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Ashes to Ashes (original 1999; edition 1999)

by Tami Hoag

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Title:Ashes to Ashes
Authors:Tami Hoag
Info:Bantam (1999), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 496 pages
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Ashes to Ashes is yet another in a long line of serial killer novels. Based on the way the subject is handled in modern fiction, you would think that every fourth person in the United States is a serial killer. Most serial killer novels I have read are weak. Unfortunately this novel falls into that category.

In this case, a serial killer in Minnesota performs ritualistic ceremonies on his victims and then sets them on fire. One of his victims, the daughter of a billionaire, manages to escape the killer. Kate Conlan, a former FBI agent gets involved in the case, along with her former lover Peter Quinn. In a shocking surprise, the killer wants to claim Kate as his next victim, which is about as cliché as you can possibly get in serial killer novels. I have seen the same trope used so often it makes me want to throw the book at the wall when I read it. This novel is poorly written and not worth reading.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Aug 17, 2014 |
One thing I like about Tami Hoag is her ability to mash suspense and romance with just the right mix. Usually Ashes to Ashes was great as a suspense novel, mystery, but it was simply dreadful as a romance. The romance was ham-handed and got in the way of the plot so much that it was distracting. Not one of her best. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 9, 2014 |
Excellently terrifying story. Tami Hoag is an amazing mystery/thriller author. ( )
  carfor12 | Jan 10, 2014 |
Ashes to Ashes
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A killer known only as The Cremator tortures his victims and sets them on fire. Victims advocate Kate Conlon is called in to help a reluctant witness to the latest murder. However, things are not at they seem and Kate, together with FBI profiler John Quinn ,must get to the truth before Kate becomes the next victim.

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The book is 200 pages too long.

The serial killer plot has potential but becomes bogged down with the characters internal dialogue that is repetitious and tedious.

It is difficult to warm up to the main characters and their romance lacks chemistry - by the time they get over their angst, you don't care anymore. Kate comes across as cold and distant and John's burn out symptoms overshadow his profiling abilities.

There is too much focus on the various characters' emotional baggage and their constant internal ruminations really detract from the murder mystery and investigation.

No more for me in this series but will give the author another chance. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Apr 2, 2013 |
* Inherited from Mum's shelves.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553579606, Mass Market Paperback)

Some doctoral candidate is doubtless hard at work as you read this, trying to explain why and how the serial killer suddenly became every thriller writer's favorite subject. Meanwhile, the irrepressible Tami Hoag shows us in her latest sure-to-be-a-bestseller how the theme should be handled--with sensitivity, wit, and enough energy to heat a small city.

A monster known as the Cremator is killing prostitutes in Minneapolis parks and setting their bodies on fire. When one of his victims turns out to be the daughter of a local billionaire, and a homeless teenager claims to have witnessed the burning, it brings together former FBI agent Kate Conlan (now working as a victim-witness advocate) and the Bureau's top serial-killer profiler, John Quinn. Conlan and Quinn share a painful personal history; now they have to work together against a very smart lunatic who seems to be able to read their minds.

Although none of this is actually groundbreaking material, Hoag leaps into her story as if she were the very first writer to have thought of it. Guess what? Her innocence and verve are contagious. We throw skepticism to the winds and gladly go along for the thrilling and romantic ride, just as we did in other Hoag hits such as Cry Wolf, Dark Paradise, Guilty As Sin, Lucky's Lady, Magic, Night Sins, Still Waters, and A Thin Dark Line--all available in paperback. --Dick Adler

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As a serial killer known as The Cremator terrifies the city, witness advocate Kate Conlan must cope with a homeless teenage witness with a hidden agenda, a legendary FBI profiler, and a powerful businessman whose estranged daughter may have been a victim of the predator.… (more)

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