Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Suspense’ Category

THE POOR BOY’S GAME by Dennis Tafoya

May 12, 2014

The cover on The Poor Boy’s Game sold me on the book. I love that sepia tone and the aggressive stance of the woman holding the pistol in the reader’s face, and the title caught my attention too. I’ve never heard of anything called the poor boy’s game. When I started reading the first few […]

CHEKHOV’S GUN by Vin DeLoach

March 23, 2014

Chekhov’s Gun by Vin DeLoach is a novella based in the new Kindle Worlds licensed franchise of Veronica Mars. I was a fan of the television show, and am currently aggravated that the movie has not shown up yet in my hometown. So when I heard that there would be new Veronica Mars stories I […]


March 8, 2014

I had not previously read Simon Kernick, though I was aware of him because I check the bestseller lists. So I figured I was in good hands when I booted up Wrong Time, Wrong Place. The story starts off full-on action and tension, and just gets more wound up from there because the killing comes […]

THE BRASS VERDICT by Michael Connelly

December 30, 2013

Buy At Amazon The Brass Verdict (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) As much as I love Harry Bosch and the push/pull world of the LADP and detective work, I think I love Mickey Haller more. Bosch is infallible, larger than life, a force of nature when he gets on the case, though he has to be […]

A STIR OF ECHOES by Richard Matheson

December 28, 2013

I saw Kevin Bacon in Stir of Echoes years ago and really enjoyed the movie as a slow boil horror/mystery. I’d known Richard Matheson, a renowned writer who produced tales of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and penned more than a few Twilight Zone episodes, had written the book the movie was based on, but I’d […]

WILDERNESS by Dean Koontz

November 29, 2013

Wilderness is the latest short story from prolific author, Dean Koontz, and it serves as an advertisement to his newest novel, Innocence. From what I’ve seen of the new book, and this short story, Koontz is performing a riff on The Beauty and the Beast. The words in the short story are beautiful and lyrical, […]

THE PROPHET by Michael Koryta

October 29, 2013

I became a fan of Michael Koryta’s work when he was doing his Lincoln Perry mystery series. He’s a good writer and knows his stuff when it comes to detective work because he’s worked as a private detective. What surprised me was his next move to the horror genre and the depth of emotional complexity […]


October 28, 2013

The Broken Places is the third Quinn Colson novel by Ace Atkins. I enjoyed the first book enough to return for the second, which I thought was really well done. In the third book, Atkins seems very familiar with his cast of characters and the Mississippi county where everything takes place. However, the story played […]

PRETTY GIRL-13 by Liz Coley

October 27, 2013

Liz Coley’s debut novel, Pretty Girl-13, is a haunting piece that subtly delivers haymaker after haymaker. From its creepy beginning to the gut-wrenching twist at the end, the book grips the reader in a no-holds barred emotional journey that’s impossible to put down. I settled in to read what I thought would only be a […]

THE THICKET by Joe Lansdale

September 10, 2013

The Thicket is a story, a tall tale about Texas, about growing up, and about a world that used to be that somehow still lives out in the West and talks about a mindset that colors much of what people think and do. Joe Lansdale spins this story with gusto, getting the narrative tone pitch-perfect, […]