Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BBAW: Review and Giveaway - The Shimmer by David Morrell

I am really excited to tell you about a new thriller by David Morrell called The Shimmer!! I love reading novels that keep you on edge and wondering what’s going to happen next, and this book didn’t disappoint.

Dan Page is a police officer who has seen his share of the bad side of humanity. Out of the blue, his wife disappears and turns up in a small remote town in Texas called Rostov. This town has made headlines due to an unexplained phenomenon called the Rostov Lights. Strangely, people don’t just feel like this is an ordinary tourist destination – many people feel called and compelled to go to Rostov and see the lights.

A terrifying incident happens the night Officer Page finds his wife at the observation area of the Rostov Lights. A gunman begins shooting at the lights – and then turns his gun on the gathered crowd. This leads to a series of events that causes Page and his wife to try and solve the mystery of the lights…a mystery that dates back to the original settlers of the town – and probably before.

As the Afterward points out, this book is fiction – but a “surprising amount of reality is in The Shimmer. Rostov is based on a real town in West Texas (Marfa), and real stories (the way certain people – including a variation of a story about a famous actor – reacted or changed after viewing the lights) are in the novel. I couldn’t get enough of the stories, and have been looking into finding out other information about the lights.

I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good thriller. This book will keep you guessing and I might even venture to say you might not want to put it down!!

And since it's Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and that's pretty exciting, I want to do a giveaway!!! Here are the rules: Leave a comment on this post telling me who your favorite thriller author is. You MUST leave an email address in your post, or your comment will be deleted (sorry, dem's the breaks!). I'll accept entries until Sunday, September 27 and will announce the winner on Monday, September 28!! Pretty exciting, huh?!?!

Good luck and happy reading!!!!!!!Check Spelling

18 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Great giveaway! I'm going to say John Sandford - are his books considered thrillers? milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Lisa in Oz said...

I'm going to go for one of my husband's favorites, Matthew Reilly. survivingoz at gmail dot com.

traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway. A thriller author whose books I enjoy is Christopher Reich. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol said...

My favorite thriller author is Joseph Finder. Thank you for the giveaway!
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Anita Yancey said...

My favorite thriller author is Jeffery Deaver. Please enter me. Thanks!

Anita Yancey said...

Sorry I forgot my email address.
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Kat Bryan said...

I'll have to say my old stand-by, Stephen King.

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Julie P. said...

My favorite thriller writer is Michael Connelly but I'm dying to read this book because Mr. Morrell is a Penn State grad (and so am I!)

Thanks for the giveaway!

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brainella said...

Book giveaway! I'm there. This one sounds interesting. Pick me! :)

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Hilltop said...
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Hilltop said...

Okay, I'm going old-school on you here, and maybe he was more mystery than thriller, but my favorite is Wilkie Collins. Read Woman in White and Moonstone (among others!), and some of his short stories like The Traveller's Story of a Terribly Strange Bed or Nine O'Clock, and tell me they aren't thrillers! Thanks so much for this blog - it's definitely my favorite! (...and no, I'm not just kissin' up!)

George said...

Oh yeah: gbshawjr at gmail dot com

Rebekah said...

I'm a fan of Dean Koontz. Kind of thriller, kind of supernatural.

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Erika Lynn said...

I love James Patterson. His books always thrill me just enough.
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Lauren said...

My favorite thriller author is probably James Patterson. Thanks for the giveaway, KS!
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