The Killing Song by P. J. Parrish - Mini BOOK REVIEW

8/29/2011 08:45:00 AM

The Killing Song by P. J. Parrish
Title:  The Killing Song
Author:  P. J. Parrish
Publisher:   Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster
Release Date:  July 26, 2011
Paperback, 384 pages
ISBN 10:     1439189366
ISBN 13:  9781439189368
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Goodreads description:

In this standalone novel, Miami journalist Matt Owens chases down his sister's murderer on a European adventure readers will never forget.

My Take: 

A murderous cellist and women being murdered in similar ways in different countries - that is the impetus of this sometimes dark, always fascinating crime fiction read.

Matt Owens ("Bear") is a reporter living in Miami when his "little" sister Mandy, 21 years old, comes to visit.  They go to a club together, and as Mandy is having "just one more dance" on the dance floor, Bear looks away.  When he looks back, his sister has disappeared.

A heart-breaking loss, a love gone wrong, a brilliant but twisted killer, and a brother seeking justice all combine to make this an intelligent crime thriller with character.  I enjoyed it very much.

QUOTE (from a galley; may differ in final copy):

Mandy . . . I had talked big to her, telling her to live her life large.  But I had lived my own life so very small.

BOOK RATING:   4 out of 5 stars

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This book is one of my listed titles for the 2011 ARC Reading Challenge

Disclosure:  I  received a  complimentary eGalley of this title from the publisher through their Galley Grab program to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received and I was not required to post a positive review.

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  1. i love a good romantic suspense and this sounds like one. great review. :)

  2. Haven't heard of this but the title made me come check it out. Sounds like a good one!

  3. I liked this book least of all the PJ Parrish books I've read. While it "hooked" me on the first page, the plot quickly grew unbelievable. Not even the luckiest of smart people can solve an international crime series with a handful of clues. It gets two stars from me simply because the writers are so talented. My favorite Parrish books, so far, are The Unquiet Grave, South of Hell, and A Thousand Bones.

    1. Oh .. on this one I was able to suspend my disbelief for a while. Thank you for the recs; I will definitely look those up:)


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