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This book was simply outstanding. I haven't read a crime novel that really grabbed my attention in a long time and so when I got hooked on this book from the very first page, I knew I was starting the journey of something very special. I loved the way the story was portrayed and the story itself. I was continuously enthralled throughout and found it incredibly difficult to put the book down and continue on with my life because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It is a book that I would pass along in a heart beat but one that I would be unwilling to provide my own copy for.
always a list of suspects
Can I just say that I loved every single character in this story? I know I shouldn't. I know that there is always supposed to be characters that I can't stand or don't want to read more of but that just wasn't the case with this novel. There were times when Diana would get on my nerves but I still loved her and I know that she had a lot to deal with so it was all understandable. And that, I think, is why the characters in this story were all brilliant. They were all so realistic. Everything they felt and everything they did was so believable and it was obvious that Lane not only understands human emotions extremely well, he also did some extreme research alongside this work. I can only give him props.
I adored Tony. I loved his strength, his protection, his love and his kindness. I loved his stubborn will and his sense of justice. He was an all around character because even though you loved him and admired him, he was also a bad character. He was being unjust and there was a moral struggle within. How could it be okay to like somebody like that? I so loved Frank. He was such a great figure in the story and I really wanted to know more about him and felt so much of his emotions and pain throughout the book that I didn't know what to do with myself a lot of the time. He was wise, stunning and amazing and I loved him.
the mystery unravels
The unique style of this novel really caught my attention and I have to admit that it helped to make the book more enjoyable. It jumped from the "then" to the "now", from character to character and while this could have made it choppy and hard to follow, it really just didn't happen like that. Everything was clearly labelled and fell into such a specific pattern with particular plot points unravelling at the right moments that it just worked. Oftentimes I found myself urging some parts to move on faster so I could go back to where the story had left off previously but then I would end up sucked into that part of the story and almost forget where I was. It was just such a brilliant writing style and it really worked for this novel.
I loved that this novel didn't skim over the horrid details. I'm not personally into gore when it's in films or on television but can deal with it in books, for some reason, and it really packed a punch in this novel. No details were left out or made "lighter" for the reader and that helped to make it feel more realistic and believable. I also really enjoyed that Lane let you see things from all the different POVs. It was so enlightening and interesting and just made the story that much more appealing for me. It's definitely not something that happens often because it's so hard to pull off. Needless to say, I believe that Lane pulled it off brilliantly.
The cliff-hangers in this novel were really what kept me going, however. Lane really had a knack for cutting you off from the "then" or the "now" just after he hits you with a piece of information that you did not see coming. So while your mouth is still gaping you have to pull yourself to a different time period and start all over again and I really felt this brought the novel to life. There was never a dull moment and you can just see how everything is so important. Every detail was there for a specific reason, even if it didn't feel like it at the time. This style really helped to make the end of the novel especially epic. I was so stunned and I just felt so... foolish. I should have known but Lane does such a great diverting tactic that you're just left feeling amazed at the brilliance of this novel. (Or perhaps that's just me?)
all loose ends tie together
In summary, this book was an emotional, tense, powerful, brilliant roller-coaster that I will happily go on again, and again, and again. It was simply inspiring and clever and just really succeeded in being a great piece of entertainment. This however is not YA. It is Adult Fiction and should not be picked up lightly. I would recommend this book to crime fiction lovers in a heartbeat or to anyone who wants to read a book that really packs a punch, and leaves you thinking about human psychology and emotion. A truly amazing read that I am incredibly glad I had the opportunity to read.
So why should you read this? Firstly, if you're a fan of Dexter I think you might find something you like... This novel comprises a unique mix of the insane ramblings of a madman as he edges towards the serial killer he will become; the suspense of not knowing who is going to die and how painfully; several twists that you can try to predict but will often come up short; and a lead in Tony Hooper who will not idly sit by and let this murderer kill again. Tell me, how many other books could give you that?
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The story moved at a brisk pace as the reader is propelled back and forth between the two viewpoints and subplots that go back and forth through time until you are creasing pages to ease your own angst and see where each destiny merges and the fates of each.
If you like a thriller with substance and characters that are so real you think you may have read about them in the paper I highly recommend this excellent novel
The sympathy you have for the characters makes this a tough read at times. I blazed through the first half in one or two days, which for me is saying a lot, especially with other books already in my queue. But, I got to a point where the gruesome scenes with the serial killer made me put it down. I give Lane credit for painting a very real picture of what it would be like to be Tony, to be the serial killer, and to be all the other people that suffer and were involved with this monster--even to the point that you sympathize with the monster himself.
Even though I didn't really "enjoy" reading the scenes with the serial killer, I was intrigued to get into the killer's mind, and they were very well written. This is the kind of book you can see playing out in your head as if you were there. Lane uses the first person to masterfully get you into the character's minds so that you can feel everything as if it were happening to you. I could see how and why this guy did these awful things, and it made the story more horrific because of how real it seemed.
In the end, I was pushed to find out what happens to the main character's girlfriend. As usual, Lane wrote a compelling love story for Tony and Dianna that really pulls you in at the beginning of the story. This is the hook that will keep you reading in spite of the gruesome actions by the serial killer because you want to know what happens between Tony and Dianna. Even though much of the book is written from 17 years after Tony first met the serial killer, you still don't quite know what happens until the end; and even then, he leaves you wondering and needing to know what will happen in the sequel.
Between 50% and like 70% I was thinking this would be a 4 star review because I figured I had Lane pegged on what would happen to Diane. I was partly right, and partly wrong. The conclusion left me realistically satisfied and very impressed with Lane's story telling. Life isn't a fairy tale, and I commend Lane for his conclusion. That, combined with Lane's excellent writing, makes this a 5 star book. I walk away with a deep emotional connection to these characters and their plight. They are like old friends, and any time a book can create that bond with characters, I say well done. He also did an excellent job with the moral question of what you would do if you were in Tony's place and life has been so traumatically difficult. How many loved ones could you see die before you justified vengeance?
The only problems I had a few problems with this book: a little bit of a lull after the middle, which is hard to avoid when you are setting up the ending, and in order to be real; and some of the sex and violence was more than I wanted to experience, but in the end, that's the ugly truth that Lane had to portray to tell this story right. As he warns in the intro, this book is not for kids.
If you are willing to experience some of the darker sides to life, you'll walk away with new "friends," and a deeper understanding of life and appreciation for the loved ones you still have.
I needed to know what was going to happen next despite some of the gruesome and more uncomfortable parts of the story (inside the mind of a serial killer). I found the story engrossing and the style of writing quite crisp, clean, and forthright.
This is definitely not a book for the squeamish and not for children, as this author states right upfront. Be forewarned. But to be fair, it is those scenes that truly let you into the mindset of Mitchell Norton and his rational and without them, this book would not have achieved what it set out to do. As far as Tony is concerned, the experiences he is faced to deal with with make your heart break for him and near the end of the story, you can't help but cheer the guy on despite knowing that for all intents and purposes what he is doing is wrong. You won't care. It feels right and that's all that matters.
The ending is perfect. It works and sets up the sequel wonderfully. I can't wait to see where this story goes. And Mr. Diamond, if you're reading this, cut Tony some slack, will ya? The guy deserves to find his happy ending. But something tells me, he's in for another roller coaster ride from hell.
My only small nit-picky complaint was the shifting from present time (1995) to the past (1978) and varying the different POV's between Mitchell and Tony. At first, it took me off guard and I struggled with it (could just be me though, so don't let that sway your decision--this is great thriller, regardless). So it took me a few chapters to train my eye to read the chapter header. After a few chapters, it was no longer an issue and actually worked very well in telling this particular story.
Overall, loved it. Two thumbs up.