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‘Cristina’ By Jake Parent

It had been four years since the little girl’s body was found, mutilated and buried in a quarry near her home in Pleasure Point, California. The same house Cristina Rodriguez now wanted to buy.

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    • Hi Sherry,

      I must admit that I wasn’t too sure about the cover art when I first saw it. However it grows on me the more I look at it, especially when it is enlarged as much as possible, although the author’s name does still tend to get rather lost in my opinion.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, it is great to connect with you and have a good weekend 🙂

  • It certainly starts off with a bang. I’d definitely want to read on!

    I’m still reading my Rutherfurd tome, so nothing to share in return. 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      Having checked out the synopsis and reviews on several sites, I think that ‘Cristina’ deals with more than enough social issues, which affect modern society the world over right now.

      The fact that she is about to sign for a house where, or near to where a child has been murdered, probably isn’t going to help her situation any.

      A good, strong start like these opening couple of lines, were sure to have me hooked and I am hoping that the rest of the storyline is equally as strong.

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’, I hope that your tome mision will soon be over 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      I haven’t actually started reading this one yet and I have to admit that I am featuring books in BBOF, which are several ahead in my reading pile 😮

      If you check out the full synopsis, you will see that there are definitely more than enough issues going on in this storyline, so I am hoping that each will be dealt with in a comprehensive way, to pull the pieces together by the end.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and ‘Happy Reading’

    • Hi Sandra,

      Wow! You have more questions worked out than I do 🙂

      I’m none too sure that I would want to live in a house where, or near to where, a murder had been committed, especially that of a child, no matter how idyllic the place was!

      Having said that, the trend over here right now, is to convert no longer used small churches and places of worship, into houses or apartments. We have looked over one or two in the past and I know that hubbie just wasn’t comfortable at potentially having gravestones in his back garden, although that really didn’t bother me at all, so I’m not too sure why the concept of this storyline should affect me so much.

      I can’t wait for ‘Cristina’ to get to the top of my reading pile and I would like to thank you for stopping by with such interesting comments 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I generally cheat a little with this meme and feature far more of the opening chapter than just the first couple of lines. However, as those first two sentences literally set the scene for the start of the action, I thought I would leave it there and keep you all in suspense!

      Great to have you stop by and have a good weekend 🙂

    • Hi Maria,

      I’m not certain that ‘Cristina’ will be getting to the top of my reading pile in time for Halloween, but I’ll take a good psychological thriller any time of the year.

      Thanks for visiting this week, I always look forward to reading your comments 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      I am not generally a cover art snob, in fact I’m not sure this is a cover which would make the book jump out at me from the shelves of the shop. However, the more times I look at it, the more arresting and eye-catching it seems to become.

      I checked out the credits on my Kindle copy and the cover art is attributed to one Riley James Milhem, although there are no contact details to go with that, so I am only guessing that the person I researched is one and the same Riley James Milhem, therefore I won’t leave any links to his site.

      Thanks for stopping by, I love receiving comments 🙂

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