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Time Killer (Max Larkin Detective Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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We are then introduced to a well respected detective with lots of experience Max Larkin. He is paired with a completely new detective who happens to be female. Their first task is to work together on solving the gruesome murder that has just occurred. They get off to a rough start but with time they overcome their differences and prejudices and solve the murders.
There are a few more murder scenes in the book. As we go along the author begins to link the murders and it becomes evident that detective Max and his partner Jesse have a serial murderer on their hands.
The story takes on a surprising turn as we discover that detective Max has a more personal reason for wanting to catch the murderer. This has to do with events that happened in his life 25 years earlier.
Despite being a brave detective and all, we see Max's vulnerable side as he shares his emotions with his partner Jesse. The author makes the story more believable by including this aspect in the book.
This is a very gripping book that moves quite rapidly, with twists and turns as you go along. Full of suspense, a great storyline that keeps you entertained from start to finish with very intense scenes.
I do not like the cover of the book though, a bit plain for me. Nonetheless this was a good read, enjoyable from beginning to end. Well done Todd! I'm looking forward to more great books.
I really liked the descriptive writing style employed in this book, some of which literally made me shudder and go "ugh" out loud - if that's not proof of good writing I don't know what is really. The length of the book is 190-ish so its long enough to be a good worthwhile read but short enough to get through within a few days - fantastic! (I always trail off of long books, woops)
The murderer himself is perfectly gruesome and a little bit thick which makes it entertaining to watch how he somehow gets away with pretty much everything. I also liked how the companionship of the detectives contrasted to Mike and created a good bond within the novel.
I particularly enjoyed the big reveal at the end (even if the entire chapter had me squirming) and felt overall like this was the written version of an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Overall, I feel like the author was successful in trying to create a fairly lighthearted crime story with archetypal themes and characters that although they don't break the mould they certainly help create a good story. Definitely worth a read if you fancy checking out something from an up and coming author.
In fact, that's what happens to Stephen Bjornson. He wakes up in the middle of the night, his head foggy, a slip of moon through the curtains creating an uneasy feeling. He thinks he's dreaming when he discovers that he is immobile, bound hands and feet with tape. What's more, Gwen, his wife, is taped up beside him. And there's a stranger in the room.
The slaughter of the Bjornson family - Stephen survives - is the beginning of a murder hunt that unfolds like a cryptic crossword puzzle as two young detectives with bad blood between them try and put their odium aside and start working the clues.
There are elements in the plot that reminded me of the Michael Douglas film Falling Down, but Time Killer is more complex, more interesting and would actually make a better movie. Apart from creating an interesting time-obsessed nut case, what writer Todd Thiede is good at is creating real, living, likeable characters and, once we know them, we are with them all the way as we race to an ending that has a twist that took my breath away.
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