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2.5 stars Not bad for a debut novel, and OK as a mystery, but I wouldn t call it a thriller Slow paced to start with, it didn t get really interesting until than a third of the way in, when I was about to call it quits Even towards the end there s only about 20 pages where the tension really ratchets up, and that has a 10 page flashback in the middle So overall, meh. Leuk boek. #DOWNLOAD ì Sunstroke ô This Debut Novel Features Gloria Mendez, A Secretary Who Discovers That Her Now Deceased Boss Was A Very Different Man Than She Had Thought Before She Had Been Madly In Love With Him Though He Was Twenty Years Older Than She, And Her Friends Probably Thought She Should Seek Someone Younger When He Disappears While On A Mexican Vacation, She Follows His Trail Way Into The Desert There She Discovers A Daunting Past Of Death And Betrayal, What Is Left From A Hidden Chaotic Past This is Jesse Kellerman s first published novel I ve read his others but missed this one until now He s a great talent he writes well, his characters are complex, and the plots well, hoo boy, you never know what s coming Very unexpected First you think, oh yeah, this thing is going to happen, and then, no, we re doing a hairpin turn here, folks He s also not afraid of twisty people Sunstroke not so much, but first one out of the gate, I guess he was just warming up In this book I particularly enjoyed that the main character was female, and not a silly one either I think Mr Kellerman got her just right The story takes its time getting moving some initial dragged out pacing but stick with it. When an earthquake hits Los Angeles, Gloria Mendez checks there s no damage to her apartment then heads off to drop in on her friend Barb before going to the office to see what damage has been done to her boss s collection of china figurines It sounds like an unlikely scenario, but Gloria is than a little obsessed with her boss Carl Perreira Carl s out of town on a trip to Mexico, and Gloria wants to make sure that everything s fine at the office where she helps Carl to run his joke shop supplies empire.The china figures are bashed, battered and broken, but the biggest worry is waiting for her on the answering machine a series of garbled messages from Carl that indicate there s been an accident Despite the final message telling her that everything s fine and he ll call her, it s clear that something s wrong For one thing, he hasn t called but when she speaks to the police, nobody seems to want to help her Gloria hops in her car and heads off to Mexico to try to get to the bottom of Carl s disappearance.Gloria is lonely and lovelorn At 36 she has a short marriage and an amicable divorce behind her, her early dreams of a medical career were dashed by a sick mother, and she s suffering from a general sense that there ought to be a bit to life Working on little than a hunch, she finds herself in the god forsaken ghost town of Aguas Vivas, trying to make sense of what happened With a fill it in yourself death certificate and an urn full of ashes, she s got to decide whether to accept the word of the local police chief that Carl s dead or do her own investigation.By turns increasingly unlikely, Gloria soon discovers that Carl s financial affairs are a bit complicated than she expected Who is the mysterious and wealthy Mr Gerusha whose name appears on the deeds to Carl s house Why has Carl been making big donations to local children s charities How was money taken out of Carl s bank account after he was allegedly already dead And are things what they seem with the attractive stranger who turns up claiming to be Carl s son Nobody else seems to care what happens and the she digs, the clearer it is that Carl Perreira has been hiding a lot of secrets and if Gloria doesn t try to make sense of the situation and find out what s really happened to Carl, nobody else will.Jesse Kellerman it s a he, not a she has a great pedigree He s the son of thriller writers Jonathon and Faye Kellerman and does appear to be a bit of a chip off the old block This is his first novel and was released in 2006 Whilst the twists and turns of the plot aren t up to the complexity of his father s work, and he sensibly avoids the psychobabble and fixation on Judaism that is common to the work of both his parents though apparently young Jesse also has a degree in psychology , he s put together a perfectly acceptable debut novel Personally, if my name was as gender ambiguous as Jesse, I might have chosen to start with a male protagonist and avoid the obvious questions of whether I could write a good novel from the point of view of the opposite sex, but on the whole, I was quite impressed by Sunstroke It s hard to see that Gloria could be a potential serial character because her involvement is too tied up in the personal relationship or lack of it with her boss, but that s not necessarily a bad thing Both of the senior Kellerman s have protagonists that get a bit wearing after a few reads.Kellerman paints some vivid images of the unlovable little town of Aguas Vivas with its record breaking cemetery, its run down cinema and its competing monumental masons I could feel the fetid air of the old cinema, see the cockroaches on the filthy floor of the motel and imagine the shimmer of the heat haze on the lake He creates a police chief so offensive as to be almost endearing in his sheer unpleasantness, and in Gloria we get someone that many of us will recognise and relate to who hasn t met a secretary with a slightly unhealthy and unrequited obsession with her much older boss In Carl s son Carlos, he provides us with a way to soften Gloria s hard edges and most of the rather small cast of players are quite well fleshed out There are some weaknesses, most obviously the way in which Gloria stumbles across the location of Aguas Vivas a little too easily and on only the most scratchy of phone messages, and some plot turns are just a touch too convenient for their own good, but on the whole, the story is easy to follow and doesn t require us to suspend our disbelief too greatly Key aspects of the plot are not sign posted in advance so badly that you know exactly where you are going I didn t know but I did care about whether Carl was really alive or dead and whether Gloria would get to the bottom of his past On the whole, I d have to say this was an entirely acceptable first novel and I ll certainly be looking out for his other two published novels The only mystery that remained at the end of the novel was the title I have no idea why it was called Sunstroke. Very different style from his father plots intiguing and characters complex When Gloria Mendez gets the call from her boss, she is concerned As far as she knew, Carl had gone for a vacation, giving her time off as well as his secretary But his message says that he is in trouble and even worse, she didn t get the message immediately so she has no idea where he is or what has happened to him.Gloria is thirty six, a divorcee with a policeman ex husband She has worked for Carl for several years and always felt that a romance would eventually happen with them There has never been any overt action by Carl that would make one believe that but self delusion is common and Gloria couldn t believe that her crush wouldn t one day lead to a relationship between them.Now she feels that she needs to go find Carl He has no one else and she feels responsible She goes to Mexico which was his destination but finds little answer except that he has died in a car crash She is sent home by a disreputable law officer with a vase of his cremated ashes When she gets home, however, she discovers that the urn doesn t contain human remains Then a mysterious stranger shows up and he is also looking for Carl They decide to join forces and as they search, Gloria learns things about Carl she would never have suspected But will her new knowledge help her find him This is the debut novel for Jesse Kellerman He comes from a writing family his father and mother, Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, are both writers in the mystery genre Prior to this novel, Jesse Kellerman has written plays and found success in that field Readers will be interested to read his first entry into the mystery genre This book is recommended for mystery readers. Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys In this book it s hard to tell A mystery within a mystery, Gloria s boss has a secret past of which she is unaware until she learns of his death She journeys to Mexico to find answers, but finds instead questions and intrigue How well do we really know anyone What started out as quite a good idea didn t turn into a good book I felt it was just me but the book dragged in the middle and to be honest I didn t care if the guy who might or might not have been murdered, was alive or dead I had to force myself to keep on reading, the author must believe that detailed descriptions adds to the athmosphere of his book whereas I just wanted to charachters to grow They seemed one dimensional.The ending was a mess, there had been so many misdirections and twists that went no where it was a job unravelling them all The story concluded and we discovered most of what happened with a few loose ends left hanging for the reader to think about Normally I would like that style, it makes it seem real and interesting if you have some input into what happened, but I didn t care in this case A disappointing read. It started off well enough The backstory we were fed to develop Gloria s backstory was believable Unfortunately, I found myself agreeing with the majority of the characters in the book in that I didn t care what really happened to Carl I can suspend belief enough in the various explanations of what really happened, but to develop Gloria s character as the author did and then abandon ship is an unforgivable offence in my eyes I m also as stunned to learn the author has a wife, as how he wrote his protagonist would suggest he thinks of women as mythical creatures that have no consistencies in their retelling Overall, this was a disappointing book, with few really well developed minor characters.