SUNDAY SHOUT-OUT: TROUBLE IN MIND BY JEFFREY DEAVER

Is there ever such a thing as too many books? I don’t think there are too many books to read, but there can definitely be too many to review. Often I’m sent books and, with an already sagging review shelf, these unsolicited books often often don’t fit in to my schedule. Other times, I am unable to finish a book I intended to review (for various reasons), or I don’t have time for a full review. Sunday Shout-Out aims to acknowledge these books and the publishers who have sent them to me.

Sunday Shout Out is a bookish meme hosted by Monique of Write Note Reviews. If you’re a book blogger and you want to join in, just:

  • Share the title, author, blurb and image from a book (or more than one) you want to acknowledge
  • Share the genre, price and link to the publisher so readers can follow up if they like the sound of the book
  • Ping back to Write Note Reviews in your post.

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Trouble in Mind by Jeffery Deaver, Hodder & Stoughton RRP $32.99. Available from Hachette Australia.

Cover of Trouble in Mind by Jeffery Deaver

An electrifying collection of short stories from Number One bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, which includes tales featuring the hugely popular characters Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance. Master of suspense Jeffery Deaver grips with every page, setting out a devilishly clever path where nothing is as it seems. If you think you know the ending, think again …

An aging actor attempts to revive his career by entering a celebrity poker game for a reality TV show. Can he outwit his devious opponents, or is his fate doomed from the outset. A successful crime writer dies under seemingly natural circumstances, but for one cop, doubts are lingering. There’s certainly motive for murder – or is there more to the case than meets the eye? Lincoln Rhyme is announced dead, shot by one of his suspects in cold blood. Is this the end of the line for the master criminalist, or just another twist in the tale?

I usually love suspense thrillers, but for some reason, Deaver’s writing does not appeal to me. The last book I attempted failed to keep my interest, but I thought the short stories might be different. The blurb certainly caught my attention. However, I tried, but just couldn’t get sucked in to the stories. Does that ever happen to you? Deaver hardly needs my review to sell books – most of his are already bestsellers – so I decided to give the book a Shout Out and move on.

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What do you think? Do this sound like something you’d read?