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The Dead Room (Darby McCormick) Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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Masterful ... dark and disturbing (Linda Fairstein)
A scary breakneck ride with thrills that never let up (Tess Gerritsen)
Chris Mooney is a wonderful writer (Michael Connelly)
About the Author
Chris Mooney is the author of nine thrillers, of which Remembering Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Novel. His Darby McCormick series includes The Missing, The Secret Friend, The Soul Collectors, The Dead Room, Fear the Dark and Every Three Hours. Chris's latest book is Every Pretty Thing, the seventh Darby McCormick thriller. Chris lives in Boston with his wife and son.
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Darby is the type of strong female character I like – determined, driven, incredibly smart and incredibly loyal to her partner (and best friend) Coop, who finds himself in the middle of her investigation and not in a good way.
Because I haven’t read the first two books of this series (this is the third) I am not sure how Darby got to be so handy with a gun or why a crime scene investigator also seems to be in charge of the investigation of a murder (people seem to defer to her at each stage). I have to say, I feel like I have missed something as a result, some part of her past which explains who she is and how she behaves.
It wasn’t the end of the world but it did bring me up short a few times in reading the book and pull me out of it. I did find myself wishing I had started at the beginning of the series or had a cheat sheet of characters and their backgrounds. This probably wouldn’t be the same for everyone but for me it meant it didn’t quite stand alone. That said, it was the one downside in a well written, fast-paced, book which I had thought might feel a bit dated but wasn’t at all. I liked it a lot and will definitely read Chris Mooney again.
The Dead Room brings back our main heroine - Darby and she is as tough and smart as ever. The opening chapter introduces us to Darby as she works out for the SWAT team. Some of the stuff she has to do would make the back of your hair stand up, but Darby is up to the task. I immediately liked this - I like that Mooney has no problem creating a main character that can be both smart and charming and as tough as nails -as she goes up against the guys - toe to toe without flinching.
The Dead Room is a story of corruption and betrayal at its deepest levels. Darby will soon discover that she can no longer trust anyone around her - that the people she thought were her friends and co-workers all have separate and hidden agendas. This will become painfully clear as Darby works through a strange murder case - where one surviving member asks to speak with her father (who is dead). Darby meets with him only to be told that there is a huge secret out there - but Darby will need to uncover this secret on her own as the witness decides to kill himself before he can give her more information.
There are so many twists and turns in this story that you won't have a clue who are the "good" guys and who are the "bad" guys. I love stories of corruption as they always produce excellent thrilers - and this one is no exception.
I found myself rooting for Darby and was extremely surprised and somewhat upset by the developments between Darby and Coop who has some deep secrets of his own.
The story goes at a frantic pace and you need to focus to keep up - every other page throws you a clue and a new event to absorb and challenge you. I never knew what would come up next and I wasn't even sure if Darby would survive this one.
I highly suggest that you run to to the store to buy this great thriller.
Unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed this time. The novel certainly had numerous twists and turns, and kept the reader gripped. However,in my humble opinion, this is much more a man's book. There are numerous descriptions of weapons and spying equipment, which I found tedious.
Furthermore (and I hate myself for this!) One of the characters had a major speech impediment and I found her dialogue difficult to enjoy, to the point that I skipped some of it. I'm a pretty patient person, being a teacher of pupils with special needs, but I found the dialogue frustrating.
I did enjoy the twist in the novel, but can't tell you about it, as it would spoil the story line. You'll know it when you read it. Suffice to say, all is not what it seems!
I'm certainly not saying this is a bad book, just not as good as his last two. You, of course, may love it!