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It had some nice elements to it The antagonist was interesting because he talked around the questions to avoid answering them and that he plays a game with the detective His downside however is that I wasn t really convinced by his motive Why put years of your life into murdering some people who knew about your parents He could have moved on trying to change things for the better but he didn t The protagonist in general was okay but I really had the feeling that he wasn t solving anything, the lokal police found cleus than him I do understand that putting cleus together can be very difficult but it really felt like he was pushed to much into the set out direction Then the writing style It was notable that it was a debuut just by the writing style That s not a bad thing, as a writer you become better the you write and a breakthrough is a good signal that tells you that your on the right path But it was still noticable.Like I already said it had some good things but also some lesser things to it It s a three stars for me. 3.5 4 stars Okay so, I found this in a book take one leave one book exchange at the hotel my family and I lived in for a week while we waited for the movers to deliver our household goods I thought it looked like a perfect quick read paperback to read by the pool and in my new backyard, and it was perfect for this I will say this edges very close to what others and myself call Dad novels, but it wasn t so I ll say, police y, detective y, FBI y jargon and police procedure that I couldn t stick to the narrative This book does bear the marks of a first time novelist, though the writing is not awful, it does have some cliche and falls heavily into thriller PI tropes a little too hard at times I mean, one can only check that their Glock is at the ready when anxious so many times as foreshadowing This is also an odd read because it s set in Maine, but written by a Brit, so some of the spelling and phrases don t fit as one would like I only mention this because it pulled me out of the narrative of a book not set in a British speaking time and place The mystery and intrigue we re just enough to keep me interested, and I didn t feel like it dragged on I also appreciate that the romantic aspect was kind of limited Throughout reading about Alex there was almost too much about his breakdown and mental state, which did pay off as purposefully done, but almost too overdone Long story short, will I read the next in this series Probably when I want a quick summer thrill, I d like to see where Alex goes next, and if the continuation of his work continues to be quite so personal. DOWNLOAD EPUB ☪ Winter's End ♡ They Have The Body Of A Slaughtered Woman They Have A Half Naked Man Standing Over Her They Have No Idea How To Make Him TalkAnd So They Call In Ex FBI Interrogator Alex Rourke To The Traumatized Maine Town Of Winter S End But As Rourke Probes The Mind Of The Enigmatic Nicholas , He Is Forced To Re Examine His Own PastStrange Things Have Been Happening In Winter S End The Question Is Why And If The Man In Custody Does Hold The Answers To Crimes Both Present And Past, Then Alex Will Have To Get To Them And Quickly Because It Soon Becomes Clear That What Nicholas Has Been Waiting For From The Beginning Is Alex Rourke This was an easy enough read with likeable, if flat, characters and an interesting enough premise to keep me reading. Alex Rourke is an ex FBI man who became a private detective after he had a nervous breakdown He s called to help with the investigation of a murder in the town where he grew up, and has lots of nightmares during the investigation A lot of it was taken up with describing his dreams and psychological states, and while the latter were a bit relevant to the plot, the dreams, and how many times he got up in the night, were a bit much. Really liked this book, it was amongst a bag of books a friend donated and I have to admit I hesitated as I tend to prefer feel good novels How ever as I want to be an author I thought I d give the title a go, and I m pleased I did The tension build up was subtle and well written, the characters well described and even tho Alex had some dislikeable habits, he was easy to like Glad to see the book has some sequels and I ll be tracking them down for sure Very good suspenseful novel It takes a while to get good though. When suspense novel becomes psychological thriller Childhood events shape the rest of our lives, Mr.Rourke The first thing to say about Winter s End , is that this book was written back in 2003, so crime detection procedures and forensic analysis methods have moved on apace since then Even so, I think that this story stands its ground very well in the genre, even today and John Rickards is way up there with his contemporaries of the time the likes of John Connolly and Michael Connelly.The choice of cover art for this edition, was spot on, setting the scene for the dark and menacing force which has gripped small town America Where fear is contagious and neighbour suspects neighbour, as the chilling truth is uncovered, piece by piece A mysterious puzzle which everyone has their suspicions about, but which, to a person, they would rather had remained hidden in the depths of time.Alex Rourke, once a child of this introspective community, is a flawed and broken man, abandoned by the system of justice he strived so hard to uphold, now working freelance on the outside, although still on behalf of truth and fairness The incident which brought about his breakdown, has left him a loner, lonely, vulnerable and seemingly unable to commit to, or become close to anyone, so returning to his hometown to help out a colleague in need, isn t really what he needs right now His journey becomes something of a pilgrimage of self discovery, where he uncovers some pretty unpalatable home truths and dark secrets about his own family, that he isn t expecting.Romance is also on the cards for Alex, in the shape of pathologist, Gemma However, whilst there is an obvious mutual attraction between the two, it is left to Gemma to do much of the groundwork The two seem like a great match, with Gemma a caring, yet carefree individual and Alex responding to her nurturing in a positive and committed way, horrified when it seems that she might be in danger Whether there is a future for them as a couple, I wouldn t like to say, but it would seem that they are prepared to take things slowly for now, living their separate lives apart from one another, with Gemma than respecting Alex s need to re examine his future and the direction in which he would like his life to go.In our unknown villain , whom Alex has named Nicholas , we have a chilling, dark character, full of hatred and bitterness, seeking revenge in a terriflyingly final way, for wrongs he feels have been committed against him, both by the establishment in general and certain individuals in particular His methods are calculating and systematic, his results brutal and final His actions are all leading up to one decisive, irrevocable show down, when the full extent of all the heinous injustices against him will be revealed and his final act of retribution will be meted out Given the things that had happened to Nicholas during his early years, I had to admit a grudging feeling of sadness and remorse for him, as I would for anyone else who had endured such incarceration and humiliation, as to alter the balance of their mind so completely.The plot isn t particularly fast paced, the moves have already been pre ordained and the outcome a foregone conclusion, unless Alex acts quickly to change it There are several twists and turns, as Alex tries to manipulate the endgame and trap his suspect, however the whole story is one of a titanic battle of strength of will and mind games between two evenly matched adversaries A plot firmly based on some great characterisations and human observations, with all their warts and flaws.I had a couple of endgame scenarios mapped out in my head and was glad to see that I wasn t too far off the mark with one of them, although I was never really sure which it was to be until right towards the end, which kept the suspense and tension building nicely, as I avidly devoured the pages.This is a debut novel for both author and character and was curtailed into a short series of just four adventures in total I shall be than interested in acquiring the remaining three books, to see just where John takes Alex on both his professional and personal journey forwards. Eighth book I read in Kenya.I picked this up off the book shelf at a place I stayed in Nairobi the night before I was set to leave So, it s an easy read I was able to finish it in a day.It was not a great book A typical mystery killer type book, with some strange supernatural elements thrown in It almost seemed like the author was trying to ineptly channel some Stephen King I thought the supernatural elements were unnecessary, and a bit distracting to the story And the twist at the end, while not surprising, added a little interest to the story I did not particularly like the main character, and it got very tedious as the author described every sip of coffee, drag of a cigarette, or drink of beer he had After a while, it seemed that those were the only three things the character did I thought to myself, Enough already, so he smokes and drinks coffee, shut up about it What was strange about the particular version I read was that it is very obviously an American mystery it takes place in Maine and has all the hallmarks of an American crime novel but it was printed using all British slang and spellings and terms So, I m not sure if there was a thorough edit before publishing it for British authors or if the author is British and was trying to write an American crime story.Not really recommended, unless you are sitting in a foreign country and are desperate for a quick and easy read to pass some time. I enjoyed parts of it, I was bored in others.I read it about a month ago and I had to re read parts of it to remember anything at all about it So I m guessing it wasn t good enough to remember.