Sara Linton, the county coroner, happens upon the body of Sybil Adams who was horrifically raped and mutilated. The investigation is headed by JefferySara Linton, the county coroner, happens upon the body of Sybil Adams who was horrifically raped and mutilated. The investigation is headed by Jeffery Tolliver, police chief and Sara's ex-husband. Soon after the investigation starts, another victim turns up and that leads them to believe that a sexual predator is on the prowl in their county. As the deviant's MO becomes evident, Sara begins to see a possible connection to her past.
I read this book right after I finished Karin Slaughter's Pretty Girls. This book was just as thrilling and violent. Maybe not as much, but close. I had an inkling of who the creep was soon after he was introduced. I am not telling how I know. His motivations remained a mystery though. But as soon as that was revealed, the novel ended. That is the one thing that I didn’t like. The motivation, and catching the bad guy and saving his victim, it was all jammed into one chapter (Unlike Pretty Girls).
But apart from that, it was quite the page-turner. Highly recommended. ...more
It all started with the disappearance of a 19 year old Julia Carroll. The investigation into her disappearance petered out and the only person left loIt all started with the disappearance of a 19 year old Julia Carroll. The investigation into her disappearance petered out and the only person left looking for her was her father, Sam Carroll. The disappearance took on a toll on the family and send everyone in different directions.
Sam couldn't let go of what happened and kept looking into what happened to Julia. This damaged his relationship with the rest of his family; he got divorced from his wife, Helen and as much as he tried couldn't reconnect with his other daughters, Lydia and Claire. This kept going until he ended up killing himself.
Lydia, the second oldest, was an adventurous young lady to start with but after Julia's disappearance she spiraled out of control and became addicted to drugs. Claire, the youngest, retreated into a cocoon. She kept her feelings bottled up and didn’t trouble anyone. It was around this time that Claire met Paul Scott. He was a lanky, geeky fellow and was well-liked by all. So when Lydia accused him of rape, neither Claire nor Helen believed her, and dismissed it as the ravings of a drug addict. This created a rift between them. Lydia leaves home. Eventually she gets clean, had a beautiful daughter, began dating and owned her own pet grooming business. Claire went on to marry Paul Scott.
Twenty years pass by. Claire's seemingly perfect life comes tumbling down when, Paul gets killed in front of her, in a mugging gone wrong. She happens upon Paul's snuff porn collection, which she begins to suspect is real. Especially when one of the girls in the movies bears a more than striking resemblance to Anna Kilpatrick, a teenage girl who went missing recently. She goes to the police with this but they dismiss her doubts, attributing it to the recent trauma and the fact that she lost her sister. However, her suspicions are quickly reinforced when she comes across detailed dossiers on a number of women, maintained by Paul. Confused and needing answers, she gets back in touch with her estranged sister, Lydia. They both begin digging into Paul's life and uncover dark secrets, cover ups and a connection to their sister, Julia.
I could go on but I am afraid I might give away the ending. So, about the novel- I liked it. It was suspenseful. Proper edge of the seat, pins and needles stuff. The plot was well developed and well thought out. The violence was a bit much though. I don’t think I've ever read something with violence so graphic. Granted, it was necessary for the plot but it was a bit too much for me. I must admit, I am still a bit queasy.
I liked the different POV format but it was a bit difficult to follow. Especially Sam Carroll's part. It would just come out of nowhere sometimes. I felt for Sam though- he used to write Julia and that stuff really made me sad. He was quite tortured from not knowing what had happened to Julia and that came out through his words. But the last part about his dream of Julia getting married, that was over doing it. It felt forced and artificial. I didn't even read that properly.
The character development for Claire and Lydia could have been better. One is an addict, the other is not. One has a kid, the other does not. There ends the difference between them. For the most part, they felt like the same person to me. But I really liked the way Claire transformed from being the controlled to the controller. She hadn’t had to do much thinking when she was with Paul. But when things started to get dicey, she gathered her wits rather quickly and dealt with things without flinching or second guessing herself. That was cool. Same goes for her mom, Helen.
All in all, I enjoyed the novel. It was definitely worth the read. Highly recommended to all who like thrillers....more
I loved it. I watched the King & Maxwell show a while back but never got around to reading the book it was based on. Figured it wouldn't be any diI loved it. I watched the King & Maxwell show a while back but never got around to reading the book it was based on. Figured it wouldn't be any different. Was I wrong about that. Full excitement, plenty of suspense and humorous at times. Definitely my kind of novel. If you haven't read it yet, do so now. :)...more
**spoiler alert** The book was alright. I didn't love it but it was fine. There was suspense and it was thrilling but it felt like there wasn't much e**spoiler alert** The book was alright. I didn't love it but it was fine. There was suspense and it was thrilling but it felt like there wasn't much effort put into the book. And here's why. I found some glaring problems with the investigation into the murders. I thought it could have been more thorough. Like when Cindy Thomas connected the shooting at the church to the murder of Estelle Chipman. The autopsy revealed that there was skin under Estelle's fingernails. Anyone who has ever watched an episode of CSI knows that if you get some skin cells from under a victim's fingernails then it might belong to the suspect, and therefore, you run it through the DNA database to see if it matches with any bad guy the police already know about. And yet, no one in this book thought about doing that. It could have led them to Rusty Coombs in the beginning itself. At the very least, it would have thrown up a familial match to Frank Coombs who's DNA would be in the system since he spent 20 years in prison. In fact, all the deaths in the novel could have been avoided if they had run the DNA check. Oh well....more
I liked it. Not awesome but good. Predictable; I figured out who the bad guy was quite fast. The twist in the end wasn't that great though. I was likeI liked it. Not awesome but good. Predictable; I figured out who the bad guy was quite fast. The twist in the end wasn't that great though. I was like "oh.. meh"....more