A few months ago I read my first book by the author Steve Mosby and really enjoyed it. So I thought I would try another to see how it compared. This British author writes crime fiction stories and so far written six very popular books with the one I am about to review having been written in 2008.
==Synopsis of the book:==
Dave Lewis is an unusual man who has had a tragic past. He is haunted by his brother's death and still believes if he had done more his brother might still be alive today. Instead despite sensing evil in the woods that day and went home and his brother was murdered. By profession he is a magician although not a very successful one so he supplements his income by written for a magazine.
There is a killer at large on the streets with a very sick mentality. So far he has struck three times in two years. He kidnaps the women, then sends texts to her closest friends in the days she is starving to death. The friends do not realise their friend is in trouble as they do not mention anything that would imply this just a random everyday message.
When one of Dave's ex-girlfriends is murdered like this, he is brought in by the Police for questioning. And because of the way he reacts to the interview he is treated with suspicion. When in fact this new murder brings back many of his old insecurities and feelings of guilt for what happened to his brother and he feels he lets the people around him he should care most for down. Can the Police track this sick killer down before he or she strikes again?
==My thoughts on this novel:==
I thought this was a first class crime thriller and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys an exciting read. Now having read two books by this author I feel on these performances that he writes a really thrilling suspense story that is full of possibilities and one in which you never know what will happen next and importantly who you can trust and believe in.
What I find particularly enthralling is the story he writes is so deep, I found I was thinking even when I wasn't reading it about exactly what was going on and where it might lead. I think this is the first book in a while that I picked up and found I did not want to put it down again. And while I dislike the term page turner it certainly draw me in and maintained my interest all the way through.
It is the depth that impresses me and I feel through his intelligent and clever writing that I am involved somehow in the mystery.
The story begins with a excellent prologue which was also a good size. It really aroused my interest straight away and made me want to know the background to what was happening and why. It was full of mystery straight away as the author only told you a little that was happening I found only be reading on would I start to see more of the picture and understand it.
My only slight concern was I began reading the first few chapters was the story seemed to be in several places all about the same time as the author followed the activities of a few characters. It concerned me as I felt there was a lot to remember about the characters and the scenes involving them and initially I found I confused a few because rather than starting a new chapter a new paragraph would sometimes be a totally different person in a different setting. Although I have to say I soon got the hang of this and could only marvel at the way the writer managed to bewitch me with his depth in what appeared unconnected parts of different characters lives.
The story was always lively and I spent ages wondering if the main character was or was not the murderer. As the author purposely left you unsure about him, just little things in his past and his experiences that could lead him either way. You where never sure and this really added to the mystery and suspense of the story as you where growing to understand and like the man who could be carrying out these horrific murders.
There was a good pace about the story and a real chill factor as I found I did not want any of the characters in the story to be kidnapped and suffer the way the previous victims had. This for me added real suspense as you where never sure who would disappear and if they could be found before they too starved to death. With a real sense of mystery about the characters in the story I never felt I could relax and trust any of them.
In some respects it was unusual because the story was also written from the investigating officers view point. The plus side to this was you could see what they where thinking, feeling and some of the blind alleys they had to travel down, but it also added suspense and gave you a all round feeling for what was happening. The only thing that surprised me was I expected them to take over as the story developed but this never happened and they remained only characters within the story. I thought this was a good and different approach which in many ways created more doubt and uncertainty in my mind about what the real solution to this was.
The conclusion I thought was very fast paced and exciting and written in such a way I was still not sure why things had happened the way they had. It was plausible if somewhat unexpected. And the book really needed the epilogue for you to catch you breath and to see everything that had happened in the cold light of day. The answers to the mystery all made sense and it was certainly not what I had thought so from that viewpoint it was good.
The lead character was Dave Lewis and I found him a likeable man. I liked that he was different from your usual lead characters and that there was the nagging doubt that he might well be the killer. I enjoyed the depth the author used sharing some key points in his past and through clever writing you where never sure if he was on the level and the writer was just showing one side of his character. For me there was enough about his personality and background that made me want to know more about him and I felt the author easily could have just written the story from his perspective.
I thought the length of this story was just right at 280 pages, maybe the epilogue was longer than absolutely necessary. It was a story I really enjoyed because of the very clever way the story followed various characters and the author was able to do this successfully and bring real mystery and suspense to the story at the same time. With some wonderful and totally unexpected twists in the story that really impressed me and made me feel that this author had considered everything from every angle when writing this wonderful book.
I managed to pick the paperback version of this book up at Amazon new for just over four pounds and considering what I read this was well worth the money, because this story really had me enthralled and gripped throughout.
I thought this was an excellent crime chiller. I felt involved in the story all the way through it and I really needed to understand why these murders where taking place and who was responsible for them. The author was able to share the thought, actions and feelings of many of the main characters and because this was intelligently done it really added to the mystery and suspense of the story.
Thanks for reading my review.
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© CPTDANIELS April 2012.