Sunday, December 13, 2009

"Cynde's "Sunday Sensation" Book Review!"

It was not originally on my schedule of "Upcoming Events" to review the book that I'm reviewing today, but when I read an excerpt of it following "meeting" the author on Facebook, I was compelled to do so.

The book to which I am referring is, "SINGULARITY", written by Kathryn Casey.

Kathryn is a former magazine reporter, the author of five highly acclaimed true-crime books and this was her first attempt at a fiction novel. She has been featured on numerous radio interviews and has also appeared on such shows as: Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Grace, Montel Williams, A&E and Court TV. She and her husband reside in Houston, Texas with their schnauzer, "Max".

The story centers around protagonist Sarah Armstrong, a Texas Ranger profiler who is one of the few female rangers in Texas. Not only does she have to work twice as hard to prove herself, but she is also a newly-widowed, single mom to a growing eleven-year-old daughter who was having a hard time adjusting to the death of her father.

When Sarah is called in to profile a case, she is met with opposition from some of the "good ole boys". While they go off on a tangent of their own, she is in a race for time to prove that her theory is correct--all before they convict whom she thinks is an innocent women and a serial killer is allowed to run loose, killing over and over again.

Meantime, the psycopath committing the murders and then posing the bodies in grotesque ways, decides to set his sights on Sarah and all she holds dear.

The characters in this thriller are full-bodied, three-dimentional, likable, and believable. I found myself genuinely caring about some of them and downright hating a few of the others, and that's the mark of a really good book.

In some sections of this book I was literally on the edge of my seat, skipping over entire paragraphs, hoping to find answers, but I quickly dragged myself back to where I had left off so that I wouldn't miss a single word.

There were a couple spots in the story that were a tiny bit predictable, but that's what added to the charm of this book, because life is predictable, too. By contrast, right after I thought I had the thing all figured out, it took a turn, and things were not at all as they seemed.

Kathryn's writing style is very pleasant. Her eloquent use of descriptive phrases and words made me forget I was reading while I lost myself in the story, being carried away as if I were a character within it myself.

In summary, I would say that this is an excellent book and I loved it. It's an easy read, I enjoyed it and I am so glad that there will be another Sarah Armstrong mystery. I would recommend this book to anyone who also loves Patricia Cornwell books, like I do.

If you would like to learn more about Kathryn Casey, please visit her website here.

Until next time...stay safe, stay well, and may the Lord bless you all.


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MamaLitaKimmy said...

Cynde, what a beautiful review. I know her name, her work, not her. I am ashamed I did not know you had this blog. I am really happy to find it. Kim Sunderlage
P.S. I have found so many blogs are just so much trash, full of misspelled words and poor or no grammar, computer-speak aside. I just can't take whatever they are saying seriously. Beautifully written review, Cynde. And a blog I WILL spend some serious time reading.

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Kim!

I'm glad you liked the review. It really is a terrific book and I hope more people will go out and purchase it. They don't know what they're missing.


Kathryn Casey said...

Hi Cynde,

Thanks so much for reviewing SINGULARITY. Glad you enjoyed the book!

Cynde L. Hammond said...

Hi, Kathryn!

You're quite welcome and it was entirely my pleasure.

I can't wait to read "BLOOD LINES", your sequel to "SINGULARITY". I'll post a review of that as soon as I'm done, also.

Thanks for stopping by. It's an honor to have you visit my blog.

Merry Christmas!