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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

REVIEW for L.A. Mental

A huge thank you to HarperCollins Canada for sending me this wonderful book.
TITLE:                L.A. Mental

AUTHOR:          Neil McMahon

GENRE:             Thriller

RATING:            4 Stars

I love, love Neil McMahon and it seems as though he had not released a new book in ages.  Of course, I jumped on the opportunity to read and review this one.

L.A. Mental is a thriller - dealing with a very scary possibility - what if someone could invent a way to control your mind and your emotions - cultlike, by simply giving you something to sniff?  Yep, it is actually kind of scary and this novel made me freak out a little bit, as I had never thought of this as a possibility.

The main character Tom is likeable and is fun to follow, as he tries to unravel the reality behind the violence aimed at his brother Nick.  The storyline develops at a quick pace and McMahon isn't one for useless descriptions and boring details - which I adore.  I found myself involved in the plotline and wondering what would happen next which is something I always get with novels by McMahon.

Because the story is so "possible" I found the whole plotline engaging and just a tad creepy.  Overall this is a wonderful thriller - except for a few things.  Firstly, the book is too short.  The ARC I had was only 290 pages, which for a thriller with acientific basis is not enough time to set up the story, clearly develop it and end it to my satisfaction.  The other thing is that, while the story kept me interested, it was not as intense as it could/should have been.

Having said that, I still loved this one and will be anxiously awaiting the next one from McMahon.


Jennifer | Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I don't read much mystery/thrillers but I would like to explore those genres a little more. This one sounds interesting.

bermudaonion said...

The book must be good if you wanted more.

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