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Poor addition to the Thorne series
on 1 August 2014
It kind of pains me to do this but I found this a bit boring. I've been a fan of the Thorne series from the start and have read every one. But with this one I found myself looking at the percentages left on my kindle and wishing them to get to 100 quickly. And when the book finished on 94% I was quite happy.
To me there seemed no tension or intrigue, no mystery or thrills. The reason why the crimes were being committed was dull, you knew who was doing the crimes and why they were doing them pretty soon on in the book. And it seemed that a large percentage of the book was Thorne going from one crime scene to another, whilst at the same time trying to justify to his nearest and dearest why he was investigating these crimes.
In this book Thorne has been demoted, so he was not really supposed to be investigating these crimes and was doing it 'on the side'. But that got weary very quickly, as you were always thinking just tell your colleagues. Yes I know he tried at the start, but try again if a serial killer is out there on a killing spree. I know it's not a documentary, but lone copper working out the connection but the rest of the whole police force can't as the bodies mount up? Really? It was kind of explained at the end why the rest of the police did not work it out, but that just felt extremely contrived and a easy cop out to try and justify the whole premise of the book. The team of Kitson and Holland were shoe horned in a bit but never really got involved in the story.
There were a few twists but you could see the majority of them coming, and I guessed who the protagonists would be at the finale and what situation Thorne would likely be in pretty early in the book. So when this happened I was very disappointed as it just felt lazy as it was so obvious, and seemed more like it was written for TV. Having said that I'd feel a bit let down if this was the plot for a 2 hour TV cop show, and to me it was certainly no where near as good as the previous Thorne books.
I know everyone is entitled to an off day, but this book felt that it was written as a contractual commitment based around a rather boring premise, rather than it coming from a really good idea for a crime thriller.