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I bought this book because of the author's previous novel(s) to feature Hunter. It starts well, briefly but then becomes a rather old fashioned style of writing where each chapter seems to end on a weird cliff-hanger statement or situation - just like the old Saturday matinee films of years (many) ago. And, by and large, they were in black and white which is exactly how this story seems to be. There's no depth, no colour, no development which tugs at the reader.
There are so many serial killers around it must be difficult to come up with an interesting take on this and here the author does make headway. I'm not sure I like short chapters. Thanks to Patterson, some authors seem to think this improves the book but, for me, it slows down the pace, the more so when those daft last lines pop up each time. It's like I'm reading a child's book with an adult content - not a happy mixture.
Chris Carter has his fans and I thought I was one but, after this book, I'd be hard pushed to rush and out and see where Detective Robert Hunter goes in the next book. Maybe this was a one-off in style in which case, if we get back to the style of the previous two books, then I'm back in again. Guess I'll have to watch the reviews next time.
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Initial post: 22 May 2012 09:37:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 May 2012 09:39:16 BDT
Like you, I resented the "Patterson format" of very curtailed chapters. I have come to believe that, as it leaves vast swathes of blank paper, it is really a selling gimick. You think you are paying for a 500 page book, but all you are getting is 400 pages of story!
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