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This review is from: Flesh House (Logan McRae, Book 4) (Paperback)
This is a pretty good serial killer murder mystery. The characters are all written in such a way as to seem like human beings rather than mouths into which the author puts his exposition. True, some of the characters are difficult to like, but given that this was probably the author's intention (DI Insch, for example, is that nightmare boss we've all had at some point), then this demonstrates the strength of the writing.
As for the criticism of the gruesome nature of the story... If you buy a book with the title "Flesh House", where the synopsis on the jacket clearly tells you that the plot revolves around a serial killer with a penchant for "human meat"... what do you expect? Of course it's dark. Of course it's gruesome. Of course it's going to make you a bit queasy in places. To complain about this is like complaining that a vindaloo is too hot. It's pretty clear what this novel is about from the cover art & synopsis. If you don't like gruesome scenes of human suffering, then don't read it.
If, on the other hand, you enjoy a well crafted thriller which pulls no punches, but is in no way gratuitous - there is NOTHING in here which doesn't serve the plot - with an ending that you won't expect, and characters who deal with it all with macabre humour, then this book is for you.