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Good enough but a bit too contrived
on 7 May 2011
I'm a big fan of Lisa Gardner's Quincy/Rainie books but I'd missed this one until now.
It's a good read, and you really root for some of the characters - especially the female ones, particularly Kimberly, Quincy's daughter, going through FBI boot camp, and Tina Krahn, the victim staked out to die - but the plot is too contrived for my taste. Gardner has clearly tried to come up with a variation on the serial killer theme, with the killer leaving all kinds of intentional clues as part of a lethal geographical game with his pursuers. It just didn't fully engage me, I'm afraid: I generally finish crime and thriller novels in a couple of sittings, but I found myself putting this one down more often than usual.
You may like this one as much as some of the other reviewers, so don't let me deter you: just don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed!