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27 Bones - Jonathan Nasaw
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27 Bones - Jonathan Nasaw
Advantages: Gripping, engaging characters, in a book you won't want to put down!
This is the third book in the series and again features FBI Agent Pender.
Up until now I have never come across this author, but it was recommended to me by Amazon.co.uk as I've previously purchased other Horror/Thriller books from them. The plot that was given was so intriguing that I just had to buy it!
This story is based in the Caribbean where we immediately come across the Epps, a husband and wife team of Anthropologists (Bone studiers). They are attending a deathbed ritual where the lucky heir who is closest to the bed at the time, will suck the dying breath in, and gain the persons immortal soul and eternal youth! Emily Epp ends up inhaling the dying breath when a fight breaks out between the dying man's sons, and as one brother delivers the fatal blow to the other, he staggers forward and breaths into her mouth.
The Epps then go on to killing others for their souls with the belief of retaining eternal youth.
Bennie, the surviving brother joins them on their killing spree as he wants his father's soul and chops off the right hand off the victims before they die as he will need these to restore his family's wealth on the other side!! As you may or may not know, the hand contains 27 bones, hence the title!
Agent Pender is brought in on the case to catch the Machete Man. This isn't an easy case to solve, but will Pender be able to work out who the killers are before he too becomes a victim?
When reading horror/thriller books in the past, I have always enjoyed trying to fathom out who the killer/s are all by myself. With this book like I said at the start, the reader is fully aware of who the culprits are. After reading who were behind these gruesome murders, I wondered quite how the story was going to unfold from there and whether or not it would ruin the enjoyment and suspense for me. In this case I'm pleased to say I found the story to be equally as compelling as other books in its field.
This book throws you right in at the deep end, into the sick and sexually explicit lives of the killers. Although you know who committed these gruesome crimes, you gradually get to find out why and how they have been able to get away with it for so long. Fans of Silence of The Lambs may wish to note that the story is very similar in style to it, as it delves into the equally sick and morbid world of sociopaths and their multiple personalities.
The story is split up into very short chapters taking us back and forth between the characters and how their lives intertwine, but without becoming too confusing.
Even though there are numerous characters contained in this story, you never feel that there’s too many. Nasaw handled this perfectly without making any of the characters one dimensional. Instead you’ll find each of the characters very engaging and explored in depth, so you always feel that they’re there for a reason and not just for the sake of.
I found this book very hard to put down as each chapter contains so much gripping tension that’ll you’ll find yourself eager to reach the next.
I must warn you though that this book isn’t for the faint hearted, as it contains scenes of a sexually graphic and violent nature. I wouldn’t say there was a large amount of this in the book, but at times it was very difficult to read how some of the victims met their end.
I never felt that they were written for the sake of shocking unnecessarily, but were there to complete the story, and to gain a better understanding of the central characters.
The theme of this book I believe is that people aren't always as they seem. On the outside the Epps appear to be just your everyday run of the mill couple to the people around them, but when they're behind closed doors it's a very different story.
The author during the course of the book really drummed home this theme and made me think that it's always wise to be slightly on your guard as you don't really know anyone inside and out.
I have never really been one for sitting down to reading a book as I don't settle very easily. This book however kept me firmly in my chair, and I read it in one afternoon. The story for me was just so compelling if not chilling at times, but was written in such away that made everything and everyone in it so engaging and believable that I had to know what would become of the characters. To break things up a little the story does contain a romance between two of the characters.
This is written beautifully, but is kept to a minimum so as not to detract from the main plot.
To summarize, this book is a very well written and inventive story that will appeal to fans of Lisa Gardner and Martina Cole. It has a variety of main characters that are all equally engaging and believable and keeps you guessing right up until the very end, as to the fate of the Epps and Bennie as well as the fates of some of the other characters.
Can be purchased at Amazon for £5.59
Paperback published in 2004 by BCA, and contains 360 pages.
Other books by Jonathan Nasaw are Fear Itself and The girls he adored.
Summary: Fans of this genre will find this book as good , if not better as all the others.