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Chosen to Die by Lisa Jackson


Cover art: Chosen to Die Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Chosen to Die
Author: Lisa Jackson
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN-13: 978-1-4201-0277-2
Release Date: August 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Thriller
Year/Setting: Present Day/Montana
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Lisa's Website: www.lisajackson.com

Dear Readers:

Lisa Jackson has done it again. 

Her detective, Regan Pescoli, is a strong, independent woman (think, Kay Scarpetta) who has worked in this small, extremely snowy town all her life.  She has been on the Star-Crossed Killer case for months - trying her best to hunt down this horrible person who likes to shoot the tires out on cars driven by women, run to their aide, then take them back home, undress them, lock them in a dark room...until he's ready to once again take them outside in the snow and tie them to a tree...where he leaves them for the police to find. 

Now Detective Pescoli had no idea that when she got in her car to go to her ex-husband's house to yell at him that she, too, would become a victim of the very person she's attempting to capture.  The scenery surrounding this story is a great setting for this deranged lunatic.  We have a small town, with so many weird people, that anyone could be a suspect.  The desolate, dreary, freezing-cold Montana woods that surround this sleepy town with the big secret is a wonderful backdrop for the mind of this twisted killer. 

The book jacket reads: 'the killer is sending a shocking message that is being revealed one body at a time.'  Great tag line, ain't it? :)

For any Lisa Jackson fan this will be a good read for them.  I'm a Lisa Jackson fan...so I was able to enjoy the book, as well.  The only small issue I have, Dear Readers, is what I said in the very first line.  This story has been done.  Don't get me wrong...this is not a writer who uses someone else's words - it's just simply a story that is extremely formulaic.  There, unfortunately, were no surprises for me - but that might not be the fault of the writer.  These "pocket thrillers" or "beach books" are printed one right after the other.  Eventually, there's going to come a time when all the plotlines have been done.

So...read it, of course.  She is still a very good writer and presents her concepts in a good, "fun" way.  Just don't be surprised when...well...you're not all that surprised.

Until Next Time, Amy

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