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Maude Garance is the doctor who treats Toyer's victims. The knowledge of what Toyer has done to his victim's sits heavily upon the shoulders of Dr. Garance, who calls the victims 'little flowers' and thinks of the photos taken by the victim's families as 'still life portraits'. She finds herself enraged at the havoc that Toyer causes for the victims and their families, who have lost a member, who they can't even grieve for because they are still alive.
This, of course, sets up a conflict between Dr. Garance and Toyer, and it is this conflict which becomes the central story to this novel. There are other subplots and minor stories, which I will allow the reader the fun of discovering.
There are some plot holes in this novel, and a few character motiviations which I find frankly unbelievable under most any circumstance. That being said, McKay writes his characters so well, with such depth and nuance, that the reader feels willing to suspend disbelief and trust the author to bring it all off in the end. Here the author brings us imperfect, and not even entirely likable, sympathetic characters, as well as a bad guy that you can't quite hate altogether. These character formulations, along with some plain old fashioned good prose writing, bring Toyer together as an imperfect, but still very good novel.
Readers who enjoy James Patterson, and are looking for something slightly similiar with better prose, will likely enjoy this novel, as will readers who enjoy novels that have a dark feel almost all the way through.
Toyer is smart. He knows that by not killing he could never be sentenced to death. In fact, the act of criminal mischief only carries a relatively short prison sentence. What is even worse is the motive behind his actions. One would have to read it to believe it.
Maude is a psychiatrist assigned to the living dolls. They have become her children and every time she receives a call in the middle of the night alerting her that another young lady has been found, her anger grows deeper. She lashes out at the police and district attorney's office that are seemingly doing nothing because they are more concerned with actual homicides. She ends up reluctantly teaming up with Sara, a local, overzealous reporter that is also determined to bring Toyer down. After Toyer personally attacks Sara and "toys" with her emotions, making her prepare for the inevitable, he simply walks away.Read more ›
The main heroin is an obnoxious, rude, stupid doctor. She claims that she receives 4 doctrines in 5 years. I don't believe she did it. Or maybe she really did it herself, and killed all her brain cell in the process.
A serial "killer" turned 10 young women into veggie with precise surgical procedure, and probably raped a few. The police conduct no investigation because it's not a homicide. Which planet did Gardner come from? How could that be possible? Ten young women are in coma by an atrocious psycho, and police doesn't do anything about it. It forced our heroin to act. If you believe this, you're the reader Gardner McKay hoping for.
The characters are cookie cut from the book of stereotype people. Their dialogs are sound of S, S... Stupidity.
I tried to return the book to the Dollar Store based on principle. If I buy a dryer from Sears, the dryer makes my clothes wetter, I should have a right to return the dryer. If I buy a thriller, it puts me into sleep; I should have the same right to return it. The Dollar store manager disagreed with me. His argument is that if it's a good book, it won't end up in a dollar store. But I still believe a dollar is too much for this book.
The "shell" of the book was outstanding, but the content poured into it just didn't work. Peter was mesmerizing, charismatic, obsessed and physically gorgeous -- I've met people like that -- but never one who was able to perform intricate brain surgery via observation. And, Maude, what in the world happened to you in the last 100 pages? You would never have slept with a young jerk who talked his way into your house and humiliated you. And you certainly wouldn't give in to mind-vibes from a cat.
Sara Smith is unlikeable and -- another cliche -- sleeps with her editor. McKay is playing his own mind-game with us, showing us how shallow all our stereotypes are.
However . . . the book is haunting and original. Read it for the language and the erotic/sexually-smitten view of Los Angeles. Casting ideas: Rene Russo for Maude, Peter Gallagher for Toyer, Bridgit Fonda for Sara and Renee Zellwegger for Telen. Of course, you can fill the rest with vacuous beautiful people and models. I think that's Gardner's point.
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I cannot believe that Gail Johnson told who Toyer is in her review. I have read about half of the book and, although it may not be the best pyschological thriller I have ever... Read morePublished on March 28 2003
Fantastic book! Hats off to this author! Hard to put down even from page 1. Just when you think you can breathe easily and the horror has ended, it jumps right back up! Read morePublished on March 1 2003 by Tammy
I am a bookworm. I love books & read them daily. RARELY do I come across a book that intrigues me simply because it is original. Because the author's view is distinctive. Read morePublished on July 9 2002 by KimberlyDi
The positive editorial reviews of this novel just stunned me. The author uses improbable, almost silly issues to advance the plot. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002
This book is just plain bad. Anatomical errors abound, which is unforgivable since the main character is a NEUROLIGIST! I tried to read this book four times. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001 by David Pope
The anatomical mistakes in this book really drive me bonkers. Come on, if you're going to cite a muscle by its proper name, at least get it right! Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2001 by Sharon Silverman
I found this novel wonderfully written from page one to the ending. I was drawn into the book because of the first chapter, which was shocking to say the least. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2001 by Darcine
I cannot imagine how this book was chosen for publication much less for recording. Much like pornography this book has no redeeming social value! Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2001
I think that this book was beautifully written, and deserves ever single star it gets. I picked it up, and I had it finished in 2 days. Read morePublished on July 27 2001 by Rebecca