Elmore Leonard said: I have a character in one of my books tell how she used to write historical romances ''full of rape and adverbs.''

Monday, 28 January 2008

LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT, BY BETTIE SHARPE

This is a big impact read, like a swift kick in the gut, but in a good way.

Arden is a cold-blooded assassin. No, really. She's nasty and lethal and entirely lacking in scruples or sentimentality. Her weapon of choice is a garrote. She's really good at her job and her next victim is the beautiful thief Sevastien Aniketos. In another time and place, thinks our ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty assassin, they would have been lovers.

Things don't go as planned and Arden finds herself at the mercy of the Thief, gorgeous, enigmatic and immortal. Power games of a highly charged and sexual nature ensue.

This is one twisted, violent, bloody read and I kind of loved it. Secretly, don't we all want to be Arden, in a slinky black stealthsuit that eats up the light?

At 89 pages, it is a quick read - I read it in one sitting - and extremely satisfying.

B+

12 comments:

Jill D. said...

Hi Meriam,

I love your blog. You have some very interesting commentary on the books you read, and some very interesting choices in reading material. This one sounds interesting. I may have to check it out. If someone tells me a book is disturbing or strange, I find myself intrigued. I guess, like a train wreck, I can't look away.

Meriam said...

Hi Jill. Thanks, it's very kind of you to say so!

The thing with Like a Thief in the Night is, it's like watching an episode of Alias on speed, but with none of the drippiness. Amoral heroine, hot sexxx and snappy banter. Plus, it's nice and short. I usually prefer my stories longer, but this one was just the right size imo. Perhaps in too large a dose, Arden would have bugged.

Also, one of the secondary characters is getting his own story, which I'm really pleased about.

I've just been to your blog and I must say, the Great Classics Challenge sounds tempting. The only problem is, anytime I feel like I have to read a book, it becomes 'work' and then I don't want to. It'll be like uni all over again...

Tempting, though.

Jill D. said...

Meriam,

Its funny you say that about the Classic Challenge. I just finished reading my first book, To Love and to Cherish and boy was it a chore. If it wasn't part of the challenge I wouldn't of finished it. I will be reviewing it shortly.

Okay, I'm sold. I will put Like a Thief in the Night on my list.

Brie said...

Hi Meriam,

I've been debating purchasing this book for about two weeks now. It sounds too interesting to pass up though.

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