STIRRED, a review

I was going to start this review with a clever segue using the title STIRRED, but what the hell. Let’s cut right to the chase. Did I enjoy STIRRED by J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch?


Would I ever read it again?

You bet.

By the time I got near the end of these two thriller writers’ collaborative police procedural-cum-serial -killer event, I almost loved this book. It’s a very fast-paced, waay over-the-top twisted (and often laugh-out-loud-funny) addition to your reading list. Outrageous, ugly, and at times hilarious, what other book has an eight-and-a-half-month pregnant heroine climbing to the top of a water tower on one of those rickety outside ladders? Not one, I’m sure.

Ex-ubercop Jack Daniels is very pregnant, and having a hard time of it, when she’s targeted by evil incarnate (aka Luther Kite) and forced to fight for her very survival. Luther wants Jack as he’s never wanted another victim. He’s sure that if he can break her, he’ll have the partner in vicious killing he’s only now realizing he can’t live without. He’ll use her friends and even her unborn daughter as his weapons, and if you can’t stomach outrageously ugly and inventive murder scenes, this isn’t the book for you.

The nine levels of hell await Jack and her team in STIRRED, a collaboration between two bestselling thriller writers who one-up each other right into the shocking twisted ending. Both series (The Jack Daniels series from Konrath and the Andrew Z. Thomas series from Crouch) come to an end with STIRRED, at least for a while.

Again. Did I enjoy this sometimes gut-wrenchingly-detailed torture and murder tale? Yes. So say goodbye to Jack Daniels, probably the only pregnant character you’ll ever know who charged into the depths of Dante’s Inferno to make the world a safer place for the rest of us.

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