Part true crime and part fiction, this book was drew from two genres that I generally enjoy.
The true crime part came in as the author drew from the ToPart true crime and part fiction, this book was drew from two genres that I generally enjoy.
The true crime part came in as the author drew from the Torso Killer crimes that took place largely in the Cleveland area in the 1930s. The serial killer was never caught, and the killings took place amidst a backdrop of police corruption.
In modern times, our protagonist Theresa MacLean, a forensic scientist, gets called to a crime scene in which she examines a decapitated body. The police officers at the scene immediately tell her that the scene is reminiscent of the Torso Killer's works. While MacLean retains a more open mind, she soon concludes that not only does the scene have much in common with a Torso Killer's scene, but it may actually be the work of the Torso Killer.
Soon, other killings start happening around Cleveland, and MacLean intuits that either a copycat is at work or the Torso Killer is very old and is reliving his greatest hits.
The narrative flips back and forth in time between MacLean's investigation and the original investigation.
The plot was interesting, I found MacLean's character compelling, and the pacing was fine. However, for reasons I could never quite put my finger on, it took me about 2-3 times longer than usual to get through a book this length....more
Sarah goes home to Houston after she gets fired where she finds that both her hometown and her family have changed while she's been in New York.
Her siSarah goes home to Houston after she gets fired where she finds that both her hometown and her family have changed while she's been in New York.
Her sister Mackie has given up on trying to have a baby and Sarah decides to be a surrogate for Mackie and her husband. Meanwhile the sisters' father decides to remarry. And while Sarah navigates pregnancy, she fends off Mackie's attempts to play matchmaker with the guy Sarah unceremoniously dumped back in high school and temping at a preservationist society.
I wasn't at all sure what to expect from this book, but I was sucked into it about five pages in. The author's writing style made me feel as if I could have been reading a friend's blog. Had I been reading this in the summer (instead of in the middle of a blizzard), I'd have been content to curl up in a hammock and read this in one sitting.
I'm definitely going to add Ms. Center's other works on my "to read" list....more
When I started reading this book about a psychic from a family of matchmakers (but who herself can only find lost objects by touching the palm of theWhen I started reading this book about a psychic from a family of matchmakers (but who herself can only find lost objects by touching the palm of the person who lost the object), I thought it would be a predictable whodunit with a touch of romance. I was very pleasantly pleased to see that I was completely wrong.
At one point (I think it was something like Chapter Five), I thought I knew not only whodunit, but why. But it was only a little bit later that I figured out I was oh-so-wrong (yet again). There was a twist at the end that I didn't see coming (and neither did my mom, who shamelessly stole this book when I visited her for Christmas).
I was so taken in by this book that I really can't wait for the follow-ups to it, and I hope that it becomes a successful series. While (to be honest) it isn't a deep, profound read, it was nice to breeze through a book in three days that was just fun, light, and breezy....more