Disturbance: An Irene Kelly Novel Hardcover – Jun 21 2011
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“Burke is among the most reliable performers in the thriller genre. . . . She’s in top form with this shrewd blending of nightmarish suspense and taut police procedural.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
"In Disturbance, Burke has written another nail-biting, adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping novel that will have her readers wondering how Irene Kelly will ever survive this viper's nest."—Dayton Daily News
"It doesn't get more suspenseful than this superb thriller. Jan Burke's villains, more terrified of each other than of anyone else, will stick in the reader's mind. Grade: A-"—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Burke shows a wickedly realistic touch in her villains—killer Parrish and his three sons, who all but define ‘dysfunctional family.’”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Tautly written and suspenseful . . . Irene [is] a strong, likable protagonist.”—Booklist
About the Author
Jan Burke is the author of a dozen novels and a collection of short stories. She is the founder of the Crime Lab Project and is a member of the board of the California Forensic Science Institute. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two dogs. Learn more about her at JanBurke.com.See all Product Description
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Meanwhile, Kelly becomes the center again thanks to Parrish of a media feeding frenzy while the serial killer's Moths threaten her bodily harm for what she did to their "god" and their increasing belief that his resurrection will be soon. The Moths expect to assist Parrish when he returns to confront Kelly. When the corpse of woman painted with moths all over her body is found in Kelly's car, the reporter knows that even with her ruthless foe still incarcerated, she is back in hell as one of his disciples has begun the war.
This is an engaging thriller though the journalist does not have to do much investigating as the ruthless enemy brings the fight directly to her. Readers know early who Parrish's most devoted and dangerous allies are which detracts from the tension. Still, with insight into the plight of printed newspapers and the stunning number of previously secret psychos like the Moths who have surfaced via the Internet, fans of the series will enjoy round two anticipating the face to face confrontation.
As she does so well, Burke ends many of her chapters with sentences and situations that make it impossible for readers to put the book aside and keeps readers guessing about the nature and intent of some of the characters. Irene's detective husband, Frank, friends Ben Sheridan, Ethan Shire, and Jack, and, of course, dogs, make appearances in the novel. Burke also includes some big changes for some of the characters. She touches on the differences between news mediums and the changing ways that we get -- or don't get -- our information. All in all, what happens in this book is much more than a disturbance.
Welcome back, Irene. Don't stay away so long in the future.
Compared to the other books in the Irene Kelly series, I felt the story, as a whole, and Irene's behavior throughout most of the book, was, as another reviewer mentioned, simply not credible or believable. Also, compared to other books in the series, particularly "Bones" (which this book's story line continues, albiet several years later)there was no tension or rising action that made me want to continue reading. When I finished the book, I had the sense of--this is it??
I hope that this book is an abberation and not a portent of an end to what was an absolutely fantastic series.
Irene doesn't believe he can hurt her from the confines of prison until a seemingly random prank is connected to the discovery of a woman's murdered body that has been painted with elaborate pictures of moths. When two more similar bodies turn up, it becomes apparent that Parrish is not acting alone and his accomplices may pose more of a threat than he ever could. Then, Parrish manages to escape, putting Irene in more danger than she could have imagined. She and her detective husband, Frank, have to discover who is helping Parrish and what his connection is to the other victims before he finally takes his revenge on Irene.
I'm a fan of the Irene Kelly novels by Jan Burke and enjoyed the suspense in this one that I've come to expect from this series. The characters introduced in this plot provided a twist that I would have not guessed in a surprising connection to Parrish. I look forward to the next in the series.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
Irene has finally recovered from the PTSD resulting from her kidnapping and torture at Parrish's hands - - well, except for the nightmares she still experiences. Which only return again after his escape and threats from his online fan club, the Moths, serial killer groupies whose members include an unknown number of his born-out-of-wedlock sons, and who all appear to be nearly as deranged as the man they idolize.
After the threats, three things happen in rapid succession: A young woman named Marilyn Foster is reported missing; her car is discovered parked on Irene's street; and the body of another woman whose identity cannot be determined is found in the trunk of that car. When Irene insists there is a connection to Parrish and the police fail to believe that's possible, Irene sets out on a personal mission: to find out who the woman is and who is responsible for her murder. To that end, Irene enlists the aid of her colleague Ethan Shire and Ben Sheridan, the forensic anthropologist who had also been one of Parrish's victims.
The ensuing investigation results in a book in which the suspense is constant, to which is added the very real possibility of the sadistic violence and sexual assault for which the killer is known. The novel is fast-faced and tightly plotted. Plus I came away from reading it with an appreciation of a known truth in astrophysics: The universe is expanding. [Read the book.]