Recent Reviews for Lila L Pinord
Min's Monster (Book) - 2/1/2009 11:29:42 AM|
Lila Pinord's "Min's Monster" was a fantastic read. The chapters are fairly quick, and I found myself "finding time" in my busy schedule to "read just one more..." Although the beginning was a bit slow to start for me - more so of my hectic schedule, rather than anything else - that did not last long at all...the author quickly reels you in and DOES NOT let go!
I loved the way the characters were brought together by fate, and more so, the way the author incorporates local legends into the storyline.
A very, very enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books!
J.R. Reardon, author, "Confidential Communications"
Min's Monster (Book) - 1/15/2009 12:30:44 AM
"A Page Turning Chill Ride!"
Lila Pinord's suspense/thriller, Min's Monster, is definitely a page turner. I planned to start reading it this afternoon, figuring I'd probably finish it tomorrow because I had other things I needed to get done today. Wrong! Once I was into the story there was no way I was going to put it down before I found out what happened in the end.
This is the second novel by Pinord that I've had the pleasure of experiencing. I say "experiencing" rather than just "reading" because that's the way I feel when I jump into one of her books. It reminds me of hopping into one of the cars on a track at a Disneyland thrill ride and you just hold on for the duration of the ride, never quite knowing for sure what's coming around the next bend.
As with Pinord's other novel, Skye Dancer, she has once again drawn from her own Native American background adding just enough slices of that culture's tradition and folklore to add a unique, underlying, "mystical" dimension to the story. In doing so I believe Pinord is not only helping to keep the Native American culture from vanishing but she is bringing intriguing elements of it into the world of readers outside of that culture.
Also in keeping with Skye Dancer, her other suspense/thriller, Pinord has created yet another disturbingly creepy villain to terrorize the victim. This time the villain is a maniacal, seriously deranged serial killer recently escaped from a minimum security prison located near a coastal fishing village in Washington State. The victim is an innocent 12-year-old Native American girl named Min Wills who lives in the village.
It's sometime in the 1950s. It's the day before Thanksgiving. Min's family decides to make the 100-mile trip into the city to do some pre-Thanksgiving shopping. Min, however, decides to stay home alone. We know right away, this can't be good. A light snow begins to fall but soon evolves into a full-blown, wind-howling, snow storm. Again, not a good sign. Meanwhile, a serial killer - a huge monster of a man - is making his escape, tramping through the forests and heading straight for the village. The wind is beginning to howl, it's freezing cold outside, and you know things can only get worse from this point on. Think about it. You're 12 years old. You're home alone. Your house is relatively isolated from the others in the village. Your family is a hundred miles away. A snow storm is getting so bad it will soon make the roads impossible to navigate. A deranged serial killer - so brutal that he cut out his mother's tongue - is on the loose and is approaching the village. Worse yet, it's nearly nightfall. If this isn't a set-up for a terrifying nightmare, I don't know what is.
You might want to put on a heavy, winter coat when you read Min's Monster because if the blustering cold from the wind and snow that Pinord manages to sustain throughout the pages doesn't get you then the spine-tingling chill of the night chase through the dark woods - to an uncertain end - most assuredly will.
Min's Monster (Book) - 12/6/2008 6:17:38 PM
Strong suspense, great sense of place
Min's Monster takes place during and right after a terrific snowstorm in Washington State. Pinord lets us into the minds of a serial killer escaping from prison, a child (Min) hidden upstairs in the house in which he holes up, the child's parents, a sherrif's deputy struggling with a bittersweet homecoming, and the killer's mother, victim, and father of a victim.
As Pinord ratchets up the suspense and lets the blizzard howl, we learn more about the killer's serial past. Young readers beware: Pinord gets a bit graphic describing his crimes.
Pinord has created a vivid, evil monster to hate. Min is easy to root for: her "let me try" attitude makes her very sympathetic.
I liked how Pinord weaved in a few Native American trivia and legends - the "tomanous" concept was fascinating, and it provided a nice overall theme to the story. I look forward to reading Pinord's other books.