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  • Paperback
  • 322 pages
  • Vodka Doesn't Freeze
  • Leah Giarratano
  • English
  • 20 July 2018

10 thoughts on “Vodka Doesn't Freeze

  1. says:

    I m struggling a bit with how to rate this book The first half was quite patchy and disjointed with different voices telling their part of the story and felt like it needed a good edit to make itcohesive It was almost as if the author was trying to put too many ideas and situations into the book which deals with child abduction, pedophilia, and child pornography As the main characters we have a female cop who was herself abducted and abused as a child, a psychotherapist who is feeling o I m struggling a bit with how to rate this book The first half was quite patchy and disjointed with different voices telling their part of the story and felt like it needed a good edit to make itcohesive It was almost as if the author was trying to put too many ideas and situations into the book which deals with child abduction, pedophilia, and child pornography As the main characters we have a female cop who was herself abducted and abused as a child, a psychotherapist who is feeling overwhelmed by her child sex abuse patients and a man who runs a pedophile ring and his unpleasant off sider as the main characters I found it difficult to feel connected to these characters early in the book but once the story all came together later on and concentrated on the main thread it was much better and I finally felt interested in where the story was going There was also the bonus of an unexpected ending


  2. says:

    When Sergeant Jill Jackson was called out on her day off by Scotty, her partner, she didn t expect it to be the beginning of a violent few weeks But the murder of a man in his 40s in the sand dunes, overlooking young children swimming and playing in the sand set alarm bells off in her mind It also caused her own terrible nightmares to resurface For a camera with horrifying images on it, lying beside a man with his fly open, gave them all the realization that he wasn t just sunbaking.After mor When Sergeant Jill Jackson was called out on her day off by Scotty, her partner, she didn t expect it to be the beginning of a violent few weeks But the murder of a man in his 40s in the sand dunes, overlooking young children swimming and playing in the sand set alarm bells off in her mind It also caused her own terrible nightmares to resurface For a camera with horrifying images on it, lying beside a man with his fly open, gave them all the realization that he wasn t just sunbaking.Aftermen were found brutally murdered, all men who were on the child sex offenders register, the police investigators came to the conclusion that someone was doing their job taking the dangerous paedophiles off the street They had a serial killer on the loose but should they apprehend him After all, he was doing a great service to the safety of the children of their community.As the investigation dug deeper, the paedophile ring which was operating in Sydney became apparent But finding the ring leader was proving to be difficult, and shutting the gang down was a priority Jill was in danger, her past was catching up with her, and her OCD seemed to be taking over But she was determined to catch this group, whatever the cost Would she be able to shut it down beforechildren were harmed Was her own life on the line An absolutely gripping thriller from Aussie author Leah Giarratano, the first in the Jill Jackson series The pace was intense, the violence sensational, the plot brilliant I have no hesitation in recommending this one highly


  3. says:

    Leah Giarratano is a trauma psychologist based in Sydney Among her clients have been victims of sexual abuse and men serving sentences for child abuse VODKA DOESN T FREEZE is her first novel I had the good fortune to hear Giarratano speak last year She talked about the book being cathartic for her She regarded it as an exercise to purge herself of bottled up emotions She never expected a publisher to accept it.VODKA DOESN T FREEZE isn t an easy book It is a very dark subject Giarratano wr Leah Giarratano is a trauma psychologist based in Sydney Among her clients have been victims of sexual abuse and men serving sentences for child abuse VODKA DOESN T FREEZE is her first novel I had the good fortune to hear Giarratano speak last year She talked about the book being cathartic for her She regarded it as an exercise to purge herself of bottled up emotions She never expected a publisher to accept it.VODKA DOESN T FREEZE isn t an easy book It is a very dark subject Giarratano writes about A subject that is difficult to explore However, the reader who can make it through is rewarded It offers some insights in ways perhaps not expected by the author or the reader Yes, it does demonstrate how different people deal with being sexually abused, but what I found was that perhaps inadvertently the author has shown something of the emotional toll taken on professionals who deal with sex offenders in their working life.VODKA DOESN T FREEZE is a nomination for the 2008 Ned Kelly Awards for Best First Fiction and a well deserved one


  4. says:

    Vodka Doesn t Freeze kicks off with the brutal murder of a man with his pants down Upon investigation it becomes evident that he was a paedophile Soon,men are murdered and the common denominator that links them is their membership in a club for paedophiles.The heavy topic of paedophelia is written very realistically No morbid details are spared everything is laid out in an honest way, thus giving you a sense of horror The villains are written in such a way where their sleaziness an Vodka Doesn t Freeze kicks off with the brutal murder of a man with his pants down Upon investigation it becomes evident that he was a paedophile Soon,men are murdered and the common denominator that links them is their membership in a club for paedophiles.The heavy topic of paedophelia is written very realistically No morbid details are spared everything is laid out in an honest way, thus giving you a sense of horror The villains are written in such a way where their sleaziness and disgusting behaviours are completely believable, hence it s easy to instantly dislike them and anticipate their destruction As for the main character Jill, she seemed to be someone who s supposed to be smart and tough but I quickly changed my mind because she was attacked twice within a day or two and a fewtimes in the book Getting attacked in that line of work is not unusual but Jill seemed to be an easy, constant victim not what I d expect from someone who works out a lot and has fighting abilities.I didn t like how most of the book was about Jill s dark past I ve noticed the tendency of many books to feature a protagonist with a mysterious, difficult or dark past and it s getting stale It also isn t necessary to keep reminding the reader that Jill has suffered and she s haunted by the memories When I read crime books, I read them for the crime, not for the character hence the steady bombardment related to her traumatic experience was unnecessary It was also pointless to keep reminding the reader that Jill always works out and to tell us that she jogs, runs etc or that she has a flat, concave stomach It s better to keep it simple and say she practices a healthy lifestyle and is in shape and end it there.As for the cases, they were interesting but bogged down by the constant shift in perspectives Sometimes the story is told from Jill s perspective or the paedophiles or the paedophiles running a ring, Mercy etc It seemed to lack focus and was distracting Meanwhile, I felt that the police focused too much on finding out those who are in the paedophile ring rather than tracking down the killer Of course, as mentioned in the book itself, there s the question of whether one should even catch the killer since they re getting rid of absolutely disgusting immoral perverts However, when you re investigating, you re supposed to be objective and the main aim should be figuring out who the killer is They didn t seem to study things like how the crime was committed, force of the blows and narrowing it down to who could have done those Basically it just felt all over the place instead of looking for the killer, they ended up focusing on the paedophile ring.The twist towards the end was something unexpected to me but it only reminded me again that they really didn t focus on catching the one who killed those paedophiles If view spoiler Dr Griffen hadn t made that confession, they would have never realized he and Mercy had been the killers hide spoiler It s just ridiculous that the police didn t find out who did it but they had it handed to them on a silver platter Overall, it was a decent book but the investigation aspect was pretty mediocre


  5. says:

    I had been looking for a book set specifically in Australia, but no particular genre The title grabbed my attention and the description hooked me in Mind you, I had put my local public library to go to a bit of trouble getting my copy They kindly had a copy set to me from another library in a completely different Stateall the way from Las Vegas Nevada That s 420 miles away and at no cost to me at all We are lucky to have a splendid library system here Was the story worth going to such I had been looking for a book set specifically in Australia, but no particular genre The title grabbed my attention and the description hooked me in Mind you, I had put my local public library to go to a bit of trouble getting my copy They kindly had a copy set to me from another library in a completely different Stateall the way from Las Vegas Nevada That s 420 miles away and at no cost to me at all We are lucky to have a splendid library system here Was the story worth going to such trouble YES Without synopsizing the story I really don t care for book reviews that detail a story too much I ll say that the characters, their machinations and motivations were all well formed Being a psychiatrist, the author has a keen insight into the inner criminal mind One character in particular, a smarmy villain named Jamaal Mahmoud is fleshed out quite effectively However, there were some points that I didn t care for, both in plot and structure Firstly, I found myself skimming over many areas that added nothing to the plot but really slow the story down scenes with Jill Jackson s family, long stretches about her feelings, etc I m a guy, I don t care about that I also thought bits were predictable, and a scene involving the abduction of a 12 year old boy off the street into a van seemed unoriginal Also, I thought the Epilogue was unnecessary and a mistake The author should have left the door open for the return of a key character.I was flip flopping between rating this 3 or 4 stars Considering it is the authors first published book, and quite well done, I ll give it a 4 star reward for it s overall success as a character driven psychological thriller


  6. says:

    It was not a bad book but what irked was the main character being assaulted not once but twice in 48 hours and it seemed to add nothing to the story line except to say she is female and vulnerable or it was an excuse to get her home and resting with the family or it was an excuse to bring out the characters tortured past Made me think this character, apart from carrying a lot of baggage is almost incapable of functioning and it really did weaken her for me I was not looking for her to being a It was not a bad book but what irked was the main character being assaulted not once but twice in 48 hours and it seemed to add nothing to the story line except to say she is female and vulnerable or it was an excuse to get her home and resting with the family or it was an excuse to bring out the characters tortured past Made me think this character, apart from carrying a lot of baggage is almost incapable of functioning and it really did weaken her for me I was not looking for her to being a hero but to be completely unaware of your surroundings, especially with the second attack and when the character is so hell bent on her own personal security all the time, just did not make sense Apart from that a good read but would recommend for people with young kids as it is will probably make you never let them out again


  7. says:

    4.5 stars This Aussie crime drama was everything the seeminglypopular Hades wasn t realistic, thoroughly researched, gritty, tense and engrossing, with a main character you can relate to and sympathise with Sgt Jill Jackson is the survivor of horrible childhood abuse who now must face her emotional demons as she investigates the deaths of several known pedophiles She must ask herself as we all might does she really care who killed these monstrous men as long as they can no longer c 4.5 stars This Aussie crime drama was everything the seeminglypopular Hades wasn t realistic, thoroughly researched, gritty, tense and engrossing, with a main character you can relate to and sympathise with Sgt Jill Jackson is the survivor of horrible childhood abuse who now must face her emotional demons as she investigates the deaths of several known pedophiles She must ask herself as we all might does she really care who killed these monstrous men as long as they can no longer commit their heinous crimes The investigation brings her ever closer to a well organised, sleazy you have to say evil pedophile ring, the destroying of which seems like a much better use of police resources Vodka Doesn t Freeze isn t for the faint of heart if you re sensitive to abuse storylines I am and usually avoid this subject matter but this was well done and ultimately cathartic for both Jill and the reader I m going to steel my nerve and read the next book in this series because a realistic, tough yet damaged, intelligent Australian female detective is hard to find out there I m glad I found Jill Jackson


  8. says:

    Vodka Doesn t Freeze by Leah Giarrantano is a Murder Mystery with hard hitting storyline.Sergeant Jill Jackson is investigating a brutal murder.The victim is a dangerous known paedophile.As the investigation deepens, Jill unearths a paedophile ring that has been establish for many years.The members are being killed off and they are known child sex offenders to the Police.There is a serial killer on the loose.Jill is detemined to close down the paedophile ring and ensure the safety of the childre Vodka Doesn t Freeze by Leah Giarrantano is a Murder Mystery with hard hitting storyline.Sergeant Jill Jackson is investigating a brutal murder.The victim is a dangerous known paedophile.As the investigation deepens, Jill unearths a paedophile ring that has been establish for many years.The members are being killed off and they are known child sex offenders to the Police.There is a serial killer on the loose.Jill is detemined to close down the paedophile ring and ensure the safety of the children, who are not safe until they are stopped.Jill comes face to face with these predators.Will she stop them Will she find the killer Will she survive This is a brutally honest book that may shock you with it s descriptions,but well worth reading


  9. says:

    A rivetting but somewhat harrowing book.Suspected paedophiles are being killed, possibly the victims of a serial killer The police particularly Sgt Jill Jackson, former paedophile victim have mixed feelings about chasing the killer they ve tried to have the victims convicted but have been beaten by slick lawyers But Jill takes a different tack what if the serial killer can lead them to the paedophile ring his victims belong to


  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this Detective Jill Jackson has a troubled background which is brought to the fore when she has to investigate murders of paedolphiles Present day and past start mingling as the action hots up.


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Vodka Doesn't FreezeWhen A Middle Aged Man Is Brutally Murdered In The Dunes Overlooking A Children S Pool, It S Immediately Clear To Sergeant Jill Jackson That This Was No Ordinary Victim Someone Has Stopped A Dangerous Paedophile In His Tracks Knowing First Hand The Impact Of Such Men On Their Prey, Jill Is Ambivalent About Pursuing The Killer, But When Men Die All Known To Police As Child Sex Offenders She Is Forced To Face The Fact That A Serial Killer Is On The LooseAs The Investigation Deepens, Jill Unearths A Long Established Sydney Paedophile Ring A Club Of Wealthy Men Who Have Thought Until Now That That They Are Untouchable Despite The Deaths Of Some Of Its Members, The Club Is Still Operating And Until Jill Can Shut It Down, Children Are Still In Grave Danger As She Faces Predators And Their Victims, A Psychotherapist Losing Her Mind, And Her Own Nightmares Come To Life, Jill Is Forced To Decide Whether Or Not She Really Wants To Catch This Killer


About the Author: Leah Giarratano

Dr Leah Giarratano has had a long career as a clinical psychologist Her professional background offers a unique selling point in this genre and gives an authenticity to her writing Leah is an expert in psychological trauma, sex offences and psychopathology and has had many years assessing psychopaths and treating their victims She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, with the defence force, and in the corrections system with offenders who suffer severe personality disorders She has assessed and treated survivors of just about every imaginable psychological trauma, including hostages war veterans rape, assault and accident victims and has worked with police, fire and ambulance officers In 2009 Leah began her television career, presenting Channel 7 s top rating Beyond the Darklands program, on which Leah was the expert psychologist who delved into the psyche of Australia s most fearsome criminals.