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Son of a Serial Killer (Murder in the Genes Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Many years ago someone handed me a book to read with the words, "You might enjoy this." I can't remember what it was called now but it covered the true story of couple who picked up hitch-hikers in the California / Nevada desert areas, raped them, tortured them and inevitably killed them. I had no idea why this person felt I would enjoy this book but out of duty I read it, and against my better judgement found myself being so drawn to the main character that I started to feel sorry for the rapist-killer.
His upbringing was atrocious, and he was never, ever going to grow up to be a choirboy. Now as I set out to write a review of Serial Killer and not this other book, I mention this only in passing because Jams N. Roses has that same talent in that even though the reader knows the protagonist, Ben, is a killer he is drawn to him and desperately wants him to champion the evil forces within himself and return victorious.
And it is these evil forces that Roses defines so well, for the author explores the dark side of schizophrenia with a rare talent. Schizophrenia can be an alarming and agonising condition and Ben finds himself journeying through a world that is barren, demented and persecuted by distorted consciousness. He is disgusted and frightened by the face in the mirror.
However, if you think Ben is the only character in this book that is slightly unhinged, you're in for a treat. His girlfriend, Natalie, is a pure psychopath, working all the time towards whatever is in her own best interests with absolute no guilt feelings or capacity for remorse.Read more ›
Could the son of a serial killer become himself a serial killer? Apparently yes, in the opinion of the author, if the parent is suffering from some mental illness that may arise in his children.
Something special is the way the story is presented. The characters appear separately and only as you go ahead with the book you realize how they are connected together. For this reason it is difficult to mention the plot without spoilers. Part of the fun is to put the pieces together yourself as you read.
The novel is not very long and the characterisation of the characters is engaging. Personally I identified with the protagonist who suspects to be the son of a serial killer and fears to become himself a serial killer. I lived with him the terror with which he performed his actions. Ben is afraid of what he can be and ultimately he fears himself.
The ending of the story is in line with this fear.
I must say that unfortunately, although I have read the novel with great pleasure and very quickly, I found the ending a bit disappointing. It was what I expected without making any special effort of imagination. It’s a shame, because a subject as thorny as this one deserved a braver approach.
However, it is a good book that I would recommend it.
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
This novel is truly frightening, but not because of the string of murders that are being left unsolved. It is frightening and terrifying because of what is happening to Ben and what most of us are probably afraid of even if we don't readily admit it. Ben is losing his mind and his sanity, and he knows it. He's fighting back, trying to get back to his former self, normal, nice, and balanced, but that goal gets further and further out of reach as the story progresses. Just the thought of watching myself lose my mind and not being able to do anything about it sent chills down my spine.
Ben's thinking patterns are placed at the center of this thriller, and it is Ben who largely drives the plot. One of the most powerful recurring images in this book is a mirror in which Ben sees not only his old familiar self but his new self, the personality full of malice and evil, that is gradually taking over his life. "What am I doing with my life?" and "What was I born to be?" are some of the questions that Ben asks of the reflection in the mirror. And it takes him a long time to find the right answers. The ending of the book is tragic by conventional standards, but I have to quote Dostoyevsky again who said, "the greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness," and in that sense, Ben's story ends happily.
But it's not just Ben's character that is interesting and multidimensional.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read! Fast-paced, surprising and gripping. Great characters and enough twists and turns to get you hooked - great starting point for the trilogy and highly recommendedPublished 4 months ago by Penny Davies
Easy to read thriller that has good pace and does not go off plot too far that you need to turn back to re-read parts.
Very happy now to try book 2
Fast-paced and plenty of action and violence. Good characters and some strange twists and turns. Great ending. Am now reading book two of the trilogy.Published 6 months ago by Keith
A fresh look at murder. I enjoyed the story although I guessed the end. Like all the best horror films there is that oh no moment at the end. I will look forward to the next bookPublished 9 months ago by S. Rifflart
Great story, enjoyable read. Looking to read the next book.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Seems odd to give such a disturbing book such a high rating but these three titles, which you need to read back to back, are so directly written they are shockingly good. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this book a lot, although it is not for the faint of heart! A decent serial killer thriller with an unexpected twist. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A L H
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