Good Behaviour by Blake Crouch #Audiobook #Review @blakecrouch1 #crime #FridayReads

  • Author: Blake Crouch
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released: November 2016 by Brilliance Audio
  • Category: Crime, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

Good Behavior comprises three interlinked novellas, The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and Grab, which together form a novel-length portrait of Blake Crouch’s all-time favorite character creation, Letty Dobesh.

This edition is the complete Letty Dobesh collection.

In The Pain of Others Letty Dobesh is fresh out of prison and in no time has reverted back to her old ways. In the process of robbing a luxury suite in a hotel in North Carolina, she’s forced to hide in the wardrobe when the guests, Chase and Arnold, return unexpectedly. She overhears them plotting to murder Chase’s wife. Letty is in a quandary. For obvious reasons she can’t go to the police, so the decision she makes is the only thing she feels she can do.

Sunset Key finds Letty all but destitute, fixating on scoring the drugs and alcohol she’s addicted to. She’s persuaded by an old friend and fellow thief, Javier, to spend the night with a wealthy business man on his private island. It’s his last night of freedom before serving a long jail sentence and Letty is lead to believe there will be a huge payoff. The job seems fairly straightforward to Letty….and the twist was totally unexpected.

In Grab, Letty’s reputation precedes her and she’s sought out to help with robbing a casino in Las Vegas. This will be a job like no other and Letty’s character development is marked. The  planning and execution of the very high risk caper is fascinating. Suspense and tension is high and again, there’s a great twist in the tail. 

Letty ordered breakfast. As the morning grew warm, she thought about her son.

In better times – mostly while high – she imagined sweeping back into Jacob’s life. Saw them in parks. Parent teacher conferences. Tucking him into bed at night after a story.

But she didn’t want to entertain those fantasies now. She wasn’t fit. Had nothing to offer him.

She couldn’t get the hotel concierge out of her mind. She wondered if he could assist on scoring her a teener and a pipe.

Three times, she started down the lobby. Three times, she stopped herself.

It was the memory of the Atlanta motel that kept turning her back. The image of her skeletal reflection in that cracked mirror. The idea of someone someday having to tell her son how his mother OD’d when he was six years old.

Letty is a unique heroine, troubled, gorgeous and flawed, a thief with a compassionate side. It’s almost impossible not to become invested and root for her as she makes wrong decision after wrong decision, trusting those who only want to use her. Her life hasn’t been a bed of roses; her father was abusive, she lost her parental rights to her young son and the only way she can suppress her drug craving is to drown it with the high she gets from her criminal activities. Letty’s good intentions and internal struggles play out through each story as she tries and ultimately fails to turn her life around. 

This is a departure, at least from the Blake Crouch books that I’ve read previously, being a straight crime story, but no less enjoyable and exciting for that. He’s an amazing storyteller. And, as always, Julia Whelan’s narration is spot on. 

Blake Crouch comments in between each novella about the inspiration for Letty and how the drama series for TNT, based around her character, has evolved, including his collaboration with a TV writer and producer. Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey, is cast as Letty. 

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

About Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.

Author links ~ Website | Facebook | Twitter

Favourite Opening Lines 2017 #Books #AmReading #SundayBlogShare

In no particular order, these are some of the opening lines from books I’ve read over the last twelve months that drew me in.

That Bright Land ~ Terry Roberts

In the summer of 1886 I went down South to find and kill a man. It’s not what I would have chosen, and when I first arrived in the territory, I didn’t want to admit that’s what I was about. Nevertheless, I was well suited to the task – by my past and the shadows it cast in my soul.

My review is here. Book links ~ Amazon UK | US

High Force ~ LJ Ross

As soon as she awakened, MacKenzie knew he meant to kill her. There was no confused, fumbling recollection of what had happened. On the contrary, she remembered everything with horrifying clarity.

My review is here. Book links ~ Amazon UK US Continue reading

Top Reads of 2016 #Books #AmReading #TuesdayBookBlog

It’s that time again! This year has gone so quickly and it’s been filled with really great reads. Narrowing down favourites is a difficult task but here they are. As always, they’ll be either 4.5* or 5* and clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon UK. 

28111823Dead Is Dead ~ Thriller

Private investigator Jack Bertolino, previously an inspector with the NYPD, is employed as technical advisor, consulting on a movie being made of his last case. His job includes protection for the female star, who is being targeted by a disturbed, out of control stalker. Susan Blake is beautiful, haunted by a past that she can’t lay to rest.

During filming there’s an actual shooting several blocks away, which results in the accidental and tragic death of little Maria Sanchez and also that of known drug dealer, Tomas Vegas. Cruz Feinberg, the technical wizard in Jack’s company, knows the Sanchez family and asks Jack to make some enquiries. As Jack’s investigation progresses the Dirk brothers’ names pop up too often for Jack’s liking and his ingrained cop’s instinct is on high alert.  Continue reading

Abandon by Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1 ~ #Thriller #Audiobook

  • 6049585Author: Blake Crouch
  • Performed by Luke Daniels
  • Released: September 2016, Published by Brilliance Publishing
  • Category: Time Slip Thriller, Crime, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins – and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town, so they can learn what happened. 

The story begins in 1893 with a mule skinner arriving in Abandon to find a ghost town. He’d been there only two weeks ago delivering supplies and the town was thriving and full of activity. Now the streets were deserted with the snow laying in drifts. Then he sees a young girl with a revolver, and it’s the last thing he ever sees. Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Abandon by Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1 #Thriller @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ~ #Audiobook #Sci-Fi ~ Schrödinger’s cat and parallel universes

  • 30633208Author: Blake Crouch
  • Performed by Jon Lindstrom
  • Published: August 2016 by Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
  • Category: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller, Love Story
  • four-half-stars

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

Have you ever wondered what your life might be like had you chosen to follow a different path? The author takes the concept of Schrödinger’s cat and parallel universes to create a complex and conjectural science fiction/fantasy story which surprises, horrifies, challenges and gives pause for thought. Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch #Sci-Fi #Fantasy @ShelleyWilson72 #books #amreading

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading