Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Book Review (#2)

Here's the review for the December Early Reviewers book I got from LibraryThing.
LibraryThing Early Reviewers

The Sex Club by L.J. Sellers is a mystery involving a Planned Parenthood clinic and a fundamentalist Christian church, and the group of teenagers who connect the two. The story starts rolling when a bomb goes off at the clinic and an adolescent girl, a member of a Bible study group (actually, as we find, a teenage sex group) and who had been seen at the clinic, is found murdered. These events are initially not seen as connected, but Detective Wade Jackson and Kera Kollmorgan, a nurse at the clinic, work- eventually together- to figure out what is going on. Events get in the way, such as another girl turning up dead and attempts on Kera's own life, but in the end, they manage to find out how the girls were killed and who planted the bomb at the clinic.

From just the summary, the plot seems bland and obvious, but it really isn't. Sellers is a great writer who knows how to tie the story together and make the characters human, and in this story the reader is left guessing until the end.

I enjoyed this book and it was the first one in a while where I really couldn't put it down. The two main characters were believable and human, and the plot, although done before with clinics and fundamentalist Christians, had a unique spin with the teenage murders. I also liked how the book was split up by date and time, and with the two main characters each getting their own sections.

The only problem I had with this book was with one character- the extremist Christian mother of one of the teenagers (and someone who played a large part in the story). She was overly despicable and horrible, and had absolutely no redeeming characteristics. Granted, she's the character that the reader is supposed to dislike, but I feel that if Sellers had made her less horrible and more human, the reader still would have hated her and it would have made her character more believable.

I would recommend this book, but possibly to a certain demographic; I'm fairly certain that because of the plot, people who are wildly against Planned Parenthood would not enjoy it because it has a definite pro-clinic spin. That said, I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author, and hope she continues writing Detective Jackson books.

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