Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"crazy dangerous" by andrew klavan

About the book (provided by Litfuse): "You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and-oh yeah-the weird murder . . . you're definitely going to want to hear about that."

Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it's only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble. 

But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.

Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here's the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies--prophecies of something terrible that's going to happen very soon.

Unless he can stop it. With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.

My take: Crazy Dangerous is one of those books that takes you on crazy twists and turns, and you aren't quite sure where it's going to end up, but you know you're enjoying the ride!

As I read, I kept thinking, "This would be a really good movie." As a movie, it would be much more suspenseful ... as a book, it's a really entertaining story, but the suspense wasn't really there for me. Did I ever doubt that Sam would make it through the book unscathed? No. Did I ever feel that crazy, nail biting, "something terrible is going to happen" tension that's the mark of great suspense? No. (That said, I should probably mention that I have a really high tolerance for "scary stuff" in print. My sister probably would have had her pants scared off by this book.) But as an action/adventure novel, it's pretty good.

I especially enjoyed the twists the plot took—things I never would have expected happened, and the ending took me completely by surprise ... but as I looked back, I could clearly see the setup. Klavan plotted this novel very well.

Crazy Dangerous is a novel that I can happily recommend for teens and adults. 4 out of 5 stars.

See what other reviewers are saying here.

About the author: Andrew Klavan was hailed by Stephen King as "the most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich." He is the recipient of two Edgar Awards and the author of such bestsellers as True Crime and Don't Say a Word. His books and screenplays have been turned into films directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Michael Douglas, Ed Burns, and Michael Caine among others.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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