A damaged and struggling main character, wrestling with his own demons, makes this book heart-stopping at times. The other character are equally human and well-developed. It is filled with action twists and turns galore right to the chilling and unexpected finale.
DEVIANT WAYS by Chris Mooney: July 4th starts with a real bang at Marblehead, Massachusetts where a serial killer sets off a bomb in an attempt to erase evidence of a multiple slaying. The bomb takes out several homes and brings in Jack Casey, a former hotshot FBI profiler who's attempting to mend his shattered life as a detective on the Marblehead police force. Six years earlier, he watched, bound and drugged, while a madman killed his wife and unborn child. When the house bombings continue Jacks tenuous hold on reality starts to slip and he is in danger of losing a current romantic relationship. A wisecracking former profiler named Malcolm Fletcher provides some tension relief and the villain the Sandman is also an interesting character. Mooneys style makes this read like a movie script and there is a temptation about mid-way to start casting the various characters.
My first book by Chris Mooney and it certainly won't be my last. Page-turning thriller from beginning to end, which left me with only one question: Exactly who is the deviant?
This is a very, very dark book. At times I thought why do I keep reading this? But I went on, seemingly unable to stop. It is a wild ride, but it will keep you turning pages. I don't give it five stars, but then I reserve that for books that I thoroughly enjoyed and I did not thoroughly enjoy this book. There were times it was difficult to turn the page. But I'm glad I kept turning the pages. But it is definitely not for the faint of heart.