One by One (Robert Hunter 5) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2013
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Chris Carter received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Oxford. He is the author of Science and Psychic Phenomena and Science and the Near-Death Experience. Originally from Canada, Carter currently teaches internationally.
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However, and this review would otherwise have been five stars, I was really let down in that that the central premise/plot of the book has already been done. The 2008 film "Untraceable", with Diane Lane and Colin Hanks, has a virtually identical central plot line and the fact I've seen "Untraceable" (good film btw) really diminished the reading of the book. To make it worse, one of the deaths in the book, involving a tank of water, is extraordinarily similar to the way in which Colin Hanks is murdered in "Untraceable". I'm not making allegations of plagiarism, as the idea is a staple of all "cruel" reality shows and I honestly don't think a writer of Chris Carter's stature needs help from Hollywood. BUT, be warned, if you've seen "Untraceable", the central idea of this book will seem very familiar. It's still a fanatastic and compulsive read.
I hate to criticise as I love Chris Carter's Robert Hunter books but the similarities are just too obvious. In fact and if anything, the central idea of "Untraceable" is better, as the method of death says more about on-line voyeurism that the methods of death in this book.
Hunter is a solid protagonist. Intelligent, driven and inquisitive, he is exactly what you would look for in an investigator. As the plot unfolds you quickly realise his partnership with Detective Carlos Garcia has a nice air of familiarity about it, you get a sense that these two men would always be there to back one another up. The author takes the time to establish realistic reactions and genuine motivations to drive the pair forward.
Hardly a surprise, but I'll say it anyway, the crimes in One by One are pretty damn gruesome. I wouldn't dream of spoiling anything for any potential reader all I will say is Euuuuwwww! Seriously though, those with a squeamish/nervous disposition be warned that things do get quite graphic. Personally though, I liked the diabolical methods and torture devices that the killer employs. Yes, they are perhaps a bit Pit and the Pendulum crossed with Saw, but once you discover the reasoning behind what is going on they make perfect sense.
Carter has a direct, punchy writing style and the chapters just whizz by. Each chapter tends only to be between three or four pages long. The entire novel is around five hundred pages in length so there are over one hundred chapters. I've come across this sort of structure in novels before, mostly thrillers. The short, sharp shock approach lends itself well to a story that is essentially a race against time. It ramps up the sense of urgency and keeps you guessing what's going to happen next.Read more ›
Hunter and his partner Garcia embark on a hunt for the killer who is a computer genius, even outfoxing the FBI high flyers. The killer raises the stakes by allowing viewers over the internet to vote on the death method of his next victim and this provides an interesting thinking point. If you thought someone was about to be killed, would you vote on the method used? Would you watch? This novel as well as being an accomplished thriller which shows the murders from the killer, victim, onlooker and agent points of view makes you think about the implication of actions.
The novel talks about choices and the outcome as it builds is intense and surprising! The end of the novel is both satisfying and in keeping with the rest of the story not tamely tailing off and the murders are gory and unusual, if you've seen the SAW films expect something similar! If you are of a nervous disposition you may find yourself feeling uncomfortable. I wanted to get to the end to see how it would all happen, short chapters and just the right amount of technical information kept the novel moving along at a swift pace with enough characterisation that I felt I was getting to know them.
I would definitely recommend this book as a high quality novel but also as one that is thought provoking read it and you'll see - would you be part of the pack and vote, absolving yourself of responsibility because everyone else is doing it, or would you be disgusted and pretend you had never come across pickadeath.com?
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I bought Chris Carter boos by mistake- but now I hope to make such mistakes more often :) ! Great writing, awesome stories, amazing characters, you just can't put it down!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Malwi
This book is not for the faint hearted. Without condoning the reasons for the murders, it made sense in the end. I enjoyed it, it was hard to put down.Published 2 months ago by B.P.