Friday, March 30, 2007

Speak No Evil by Allison Brennan

Summary: A serial killer is stalking college girls and has the police baffled -- the victim was targeted through her online sex journal.

Title: Speak No Evil

Author: Allison Brennan

Genre: Thriller

The Take-Away: I really liked how this novel brought to light the sort of things that are found on the internet and how people are never "anonymous." It was good, in an extremely scary sort of way. The reaction of some secondary characters highlighted how even playing it safe can lead to problems with young users.

For instance, one had a 13 or 14 year old daughter. Always anonymous, never any specific details. However, when her journal and that of two or three friends were viewed together, someone could, and had, figured out where they lived and what school they went to. The focus point for the stalker? A basketball game recounted without team names or mascots, but with the score and location of the game.

I applaud Allison for bringing such a touchy topic to light in her novel. Hopefully it will spark a few conversations at the dinner table.

As far as the story line, resolution, character arcs, etc., Allison is a fantastic writer with a great legal background. Her novels are fast paced and a great air plane read.

Recommendation: Check it out.

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