Tops in the next book I thought it was a little bit weird and odd that she seems to be developing friends feelings for her married colleague but also was attracted to a professor that they just met who was called in to help out on this case And I maybe I wouldn t say anything xcept the last guy that she liked turned out to be a murderer so maybe her sense of who s a good person to date is just flawedA really big problem with what I think pushed me away from Dance this time though was the fact she s in her late thirties and has two kids one of who is 12 and she seemed completely baffled by the internet She did not seem to understand how to use it what blogs were tc I mean I don t work with computers for a living but ven I know about all that stuff so I thought that was very far fetched Especially since Dance has her own website We find out in this book and I think that s it in the last one as well that Dance and a friend of hers go about recording what s considered folk music songs and record it and sell it on her website So if she does that she has to be able to use a computerI can t really speak about any other characters Everyone lse was very paper thin and we didn t really get a chance to get into other characters mindsetDance s partner O Neill was missing in action for half of the book but very time he and Dance are in the same room together it was awkwardThere was also something involving Dance s mother that I had a hard time with and I don t know why it was Buried even introduced in this book I think Deaver was going for some intrigue but it totally totally lost me If you read the first book you know that a colleague of Dance s died after being injured on the first case We find out in this book that somebody did a mercy killing because he would not have lived long Dance s mother is accused of this There doesn t seem to be any realvidence why she would have did this and I thought it was a big stretch But I think that that really got me there was that Dance is completely oblivious to the problems and trouble her mother is in and ven has a dinner party to have people come over and insist that her mother and father come over after she s the mom been arrested for murder I kind of scratched my head at that oneI also rolled my yes at Dance and her mother uestioning O Neill s wife parenting cause she dared to travelSay something nice It was interesting how Deaver tied the book into the internet with actual links that a reservation could go to and read I think he wanted to make it as immersive as possible Unfortunately I don t think he thought about what happened a if you re not reading on an reader or computer though I assume hardback or paperback readers just were out of luck I do think that Deaver s description of gamers was off the mark though The flow was pretty awful in this one Every chapter seemed to hang on a mini cliffhanger and we get some twists thrown our way that don t work Ot of nowhere we have the solution to who is behind these abductions but wait here s a twist And the twist didn t ven make any sense Same goes for Dance s mother s arrest The book nds on an odd note with it looking like Dance may be torn between two men I have GOT to stop buying this guy s books He used to be so good but like P Cornwell he s marched right down I m Too Important For An Editor Avenue and crossed over onto My Readers Will Love Me No Matter What I Write Boulevard In this book Entire chapters about these newfangled internet blogs Oh I tell ya Marge kids these days with their FaceSpace and Twatters If I ver slip and buy another one of his books I want all my friends here to come over and punch me in the head Roadside crosses Roadside memorials crosses along the highway Those sad and forlorn images at the side of the road marking the places sudden and unexpected deaths happened Places where the person was last seen alive Places where parents went to in the sudden and unexpected deaths happened Places where the person was last seen alive Places where parents went to in the of the night or in the wee hours of the morning after receiving a call from the police Where they shed tears Where dreams nded Jeffery Deaver born 1950 is an American my Wow Just wow Deaver you have done it again But this time it was ven better than The Sleeping Doll Kathryn Dance 1 I m almost at a loss for words to write this review Deaver can weave a tale so meticulously when I thought I had it figured out he completely messed with my mind He changed gears made me throw my suspicions out the window and I had to just hold on for the ride while Deaver steered The story or in this instance the case which is followed in this second installment of the Kathryn Dance series was so interesting so real and poses a lot of uestions for the reader But not only is there the new case involving roadside crosses there is another case which involves Dance and occupies her time and mind This case began in the first book The Sleeping Doll and is carried over into Roadside Crosses I won t spoil the case for a potential reader but I have to admit it threw me for a loop as well So for this novel there are two story lines to read about but it is not confusing to the reader I think writing this novel this way gave a realism to the story and ultimately just gave it something much Deaver does an xcellent job at creating the new case which involves roadside crosses We are brought into a world where we learn about the blurred lines between reality and the internet In this instance Deaver calls it the synth world and we learn some people such as serious gamers have blurred the lines between reality and the synth world so much they never ven leave this synth world It is a scary thought the way Deaver writes about this behavior and it made me uestion a lot of things about the internet Facebook and ven Goodreads I found the way Deaver wrote all of this part very interesting and ven a bit A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, engagingDeaver also has a gift at creating and writing characters and not just characters you like but characters you hate But he also takes those characters you love and makes you hate them Then he takes the characters you hate and makes you love them Deaver manipulates your thoughts on characters and the story it makes me give up trying to figure out What the heck is going on As I said before I just give up trying to figure it all out and just hang on tight What I also really reallynjoyed about this next installment of Kathryn Dance s life is her character is ven developed in this novel Having read the first book already it was nice to already be familiar with her her job and just her overall situation Though Deaver does reintroduce you to Kathryn Dance her specialty and some of the law nforcement terms in the beginning of Roadside Crosses I felt Ia Bureau of Investigation comincia una nuova rocambolesca caccia al serial killer; ma per risolvere il caso della “strada delle croci” l’esperta di body language insieme al collega O’Neil dovrà muoversi in un territorio a lei sconosciuto Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies e terribilmente ingannevole il mondo dei giochi di ruolo online dove la verità ha fin troppe facce Ed è lì tra social network universi sintetici che il diciassettenne Travis Brigham ha imparato a vivere tutte le vite che vuole passando con sconvolgente disinvoltura dal ruolo di vittima a uello di carnefice dal personaggio. Number two in the Kathryn Dance seriesI njoyed this on two different levelsLevel one The thriller As thrillers go this is highly ntertaining It s fast paced with lots of twists and turnsKathryn is up against it on two fronts The roadside cross killer needs to be stopped and soon On top of that Kathryn s mother has been charged with murder Kathryn is torn between her professional life and supporting her mother in her time of need Whilst the roadside killer takes priority Kathryn tries to give what help she can to her mother But as hard as Kathryn tries to help the district prosecutor who is responsible for bringing the charges against Kathryn s mother is determined that Kathryn is The Power Of A Choice excluded from the investigationLevel two Blogging and social media The book takes a good look at how public opinion can be manipulated by social media and bloggers A young man is accused by faceless cyber bullies of being the roadside killer The cyber campaign is so unrelenting it makes the young man runs off and hide As a result he is now a fugitive from the law Entertaining and instructive I gave this book a 4 star recommendation Jeffrey Deaver always brings it with a good story but while this is a decently good read it s not one of his best Kathryn Dance is the kinesics or body languagexpert for the California Bureau of Investigation She can read people and tell if they are lying AND what kind of liar they are She uses this in her investigations and specially interrogations The case to which she s just been assigned is a serial killer who is leaving crosses at the roadsides with the date of the death BEFORE he kills themThe clues lead Kathryn and her team to Travis Brigham a teen obsessed with online role playing games Travis was involved in a car accident where two girls died Although he was not cited for a criminal act no drinking involved appeared to have simply lost control of the vehicle the community is against him and baying for blood A popular local blog calls for investigation into the incident specially for officials to look into road safety in that area and it turns into a no holds barred attack on Travis from multiple posters Everyone has heard rumors that they KNOW are true Travis is a Satanist he stalks women he s crazy When Travis disappears and the killings and attempted killings ramp up Kathryn knows she must find him before it s too late But how do you find someone who has spent 8 hours a day online studying fighting and survival and advanced vasion techniuesOne of the reasons that this book is not uite as good as most of Deaver s work is not really the book s fault it has a lot of information about blogs and online gaming and like any fiction book that has the internet as part of the plot it is VERY dated When one character carefully xplains to Kathryn what blogs are how they were invented their history The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right etc it completely ruins the building tension of the storyline because it s sooo not necessary toxplain that to anyone in the world reading this book Oh my gosh a blog you say Short for weblog And people write stuff and post it online And anyone can read it How crazy and innovative Lol There was information about how there was a huge war going on between computer blog purists who thought all blogs should be about computers and the other bloggers who thought blogs should be about anything you want Also the blogger in this story was considered incredibly influential because he posted his opinion on things like highway safety new construction projects Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling etc And he refused to take it downven though the people commenting were being killed This all was hard to believe Sort of a plot hole that if his motivation was that his gotistical thoughts were sooo important that his message must go out why not just close the posts to comments Problem solved Pretty sure that all blog software that lets people post comments also has the option of NOT letting them The last part that was sort of hard to believe was that all the teenagers would be reading his blog and commenting on it Yes because teens love nothing than posting on adults blogs about new construction and stuff When I m reading a book I want to believe what s happening it needs to Be Believable While I M believable while I m the book I want to be lost in the story So it s annoying when something comes along that throws me out of the story and that happens a lot in this book because of the outdated technologyThe other problem I had with the book was that Deaver tried to cram too much into the last bit the first 78 of the book is building up suspense and then it s like he realized it was going to finish at too many pages or he ran out of time or something The last few chapters were like and then this happened And then THIS happened And THIS So it seemed sort of unfulfilling and almost cobbled togetherOverall it was still a book that mostly held my attention just the nding didn t uite live up to the rest The only reason why I gave this book two stars is honestly because I was kind of fascinated by how Deaver looks at internet blogs comments on those blogs and how you can start to see how something that he looked back at when this book was published has morphed into what it is today with a lot of people on the internet claiming to be xperts on something or how asy it is to spread a rumor about somebody with no factual basis and how it could be picked up and be counted as real news Other than that the book lost me on multiple levelsIn book two Roadside Crosses we have Kathryn Dance still dealing with the fallout from the vents of book number one It appears that this book takes place a couple weeks after those vents Dance and her place a couple weeks after those vents Dance and her and friend Mike O Neill or off to give a deposition about what transpired in book number one He and Dance are determined to make an agent who they believed murdered people pay They are called back from an oddly arranged romantic interlude and are brought in on an abduction of a young girl who was placed in a trunk of a car Dance and O Neil find themselves trying to use a local blogger for clues to what could be behind this abduction and what appears to be planned murders of peopleDance and her skills definitely take a backseat in this one I think that there were only two times that she got to use
skills as a body language and the rest of the time was just her flailing around and listening to men give her lectures on what the internet is and gaming I found myself really bored by her character and she doesn t seem like the strong smart woman that she was in Cold Moon And I don t know what Deaver s deal is with having very man that comes across Dance be a potential love interest but I really hope that Penisola di Monterey California Sulla Highway 1 un poliziotto vede a bordo strada un’inuietante croce di legno su cui è incisa la data del giorno dopo pensa a un rrore o a uno scherzo di pessimo gusto Non sa che di lì a ventiuattr’ore proprio in uel punto verrà trovata una ragazza in fin di vita uando un’altra croce compare lungo la strada poi un’altra sempre ad annunciare morti non ancora avvenute è chiaro che ualcuno sta giocando a scrivere il futuro E si sta divertendo un mondo Il caso arriva sulla scrivania di Kathryn Dance per l’agente del Californ.
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Read & download Roadside CrossesIke he really let Dance s character take off and become of a real character I love she isn t perfect her life isn t perfect and ven at times she s almost at a loss of what to do next But then through her strength she gains control of the situation or the case and ven when she s steps behind she catches up and gets several steps ahead I always get very nervous when authors have so much going on in a novel or storyline I worry they will forget to complete a thought and I will be wondering What happened to Or What about X But when it comes to Deaver he has impressed me so much in two novels As I said before his storytelling is so tight well weaved fluid and ven though he left a bit of a cliffhanger in The Sleeping Doll he carried it over and xecuted all of this brilliantly He completes his thoughts and I m never left with any uestions If you have never read a Jeffery Deaver novel you should do yourself a favor and pick up this series It has been the best introduction for me into the mysterysuspensethriller genre Disappointing Kathryn Dance seuel little mystery way too much bloggingWe thoroughly Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, enjoyed Deaver s new character Kathyrn Dance a specialist in kinesics body language who helped solve the mystery in the author s Lincoln Rhyme novel Cold Moon She then starred in her own first complete story Sleeping Doll which we found highlyntertaining Unfortunately the author missed the mark completely in Crosses her third appearance and this time again in charge of an investigation as leading lady The premise was actually Il morto di Maigret engaging someone is leaving a series of roadside crosses to predict a death not commemorate one However that thread was virtually abandoned as was Dance s claim to fame kinetic analysis as 90% of the book was Deaver railing about the dominance of blogging in today s internet sphere and how dangerous and silly that unregulated The second in the Dance series of a woman detective who can tell by interviewing people and understand their body language whether they are lying It is well written thrown in with a couple of sub plots including whether Kathryn s mother a nurse did a mercy killing for a badly burnt patient The main plot is around a blog site and to be careful what you say online Someone is killing people and leaving roadside crosses Is it Travis a teenager heavily involved in gaming and bullied online It s a fast paced thriller with lots of twists and turns Kathryn has a lazy media driven boss has to deal with a corrupt fixer and also she wants a love life but the one she really wants is married The blogger who runs the blog site James Chilton is also unwilling to compromise his beliefs about the role and importance of blogging and the new media Overall a solid read and 35 Parts of it read like a soap opera and illogical such as a civilian computer consultant working with Kathryn trying to be a hero with a possible killer The motive also for the murders also seems to me a bit far fetched and complicated So much about computer games and blogs And I don t think that people are that much foolish to misunderstand the difference between the real world and the computer games However Kathryn Dance s character and her talent in body language was very well written Her character was depicted in two perspectives her professional life and her personal life While she was hunting for the killer she had to make her mother come clean from the murder charges She was torn between the two lives Recommended for those who love thrillers and mystery 35 starsIn this 2nd book in the Kathryn Dance series the kinesicsxpert investigates a case stemming from bullying on social media The book can be read as a standalone Online bullying can have unfortunate conseuences up to and including murder When a high school boy named Travis Bingham is blamed for the death of two girls in a highway accident on California s Monterey Peninsula the bullying blogosphere goes stratosphericand bad things resultIt all starts with a post from righteous crusader James Chilton on his blog The Chilton Report Chilton merely uestions the uality of road maintenance on the Peninsula not ven mentioning Travis and the resulting comments soon turn to the boy Before long Travis is being called EVERY KIND OF FOUL NAME AND BEING ACCUSED OF kind of foul name and being accused of manner of disgusting behavior This leads to the attempted murder of a high school girl named Tammy Foster who posted nasty comments about Travis The incident was foreshadowed by a cross being placed along the highway decorated with rose petals and bearing the date of the crime The case falls to Agent Kathryn Dance of the California Bureau of Investigation Kathryn is the foremost kinesics body language xpert in the state and can tell when people are lying This is useful when Kathryn and her partner Deputy Michael O Neill interview suspects witnesses or other persons of interest Kathryn speaks
Travis Bingham the attack on Tammy but the agent lacks direct vidence and doesn t arrest the boy Travis then disappears and another blog bully is attackedfollowed by the murder of several people By now anyone who posts anything on The Chilton Report is a murder target and ach crime is heralded by a wooden cross and rose petals Kathryn is frustrated by the terrible crimes by Travis s Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition elusiveness and by the fact that Chilton won t cooperate by shutting down his blog The agent has other serious concerns as well Her mother Edie a nurse has been arrested foruthanizing a badly burned patient The prosecutor a zealot who sees this as an opportunity to make a name for himself has accused Edie of first degree murder and may ven go for the death penaltyWhile Kathryn works on the roadside crosses case Deputy O Neill is called away for another investigation So Kathryn is assisted by a college professor who s knowledgeable about computers and a talented young cop with good instincts On the downside Kathryn is frustrated by a self serving publicity seeking boss and an ombudsman from the governor s office who s thically challenged The book s main plot is augmented by side issues such as the main plot is augmented by side issues such as the impact of desalination plants political corruption family interactions multiplayer online role playing games and I Sexual Secrets enjoyed the book and liked Kathryn s analyses of body movements that signal deception This is very reminiscent of the old television series Lie to Me starring Tim Roth I do have a uibble with the book however Deaver likes tond chapters with a cliff hanger that leads to a surprise After this happens once or twice it becomes predictable and is no longer a twistDeaver has a deft hand with mysterythrillers and I d recommend the book to fans of the genre You can follow my reviews at. Del martire a uello dello spietato vendicatore Ci vorranno tutta l’intelligenza la prontezza dell’agente Dance per tirare le fila di una storia piena di deviazioni false piste capire ual è uella giusta tra le tante versioni possibili della veritàCon La strada delle croci Jeffery Deaver fa tornare in campo più smaliziata irresistibile che mai Kathryn Dance roina della Bambola che dorme infallibile uanto Lincoln Rhyme affascinante uanto Amelia Sachs E ci regala un thriller che è un gioco di specchi perfetto dal uale è impossibile non lasciarsi ipnotizza.to travis bingham