Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Crash Into Me by Jill Sorenson
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Publisher: Bantam Books
Pub. Date: January 2009
Sales Rank: 12,016
Back Book blurb:
Though he's gone into virtual seclusion, Ben Fortune was still the world's most famous surfer, known as much for his good looks as for his skill. He's also a suspect in a series of brutal murders that may have begun with his late wife. Now FBI Special Agent Sonora "Sonny" Vasquez has been sent undercover to the elite beach community of La Jolla to make friends with Fortune. With her fierce beauty and take-no-prisoners attitude, she's more than equipped for the job, and soon she and Ben have collided in an affair that is both intense and irresistible. But for the first-and worst-time in Sonny's career, her emotions are threatening to get the better of her. Could this sensual, wounded man, who is genuinely anguished over his troubled daughter, really be a killer? And could falling in love blind Sonny to the greatest danger of all?
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My Thoughts: I find myself really enjoying this book. I didn't want to put the book down. I want to know what going to happen next. There were many twist and turn, even surprises while we as reader try to figure out the suspect of murders(I figure out right away!). We discover things about "Sonny" background and it interesting because it coincidences with the crimes. It just seem like Jill Sorenson had covered every issues thrown in. There is murder, dysfunctional families, issues with teenage sex, drugs, gay..etc. But it really interesting as you learn things about each characters. I really enjoy this book, because it was sorta different pace of reading I've read lately. And yes, I fear I may have spoilers few things. It hard for me not to spoilers anything but at lease I didn't reveal "whodunnit" ;)
When an unexpected new evidence came to light on the SoCal Strangler case, Sonny is sent to southern California coast to continue the case and find the killer. Apparently the man who they thought were SoCal Strangler, had committed suicide and confessed in his suicide note that he didn't do it. And apology. Now Sonny's boss, an Special Agent in Charge Leland Grant, think the killer could be a surfer. He suspect it Ben Fortune. Sonny try to figure out how to get closer to Ben without being the "beach bunny", because that isn't who she is. But a answer came to her when she saw Ben's sixteen years old daughter Carly drowning in the beach water.
Ben fell in love with her when he realized she is not like all the other women he used to date. He couldn't stop thinking about her, and when he see her he just want her under his skin. But each time he get close to kissing her, Sonny freeze up and get too tense. She couldn't let Ben get too close to her because of her background history of abuse. But she couldn't tell Ben about it. And she didn't want to blow her under cover either. But when they are together, she couldn't help but want him too. The romance story between Ben and Sonny were electrifying! They gave a whole meaning of foreplay in a interesting light *grin*. Different scenes, exciting and hot! When they are together it always powerful and intense. Love it!
I love the interaction relationship between Ben and his daughter Carly. They had so much to catch up on, since Ben was never around when his wife was alive. And he felt guilty for all the years when he wasn't there for both of them. And you can tell he want to change that of himself and make thing right with Carly. But there lay a heavy issues with Carly, who used self abuse for pain to get attention. A loud cry for help. Ben need to remind her that he loves her everyday, was a simple reminder that she is not alone in this world and that he is here for her now. Their conversation between them were funny at some point and some were even emotionally intense too.
Than there is secondary romance between Carly and James. These two are fit when they are together. Two abuse soul who need each other to learn that they are the good people. Despite James' family bad situation at home and his abuse, he was able to show Carly that he care and that he love her. This is a true portray of teenagers issues from two different family background, different world. It really a sweet relationship between them. And when Ben see this, at first he was protective with Carly until he realized that James is good guy.
Than there is Carly and Sonny interaction where Sonny can see through Carly's issues and understood the problem. At first Carly was too hard on her but once she got to know her a bit, she warm up to her. I think that Sonny brought out the good in Carly and Ben and gotten them closer together.
Crash Into Me is a edgy suspense, with likable and real flaw characters that you really care about. It was easy pace reading, well written plot with twist and turn, sensuality and intense. Tough heroine and hero you will grow to love too. And the "whodunnit" may have been surprise to the others but I figure out sooner than I thought ;)
Grade: 4 1/2 stars (Really enjoy it! Go grab a copy!)