Five fags a day yD has very poor instincts Nonetheless I enjoyed the bookMy thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC Suspenseful Yes at times Unbelievable Yes at times Yardley as a DA is not the brightest in her profession She so uickly befriends a victim of a crime she s investigating Calls her a soul mate Really I ll give this read three stars There s not much else I can say or else I will interject spoilers I m shaking my head Thankou Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for this ARC in exchange for an honest review I enjoyed this one overall but felt I should have enjoyed it It was nearly a great read but too many oddities in it for me to rate it higher Jessica Yardley is a prosecutor who plans to retire early The cases have taken their toll on her and she wants out She has already arranged to move away from Las Vegas to a small town a couple of hours away where she will set up a small one woman law firm to practice everyday law She gets drawn into one last case in her last weeks in the job A killer is on the loose Dubbed The Executioner a woman is found mutilated and murdered in a cabin in Crimson Lake Road with a painting beside her It s from a series of disturbing paintings from an artist and the killer has re enacted the scene in the painting with the murder When Jessica gets called to a second apparent murder the scene set again to replicate one of the paintings this time the second in the series Jessica realises there is a serial killer on the loose who won t stop until the full series of paintings have been re enacted When the second victim survives the attack Jessica visits her in hospital to try and gain as much information about the attack as possible She continues to follow up with her after her release and the two strike up an immediate friendship but when Jessica suspects the second victims boyfriend may be the killer their friendship will be tested There are other suspects including a child abuser who s own daughter is reported missing As Jessica gets and drawn in can she solve who the killer is or will she become the next victimThis one started off really well uite a disturbing opening and as the chapters unfold we get to know Jessica and her back storythis is book 2 in the series We learn of her past married to an artist who turned out to be a serial killer and bringing up a teenage daughter on her own Tara is seventeen and a a bit of a genius Their past is pretty brutal and those opening chapters had me really Wicked Affairs p 2 yearning to read the first book as the back story sounded so interesting I was all in from the off However around a uarter of the way through things started getting a bit clunky for me An improbable friendship blossoms with alarm bells ringing in my head as a not so subtle plot device It knocked the stuffing out of the narrative for me The book also goes off on some tangents and side stories that don t really add anything to the book It felt like a lot of parts were included for no particular purpose and the flow of the story and the book suffered because of it It also felt like the book didn t know what it wanted to be flip flopping from thriller to court room drama to whodunnit towellou get the point Jessica also was a very inconsistent character A very strong and well written character overall with enough weight to carry a novel but she made some ridiculous decisions that took ou totally out of the book Totally unbelievable The ending I didn t care for much either Despite these crit Book Review Crimson Lake Road Desert Plains 2 by Victor MethosPublished by Thomas Mercer on February 9 202145 Stars After the incarceration of her ex husband convicted serial killer and prodigious artist Edward Cal in Desert Plains Book 1 Jessica Yardley Assistant US Attorney for the District of Nevada fed up and burnt out decides to call it uits and move on out of Sin City to the outskirts as a solo practitioner Her notice period ends and she fortuitously gets replaced at trial prep right before her final case multiple murder and aggravated assault charges against the Crimson Lake Executioner alleged perpetrator of gruesome deaths styled to mimic tortured snuff art attributed to a certain painter Sarpong But the Federal case gets botched to the department s embarrassment by her overconfident rookie replacement who was too cocky to bother with a proper trial prep hand over The trial gets ruled out of Federal jurisdiction and relegated back to State Yardley then get Thanks to Netgalley the publisher for an ARCThis is one of those times it really hurts that we can t give half stars on Goodreads I liked this book than an avg 3 star book but can t rank it on the same 4 stars as others including the first book in this series The beginning the end were strong and kept me hooked wanting to know what happened The middle I found to be a little tedious I will say the other reasons I rounded down instead of up were view spoiler 1 the fact it was pretty obvious that River would be the killer or at least involved in the killings This distracted me during the whole novel It was handed to us on a platter 2 Seriously We all love Yardley and think she s great but how can I reconcile that with the fact that all the people she s drawn to closest to are murderers Her 2 loves her only friend 3 The decision to let River go at the end was a little too off brand for me with how Yardley is portrayed hide spoiler Crimson Lake Road the name of Victor Methos latest novel is also the name of a road in rural Nevada that runs through a largely abandoned lakeside town It is to there that police are called when a body is found The dead woman was tortured then wrapped in black coverall and her face swathed in bloody bandages The investigation goes nowhere A month later the police go to the Road again where there is another victim
This One Alive But Also Tortured Because one alive but also tortured Because crimes appear to be the work of a serial psycho the FBI is called in to investigate because of their greater knowledge of that type of criminal Leading that investigation is Jessica Yardley a US Assistant DA Mr Methos is known for his courtroom dramas type crime thrillers he has written another good one The first half of the book is mainly concerned with the investigation It also introduces his primary character Jessica "Yardley and fills put her out her persona She is about to retire from the federal "and fills put her out her persona She is about to retire from the federal because she has had enough of the heartbreaking soul destroying effort needed to find and convict the monsters who abduct and kill leaving mutilated corpses behind With one daughter Tara a high achieving teen who is already in college via scholarship working in advanced Mathematics Jessica plans to go to a nice little town with a nice little law practice that handles Wills property closings and estate Ie things that are boring mundane and far from criminal homicides But before that she has to find this killer This first part of the book is about progress of the
"investigation Following a few clues links are found to an ex con living in Crimson Lake who was convicted of kidnapping "Following a few clues links are found to an ex con living in Crimson Lake who was convicted of kidnapping sexual abuse That part of the investigation leads to another man whose alibi does not hold up and in whose house is found materials exactly the same as those used in the murder Yardley holds off retiring to prosecute this last case Here Mr Methos steps into his lawyer mode to write some crackling good courtroom scenes Yardley faces a crafty opponent a surly judge and growing doubts about the defendant s guilt By the time of the last page is turned with guilt or innocence decided the tangled motives of a twisted past revealed the reader will have enjoyed a very good book that was well worth his or her time I recommend it I would have given it a five star review But for the occasional awkward syntax of the author Mr Methos did something I never noticed in his other books I read namely the run on sentence with a dangling participle clause here and a out of place adjectival phrase there It did not happen often. Serial killer ex husband to gain additional insight into the crimes and the killer’s motivationsBy the time Jessica realizes that pursuing this case is a deadly mistake it’s too late to turn back Can she catch the killer or will she be the final addition to a killer’s masterpiece. Lative father on death row while telling her mother she s working in the robotics lab at the universityNow I ll be the first to admit I love a good morally grey character I ll even root for bad guys if they re doing good things But I want consistency Barring some catastrophic event for instance an FBI agent isn t going to suddenly rob a bank Yardley is conscientious and wants bad guys found and punished for their wrongdoings That s why it bothered me that when Tara and a friend are at River s house and River leaves Tara calls Yardley knowing Yardley wants to snoop around a bit When Tara asks her That s what ou wanted right this should have been a sign to Yardley to rethink herself Instead she does go snooping and in doing so finds a garage with gauze etc that indicate Dr Zachary could be their man and calls Baldwin to get a judge to sign a warrant to search Rover and Zachary s outbuildings Baldwin does write the warrant but does not get a chance to get it under a judge s pen so Yardley takes it thin as it is and gets it signed This should have been another sign to Yardley But it isn tWhen the warrant is served River naturally accuses Yardley of getting close to her solely for the purposes of arresting Zachary and storms off rightly so in my opinion But River gets over it and they re again friends as the book moves suddenly to the viewpoint of a defense attorney previously not introduced to the reader by the name of Dylan Aster If ou asked me to point to the character I d be most interested in reading a book about it would be AsterIt seemed to me that Methos was having much fun writing the parts with Aster from describing his antics in getting himself held in contempt during a trial in front of a particular judge so that judge would likely have to recuse himself from any case Aster was involved with to the play he made to have himself be able to be present while the grand jury was seated for Zachary s indictment Aster was irrepressible and those scenes both lightened he mood during the middle of the book but also helped carry the middle along Often the sagging middle is uite a problem for writer and reader alike but Methos has avoided that here for the most partKathy Pharr s daughter Harmony goes missing Her father Tucker recently released from prison after being convicted of snatching and murdering a girl about Harmony s age has seen nothing heard nothing and is generally unhelpful He also talks like someone from an Appalachian holler I m supposing this is because we re told he has something like a 5th grade education and is not terribly bright so of course he d speak poor English and have a southern accent living there in Nevada Baldwin finds the girl s necklace and her phone but not the girl herself Since Zachary was remanded without bail so could not have taken the girl himself the group posits that perhaps Zachary and Tucker were working together An independent crime reporter has been hovering at the edges of the investigation and Yardley encounters him while she and Baldwin are working a piece of the case interviewing a drug addict who claims to have seen Harmony She thinks it s interesting that he was nearby but then thinks nothing of it Meanwhile in a subplot involving Tara she is doing some work for her imprisoned father selling his artwork She changes her appearance and goes to some very sketchy warehouses to meet some eually sketchy bad dudes This does not strike me as the actions of a supposed very smart person and although Tara is described as a savant she s not someone who cannot function in society She knows it s dangerous she knows her father is dangerous et she tells her mother nothing of all this and Yardley doesn t ask even though a 17 The Proposal year old seems to be at a college lab at all hours every dayThe drug addict is then found hanging by his intestines in a house at Crimson Lake Road This scene is not described in details but the original painting that inspired it was Ifou ve seen the movie Hannibal the film with Anthony Perkins and Julianne Moore the scene where Hannibal kills Inspector Pazzi will give ou a good idea of itThe group finally begins to realize that Zachary is not guilty and looks even closely at the original incident for which Tucker went to prison which occurred in another town Baldwin is close behind her but Yardley is abducted before he arrives When she comes to she realizes she s in a basement and Tucker is strapped to a table naked The character who snatched her who we guessed was the crime reporter leaves the basement for a minute and Yardley opens the small window to get out but is unable to do so before their captor returns and uickly hides in a closet Their captor goes charging out to chase down Yardley who manages to get out of the house for real and begins running The bad guy is almost on her when Baldwin arrives onI mean inhis Mustang to clip the bad guy and then cuff himYardley s fine for the most part and Tucker has been rescued but is under arrest as they ve discovered Tucker used to live on Crimson Lake Road and his family had other land there back in the day While Tucker is lying in a hospital bed cuffed to the rail a nurse comes in supposedly to give him pain meds but really to
inject him with something that will paralyze his muscles but will keep his heart and him with something that will paralyze his muscles but will keep his heart and working while she slices and dices him to remove all his organs like the fourth paintingWe ve already guessed that River is involved in these killings When Yardley goes to River s house she sees that River has left in a hurry Good thing they were BFFs and River told Yardley where she d go if she left the area Yarley calls San Pedro to let them know there s a fugitive in their area She goes herself finds Sue EllenAngie who has Harmony with her Yardley tells River she s decided not to leave the US Attorney s office after all and that she s going to move to the crimes against children section Baldwin for his part has also told his boss he wants to move to the crimes against child department which I suppose means the series will continue with these two working together in books detailing the number of ways people can be horrible to kids I m not sueamish and I know these things happen but I know I ll also pick something else to read if it s a choice between that and something like this even if the bulk of the horrible acts of violence are left offscreenRemember consistencies It was VERY difficult for me to believe that Yardley would just let River walk away and take Harmony with her even though I understood River s motives But she does just that and I had been rooting for her to find her integrity again Alas I was disappointed Hopefully in the next book Yardley will reflect on her choice to get too cozy with the victim of a caseFour stars for a good premise for the murders and not just the investigation but the way some investigators stop looking at things closely once they think they have the perp looking "at ou New Guy Two stars for inconsistency and inactionblind eye in Yardley We ll go with the middle "you New Guy Two stars for inconsistency and inactionblind eye in Yardley We ll go with the middle give it three stars out of five Worth a read if ou re not too sueamishThanks to Thomas Mercer and NetGalley for the review copy All in all I enjoyed this story and plowed through it uickly Though I guessed the primary culprit from the character s first appearance and frankly thought our protagonist Jess seemed not very bright when she didn t suspect a thing the twist at the end made for a satisfying surprise I like Jess Cason and Tara as well as Dylan and Lily in fact for much of the book Dylan was of a hero and a much dynamic character than Jess so I m inclined to keep reading this series I do agree with other reviewers who noted that the author s use of last names for characters is cumbersome For me the story would have flowed better using their first names And as already noted Jess didn t seem to have very good instincts for crime solvingbut maybe that s her schtick She s constantly surrounded by criminals an. S inspired by a series of grisly paintings called The Night Things She’s the only one who can catch the killer who’s left a trail of bodies in a rural community outside of Las VegasBut the Jessica finds out the less clear her case becomes Out of options she’s forced to consult her.
characters â PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Victor MethosI was drawn to this a genre I don t usually choose because the descriptor intimated the element of art This was a plot point early on but it didn t overcome the book s deficiencies I found it amateurish in approach and gratuitously gory and since I do not read thrillers involving harm against children and was misled re the content gave up Guys I love a thriller Legal thrillers Yes even love for those This is my first Methos book and when I started it I didn t realize it was number two in a series I wish I d known that before beginning because I enjoy reading a series in order That said it did okay as a standalone although some things make sense now knowing there was a book before this oneJessica Yardley is a federal prosecutor who gets involved in one last case before retiring and moving far far away Her past has earned her the right to choose a much different kind of life and she s ready for it When this last case comes to her attention she wants to help prepare her replacement before boarding her plane to a new life but in doing so gets pulled into a serial murder investigationYardley is smart woman and I like the way she handles herself However and because of her intelligence and integrity I found it difficult to believe she would befriend a victim in the case she s putting together for prosecution This is a major plot point that didn t work for me I just didn t believe it would happen Don t get me wrong I am well aware of professionals that cross lines on a daily basis Unethical practices are overlooked all too often I just didn t want her to be one who would participate She says there are no legal rules against being friends with a victim but I think it s still out of character for her to put herself in that position Yeah she s lonely I get it But she s also getting ready to move and start a new life It doesn t fitTara Yardley s daughter is a bold character Without giving away too much of the plot she s a mix of highly intelligent and immature She s a savant and could in later books be an integral part of an investigative team with her knowledge and skills Right now though she s making some ridiculous choices Not only that but Yardley doesn t step in when she should and that bothered meOverall the story is good I can t help but think that it s a second or third draft that an editor isn t uite done with For example in the first chapter a sheriff and FBI agent are at a crime scene Methos writes That he barely glanced at the body was no surprise Baldwin had long known Garrett a former army drill instructor and now a veteran homicide detective with the Clark County Sheriff s Office to be unresponsive to horrific crime scenes Okay not bad but this is the kind of sentence an editor would break down and make clearer Also these two characters are introduced in the first two paragraphs of the book with their names and titles and it was a bit listy for me it was as if Methos were checking off his list of characters which is an amateur moveThere are other issues such as the line Some kids came in probably no than thirteen Thirteen kids Or kids who are no older than thirteen There were stereotypical lines in dialogue like the line Them models is screwed up something fierce said by a guy who lives in a trailer park Methos also talks about OCD which seemed a bit like a crutchThe person I wanted to follow the most was the defense attorney Dylan Aster As soon as he appeared in the book the momentum changed His style dialogue and storyline are much compelling to me than the other characters In my opinion Methos has much fun writing Aster than Yardley There s an ease in the writing that isn t there when he s writing Yardley In fact the biggest problem I had with the book was the plot line For me Aster s chapters would have been a stronger starting point The way the story reads Aster doesn t come in until halfway through the book and it made it seem like a separate story It was almost as if the first half was a long preface Again this is something an editor should spot and help reworkPerhaps if I d read the first book in the series some of these issues would be resolved I would give this book two stars if it weren t for the second part of the book Aster makes it worth it for me so I ll give it three I have never been excited to receive a
"pre released book than I was for Crimson Lake Road Thank ou to both NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for this "released book than I was for Crimson Lake Road Thank Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth you to both NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for this Victor Methos has uickly become one of my favorite legal fiction authors After reading A Killer s Wife earlier thisear I promptly devoured several of his other novels Two of the main characters in Crimson Lake Road are introduced in A Killer s Wife Do not be deterred by this fact however because it is not necess This will be part review and part storycraft including consistency and will contain spoilers It also describes some of the gore
IN IT THE BOOK ALSO DEALS IN CHILD ABUSEit The book also deals in child abuse Once is Never Enough you want to read this book orou re not a fan of child in danger books ou may want to skip this review It s also fairly longGood GoodCrimson Lake Road is listed as Desert Plains 2 on Goodreads As is the case in many of my reviews I m parachuting into a series after the characters have been established It isn t really apparent in this book that it s 2 in a series on the cover in fact it doesn t mention it at all and past events aren t really brought up in terms of these characters working together as a group so it can and does work as a standalone although reading the first will certainly inform the secondThe book opens with a horrific scene a woman in a tunic on a kitchen table her head obscured by bloody gauze FBI agent Cason Baldwin and Detective Lucas Garrett and everyone else in the entry team believe the woman is dead Until she start flailing aroundWe then cut to a bar where super smart Jessica Yardley currently working for the US Attorney s office is telling Baldwin she s leaving the office and moving somewhere that she doesn t have to see the terrible things she and he have seen She agrees with her boss to work on this particular case and bring New Guy Kyle Don t recall he s annoying and a cartoony frat boy know it all who has zero character development despite the fact he will be working this case up to speed and get him going on it New Guy s schtick is having a sucker in his mouth all the time even in court and having to have the judge to tell him to ditch it Even a frat boy would know this is not acceptable come onYardley goes to see the victim whom they believe is the second victim of a killer using a series of four paintings as inspiration The first a woman named Kathy Pharr did not survive Yardley befriends woman 2 Angela River Call me Angie telling herself there is no reason they can t be friends OK I ll push my disbelief that a prosecutor even one leaving would get emotionally involved with the victim of an open case in this way even if Yardley seems desperate for friends and finds River a willing ear The way things work out however it does seem that Yardley makes pretty bad choices about the people she wants to be in her lifeMeanwhile everyone is trying to determine who the killer is and delving into Pharr s life to see if there are connections between her and River There don t seem to be any but they keep digging reinterviewing everyone There s an intimation that River s fiancee Dr Michael Zachary could be the killerattacker based on a profile developed by the FBI The BAU in fact who develop such profiles is on the verge of being shut down which brings some tension into Baldwin s life since that s his departmentWe get some references to Yardley s teenaged daughter Tara and Yardley tells her new bestie that she was once married to a man who was a serial killer this is apparently what the first book is about and had a relationship with another bad guy Tara is described as some kind of math savant and super smart and we find out that she has been secretly visiting her super smart and super manipu. Bestselling author Victor Methos’s acclaimed series continues as prosecutor Jessica Yardley races to catch an art obsessed serial killer before she becomes his next masterpieceRetiring prosecutor Jessica Yardley can’t turn down one last investigation This time it’s a set of murder. ,