Reaper Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1991
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Oddly enough, what I enjoyed most about Reaper was the flashbacks. Sounds crazy, I know, but Cline did an excellent job melding past with present in order to add an impressive depth to his characters. Not only did I have a complete vivisection of characters' motives but I started to see where their thoughts were going. It's not enough that it spoils the plot triggers, but enough that I think, WHOA NOW HE'S GOING TO DO THIS AND THIS AND THIS! OH NO!!
The few weak points in the book are as follows: there's a slew of imagery, which I like, but it doesn't vary from character to character. Cline could alter the quality of "darkness" in Jaydee's view to add scary elements and introduce some "magical" points to Lorraine's view to differentiate the way they see the physical world. In addition, I have a hard time believing the things Becky, Lorraine's 15-year-old daughter, offers as words of wisdom to her mother while they deal with the psycho Jaydee's threats. I mean, come on, she's only 15!
Other than those points I whole-heartedly endorse this book, recommending it to lovers of murder mystery. Just know that there's suggestion of adult content, though it's all off-stage. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.