I know. I know. I don't blog for awhile and then I post a bunch of book reviews all at once. Just one more today. And for those of you that want more about what the family has been up to, I'm working on all kinds of posts about our adventures and I even have a give-away on the blog next week. So, don't give up on me as a blogger just yet.
Last night I fell asleep at 7:30 pm. Then I woke up just before nine, took out my contacts, brushed my teeth and got in my pajamas intending to go right back to sleep. Once I was in bed, I couldn't sleep so I pulled out the new novel from Eli Gottlieb The Face Thief.
(By the way, for those of you interested in my progress with my 2012 personal goal to read the scriptures every day, I've given myself a rule that I can't read anything else until I have already completed my scripture reading for the day. So, I'm reading my scriptures earlier.)
The Face Thief is a cerebral, character-rich thriller that I found unable to put down. I simply had to finish it before I fell asleep. The narrative flows so well and suspense kept me turning the pages so quickly that I was able to turn out the light long before Utah Dad finished watching television and came to bed.
The beautiful woman's fall down the stairs was probably not an accident and Dan France, the honest detective who can't help falling for the victim, is determined to find out who pushed her. But as the truth unfolds regarding the victim--a manipulative and deceptive woman, it seems there could be several people angry enough to want her dead.
Brilliant at understanding human nature, Gottlieb brings his characters to life and delves into their personalities to uncover the traits that they hide from the world and ultimately shows how many people aren't even honest with themselves.
While I wouldn't exactly say that I was "rooting" for any of the characters, I felt compelled to find out what was going to happen next. Not only is Gottlieb adept at character development, his skill at writing the psychological suspense is superb.
This is one smart read.