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Cold Moon - Jeffery Deaver
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Cold Moon - Jeffery Deaver
Date: 20/05/10, updated on 21/05/10 (85 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent attention to detail, well written, great suspense
Disadvantages: Maybe one too many plot twists to be credible
To those who are not familiar with Jefferey Deaver, he is a best selling author of countless 'crime thrillers and mysteries' genre novels.
This particular book happens to be the 7th book in the series featuring ex-head of NYPD forensics, quadriplegic Detective Lincoln Rhyme, and his sidekick Detective Emelia Sachs.
This series originally kicked off with the reknowned book, (and later the movie) "The Bone Collector". A book, and movie, which i'm sure most people are familiar with.
I though, jumped straight in with The Cold Moon, because it just happened to be on offer at a local book store.
~My Thoughts on the Novel~
The book begins with the serial killer dubbed the "Watchmaker" (because of his apparant love of timepieces, and his bizarre 'calling card' of leaving a moon faced grandfather clock, at the crime scene) and his accomplice, leaving a crime scene, and discussing and plotting meticolously how they are going to despatch another victim. All of which seemed to involve some kind of macabre infliction of suffering, and a sexually driven motivation from his partner.
At this point, I was thinking here we go, its SAW all over again. The deatil of the murder scenes, and the manner of despatch did very much remind me of that movie.
Thankfully though, from a few more pages in, the book jumped straight into the investigation and although the murderers did feature throughout (obviously), the main drive and focus of interest was the complex relationships between the two Detectives, and the varying characters, and subplots which brew away quietly.
Whether any of these subplots are going to later turn out to be linked, or clever twists are not obviously clear, and add to building up the suspense.
I was particularly impressed with the introduction of the character from the Californian Bureau of Investigation, Kathryn Dance who is a specialist in the field of kinesics (body language), and obviously invaluable when interviewing witnesses, or for that matter the suspects.
In particular this addition just added to the HUGE amount of detail, and understanding shown by the author of crime scene investigation, the techniques, and the level of detail, was astounding.
Being quite a fan of the TV series CSI, I was suddenly finding myself being in a position where it was quite hard to put the book down. It is really a compliment to the author, as im normally quite slow at reading.
My only very minor critique (which I will later withdraw) is that I found the book running out of steam just after mid point, I was losing track of the extra characters being added, and was finding it hard to establish how any of the plots were ever going to evolve into a conclusion that wasn't quite so obvious as the one being clearly laid before me.
Jefferey Deaver though, is clearly a master of suspense, and this lull must have been intended, to really fire interest in the intense last quarter of the book. There are more twists and turns than driving along an Alpine pass, just as you think its becoming clear again, the book takes another twist. For a book, it is quite emotionally involving.
Without ruining the experience for anyone who hasn't read this, I won't reveal any plot further than saying all is not quite what it seems. Do trust the author though, the plots do all blend nicely together, or do they.
Well if like me you read this book, after about a dozen or so, twists and turns of seemingly unthinkable outcomes, all will become clear.
This is my first read of this series, featuring Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, but I will certainly be looking out, to read a few more.
Summary: A twisty turny dizzying read, but its worth it!