by Karin Slaughter
Dell, a Division of Random House (2010 Paperback Edition) $9.99 CAN.
Definitely, I was hooked by this suspenseful masterpiece from the minute I picked it up… I simply could not put it down. Karin Slaughter brought together a few of the characters that we have met before in her previous novels. In my opinion, Special Agent Will Trent is her most unforgettable character yet. As I have mentioned twice before in posts on Book One “Triptych” and Book Two “Fractured”, I LOVE Will Trent! I should start a fan club or something!
Will also has his quiet partner, Faith Mitchell, who is struggling with hiding her own personal issues all the while trying to help him uncover the madman who is collecting women and torturing them in an unground house of horror. For many reasons, the local police force are not that cooperative with sharing information, and you start to wonder why, as you turn each page discovering new and exciting twists within the story.
Seriously, my eyes were reading at an alarming pace as I sat beside our campfire in Algonquin Park this week. I was trying to race against the sun going down on me, and the fact that the red and orange flames really don’t give off enough light to continue to read… unless your children take turns lighting marshmellows on fire! Then, I was able to steal a few moments here and there to read another paragraph!
On our way out of the Park, I demanded (yes, this is true… demanded would be the proper word here) that we stop at “The Bookcase” bookstore located in downtown Huntsville. I pretty much ran to the store and inquired where I might find this book within their store. I was horrified to find out they were all sold out of this book and all her other books as well! I tried to remain calm, and ended up buying 6 other books while I was there, thanks to a wonderful gift certificate I received from attending the Muskoka Novel Marathon in July. I was Top Fund-Raiser for the event and ended up with a $100 Gift Certificate! Sweeeeet! This was perfect considering that I am an avid fan of reading!
Bottom line… Karin Slaughter did a fantastic job creating complex characters who you love and hate and wonder why they are doing what they are doing, until the final piece falls into place… and she has you running for her next book! Now, this is a talented women in Crime Fiction and I seriously recommend you getting your hands on one of her books right now!
This review was originally published on September 2, 2011 on my previous webpage that has since been deleted. ~ Lori Twining