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Official Review: Closer than a Brother

Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 21 Nov 2018, 14:47

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Closer than a Brother" by Christy Stevenson Scott.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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One man, a criminal, is responsible for the majority of the city's crime. Prostitution, drugs, dirty deals, murder... all trace back to one man. Lieutenant Kevin Larson has made it his own personal mission to bring down the crime lord, yet all he has to go on is the name Tim Rush. No one has ever seen Tim Rush. No one knows anyone who has seen Tim Rush, yet Lieutenant Larson knows in his gut that this man is not a mere myth, but a real man who could be brought to justice. What Larson's partner, Michael, does not understand is that Larson's determination was born out of a desperate need to find his wife's killer.

Closer Than a Brother by Christy Stevenson Scott is primarily a glimpse into the mind of a psychopath. Tim Rush is but an alternate identity for a man who is known by most as a successful businessman. Rush uses the businessman facade to hide his true self; it is obvious that he views people as objects to serve his own needs. Not only does he not feel regret when he hurts another person, he relishes their pain, relives it again and again, and actively seeks additional opportunities to satisfy his thirst for violence.

Up until now Tim Rush has left no tangible clues to his real identity. Even though Lieutenant Larson has been searching for the murderer for more than a decade, the man remains a mystery. The real hunt is on when Larson calls his partner with cryptic instructions and Michael arrives at the scene in time to witness Larson's home being blown up with Larson still inside. Stunned, Michael flees with his partner's daughter and takes on the responsibility of finding Tim Rush. Can Michael prevent additional murders? Can he protect Larson's daughter Amy? Who is Tim Rush, and why is he so determined to bring down the Larson family?

The author has mapped out a thrilling plot. From the prologue to the end of the last chapter, real people jump off the page at you. Surprises, plot twists, action, as well as a smidge of romance are found in Closer Than a Brother. I found the writing style and general flow to be easy to process and enjoyable. The author gives more than one perspective throughout the book, so that the reader holds to some degree the privileged position of "all-knowing" watcher. While I enjoy reading with this advantage, in some cases it was a little frustrating, like watching a movie and screaming for someone to "RUN!!!" or shouting,"not THAT way, idiot!"

I found the conflict between the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde style character of Tim Rush to be intriguing. How does a psychopath process events? How do they stifle their evil inclinations long enough to charm all those they come in contact with? I felt this book gave some insight into this particular type of personality deviation. To be honest, Tim Rush gave me the chills. The knowledge of who Tim Rush was when he assumed his other identity was worse.

I felt that this book was overall professionally edited. I found only a few minor errors, not enough to decrease a star rating. While the author was quite careful to not include graphic depictions of violence, even the suggestions were horrifying enough to not recommend this to the teenage audience. If you are interested in a wild action/criminal thriller, this is the book for you. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by inaramid » 22 Nov 2018, 19:33

"While I enjoy reading with this advantage, in some cases it was a little frustrating, like watching a movie and screaming for someone to "RUN!!!" or shouting,"not THAT way, idiot!""

Definitely know this feeling. :) It says a lot about the way the author handled the plot and the writing. I'm completely sold. Thanks for this wonderful review!

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Post by Caylie_Cat » 22 Nov 2018, 20:23

This sounds like an action-packed ride with a side of suspense and fear! This review makes me want to get my hands on this book - well done!

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Post by kfwilson6 » 22 Nov 2018, 22:53

Thrillers like this always make me want to find out exactly how, after so many years, a criminal is brought to justice. The 4/4 for plot twists and action make this book one I will definitely have to check out. Great review.

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Post by T_stone » 23 Nov 2018, 01:28

This book seems like a full package to me; right from its plot, characters, suspense and style of writing. I definitely want to check this out. Nice review.
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Post by Book Lover 35 » 23 Nov 2018, 01:49

This book sounds fantastic . I like Larson's motivation to find this guy, but is there proof that he committed all those crimes? I hope he finds his wife's killer. Thank you for the review!
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Post by topdan30 » 25 Nov 2018, 07:49

A book with a trilling plot always make the day for a reader, good job

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Post by kandscreeley » 25 Nov 2018, 11:54

This one definitely sounds quite suspenseful. I do hope the crime Lord is taken down. It's a bit much for me with it's graphic nature, but I appreciate your review.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 02 Dec 2018, 18:21

I am definitely interested; I am a sucker for crime mysteries. This villain seems to be really horrible, the wolf in sheep's clothing hiding in plain sight. I wonder what the title signifies.

I just finished another book by the same author, her latest. Closer Than a Brother was her first book; I believe it is also the first in a now-popular series. Way to go, Christy!

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Post by goldengal1315 » 14 Dec 2018, 21:43

I love complicated murder mystery plots and this one sounds right up my alley. The main characters the protagonist and his nemesis both sound well developed. When as a reader I can visualize the plot it makes it all that more interesting to me. This is one that I can't wait to read.

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Post by Erika Thomas » 17 Dec 2018, 19:26

This sounds like a very intriguing book and I'm very excited to pick it up. But I feel you gave away a spoiler telling us that his house blows up with him still inside. I am a little disappointed that this was allowed through in a review. Regardless, I will still be picking this up to read about the interactions of Larson, Michael, and Tim Rush. Thanks for reading and reviewing!

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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 17 Dec 2018, 21:51

A investigator looking for his wife's murderer, a psychopath who is the ultimate crime king pin, I'm very intrigued. Look forward to how the books switch of perspective from character to character plays out.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 22 Dec 2018, 20:21

Erika Thomas wrote:
17 Dec 2018, 19:26
This sounds like a very intriguing book and I'm very excited to pick it up. But I feel you gave away a spoiler telling us that his house blows up with him still inside. I am a little disappointed that this was allowed through in a review. Regardless, I will still be picking this up to read about the interactions of Larson, Michael, and Tim Rush. Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Hee hee, not a spoiler, but I can’t tell you why it isn’t, or I really WOULD give out spoiler 😳
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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 24 Dec 2018, 03:31

A crime thriller with a look into the psychopath's mind? I'm in!
Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Willy 1 » 02 Jan 2019, 19:11

This kind of books with lots of action, keeps you on the edge of your seat, not wanting to be disturbed. Seems like a thriller filled with suspense. Nice review.

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