't wait to read more stories from this author.
Posted August 28, 2011
Read this book when you have the time to finish it without putting aside for awhile. The story is rich, interesting, intriguing, addicting, powerful, etc. There are a lot of characters who are portrayed in such a way that the reader can feel them in the storyline. The story has several intertwined lines that are well balanced. I seriously enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. This is a very substantial read. I would like to give it 4.5 stars. I cannot give it five stars due to proofreading errors. I was reading along, immersed in the book, and wham there were missing or extra words that made me step back and wonder if I was mis-reading. I will look forward to his next non-Wiccan novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.