Sunday, March 10, 2013

8 Heart Review: They Never Die Quietly by D.M. Annechino

They Never Die Quietly (Sami Rizzo #1)
D.M. Annechino

Page Count: 279

Release Date: 16 February 2010
Publisher: AmazonEncore
Source: Complimentary ARC provided by publisher, via My Chaotic Ramblings, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!)
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

They Never Die Quietly tells the story of homicide Detective Sami Rizzo, who is assigned to head a task force investigating serial killings in San Diego.

Simon, the highly intelligent, cunning, and deceptively charming villain, redefines the depths of human evil. He believes God has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims through a ritual that ends in a grisly crucifixion. Driven by warped religious beliefs and guided by his dead mother, very much alive in his subconscious, Simon abducts “chosen ones” and holds them captive in a Room of Redemption. There, the victims helplessly await their crucifixion.

Detective Rizzo urgently yearns to solve the case and gain the respect of her male colleagues, but her obsession to apprehend the killer on her own clouds her thinking. When Simon outsmarts Rizzo and captures her, determined to make her his next victim, she must employ all her resources—both physical and intellectual—to outwit the villain at his own game.

Review


Special thanks to Melissa and AmazonEncore for this ARC. Read on for a sneak peek of my review for They Never Die Quietly, a horrific detective thriller, then check out the full deets at My Chaotic Ramblings!

Pros


Well written // Paced and organized immaculately // I couldn't put it down! // Sami is a tough, self-sufficient character with a human flaw that anyone could relate to // Murders are heinous and thrillingly brutal // Great suspenseful buildup // Simon is THE serial killer: creepy, charismatic, and bloodthirsty... but doesn't even know it // Religious aspects are perfectly improper and eerie

Cons


Ending is way too happy and way too abrupt // There is no climax // Dialogue is sometimes strained and superfluous in that it doesn't add to the story // Unnecessary romance; why, oh WHY do suspense authors feel the need to give the protagonists irrelevant love interests?? They're already kickass on their own! Dispensable relationships only complicate the plot

Love

[Sami] had thought [she and her suitor] had made a connection, but then again, she was often a victim of wishful thinking.

Verdict


Aside from Annechino’s affinity for terrible clichés, the writing style is lively, descriptive, and connected. It’s easy to follow the mystery, and questions are answered as they arise. As a whole, the imaginative premise, the thrilling plot, and the realistic characters make They Never Die Quietly pretty enjoyable. I'll never forget its plot, that's for sure Americanflag


8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended (x)