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A Journey To Kingdom Come
The Killing Place - Tess Gerritsen
Member Name: cazkins
The Killing Place - Tess Gerritsen
Advantages: Well written with vivid scenes, depth of characters, interesting plot and easy to read
Disadvantages: None for me
The Killing Place falls within the crime thriller genre, in which Gerritsen has earned herself a place near to top. I have come across a couple of her books that I haven't been as keen on, but this one has a slightly different edge to it whilst in keeping with Gerritsen's unique style. The tagline on the front cover reads: 'He waits. He watches. They disappear', along with 'The new Rizzoli and Isles Bestseller'.
The book opens by introducing us to Maura Isles, a woman who cuts up and investigates the dead, and who is a familiar name to those who have read Gerritsen's work before. She travels to Wyoming for a medical conference and comes across an old fellow lab student and his companions. He quickly convinces her to leave her current worries and relationship issues behind and do something spontaneous by going on an overnight ski trip with them.
Despite her reservations, Isles goes along with the trip and gets into the car with said fellow lab student, his daughter and his 2 other companions. But the season is very much winter and snow is already falling, providing them with a perilous journey in their car up to the ski resort. Before they know it, the snow hits them like a shovel to the face and the car gets stuck; no camping trip that night. The only thing they can see is a sign to 'Kingdom Come' when they find they're close by a small plot of houses. Upon reaching this little commune, however, they realise they're the only ones there, that all of the houses have been abandoned.
As the plot thickens we're taken on a tour of this deserted landscape, of the empty houses and possible explanations they draw up for the seemingly sudden abandonment of all of the houses. This place is out in the middle of nowhere, and a series of unfortunate events lead the group to break down and start having to fight for survival and a way out of there. The question then is: What happened in Kingdom Come? At the time this is happening, whilst Isles and co are stranded, questions are being asked back home as to why Isles hasn't returned. As a friend and expert Jane Rizzoli, along with her husband and law inforcement, are sifting through clues as to what's happening and where she could possibly be. Perhaps she took off by herself to escape from the dramas back home for a while? Or perhaps she got taken?
I won't say any more about the plot except that there are some twists and turns, some unusual and strange goings on, and the seeming involvement of some sort of cult. All of that makes for an interesting storyline directly involving Isles, who is usually the one outside of the danger zone looking in.
The characters were fairly well developed and it was enjoyable to read about each and how they interact. I did find it a bit abrupt when some of the characters were almost wiped out of the book, but that was probably just because the plot was picking up pace and taking some rather dramatic turns to keep the reader interested. Reading about Isles gave me something familiar to hold on to because I've come across her before, so that was a bonus of having read a Gerritsen book before. Having said that, you needn't have done to be able to understand this one and get absorbed by it because the author gives decent enough background to keep characters and scenes vivid and moderately complex without becoming confusing.
What I also really liked was the way that Gerritsen was able to paint the scenes and make the place of Kingdom Come atmospheric and three dimensional. I found myself being more easily able to visualise and imagine the characters, the snow, the cold and fear etc, and that to me is the sign of a good book.
Further praise can be found on the back cover, including : 'Gruesome, seductive and creepily credible' - The Times, 'Baby, you are going to be up all night' - Stephen King, and 'Crime-writing at its nerve-tingling best' - Harlan Coben. Both of these guys are top class writers who know a good thing when they see it, and I'd agree that this is a good read and one I would recommend if you want something to lose yourself in.
322 pages over 38 chapters (hardback)
Summary: A fab book to get lost in, grateful that you're snuggled up warm at home!