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3.0 out of 5 stars Passable crime thriller, but lacking depth, 24 July 2012
This review is from: Hide and Seek: (Karin Schaeffer 2) (Paperback)
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This is the first Katia Lief book I've read so therefore missed the first Karin Shaeffer novel, 'You Are Next'. I do wonder if reading that book first may have made this one slightly more enjoyable, though there is plenty of back story in this one, which presumably gives an overview of events covered in that book. The plot moves nicely along and the book is very readable, there are twists and turns-a-plenty and it did pretty much keep me guessing until the end.

I did find it hard however to empathise with both Karin and Mac and ironically, given what I said above, found the frequent references to past events in their life and previous marriages rather irritating. I get it that they're former detectives who had to leave the force and have some harrowing events in their past, but this seemed to take centre-stage at times, usually to the detriment of the story unfolding and the fact they currently have their happy marriage and a baby son is often overlooked.

To give Lief credit, the writing is gritty, the action sequences are well written and suitably nail-biting and the locations very effective, particularly the closed up fairground carousel, which was eerie in a 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' kind of way. The Mexican twist and Mac's back-story is also effective, though fairly implausible... I guess this was my main problem with the book, I didn't care enough to invest fully in the story and its various twists and turns and there just didn't seem enough depth to the central two characters to hold my attention.
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