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The Crimes Are UnthinkableA serial killer is turning the Big Easy into his personal playground. The victims are killed in pairs--no connection, no apparent motive, no real clues. It's a very sick game, and it's only just begun.The Fear Is RealAbby Chastain left New Orleans long ago and for good reason. Now she's back where she feels watched, as if the devil himself is scraThe Crimes Are UnthinkableA serial killer is turning the Big Easy into his personal playground. The victims are killed in pairs--no connection, no apparent motive, no real clues. It's a very sick game, and it's only just begun.The Fear Is RealAbby Chastain left New Orleans long ago and for good reason. Now she's back where she feels watched, as if the devil himself is scraping a fingernail along her spine. It doesn't help that Detective Reuben Montoya is convinced she's somehow the key to unlocking these horrible crimes--a mystery that has something to do with Our Lady of Virtues Mental Hospital, a decaying old asylum where unspeakable crimes were once committed, and a human predator may still wait.The Truth Is DeadlyAs more bodies are found in gruesome, staged scenarios, Montoya and Abby are in a desperate race to stop a killer whose terrifying crimes are bringing them ever nearer to a shocking revelation. For the past is never completely gone. Its sins must be avenged. And a twisted psychopath is getting close enough to make them. . .Shiver...

Title : Shiver
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ISBN : 9780821775783
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Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Shiver Reviews

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2018-12-07 23:03

    Shiver by Lisa Jackson is the 3rd novel in her New Orleans Series featuring Detectives Reuben Montoya and Rick Bentz.Terrifying and shiveringly and grippingly suspense!! Edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride.Reuben Montoya, the sexy and brooding detective that we met in the previous 2 books is faced with a series of murders, where the victims are killed in pairs and placed in a staged and grisly scene. At first, there seems to be no connection between the victims and no apparent motive. But when Montoya questions Abby Chastain, the ex-wife of one of the first victims, Luke Gierman, he has a feeling that there is a lot more about the case than she’s telling him. When the killings continue and escalate, he discovers that there is something about the victims and the crimes that have a connection to her.Abby Chastain is determined to get her life back together. After a bitter divorce she has decided to leave New Orleans behind her. She’s also having to get closure on her mother’s mysterious suicide 20 years ago, which she had witnessed at the asylum where her mother had been placed. She has been haunted by her death and some of her memories of that terrible and tragic part of her life are slowly surfacing. She decides to return to the place of her mother’s suicide, Our Lady of Virtues Mental Hospital, now an abandoned and decaying building, soon to be demolished. Perhaps there’s something there that will spark her memories.The setting of the old and derelict mental hospital was scary, dark and daunting. The vivid imagery of the place is beyond creepy!!!!The scene where Abby finally faces the killer is so terrifying and chilling that I had Goosebumps…….the evil, cunning, sick and remorseless murderer gave me the chills.I enjoyed the connection between Montoya and Abby but I would have liked a bit more romance.The author has devised a superb plot full of unexpected and surprising twists, clever misleads and mysterious characters.A story of the abuse and unethical practices to the mental patients, the clandestine behavior and how the nuns turned a blind eye to what was going on in the asylum such as rape, torture and even murder just to keep their secrets.The ending is left with a kind of a cliffhanger, which will be revealed in the next book.

  • Anica
    2018-11-21 22:21

    I can't say that I totally liked this book, but I also didn't hated it. It is a tie, I guess. Because the beginning was really good. Just like a good thriller should start. But then there came about 400 more pages and I was like...duh. Oookay. I wasn't really bored because the story was intrigueing and all but something was just missing, I think.Plus, all the info dumping and mentioning things all over again (especially when it came to the victims, I was a bit annoyed because we didn't wanna know everything at all.Like I said, the idea was good (the killer/victims plot at least) but after finishing this book I am seriously asking myself, WHAT the book wanted to show me. The ending was stupid and a bit out of context and it came kind of out of the blue. Like Jackson needed to finish it now. And the whole aspect with Faith, maybe I am dumb, but exactly why did he started the killing part and all? Very weird somehow.Anyway, not a brilliant book but one you can read. :)

  • Julie
    2018-12-11 21:23

    I have quite a little collection of Lisa Jackson novels. But, truthfully, I have only read a handful of them. Part of the reason I pass them over is because half of the time her books are really, really good, but the half of the time they are too full of "filler" and not much story. Sometimes it's not until the last 100 pages or so that the story actually gets moving. But, "Shiver" was one of the good ones. This is a hefty book, 495 pages. But, the story got off to a quick start, and then stays on track. Abby, divorced and still single has decided to leave New Orleans. She has even put her home on the market and plans to move to California. But, then her ex husband is murdered. Abby looks like a suspect to the detectives at first. She is questioned by a nice looking cop named Montoya. Montoya knows he can't get involved with Abby because she is connected with the case, but once he realizes Abby is a potential victim, he has no trouble getting involved.The key to the murders lies in a connection to an old mental institution where Abby's mother died. Abby still has dreams about that day her mother fell through the window. Something about the memories of that day are "off". Montoya thinks there is a connection, but can't figure out what it is. But, the bodies keep piling up and Abby could be in danger.I think this book could be placed in Romantic suspense, as well as mystery and maybe even psycological thriller. It's not like there are a string of suspects and you have to try and guess who did it. In fact, the way the book is written, it's impossible to try and figure out who is responsible. I can't say too much more without giving too much away. But, I like that the author was able to keep me interested in the story and keep me guessing. There is a follow up to this book, BTW, that will tie up some loose ends. (there isn't a cliffhanger here, but some new info comes out at the end that makes Montoya beleive there is more to the story about Abby's mother)The romance part was a little stiff and hurried, IMO. But, the main focus was on the mystery. I do like Bentz and Montoya a lot.I'm sure we will see them again. Overall I give this one a B.

  • Diane
    2018-11-19 16:23

    Shiver indeed! The best book so far in Lisa's New Orleans/Bentz and Montoya series.It's amazing how religion can be twisted and molded to suit whatever fetishes or evil that suits you. Montoya is looked at more closely in this book and I found myself liking him as a somewhat failed character - good cop though.An old abandoned mental hospital on the grounds of a still functioning Abbey is the basis for this book - who knows what's behind all those close doors now and what was there in the past?2 thumbs up and 5 stars

  • Maryam
    2018-12-08 23:26

    This is my first book review that i have posted on any forum. i actually wanted to give this book like 2.5/5. I love Lisa Jackson,shes one of my favorite authors,so when i saw this book by her i was pretty excited to read it.....and i was dissapointed after i read it.This book is about Abby Chastain had come back to New Orleans, her hometown, during a rocky marriage in search of a fresh start. She`s had a rough childhood,She saw her mother die in what looked like a suicide by her getting pushed/jumping out of the window of her room in the Our Lady of Virtues Mental Hospital.Now 20 years later,still haunted by her mothers death, there are sudden deaths occuring that are linked to the hospital."Det. Reuben Montoya, the virile, not-by-the-book cop assigned to track down the serial killer."ok so i was really confused by the whole storyline. It never stuck to one thing, story-line to story line, jumping around. There was no romance until like page 300. there was barely any romance except for like one part where they slept together. I felt like the murder aspect was it very un-organized. I couldnt get where she was going with the whole serial killer killing and why? The killings were gruesome,and there was the killers POV every now and then.But i dont know why it was somethign that really bugged me,i just didnt like the suspense or the romance. i was a bit surprised about the killer...but thats about it. and one thing that bugged me alot about this book was Abby talkin to herself,i get it shes scared,talking to herself,everyone talks to themselves sometimes. But this was too annoying and she kept repeating the same things. "your cracking HER" ...i dont know its just something i cant put my finger on that i didnt like in this book. Lisa J`s had way better books that have better romance and suspense like "the morning after".(my first book review,might not make sense but hey....yea....)

  • Jim C
    2018-11-21 22:32

    My rating is 3.5 stars.This is the third book of a series. So far, each book can be read as a stand alone. The similarity between the books is that the same two policemen are investigating the crimes. The theme between all the books are similar too. All these books have a religious undertone to them.In this one, there is a new serial killer in New Orleans and he is killing two people at a time that have no connection. He is staging these murders in an elaborate tableau as he is playing games with the police.This is your basic murder mystery/romance novel that doesn't overdo the romance aspect. The murder mystery aspect was okay as I did think some circumstances were just a little too coincidental. The one thing I loved about this book was the backdrop of the setting used for this book. Using a mental institution and questioning the level of care in this institution was nicely done. I also liked the religious undertones as I am a fan of religion being twisted into malign reasons.This held my interest throughout and I was wondering who was the killer. It isn't the best murder mystery book I have read but it was enjoyable and it does make me want to read the next one in this series.

  • Vicky
    2018-11-29 20:27

    This is the 3rd book in Lisa Jackson's New Orleans series and much better than the first two. The story was very suspenseful, and best of all, it wasn't hampered by the over the top melodrama of the first two in the series. I am giving this 4 stars, which in reality is more like 3.5 stars. The biggest negative of this book is the way Jackson continues to describe the serial killer's erection each time he kills. She did this in the first two books as well. I get it, for some killers their acts of violence cause sexual arousal. But does she have to describe it the way she does? I don't think of myself as a prude, and I have absolutely no problem with graphic descriptions of sex in romance novels, so long as it is consensual and respectful. But it creeps me out to have to read graphic descriptions of psycho-killers' erections. Enough already!

  • Marijke
    2018-12-07 00:18

    Abby Chastain wordt achtervolgd door pijnlijke geheimen. Twintig jaar geleden heeft ze met afschuw gezien hoe haar moeder uit het raam van een inrichting voor geesteszieken sprong. Abby is er altijd bang voor geweest dat zij op een dag ook krankzinnig zou worden.In New Orleans waart een seriemoordenaar rond. De slachtoffers worden gedood in paren – geen connectie, geen duidelijk motief, geen echte aanwijzingen. Rechercheur Reuben Montoya gaat op onderzoek uit om de dader te ontmaskeren. Zijn enige aanwijzing is Abby, de voormalige echtgenote van een van de slachtoffers. Maar is ze wel te vertrouwen?Als er opnieuw lijken worden aangetroffen in perverse, geënsceneerde situaties, wordt Montoya’s opdracht tot een wanhopige race om een moordenaar te vinden die steeds dichter bij huis echt spannend

  • L. Chambers-Wright
    2018-11-23 18:05

    Shiver did not do what it was supposed to. I did not shiver. I gave the novel 3 stars because I loved the setting. I love stories which involve old architecture or hospitals.The story is fairly typical, there wasn't anything spectacular about the plot. The twist at the end was fairly well-done, however the chemistry between the two main characters, Montoya and Abby, was not. Several times, the characters seemed rigid and downright stereotypical. For example, one of the victims plans to enter a convent when she finishes her academic career. Rather than being treated with respect for her decision, or with respect as a victim of a heinous crime, you get the feeling that it's more important for the author to portray her as a "freak" or someone who has something wrong with them, when in reality, there isn't anything.

  • Marie
    2018-12-06 00:21

    I did like the plot and the setting. I wanted to know what was going on and who did it. I did like the character of Abby. I really like the last half of the book. The first half, I struggled through, thinking about putting the book away. I think the problem was that, I didn't read the first 2 books in the series so I didn't know the characters. I think that Montoya would be a cool character if I knew more about him. Anyway, another negative was that, I think that the book could've been written in 300 pages rather that 500. I found myself actually skimming pages to get to the good stuff. Too many descriptions that weren't necessary. Some of the characters, i did not need to know background info. Oh well. I did enjoy the plot and outcome of the novel.

  • Deb
    2018-11-13 23:26

    I feel like if you have read one Lisa Jackson book, you've read them all. At least with the three that I have read. The characters are lame, no development at all. Ms. Jackson is very repetive with her writing, almost like as a reader you are too dumb to remember things. And her books seem to have recycled stories, they all have: a demented Catholic serial killer, a woman who unknowingly ties all the murders together and is the cause of the killer going off the rails, a secret son given up for adoption many years before, a woman who meets a guy and falls instantly in love with him and he with her, a woman who cannot separate sex from love, and an ending where the serial killer comes after the woman, but the big strong man comes and saves her. Tired, weak, unoriginal, and demeaning.

  • Erin K
    2018-12-01 00:15

    Like many others have said before me, it's okay. The storyline is promising, but it moves a little slowly. There are a lot of unnecessary details I skip over because they're just cliche - character's physical descriptions (the heroine is always beautiful but doesn't know it), the killer's boring stream of consciousness (they're the same in every book of Jackson's), the fact that two of the characters are trying to deny their physical chemistry as long as possible....blah blah blah.Did I read it? Yes. Will I read another Lisa Jackson book? Probably. It's a lazy read until I can find something more promising.

  • Jennifer Gelert
    2018-11-12 17:23

    As with all her other books - confusion, murder, religion, anger, rage and a strange man committing all the crimes. I try so hard to figure out who the culprit is and never can do that. To me, that is the sign of a great author. She keeps your guessing and wondering to the end.Double murders are taking place. Unlikely people are posed together. The police are trying to figure it out. Police detective Montoya is making connections to a now closed mental hospital and the woman was divorced from the first victim. While investigating he starts falling for Abby

  • Patrick
    2018-11-13 21:09

    This was my first Lisa Jackson book. I enjoyed it, though it did move slow sometimes. The idea of the double killings was a good plot twist. At times, however, I was unsure if I was reading a romance novel or a mystery novel - though Ms. Jackson would probably be a very adequate writer should she choose to write romance books! I did want to know more about Detective Montoya, i felt his role was more as a love interest than a main character. I would be happy to read more of her books.

  • Nic
    2018-11-19 17:24

    Why? Why do I read books like this? Just because I find them in the trash does not mean I should take them and read them. Perhaps there's a reason they are in the trash - like, they SUCK. But I read it. The whole stupid thing.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-07 22:10

    Really suspenseful. Made me think twice about the doors and windows!!

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-06 00:13

    Made me shiver! Scary with a dash of romance!

  • Denisa Diana
    2018-11-21 16:32

    I'll start by saying that I read this book in Romanian, so I probably lost a little bit a flavour with the translation. Oh, and I haven't read any other book from this series, this is my first one.This book put me through a lot reading it, emotionally speaking. Since the first page, I was pulled to feel something, which is good, except that in some instances the feeling was "how much longer is this chapter".The first, I say, 10 to 15% of this book is a little bit of a rough ride. The plot is, how do I say, pulsating. It's interesting then it's boring then back to interesting. I feel as if the setting and the tension were built up and it got to the point of "where's the relief?". I kept asking myself when the juicy part is going to start. And it kept on dragging and dragging until it didn't.The first scene of the book was so good, but it did set me up to a little bit of disappointment. I was hoping that Faith was involved with the actual Devil or a spirit of some sorts. I was hoping that it would be revealed that she wasn't insane, there was a Demon shadowing over her. She summoned him by mistake and now she had to live with this terror and fear. The Demon leaves for twenty years then comes back and this time he haunts Faith's daughter, Abby. They would have this epic confrontation at the end and... yeah. I got really excited that it was going to be something like this, but it's not, it's 100% set in reality with no supernatural inkling. I kinda liked that the crimes were committed by a regular human and not a supernatural creature and the writer explained everything under the realm of what is actually possible, but meh. However, I won't judge the book for what I wanted it to be, but for what it actually is.At one point I thought to myself that there isn't enough murder. I read a detective book to see people die and other people solve the mystery. This was still in that 10-15% part of the book. When it got to the next murder, I hoped that the character would make it. The writer managed to make me feel for a character even though I got to know him/her for so little. My blood thirsty mood changed from "kill everything" to "kill everything but him/her". Haha.Please don't get me wrong, when shit starts going down in this book, it really starts going down. After I got through this introductory part, I flew through the book easier. Every time I turned the page something interesting was happening.This book had two scenes that I found really suspenseful. One in Abby's house and one in the sanatorium. If you read the book, you know what I'm talking about. Those two got me on the edge of my seat, really pushed my emotions. You see, I always thought that with a book you can't really scare the readers because at any point the reader could just close the book and escape that atmosphere. This book showed me wrong. Those scenes gripped me and held me there, I couldn't just turn away. Wow, that was an interesting experience. This being said, I will acknowledge the fact that those scenes weren't written to their full potential. The writer could have pushed everything to the next level.Hmm... the bad guys (I am saying this as to not give anything away) were introduced early on and in a rather subtle manner, which I liked. As I was reading, I could tell who the bad guys were. I'm usually really good at this stuff, so don't think it's too obvious. Truth be told, it isn't. At the point where the bad guys are revealed, you realise there is an aspect that's common about every murder, a little detail and you go "ugh, how did I not see this before". I liked this whole feeling.The way the crimes were connected was interesting. The scene when someone finally makes that connection is tense and surprising. To some degree, it felt flat to me because of the translation. I'm wondering if I would have noticed the connection if I had the book in English. Hmm...The characters. The two main people are Abby Hannah Chastain and Reuben Pedro Montoya. What can I say? She's interesting, he's not. The problem might be that I didn't get to bond with Montoya in the previous two books. Either way, he felt flat for me, just like another regular detective. The only part about him that intrigued me is Martha (I find this hilarious considering that Batman v Superman movie). Apparently, they were in love and she died? This part was never explained in this book, just mentioned, which makes me assume it has something to do with the other two books. It was a little bit of a bummer. 500 pages and we couldn't get a simple explanation of what happened with her?The other characters are numerous and unmemorable. The part with the detectives is the worst at this. There seemed like there was nothing more to Blinkman than the fact that he's though and doesn't get along with Montoya, there was nothing more to Benz than him being a little bit of a goof and getting along with Montoya. Even the people that were murdered were more built up than those two. I don't know what to say, this book really sucked when it comes to the characters. You will probably only remember the main leads and maybe a few of the people who were murdered.The romance between the two leads started out slow, building up slowly as well and then it happened all at once. I didn't mind what was happening with these two because it really wasn't the focus of the story. I even found myself cheering when they had a nice moment together. Abby is the one that carries this relationship, considering that she is the tridimensional character, but I can't say that Montoya didn't have his moments.The ending was good and a little bit bittersweet. I liked the opening towards a sequel and I'm going to read it, but not now. The length of this book exhausted me.Overall, the story had an interesting plot with cool bad guys and a surprising way of binding the murders. The book is long so if you're looking for a quick fix, I don't see how this book is for you. This book worked when I read it because I was travelling and needed something to occupy my time. I recommend it to anyone who has a little bit of patience. You need to get through that 10-15% to get to the good stuff.The book lost two stars. One because of Montoya and another one because of all the other things I mentioned (bland characters, sloppy writing, weird pacing, etc).Now, onto my favourites.Favorite scene: the opening one with Faith. It was creepy and I liked it. I liked everything about it.Honourable mentions: the scene in Abby's house and in the sanatorium. Favorite chapter: chapter 29. That is the last chapter, the chapter when everything goes down. On top of the fact that is the juicer chapter and the moment the whole book was building up to, it was executed so wonderfully. Chapter 29 has the best writing.Honourable mentions: Chapter 21 because of the cool dream sequence (and everything it would follow) and heart warming moment between Abby and her sister. Chapter 15 because it followed the chapter 14 which contained one of my honourable mentions for best scenes, and it had the two leads interacting with one another.Favourite setting: the sanatorium. There had to be something about "Our Lady of Virtues" that screams creepy. Haha.Honourable mentions: the house in the swamp, Abby's houseFavourite murder: the one before the last one because it had an "oh shit" moment that surprised me.Honourable mentions: the second murder because I really liked one of the characters. Favourite main character: Abby, as I have said before. She is interesting. She has this tie to the sanatorium that's revealed as the story goes that is really interesting. Everything that kept happening made me cheer for her. There are a few things about her that annoy me, don't worry. She suffers from "I'm good looking, but I don't know it" disease (but that's more of the author) and more importantly, she is unbelievable when it comes to her pets. Trust me, I am a cat owner, and as a owner, you tend to sync with your pets, understand their behaviours. Abby, on the other hand, acts as if she has her cat for a week. She doesn't listen to her pets warnings and it got extremely annoying at one point. Anyway, another quirk I liked about her is her constant worry about whether or not she was turning into her mother.Honourable mentions: no, Montoya doesn't get a mention. Nobody does. He just had his moments and usually acted as your regular cop/detective.Favourite supporting character: Zoey, Abby's sister. She is one of the few characters that has actually been built. She has a past, has made mistakes and strives to do better. You can tell that she wants to leave the past behind and just have her sister. Mind you, she is shallow in some instances (e.g. the first time she gets a scene alone), but that just adds to her character.Honourable mentions: Ava Pomeroy because of his backstory and O because she seemed like a cool character (I liked her room so much!).

  • Krissie
    2018-12-07 16:21

    *SPOILERS ADDED*Ahhh.... where to begin with this one? This will likely be the very last of Lisa Jackson's books that I read unless she changes up her writing style. Her stories have gotten too formalized for my liking. One word title that describes terror. Check. Unclear image that suggests a man is looking at a near-naked woman on the cover. Check. A woman faces her family's past while teaming up with a detective/someone in authority and they have sex, seemingly out of nowhere and the exact point that her life is in complete chaos, about halfway through the book. Check. From the start of the book, chapters have been dedicated to a man has been stalking her and making creepy observations from the beginning. Check...**SPOILER ALERT**... Just in time, the man she is now in love with (??) saves her life from the killer who turns out to be the forgotten/illegitimate/abandoned son of someone close to her or her family's life. His motives are never really all that clear and don't make a whole lot of sense. Check.Yep, this book hit of all of the Lisa Jackson trademark milestones. All in all, this book disappointed me with its MASSIVE typos... her sister, Zoey is written as "Zoe" on the same page numerous times, Zoey, then Zoe... same thing with the realtor... spellcheck, proofreading major fail. Those are just the typos that I can remember. Then, at the end, her sister gets SHOT IN THE FACE and recovers after one week in the hospital and three days at her house. I am not a doctor but WHAT?! Shot in the face? Her sister just can't wait to get home so then she goes home. Uh, okay, whatever. Then she and super hot Detective Montoya whom she calls "Montoya" (weird) talk about getting married. They hardly know each other!Loose ends are not wrapped up.... her father, stepmom.... her father's illness....Montoya and his aunt... her backstory... everything ended so messy.My final complaint is that THREE people had two names that they went by. 1. Courtney > Mary2. Reuben > Pedro3. Abby > HannahSeeing as how the killer's plot/motive to murder was based on the initials of first names, I found this to be bizarre and unnecessary that three people would have two names that they go by. One person, fine but three? For instance, why would Abby's mom call her Hannah just because it's her middle name? If she liked the name Hannah so much why not just name her daughter Hannah? There's no mention of Faith, the mom, calling Zoey by her middle name. Why would Reuben's aunt call him Pedro? Why, why, why.... Ugh. This is just messy writing, too convenient and not believable.Dear Lisa Jackson, please toss this formula out! I want to keep reading your books. :)

  • Jimmy Navy
    2018-11-10 23:10

    SHIVERWhen Executor Playing God John Doe (Kevin Spacey) adalah seorang pembunuh berantai dalam film Se7en atau Seven yang dirilis pada tahun 1995. John merasa punya kewajiban untuk membunuh korban-korbannya yang memiliki karakter yang sesuai dengan sesuai dengan 7 (tujuh) dosa maut yang sering dilakukan oleh manusia yaitu: sin of pride (kesombongan), sin of lust (nafsu birahi), sin of sloth (kemalasan), sin of greed (ketamakan), sin of gluttony (kerakusan), sin of wrath (kemarahan), dan sin of envy (kedengkian). Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) pun harus berusaha keras untuk menumpas John Doe.Seorang pembunuh berantai melakukan tindak pembunuhan terhadap korban-korbannya berdasarkan cara yang terdapat pada buku yang dia baca. Dia juga mengambil sebuah tulang dari para korbannya sebagai kenang-kenangan, dan sekaligus juga meninggalkan petunjuk kepada para polisi dan detektif mengenai calon korban dan bagaimana dia akan membunuh korban berikutnya. Film ini dibintangi oleh Denzel Washington sebagai Lincoln Rhyme, detektif/ahli forensic yang cacat sehingga harus selalu tinggal di tempat tidurnya. Dalam memecahkan kasus pembunuhan berantai ini, dia dibantu oleh detektif muda Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) yang berfungsi sebagai mata bagi Lincoln untuk melihat lokasi pembunuhan (TKP). Mereka selalu berkomunikasi lewat telepon dalam mencari bukti-bukti tindak pembunuhan. Film ini berjudul The Bone Collector yang dirilis pada tahun 1999.Ethan Hawk berperan sebagai Costa, si pembunuh berantai. Dalam melakukan aksinya, Costa selalu mewawancara korbannya untuk mendapatkan identitas sang korban, yang kemudian akan dipakai oleh Costa setelah membunuhnya. Pembunuhan berlanjut terus dan setiap saat Costa pun berganti identitas sesuai dengan korbannya. Illeana (Angelina Jolie), anggota FBI yang turut dalam tim untuk menangkap si pembunuh berantai. Costa sendiri melakukan tindakan pembunuhan karena merasa disepelekan oleh ibunya yang memilih lebih menyayangi saudaranya. Dan akhirnya, sang ibu pun turut jadi korban.Film yang dirilis pada tahun 2004 ini, dibintangi juga oleh Kiefer Sutherland sebagai kurator seni yang bernama Hart.Dalam buku “Rahasia Meede – Misteri Harta Karun VOC”, guru Uban, seorang guru Sejarah idola, guru yang sangat mengerti bagaimana mengajarkan sejarah yang sering dianggap membosankan oleh para pelajar menjadi mata pelajaran yang sangat menarik untuk disimak dan dipelajari. Namun, dalam buku ini dia bertindak juga sebagai pembunuh berantai yang membunuh korban-korbannya yang diketahui melakukan salah satu dari 7 (tujuh) dosa sosial menurut Mahatma Gandhi, yaitu: Perniagaan Tanpa Moralitas, Politik Tanpa Etika, Sains Tanpa Humanitas, Peribadatan Tanpa Pengorbanan, Kekayaan Tanpa Kerja Keras, Pengetahuan Tanpa Karakter, dan Kesenangan Tanpa Nurani.Data indeks kriminalitas dari 31 wilayah Polda di Indonesia mengungkapkan bahwa tingkat kejahatan di Indonesia cenderung meningkat. Data tentang 16 jenis kejahatan konvensional itu menyebutkan kalau jumlah tindak kejahatan pembunuhan dari bulan Januari-Mei 2008 cenderung naik dan semakin sadis. Jumlah kasus pembunuhan pada semester pertama itu sudah mencapai 559 kasus. Di Jakarta sendiri, kasus pembunuhan dari bulan Januari – Agustus 2008 sudah mencapai 29 kasus. Bila dibandingkan dengan tahun 2007, jumlah kasus pembunuhan yang terjadi sesuai dengan data dari 31 Polda di Indonesia sebanyak 941 kasus. Motif pembunuhan pun sudah mulai bergeser. Kalau dulunya sebuah tindakan pembunuhan dilakukan untuk menguasai harta korbannya, sekarang dengan bermotifkan dendam, cemburu, ataupun tersinggung, seseorang bisa melakukan tindak pembunuhan. Bahkan sepertinya sudah menjadi sebuah tren. Tindak kriminal saat ini juga dipengaruhi oleh sifat konsumtif yang mulai menjangkiti masyarakat, baik di desa maupun di kota. Dengan keadaan perekenomian yang seret, masyarakat seolah dituntut untuk memuaskan kebutuhan konsumtifnya dengan berbagai cara. Tindak criminal yang semakin impulsive dan “berkualitas” menjadi salah satu cara yang diambil.Rio Alex Bullo bisa dijadikan contoh, dia menghabisi nyawa korbannya dengan menggunakan dua buah martil sehingga dia diberi gelar “Si Martil Maut”. Motifnya adalah untuk melancarkan usahanya dalam menguasai harta korban. Nendi Suhendi, petugas linmas di wilayah Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, juga menghabisi korbannya seorang mantan pejabat Departemen Keuangan yang dilatarbelakangi fakto harta atau uang. Satu contoh lainnya yang cukup bikin gempar dan menjadi buah bibir di kalangan masyarakat adalah Very Idam Henyansyah atau lebih popular disebut Ryan. Ryan menghabisi nyawa korbannya dengan cara yang sangat sadis, yang terakhir malah dia mutilasi. Latar belakang tindakan pembunuhan ini adalah harta dan rasa cemburu, namun yang paling dominan adalah faktor harta.Dalam bukunya yang berjudul “Shiver”, Lisa Jackson mencoba mengangkat tema pembunuhan berantai. Christian Pomeroy, pelaku tindakan pembunahn berantai ini, merasa perlu menghukum dan mengambil nyawa korban-korbannya yang dia anggap melakukan salah satu dari 7 (tujuh) dosa maut. Selain itu, pembunuhan berantai yang dia lakukan juga dilandasi oleh rasa dendam terhadap orang tuanya, dan dokter yang pernah bekerja pada sebuah rumah sakit jiwa, dimana dia pernah dirawat. Christian pernah berselingkuh dengan Faith, juga salah satu pasien di rumah sakit yang bernama “Our Lady Virtues” tersebut. Sang Dokter, Simon Heller, ternyata sering melecehkan Faith secara seksual. Dan terakhir, dia mendorong Faith dari lantai tiga rumah sakit tersebut yang membuat Faith jatuh dan meninggal. Simon melakukan itu karena merasa rahasianya terbongkar oleh Abby yang waktu itu tiba-tiba masuk ke ruang perawatan Faith, ibunya. Dan ternyata, Christian juga menyaksikan pelecehan seksual tersebut dari dalam lemari tempat dia bersembunyi. Namun cara pembunuhan yang yang dilakukan Christian tergolong unik dan aneh, dimana dia memasangkan korban-korbannya yang melakukan 7 (tujuh) dosa maut dengan orang-orang yang memiliki karakter kebalikan dari tujuh dosa maut tersebut. Pride(kesombongan) berpasangan dengan humility (kerendah hatian), wrath (kemarahan) dengan meekness (kelembutan), envy (kedengkian) dengan charity (kedermawanan), lust (nafsu birahi) dengan chastity (kesucian), gluttony (kerakusan) dengan moderation (kesederhanaan), sloth (kemalasan) dengan zeal (semangat), dan avarice (ketamakan) dengan generosity (kemurah hatian). Jadi selain membunuh korban yang dia anggap jahat, dia juga sekaligus membunuh korban yang dia anggap mempunayi karakter yang baik.Salah satu calon korbannya adalah Abby yang mewakili karakter humility (kerendahan hati ). Dalam buku ini juga mengisahkan intrik percintaan antara Abby dan Reuben Montoya, seorang detektif yang ikut menangani kasus pembunuhan ini. Ceritanya dikemas dengan alur cerita misteri yang ringan dan sederhana, tidak mudah ditebak, dan cukup menghibur.Rio, Nendi, dan Ryan, yang melakukan pembunuhan demi mendapatkan harta korban. Lain lagi dengan John Doe, Costa, pak guru Uban, dan Christian, yang membunuh korban-korbannya sesuai dengan tujuan masing-masing, dimana mereka merasa punya kewajiban untuk menghukum manusia yang melakukan dosa-dosa tersebut. Padahal bukankah menghilangkan nyawa orang lain termasuk tindak kejahatan yang seharusnya juga dihukum? Karena setiap manusia mempunyai hak untuk hidup, dan tidak mempunyai kewajiban untuk dibunuh. (*)

  • Lucinda Rose Cefalo
    2018-11-17 00:20

    It was on edge of your seat type of book. After one murder happened and Bentz and Montoya is in the mist of solving it another one happens and in the mist of the investigations there is a romance storm starting to boil between Abby and Montoya and when it was all over it yet starts up again leaving you on the edge wanting to find out what happen or whats going to happen with another serial killer on the loose and whats gonna happen with Abby and Montoya!!!! In the Next book of the New Orleans series book #4 Absolute fear!!! And it starts with the same place that the last book was centered around the hospital!

  • Laraine
    2018-12-09 18:14

    This is the third book in Jackson's New Orleans series featuring Detectives Montoya and Bentz. There is a serial killer at work in New Orleans and Montoya is on the case. He meets Abby Chastain, the wife of one of the victims and they become close. Abby's mother died in suspicious circumstances years before in the Our Lady of Virtues insane asylum and as more bodies are found, it appears that there is a connection between the present and that death from the past. A good read-4 stars.

  • Sherri
    2018-11-11 21:03

    I just couldn't get into these characters. Maybe I'm just tired of the predictable detective meets love interest angle in so many of the series. Some of the characters were somewhat engaging, but I found myself flipping forward several times. I also found this true of the first book. This shocked me because I've really enjoyed other books by this author.

  • Patty
    2018-12-03 19:28

    I like when Bentz and Montoya work together and maybe we could delve into some other serial killer other than perverted lunatics from the Roman Catholic Church? And, do us all a favor and make Brinkman a target of the next psycho weirdo! He is just one sad puppy!

  • Marilyn Fairchild
    2018-11-24 23:02

    ShiverI really enjoy the Bentz/Montoya characters. The story has lots of twists and turns and really has one shaking their head. Totally recommend reading the series, starting with book 1.

  • Sheila Myers
    2018-12-02 17:09

    A very good thriller. Lisa Jackson put together an interesting plot of murder around a crime that happened many years before the current story.

  • Jackie Gillespie krail
    2018-11-30 16:09

    I absolutely loved this book and was riveted from the very beginning! A real page-turner. I'm already looking to buy the other books in this series. Highly recommended!

  • Bart Gysens
    2018-12-10 16:08

    Great book, could not put this one down... shivers :-)

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-13 22:06

    decent read

  • Sharon
    2018-11-23 19:23

    This book just wasn't as enjoyable as the first two. There, I said it.Unlikely pairings of people are being abducted all over New Orleans and found dead together in macabre poses. The first man to die is Abby Chastain's ex-husband Luke, who is a shock-jock on a local radio station -- and he's found posed with a young woman who was planning to become a nun.It becomes apparent that all of the killings are connected to Abby's past, and Detective Reuben Montoya is on the job.As with the previous book, I couldn't help feeling annoyed at the lack of ethics on the part of the detective -- who is only mildly reluctant to get involved with Abby -- who is being investigated as a subject. Sure, I felt the chemistry between the two -- but it bugged the hell out of me.And, as with the previous two books, there is an unresolved story line that you can only find out about if you buy the next book.I'm done with this series.