This year I have read a number of Leslie Wolfe novels (Alex Hoffmann Series, Tess Winnett Series, Baxter and Holt Series). They are all fast-paced, interesting stories with a few enjoyable twists and turns along the way. This one is no different in that respect, but in Las Vegas Girl the main characters of Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are more developed and more relatable than characters in her previous books. Each has a flaw that he or she is struggling to overcome, yet each has an inner strength.
The interplay between Baxter and Holt is terrific. Their character development is most enjoyable. My favorite Leslie Wolfe novel yet!
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“A Kiss Before Dying” is a very tightly controlled thriller. The book remains a mystery until the end of the second of three sections. Then the thriller element comes to the forefront. Masterfully written. This is Ira Levin’s first novel, written in his twenties. Just a masterful piece of writing.
Book Review: “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn
Although it took some time for the plot of “The Woman in the Window” to develop, it is well worth the read. It starts with a very interesting premise: Anna Fox, the main character and narrator, is a psychologist who is struggling to overcome a debilitating psychological disorder herself. As in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” (which the author references), Anna’s window provides her a connection to the outside world and eventually the conduit for inserting peril into her own life. A. J. Finn’s use of descriptive language sets the mood for this suspenseful psychological thriller. And he has developed his characters just enough so that the reader can draw his own conclusions (incorrect as they may be) about what really happened to Anna and to her neighbor. If you find the first two-thirds of this book a little slow (as I did), persevere. Persevere. Finn has set you up for the last third of the book, where you will encounter two stunning surprises. Because of the relatively slow pace of the early part of the book, I should probably give it a solid four star rating. But, truth be told, I was gobsmacked by the twisty ending — TWICE! So, I am pushing my rating up to a five stars. It’s a great read, and it’s going to make a great film.