Official Review: "The One" by Ira Kalina

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Official Review: "The One" by Ira Kalina

Post by kandscreeley » 11 Dec 2017, 16:05

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of ""The One"" by Ira Kalina.]
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What do you get when you combine murder and a psychological radio show that incorporates Rock 'n Roll? Apparently, you get the book The One by Ira Kalina. This book is the second in the Psych 'n' Roll mystery series. The first is entitled Final Shot and is available on Amazon.

Aja Connolly is an FBI agent currently stationed at Quantico to recover from her last assignment. Her superiors now think she's ready to be back in the field, though. They are sending her back to New York; a serial killer is on the loose. His target? Rich, influential members of society often termed "one percenters." She's spent so much time recovering from her stint in New York that she's warned to stay clear of anyone who might get in the way of her objectives - namely, Ike Miller.

Ike is the host of a radio show called "Psych 'n' Roll." As a psychologist, he tries to help people with their problems. He then plays music to match the theme of the show. For example, if the theme is betrayal, he might play "Cry Me A River" by Justin Timberlake. He was previously involved with Aja. Whether he knows it or not, he's about to find himself right in the middle of her life again when the killer starts calling his radio show.

Will Aja find the killer? Will she be able to stay away from her past? Will Ike be willing to help capture the killer or will their relationship get in the way again?

When I read the summary of this book, I was (as usual) a bit apprehensive about the fact that this was the second in a series. Oftentimes, you miss out on so much by coming in at the middle. In this particular case, the story stood alone. Having said that, though, there was definitely another, deeper layer missing because I did not read the first book. Ike and Aja's relationship started in the first book; I couldn't really get a sense of them as a couple because of this. Also, there were events I missed that shaped agent Connolly's character. I would have liked to have read these events firsthand; I believe that would have given me a better idea of her personality.

The plot is fast-paced and exciting. The story starts off in third person from the killer's perspective. We aren't told who he is, but we witness him murdering a woman. The perspective then shifts back and forth from those trying to catch him to his own thoughts and struggles. This gives us a unique perspective on why the murderer is on a killing spree and how he chooses his victims.

I will say that this book is not for the faint of heart. There is some gore, violence, language and sexual situations. I would only recommend this book to adults for that reason.

I also feel it necessary to point out that we discover the murderer's identity about halfway through the book. However, I didn't feel that this took anything away from the book. At that point, the reader is left to discover not only how (and if) they catch the criminal but who his last victim is as well. Those who like a true whodunit where the killer isn't revealed until the very end will be disappointed in this story.

Overall, I give The One a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. The writing was good, the book was well-edited, and the plot was original and kept me on the edge of my seat. It just wasn't quite as good without seeing the big picture that would have been provided by reading the first in the series. Therefore, I'm unable to give this the full rating. I do recommend this to those who enjoy a good thriller, but I would recommend reading the first book in the series to begin with.

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Post by MarisaRose » 12 Dec 2017, 06:41

Sounds like this wouldn't be the book to start with for this series. On the other hand, the premise really sounds unique. I'll have to go back and look at the first one; thanks!
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Post by Vickie Noel » 12 Dec 2017, 07:14

Sounds fascinating, I usually enjoy reading books written from both the killer's perspective and those around him. The title sounds like a romantic book though, wonder how it keys in with the story. I would like to check this out. Glad you enjoyed reading and thanks for the clear review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Dec 2017, 08:41

MarisaRose wrote:
12 Dec 2017, 06:41
Sounds like this wouldn't be the book to start with for this series. On the other hand, the premise really sounds unique. I'll have to go back and look at the first one; thanks!
The writing definitely made me want to go back and read the first book. It seems like a great series. Just not one you should start in the middle. :)
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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Dec 2017, 08:41

Vickie Noel wrote:
12 Dec 2017, 07:14
Sounds fascinating, I usually enjoy reading books written from both the killer's perspective and those around him. The title sounds like a romantic book though, wonder how it keys in with the story. I would like to check this out. Glad you enjoyed reading and thanks for the clear review.
Thanks for commenting! I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that the title does have to do with the story and especially the killer. You'll have to read more to find out how!
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Post by Princess Janah » 12 Dec 2017, 14:27

This book is so interesting, I love reading this. This book is like a real story, but this book recommended for adults.

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Post by Sasha Walker » 12 Dec 2017, 14:36

Wow! The description sounds so good that I want to jump right into the second book, but I could see how missing the previous book would detract from this one. Great review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Dec 2017, 14:37

Thanks Sasha. I would definitely recommend finding the first one before trying this one. :)
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Post by inaramid » 12 Dec 2017, 22:48

Psych 'n roll? :) I'm liking the idea, along with the main character being a female FBI agent and all. I haven't really seen a lot of good female characters in thriller novels.

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Post by MsTri » 13 Dec 2017, 01:08

Sounds like a great book, but I'll def get the first in the series first.

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Post by Chrishmy » 13 Dec 2017, 02:42

This book sounds really great. Thanks for the clear review about the book.

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 13 Dec 2017, 04:53

From the cover, I thought this would be a romance novel. It sounds interesting, although I would prefer to read the first book first.
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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Dec 2017, 09:10

It would work better with the first book first, but you can read this one by itself. There's just another layer missing. Thanks for the comments all!
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Post by powergirl » 13 Dec 2017, 16:01

What a thriller!a great sequel to final shot!
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Post by Alyssa dayson111 » 13 Dec 2017, 22:23

Sound really great i like this book is so intersesting ...

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