Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Book Review and Giveaway- Left To Die by Lisa Jackson

This review is part of Pump up your Book Promotion's Virtual Blog Tour.

Left To Die
Author: Lisa Jackson
Paperback: 484 pages
Publisher: Zebra (July 29, 2008)

Synopsis

In the Bitteroot mountains surrounding Grizzly Falls, Montana, something deadlier than the winter storms has sprung up. A serial killer. Rescuing female car drivers whom the killer has caused to have an accident on the treacherous mountain roads, this unseen menace keeps them hidden somewhere, then leaves them tied naked to a tree where they subsequently freeze to their death. The absence of sexual violence together with a cryptic message carved in the tree above each victim further baffles Detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez together with the FBI.

The latest woman missing is Jillian Rivers. Drawn to Grizzly Falls by a mysterious photo of supposedly dead first husband, Jillian crashes over the mountain side when someone shoots out her car's tire. Upon recovering consciousness, an injured Jillian has to determine whether her mysterious rescuer is out to kill or save her. Battling personal demons of their own, the two female detectives are racing to track Jillian whose disappearance is somehow different from the others.

Review

Jackson is par master at creating female-oriented suspense and it's never more obvious than in this stellar read. I've long been a mystery buff and usually guess the 'whodunit' part pretty early in the game. But here, in this story, Jackson casts such a wide net of red herrings that it's difficult to make a guess. The characters, their personal and work-related issues, together with the arctic cold and a town full of unusual denizens - all help create a suitably sinister atmosphere. At various points, readers are given a glimpse into the killer's thoughts and scheming that adds stiletto-like sharpness to the whole scenario. And it's interesting to see how this maniac walks among the residents with no one suspecting a thing.

The thing that stuck me most about this book was that I didn't know who the central character was until more than halfway through the book. Even then, calling Jillian Rivers the protagonist would be wrong as the two female detectives play important roles and are dominant for most of the novel. The best part is that although some crucial questions are answered, the novel ends in a shocking cliffhanger that beautifully sets the stage for the next novel in this series, 'Chosen To Die'.

In Short
A must-read!

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To visit the Publisher, go here.


GIVEAWAY

Kensington is generously giving away 3 copies of this book to some lucky readers of this blog.
Giveaway ends midnight CST of August 31th.
US only.

How to Enter:

Just leave a comment here with your email address and mention which other current or upcoming Kensington book you'd like to read. A person can comment a maximum of 3 times, mentioning a separate book each time.  One comment every 24 hours. As always, comments without an email address (or the ones asking me to go look for it in the profile) will not be considered. Leave it in the format - xyz AT abc.com - to elude spammers. Your email address will only be used to contact you in case you're a lucky winner.

Bloggers and Non-Bloggers are both welcome to participate.

To get Extra Entries: (Mention each extra thing that you do in a separate comment)

- Blog this giveaway using these keywords : book giveaway and A Book Blogger's Diary. Leave the link in a separate comment. If you have multiple blogs, then feel free to blog this giveaway across any/all of them and leave the links in a new comment.
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- Get an extra entry when a participant mentions you've referred them here.

Good luck!
Disclaimer
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68 comments :

  1. I love Lisa's books and would love to win Left to Die!

    A Catered Murder by Isis Crawford looks good!

    mittens0831 AT aol DOT com

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  2. I'd like to read Final Scream

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  3. I look forward to reading Dying Breath by Wendy Corsi Staub

    hrbeck_98 AT yahoo.com

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  4. I would like to also read:

    A Knight Well Spent Author: Jackie Ivie

    Thank You,
    Dina

    dlsmilad@yahoo.com


    yhwzqllz

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  5. I also subscribe. :)

    Dina

    corrected email addy:

    dlsmilad(at)yahoo(dot)com


    I am having trouble seeing the posts, is it the site having problems?

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  6. I would like to read Sleeping With The Enemy by Wahida Clark and Kiki Swinson.

    catslady5 AT aol.com

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  7. I would love to read A Rake's Guide To Pleasure by Victoria Dahl.

    klmc_37@yahoo.com

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  8. I would also enjoy reading A Catered Murder by Isis Crawford.

    catslady5 AT aol.com

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  9. Fantastic book giveaway! I would also love to read "Bake Sale Murder" by Leslie Meier. Thanks very much.....Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  10. My mother and I both like Lisa Jackson. I've got A Rake's Guide to Pleasure by Victoria Dahl on my wishlist.

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  11. I hava A Rake's Guide to Pleasure by Victoria Dahl on my wishlist.

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  12. I would love to read A Rake's Guide to Pleasure by Victoria Dahl. I love Lisa Jackson's books.

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  13. I think Back To School Murder by Leslie Meier sounds good. Very appropriate for this time of year!

    jgbeads AT gmail.com

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  14. I would really like to read Dare To Survive by Rick and Amy Rinehart and I know my husband would too!

    hrbeck_98 AT yahoo.com

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  15. I also would enjoy reading Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall - thanks.

    catslady5 AT aol.com

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  16. What a nice giveaway! I'd love to read Leslie Meier's "Back to School Murder". It seems very appropriate this time of year!

    Pam
    bookworm1414 AT yahoo.com

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  17. angelina115@hotmail.com

    Final Scream

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  18. I love Kensington Press; I'll read anything they put out.

    However, no need to enter me in the contest. I'm way too behind!

    I just dropped in to let you know that I posted this at Win a Book.

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  19. I would like to read Sisters Of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall. Thanks for a great giveaway!

    furygirl3132@comcast.net

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  20. I have also subscribed to your email newsletter.

    furygirl3132@comcast.net

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  21. I'd love to win this! I'd also like to read Behind Closed Doors by Shannon McKenna.

    ibeforem AT gmail.com

    ..Jaime
    Confessions of a Bibliophile
    http://www.bookconfessions.com

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  22. And I've subscribed by email -- ibeforem AT gmail.com

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  23. I think the next Kensington book I'd like to read is Candy Apple Red by Nancy Bush.

    jgbeads AT gmail.com

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  24. I'd like to read Dying Breath. It's set in a location less than an hour away from me.

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  25. Sorry, forgot my email
    valmg2-AT-gmail-DOT-com

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  26. Hi, I'd love to win a copy of this book. I'm waiting patiently for Cynthia Eden's second book in her midnight series to release because I loved Hotter after Midnight!

    lkubitz60609@yahoo.com

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  27. I would like to read Come Summer by Sandra Steffen

    Thank you!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  28. I added your button to my sidebar.

    http://grammyjanetsplace.blogspot.com/

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. I blogged your giveaway.

    http://grammyjanetsplace.blogspot.com/2008/08/august-blog-giveaways.html

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  30. Hello, Another book from the Kensington site I would enjoy reading is "Candy Cane Murder" by
    Joanne Fluke! Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  31. How about Lisa Jackson's Absolute Fear, that looks interesting.

    Voyager459 at aol dot com

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  32. I'd like to read A Rake's Guide To Pleasure by Victoria Dahl

    wizzythang16@sbcglobal.net

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  33. Evening, Another book from the Kensington site I want to read is "The 19th Wife' by David Evershoft. Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  34. Who's Loving You
    jceko77@yahoo.com

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  35. Sisters Of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall sounds good.
    mittens0831 AT aol DOT com

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  36. I'd also enjoy reading Deck the Halls.

    I love holiday things.

    Dina
    dlsmilad(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. I would like to win!

    faked_sugartone at hotmail.com

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  39. Dying Breath by Wendy Corsi Staub sounds good. She is one of my favorite authors.

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  40. Opps, I forgot my email address!

    Dying Breath by Wendy Corsi Staub sounds good. She is one of my favorite authors.

    mittens0831 AT aol DOT com

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  41. I would like to read The Queen's Lady by Barbara Kyle

    Thanks Cheryl

    clbstitch at yahoo dot com

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  42. I would like to read Lisa Jackson's upcoming book Almost Dead.
    ayancey@dishmail.net

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  43. I'd like to win this book and also the book Sisters of Misery sounds good

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  44. I'd love to read Left to Die!

    ruthiesbookreviews(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  45. I would like to also read Storm Born by Richelle Mead

    Thanks Cheryl

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  46. I so loved reading Left to Die and and not wait for the next one. Devective Regan Pescoli is such a firecracker I just can't wait to read her story in Chosen To Die. I think I might just have to die because I have to wait a whole year for that book to come out.

    Rebekah E.
    bc428(at)juno(dot)com

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  47. I enjoy reading anything Lisa Jackson writes.

    Another current Kensington book I would like to read is "Who’s Loving You" by Mary B. Morrison.

    Cheryl S.
    megalon22@yahoo.com

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  48. I would really like to read The Morning After

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  49. I'd also like to read 'Fast Track' by Fern Michaels.
    doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
    Elizabeth

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  50. These are 3 I WANT

    Wild Roses
    Author: Hannah Howell
    Pub Date : August 5, 2008

    Nature Of The Beast
    Author: Hannah Howell, Adrienne Basso, Eve Silver
    Pub Date : August 26, 2008

    Highland Sinner
    Author: Hannah Howell
    Pub Date : November 25, 2008


    Thank you,
    Susan B.
    sbussey AT windstream.net

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  51. I would like to read "Shiver" Cold titles in warm months. thank you
    Djolsen610@centurytel.net

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  52. I would most definitely read Sisters of Misery. I read one part of the details about the book - that it's a must read for lovers of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, which I absolutely love - and I knew that was the one!

    keeerried216@aol.com

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  53. Had hoped to read and review this so would love a chance to read it.
    I like the following Kensington book:
    Sisters Of Misery
    Megan Kelley Hall

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. id like to read The Windsor Knot

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  55. Book Giveaway for Left to Die posted by
    A Book Blogger's Diary

    I love Lisa Jackson's work and would love to win Left to Die.

    Beverly M
    bjm814@hotmail.com

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  56. My 2nd book choice would be A Rake's Guide to Seduction by Caroline Linden, sounds like it has some serious potential.

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. Final entry for me, book choice is:
    The Wisdom Of The Celts by Edited by Patricia King, Ph.D., Gina Sigillito, and Síle Deady
    I am really fascinated by the culture.

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. Blogged about contest for additional entry.

    http://bookwormsballroom.blogspot.com/2008/08/book-giveaway-from-book-bloggers-diary.html

    sassylucylootoo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. Darn! I just bought this book last weekend and started reading it Sunday. I'll be reviewing it over at the Reading Nook, but perhaps I can get in on the next book give-away you sponsor!

    It was Sassy Mama Bear's blog post that brought me here, so give her credit -- she did a great job of blogging about your contest.

    ó¿ó~

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  60. Storm Born by Richelle Mead looks good too.

    Thanks,
    Dina

    dlsmilad(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. Sisters of Misery
    jceko77@yahoo.com

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  62. First choice would be "Left To Die" when I win this copy. Second choice and for entry would be "Dying Breath" by Wendy Corsi Staub,

    llm 96 (at) aol (dot) com

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  63. I'd like to read "A Rake's Guide to Seduction" by Caroline Linden. Reading "What A Gentleman Wants" made me want to learn how to write screenplays.

    Mel K.
    Meljprincess at aol dot com

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  64. The book sounds really good. The other book I'd like would be Danger In The Ashes by William W Johnstone because I collect his books. Thank you!
    judybrittle at aol dot com

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  65. Another Kensington book I'd like to read is coming out in September - "Cold Hearted" by Beverly Barton

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  66. I actually read one of Lisa's Jackson's books and would love to read more of hers, fatal burn or cold blooded or of course her newest one.

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  67. janelle taylor
    dying to marry


    but lisa jackdson and beverly barton is auto buys almost for me, just for their names
    gypsywitch36@yahoo.com

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