Catch A Falling Star (An Eden Mystery) by Laurel Heidtman
"Catch a falling star" might start innocent enough but it turns out to be full of mystery and deceit. The plot shows intrigue and suspense and can catch you unaware once you’re over the first few pages. I consider that there is a good balance between the development of the action, the narrative and the dialogue.
The characters of the book are developed with subtlety and they are believable as they show flaws as any human being and they are supported by enough with back up stories. Interesting enough, the writer doesn’t give life only to the protagonists but she outlines and develops the secondary characters as well.
If the first chapter of the book is not very well crafted and left me wanting, once I passed over it, I discovered a talented writer that managed to bring an interesting plot, together with compelling characters, before my eyes.
I do recommend reading this novel. Ms. Heidtman is an accomplished writer.
Bad Girls (An Eden Mystery) by Laurel Heidtman
5.0 out of 5 stars - Addictive plot and interesting characters
I had the chance to read this novel through Kindle Unlimited and I wasn't sorry that I chose it.
I enjoyed the narrative. The writer's writing style held my attention all the time. I have to admit that I read this novel in one sitting only.
The main characters, Marnie and Cal, are well developed and likable, even though at the beginning of the novel Marnie is described as a bad girl. The author creates a good psychological background for her and Marnie soon appears as a regular teenager with a speckled past. She tries to keep it real and proves that she has a very strong character along the story.
Cal is likable from the beginning. The author doesn't present a flawless man but a real person, with strengths and weaknesses.
The story is not lineal. The perspective changes from what Marnie goes through to Cal's everyday life and the twists keep the plot interesting.
There are some inherent minor editing issues but honestly I saw such issues in all the books out there and they do not diminish the writing and especially the plot.
I recommend this book - it is a good read.
Whiteout - Laurel Heidtman
The action is set in back country Kentucky, where a winter storm creates mayhem in the lives of some law enforcement office, criminals and some civilians. The blizzard presents an opportunity for the criminals and seems to be the force behind the evolution of the story, turning the action into a fight man-against-nature and man-against-man.
The characters are well rounded with motivations. The criminals present their dark side but also a few spots of white which humanizes them. After being arrested for trafficking heroin and severely beating a cop, Tommy Black and Eddie Creech find themselves facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. Tommy doesn’t plan on spending the rest of his days stuck behind bars and an opportunity to escape arises when the transport vehicle veers off the road and crashes during a freak snowstorm. The two criminals found freedom again but they leave a trail of dead bodies while trying to stay one step ahead of both the police and the deteriorating weather.
The pace of the novel is fast and managed to hold my attention throughout the story, in spite of some typos and gauche structures in the sentences here and there. Even though the POV changes from one person to another, I don’t find that as being a minus. I like to know the point of view of each character. I don’t really like one-sided stories. There were some passages that seemed stretched out but all in all I found the novel well-written.
I found this novel enjoyable and I would recommend it.
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