Sunday, September 20, 2009

Review: Chosen to Die by Lisa Jackson

Title:  Chosen to Die
Author: Lisa Jackson
# pages: 460
Date published: 2009
Genre: romantic suspense
Series: Sequel to Left to Die


 Very Good

First sentence(s):
Regan Pescoli was hot.

Not in the sexual sense.

What is it all about? As I mentioned in my review for Left to Die, Chosen to Die is the continuation of part of that story. In this book, Detective Regan Pescoli is captured by the "Star Crossed Killer." Will her her lover, Nate Santana, partner, Selena Alvarez, and the rest of the Grizzly Falls police task force be able to find her before it's too late?

Random thoughts: I enjoyed reading the conclusion of the Star Crossed Killer's story. I thought I had figured out who the serial killer was several times only to realize later that I was wrong. I love it when an author's plot twists and turns enough to keep me guessing.

But, having said that, I also had a few issues with the book.

**Spoiler Alert: There is a spoiler below for Left to Die, the book that comes before this one. Scroll down to where it says "End spoiler alert" if you're planning to read Left to Die. **

First of all, in the beginning of this book, the killer that was mistaken for the Star Crossed Killer at the end of Left to Die is still alive and being questioned by the police. That's a problem since the killer in Left to Die died at the end of the book! This wasn't a huge deal for me, but I could see where it might drive other readers a little nuts. And it did lower my rating of the book a bit. I found it a little embarrassing on the author's (and her editor's) behalf.

**End Spoiler Alert**

The bigger deal for me was that never felt like Jackson fleshed out Nate Santana very well. He just seemed kind of passive to me and I never really felt like I got to know him. But, overall, I enjoyed the book and will probably read more by this author in the future.

Fun tidbits:
  • Lisa Jackson’s Website
  • I'd like to thank Joy Strazza of Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting for sending me a review copy of Chosen to Die. 

About the Author: Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels, including Shiver, Fatal Burn, Deep Freeze, and The Morning After. She has over ten million copies of her books in print. She lives with her family and an eighty-pound dog in the Pacific Northwest.

Recommended for: If you enjoy reading romantic suspense books by Allison Brennan, Linda Howard, or Karen Rose, you would probably enjoy Lisa Jackson's books, too.
I picked this book to help me complete the following reading challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge, Pages Read Challenge, RIP IV Challenge, Readers of Romance Fall 2009 Challenge, 999 Challenge, Read Your Own Books, and the Countdown 2010 Challenge.

1 comment:

Booklogged said...

I have a couple Lisa Jackson novels on my shelf but I think they are from another series - haven't read them yet. I like books with twists that keep questioning.