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Serial killer on the loose
A Perfect Evil - Alex Kava
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A Perfect Evil - Alex Kava
Advantages: Fast paced, strong characters
Disadvantages: Very gory
This was a book that I picked up on www.readitswapit.co.uk so I knew nothing about the author and nothing about her style of writing prior to starting to read.
This is one of the first novels by Alex Kava and she has gone on to write many more. They are crime novels in the same genre as Patricia Cornwall, or Kathy Reichs, gritty, descriptive novels with plenty of blood and guts!
The book introduces a character who is a recurring one in Kava's novels. Maggie O'Dell is an FBI profiler. A shining star of the FBI having risen through the ranks very quickly to become one of their best at serial killer investigations. She is married to a lawyer who is not best pleased about the dangerous nature of the job that she loves, a theme which follows Maggie throughout this book.
Shortly prior to this book Maggie had been kidnapped by a serial killer of women and tortured, stabbed and made to watch him kill two women. Obviously this had an effect on her, and this adds an interesting dimension to this book. Making her seem very real and human.
Nick Morelli is the sheriff of a small American town. Having taken over the role from his father he has his doubts about his ability to carry out the duties. An ex American football quarter back he is strong and the ideal hero!
What is the book about?
At the very beginning of the book a confessed murderer is executed for the murder of three boys. Unfortunately shortly after this another boy is found killed, in exactly the same way as the others. Is there a copy cat killer on the loose or was the wrong man executed?
I am not going to spoil a good book by ruining the plot but imagine a fast paced trawl through a murder investigation, where an FBI profiler and small town sheriff have to work together to save small boys!
What do I think?
This is an exciting read. The chapters are written in the third person but from the point of view of different characters. So one chapter will focus on Maggie, the next on Nick and some on the un-named murderer. This keeps the reader guessing and allows us insight into why the characters act the way they do.
It also means that the reader is forced to get to know both the killer and those tracking them, almost forcing you to feel some element of sympathy for a child killer.
The story is extremely fast paced and Kava does not shrink away from graphic details - I almost found it a bit too grusome at times!
Kava has obviously researched her subject matter and the story appears to be based on a real investigation.
Often with crime novels the identity of the bad guy is telegraphed from page one. This was not the case with this novel but I did guess probably 2/3 of the way through. This meant that the ending disappointed me slightly.
Overall this is a good read and well worth taking on holiday if you don't mind some blood and guts!
Summary: Worth a read