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Gripping. That's definitely one word to describe it! I read this while in Spain, and actually skipped having a dip in the lush sea just so i could continue to read this addictive novel! It's so well written, and gets you guessing the whole way through. Slowly through the story it reveals the reasons behind the killings and is a very clever tale.
Although i thoroughly enjoyed the book, i was a bit dissapointed with one aspect. See, i bought the book as i truly love horrors. Books or movies, anything to get me sitting on the edge of my seat (or rather, retreating back into it hiding behind a pillow...) ;) So when i read the description of the book i thought it would be really scary about a crazy person killing innocent people, but actually, the more and more things get revealed, the less scary it becomes and more sad. Which is good for some but not particulary my cup of tea.
Anyway, definitely worth a try! Go for it!
This is from the point of view of a serial killer -- known as The Cutter -- rather than the police investigating him. He never reveals his real name but you gradually find out why he does what he does. It feels like you're having the world's longest conversation with someone you'll never see again, but you don't want to walk away because the person you're talking to is so fascinating. His identity isn't revealed until the end and you're almost disappointed when you find out.
A good book doesn't make you impatient to get to the end and makes you identify with the main character -- although in this case it might be a good idea to keep the number of your nearest psychiatrist handy. Robertson's writing reminds you of David Peace's, which is another reason I'm glad I picked it up -- although this is quite funny in places while Peace's is not .
This book's cover (the one I've got anyway) is great, showing the reason for the killer's nickname - a hand with the little finger chopped off - and a figure running away. I've no idea why it was changed. It's now really boring. The print was also larger, so it may be best to pick up a cheaper version. The original cover looked so good that it almost wouldn't matter if the book wasn't. The reason for the title of this review is that when I read the back I immediately thought of the song ........