Hold Still

Hold Still

by Lisa Regan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477826416
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 359,761
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lisa Regan was born in Philadelphia, a product of two large Irish Catholic families whose roots run deep in her neighborhood. From the moment she was able to put words onto the page, she was writing: poems, stories, and even novels. At age eleven, her parents bought her a typewriter, on which she wrote her first full-length novel. By the time she was eighteen, she had written four terrible young adult novels. Between eighteen and twenty-two, she had a crisis of confidence and although she kept writing, she was unable to finish any novel-length projects. She spent her time working in bookstores while completing college. She spent two years at the Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Bloomsburg University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master of education degree. To make ends meet, she worked as both a certified nurse assistant and a karate instructor. In 2002 she finally finished her first adult novel, which remains on a flash drive in her nightstand. In 2006, she finished what would become her first published novel: Finding Claire Fletcher. After being passed over by more than 150 agents and then more than a dozen publishers, her first novel was published in December 2012, followed by her second novel, Aberration, in June 2013. Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner-up for Best Novel in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. In December 2013, the novel reached number one on Amazon’s Bestselling Kidnapping Crime Fiction list; in the same month, her second novel, Aberration reached number one on Amazon’s Serial Killer Crime Fiction Bestseller list. Lisa currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter where she works full time and works on her future novels while waiting in line at the local post office.

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Hold Still 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Detective Jocelyn Rush makes her debit in this crime fiction by this well-known author. With the help of her partner, Detective Kevin Sullivan and the Special Victims Unit, she makes it her responsibility to hunt down whoever is responsible for abducting street women, and then brutally mutilating them before turning them loose. What they are keeping from the media is the fact that there are three men involved ...one who nails their hands and feet to the floor. The more they investigate, the more danger they face. And when it becomes personal and the violence hits closer to home, Jocelyn makes a discovery that will have everyone reeling, WARNING: There are some difficult topics such as rape, torture, prostitution and drug abuse so if these are topics you are not comfortable with, you may want to skip this one. There is lots of action, fast-paced, numerous acts of depravity and violence. Rush comes with issues ... more anger than anything else. She's carried a family secret around for many years, and those memories kept her from attending her parents' funerals. Her partner tries to keep her grounded ..sometimes it work, sometimes it doesn't. The characters are expertly drawn. I look forward to reading the next book in this series ... COLDHEARTED.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read. Some things were predictable for me, but I tend to be suspicious of each character and look for clues that might implicate them in some way. I'm usually right. I did enjoy the book, but I think Aberration was her best. I've read the only 3 books I could find from this author and I would read her next book too.
MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
When it comes to writing a review for a book such as this one, there is so much that I want say, but sometimes, words cannot suffice for what needs to be said. This blog focuses primarily on paranormal, and it's quite rare that either Taylor or I read a book that is NOT something supernatural. Every once in a while we choose to read something along these lines that we figure will capture our interest. This is my turn. Hold Still is definitely more than just something I would recommend. When I first picked up the book, I thought, "This is going to be something just like every other crime-fiction book I have read." In a way, I was right on target, but I also was not. This is what I loved most about this book, that it kept me on my tippy-toes, and whatever it was I expected to happen, didn't. And honestly, that is one of the faults nowadays in finding a good book to read: you can almost always predict the ending. It is similar to watching any movie; once you know the plot and the main characters, you can predict the outcome nine out of ten times. This to me distracts from enjoying the story because I already know what will happen. I am not sure about you all, but I LIKE being surprised. Another interesting concept I found in this book was the way the story was told. It is told in third person, but the story itself made you feel as though you were hearing the events occur from the protagonist herself. I suppose you all are thinking that that is how third person is supposed to work, but to me, some authors are better at writing it than others. This perspective made me feel as though I was actually part of the story. It was incredible how detailed and how thorough the author was in writing this book. The switching of perspectives also allowed more intensity and hearty-pounding. I cannot help but praise this book. It starts off with a carjacking/kidnapping. That automatically sets a person up to believe that there will be more intense moments in the book, and believe me there are. You would not expect prostitution or crucifixion to be in a book such as this one. Yet there is, and somehow, Ms. Regan makes it work. It fits. Unfortunately, I cannot say that about many other authors. Not many have the talent to incorporate scenes such as those and have them make sense, or even fit into the plot of the book, but again, Ms. Regan does have that talent. All in all, this was a very good book. One that I would recommend for anyone a fan of Karin Slaughter or Agatha Christie. Gabby
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
While the description leads us to believe this will be a typical crime mystery type story, the outcome for who was behind the main crime was pretty predictable. I would say this book held a lot of twists, turns and suspense as the main character’s family history were revealed during an investigation. That alone kept me invested in the book and gave me the desire to find out how this ended. So with that being said, if you find that you don’t like predictable crime stories where the ending doesn’t have a surprise "who did it" moment don’t put all of your hopes on this book. If you love a book that will keep you so involved in the side mystery and human angst of life, then I would say buckle your seat belts and get ready for a great ride. Jocelyn Rush is raising her three year old “daughter” and is a detective for the police department. She is focused on Olivia and her career after her last relationship broke up because he was controlling her every move. She went to get her daughter’s blanket from the caregiver, leaving Olivia in the back seat asleep when her car was stolen. She was able to catch up with the guy who drove off with her daughter and beat him up pretty badly. This is when we start to see her world unravel and find out just who this woman is and what she has endured. When at the ER she reunites with a former prostitute who had rehabbed and was trying to get her life on track. Anita was living with her mom who had cancer and found one job was not enough to support her, her mother and two kids and ventured out to seek a “job” one more time, but the men she was to meet left her with the red flag tingles. She was attacked and in the ER refusing to talk to the police. When she finally does decide to tell the police her story, it is Jocelyn that she will only speak to. As she investigates the case she discovers links to her sister’s gang rape years ago and the people from the past start making appearances again. This was NOT the predictable part; this was the twist that kept me interested throughout the whole book. I was intrigued with how the author used the premise of this being a crime that needed to be solved but what stayed with me is the family dynamics of Jocelyn, her sister Camille and their uncle Simon and what they all kept from each other for so many years. Lies, secrets, crimes, betrayals and accidents all came together in the end creating a story that over shadowed the crucifying crimes that I felt the book would focus on. Some scenes could be considered too graphic by those readers who tend to get uncomfortable with demented acts of crimes against another human, but if you like dark and twisted you should be ok with this one. I am not a huge fan of crime mystery genre, but this one is certainly going to be on my favorite book list due to the dark dysfunction of the family and how slowly yet consistently she showed us the answers. The book was a smooth read, rather quick for me solely because I couldn’t put it down. The balance between characters and plots was brilliant and kept us engaged in all areas of the book. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. *Copy provided for review* Reviewed by Tbird for Crystal's Many Reviewers
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In Hold Still, author Lisa Regan weaves an intense, gritty, and suspenseful crime thriller that will captivate the reader's attention from the start, and take them on an exhilarating roller coaster ride as the story unfolds with every intriguing twist and turn. Philadelphia Police Detective Jocelyn Rush investigates a vicious series of sexual assaults on the city's prostitutes when Anita Grant, a former prostitute and acquaintance from Jocelyn's past, requests to only talk to her after being sexual assaulted and tortured by three men who had crucified her hands and feet with nails to the floor in a condemned house. The investigation reveals that the vicious sexual attacks on the prostitutes have been occurring going back four years. And if that isn't enough, dark family secrets and a traumatic past resurfaces and haunts Jocelyn, but the only way to solve the case and bring the sadistic criminals to justice is for her to deal with the past before danger comes her way. Hold Still is a riveting crime thriller that engages the reader to follow Jocelyn as she investigates the vicious sexual assault cases and deals with the resurfacing of her family's dark past. The reader can't help but get caught up in the gritty suspense and partake in trying to guess the identity of "Face," the third evil and most dangerous of the criminals. The author weaves an intense and chilling page turner of a tale with clever clues, intriguing twist and turn, and with enough vivid and rich descriptions of the violent acts and the detailed investigation that easily keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the author does an awesome job of providing the reader with a detailed description of the various sections of Philadelphia and its local landmarks. Hold Still is a gritty dark crime fiction novel with enough violence, suspense, thrills and chills that will easily hold the reader's attention. It is definitely a must read for the diehard crime thriller fan. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I enjoy a well-written, well-thought-out mystery, and Hold Still certainly qualifies. A series of hints, clues and red herrings was laid out in a subtle (but not too subtle) manner, leading the reader to a perfect 'Aha!' moment when the culprit is revealed. Not every mystery has one of these moments, sometimes because the author is trying too hard to surprise you or not trying hard enough, which makes it all the more impressive when an author manages it as well as Lisa Regan did. Jocelyn Rush, the hard-edged heroine, caught me immediately with her reaction to her daughter being inadvertently kidnapped when someone carjacks her. It was a very telling scene that neatly displayed multiple facets of her personality while also snagging my emotions, all in the first chapter. The minor characters were also cleverly written. Some of them were immediately likable, where others were more the if-I-met-you-in-real-life-I'd-strangle-you-on-the-spot type. My favorite was probably Kevin, Jocelyn's partner, who had a fun sense of humor. The love interest, Caleb Vaughn, was likable enough, but he didn't show up until the middle of the story and, honestly, the romance was not the best part of the book. It wasn't bad, just a bit perfunctory. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I wouldn't call it 'fun' (it's too dark for that), but it was an interesting story, skillfully told. I can definitely see myself reading more by this author in the future. I received an e-copy of this book as part of a blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Hold Still is a fantastic book. I had no expectations going in – while the plot sounded mildly interesting, I’d just finished a series of thrillers and didn’t know if it would live up to the rest of them. It definitely lived up to it, and more. Jocelyn, the main character, is quite amazing.She’s a single Mom, and at the start of the book, she rescues her three year old from a car-jacking, and thus ends up in the ER. She loves her daughter though, and her love for that little girl is special, and heart-warming. But when she arrives at the ER, Jocelyn runs into Anita Grant, a former prostitute, and an old acquintance from Jocelyn’s days on patrol. Despite being severely hurt, Anita refuses to talk about what happened. Her case goes to the Special Victims Unit, but soon after, Jocelyn is pulled into the investigation. Anita is ready to talk, but only wants to talk to Jocelyn. The investigation unearths a series of serious crimes going back four years. Three men prey on local prostitutes and mutilate them. While the police manages to catch two of the suspects, the third one escapes. He’s the most sadistic of the three, and Jocelyn and her colleagues have few leads to find out more about him. But when the past comes back to haunt Jocelyn, and an old acquintance shows back up, he’s the only lead that could crack the case. It’s a great, suspenseful book, that had me on the edge of my seat from start to end. The case was original and refreshing, but it’s Jocelyn who really stole the show. I loved Jocelyn, and would love more books focusing on her. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.