Official Review: Mare's Nest by Larry Darter

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Official Review: Mare's Nest by Larry Darter

Post by Dolor » 15 Jun 2018, 10:40

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Mare's Nest" by Larry Darter.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Mare's Nest by Larry Darter is a crime thriller revolving around a Los Angeles P.I. T. J. O’Sullivan's mission - finding a lost person. What seemed to be an ordinary missing person case turned into a real mare's nest. She got the gun that killed the kidnapper's accomplice, Jimmy Kamaka. When she reached her hotel suite, she found her client, Mr. Douglas Shaw, dead. Trying to extricate herself from a jam that was not entirely of her own making, she fled to hide while figuring out who framed her. Adam Morton, the kidnapper, was able to follow her. He tried to retrieve the money she got from Allison, her client's illegitimate daughter. When he didn't succeed, he abducted Mrs. Kathleen Shaw and Allison, and threatened T. J. that he will kill them if she could not hand him the money on-time. When both women were found dead, how will T.J. get out from this mess? What does it take to prove her innocence?

The unpredictable storyline with neatly-weaved  series of betrayal, conspiracy, friendship, lies, murder, and romance has hooked me up from the beginning until the end. It is narrated in T. J.'s first-person point of view. The emotional arc spins the readers to a roller coaster ride. The characters are likable, relatable, and realistic. Of all the characters, I like T.J. the most. She's a feisty heroine who has more than a sexy body. I love her wit and her strength. On the other hand, greediness has destroyed the antagonists.

I fell in love with the descriptive scenes, the turquoise water of the Pacific, the sandy beaches, and the elegant hotels with fine dining (shrimp fettuccine my favorite!). It made me dream of going there someday. The story still lingers in my mind long after reading. It has a high potential to gain compliments from the viewers if  filmed.

Chapters 16 and 17 are narrating the same events; skipping the details on how T.J. managed to escape from Ken (Kathleen's lover who is also Shaw's family driver), who tried to exterminate her. Some conversations are flat. Wrong verb used, irregularly broken sentences, missing words, wrong and missing punctuation, run-on sentence, weird question, and grammatical errors hindered my reading flow.

I rate Mare's Nest by Larry Darter 3 out of 4 stars. Though this book can entertain all the audiences regardless of the genre preference, I recommend this book specifically to all lovers of crime / thriller / mystery / horror genres who are 18 years old and above. There are swear words and foul scenes not suitable for very young audiences. It's best to post this disclaimer despite the few swear words and scenes (murder) to warn those who have reservations on these subjects.

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Post by gen_g » 16 Jun 2018, 23:29

Thanks for the detailed review! It seems like a fast-paced and exciting read.

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Post by Dolor » 16 Jun 2018, 23:50

gen_g wrote:
16 Jun 2018, 23:29
Thanks for the detailed review! It seems like a fast-paced and exciting read.
You're welcome.

Yes it is.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 17 Jun 2018, 00:01

I can guess how the protagonist feels, like "how did I get into this? What am I suppose to do? Who can I trust?" Sounds like a cat and mouse chase. I wonder who won, did she get safe? Better find out. Thank you for your review!
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Post by Dolor » 17 Jun 2018, 00:05

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
17 Jun 2018, 00:01
I can guess how the protagonist feels, like "how did I get into this? What am I suppose to do? Who can I trust?" Sounds like a cat and mouse chase. I wonder who won, did she get safe? Better find out. Thank you for your review!
Your questions will be answered after reading the book. You'll surely love the twists and turns.

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 17 Jun 2018, 07:04

Your enjoyment in reading this book is contagious. I can feel it. Thank you for your detailed review. Another book to my shelf.
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Post by Dolor » 17 Jun 2018, 08:32

ParadoxicalWoman wrote:
17 Jun 2018, 07:04
Your enjoyment in reading this book is contagious. I can feel it. Thank you for your detailed review. Another book to my shelf.
It's my pleasure.

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Post by DathanReeves » 17 Jun 2018, 13:20

This book sounds alright. I've read many of this genre, so there is little that can surprise or shock me. All I require now is a good story with fun characters.

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Post by SamSim » 18 Jun 2018, 10:38

This book sounds exciting and I like that the female lead is "more than a sexy body." Your paragraph about the descriptions in the novel made me want to read it. I'll pass just because I'm a sensitive reader who avoids graphic content in fiction, but I enjoyed your review!
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Post by Dolor » 19 Jun 2018, 02:00

DathanReeves wrote:
17 Jun 2018, 13:20
This book sounds alright. I've read many of this genre, so there is little that can surprise or shock me. All I require now is a good story with fun characters.
Of the mystery thriller books I had read, this book's twists and turns had surprised me. The well-crafted interweaving of the mysteries had gripped me until the end.

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Post by Dolor » 19 Jun 2018, 02:25

SamSim wrote:
18 Jun 2018, 10:38
This book sounds exciting and I like that the female lead is "more than a sexy body." Your paragraph about the descriptions in the novel made me want to read it. I'll pass just because I'm a sensitive reader who avoids graphic content in fiction, but I enjoyed your review!
Thanks to your kind comments. I understand your reservation on graphic content

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Post by daniya__shah3 » 19 Jun 2018, 14:23

This book sounds like a fun ride. I think I should return to this one once I'm done with my current reading list.
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Post by jgraney8 » 19 Jun 2018, 18:33

It looks like Dolor has summarized the book well without spoilers. It looks like a fun read, and the reviewer gives it a high recommendation when the reviewer comments
The story still lingers in my mind long after reading.
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Post by JR Mercier » 23 Jun 2018, 04:34

The descriptions sound beautiful and I love a book that has a bit of everything. It's such a common theme of great books that just miss the mark because of editing. Thank you for the great review
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Post by teacherjh » 29 Jun 2018, 18:08

Wow. It sounds like an exciting ride. I would probably like this one.

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