Book Review: One Last Scream by Kevin O’Brien

>I was perusing a Mystery Bookshop in Historic Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle, “The Mystery Shop”, one of my favorite bookstores.  They have a wall of local Washington Authors with their books and found several by Kevin O’Brien.  “One Last Scream” appealed to me, with an enticing title (who could resist,  I ask you?), thumbing through the book, there was tight writing throughout.

He creates gripping scenes, uses local landmarks and one of the most mysterious psychological issues in modern times, twin telepathy.  It’s the vehicle he uses to showcase one twin reliving painful memories that aren’t hers.   Amelia has memories of  a painful childhood, travelling places she never went and committing murders she didn’ do.  Is she losing her mind?  Karen enters the picture as her therapist and is unsure if Amelia is a pathological liar, psychotic killer or something else entirely.

Kevin slowly unravels the story, introduces characters almost as fast as he kills or tortures them. I could not put it down! Usually there are slow or uninteresting parts to any book, but i could not find any in “One Last Scream”.

Book Review: Left for Dead by Kevin O’Brien

>In “Left for Dead”, Kevin O’Brien does an eerily accurate job describing worst-case retrograde amnesia.  His main character, Claire Shaw becomes aware of herself but not remembering anything in a Seattle hospital, the ensuing madness leaves her not knowing who she can trust. Her best friends never leave her side, she discovers the love of her life is dead and a husband she can’t remember.  Her son is nowhere to be found and her home is on one of the San Juan Islands with a strange, closed community.

Kevin does a great job filling out each character, their strengths, foibles and inner workings.  They feel developed and there aren’t any one-sided/one-note people in the entire book.  He has a strong grasp of the geography in and around the Seattle Metroplex and surrounding area, as well as the ‘feel’ of the city, countryside, although I think the Islands get a fairly bad rap.  Although we see the world through Claire’s faulty memories, vision and meetings with everyone, we can see and feel how she struggles to put two and two together. In the end, she manages to get four, with the help of a detective from Seattle that is assigned to her case after a bad first meeting in the hospital.

Find out who she should trust and who she should keep at arms length!

Current Reads

>Happy Saturday and February 5th all!  Nothing scheduled to post today, just felt like sharing what i’m reading right now   Reading Sue Grafton’s “M is for Malice”.  I’ve read A through K, need L-N-O, read P through the latest U.  The last few weeks i’ve read Storm Constantine’s “Wraeththu”, some mysteries by Kevin O’Brien and Heather Graham; read “The Book of Love” by Kathleen McGowan and a kids book, “The King in the Window” and finally a political mystery by Noel Hynd.

Keep an eye out on Mondays, I post a new review!

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