Mallory & Charles & Riker are some of the most complex characters in a mystery series that I've every read! Highly recommended, but you really must start at the beginning...or else the characters' pathologies don't quite make sense.
And now the readers will know the rest of the story of Mallory and her life. An amazing story that began before she was born. O'Connell leaks the information slowly while taking the readers through a twisted plot of the missing little girls and a serial killer with a 40 year obsession with the old Route 66. This book is O-Connell at her finest and most perverse.
Maybe it is because the book belongs to a series of Kathy Mallory or it just has to much pages. However I thought it really took me a long time to finish the book. Kathy Mallory strikes me as partly disturbed with an odd behavior. MalloryÂ´s roots play a huge role in this plot as well. She's searching for her father or better, she drives the road her father used to drive on. During this ride she entraps into a series of killings of little children. The killings go back up to 40 years and the bodies were buried at Route 66, the road her father used to drive on.
Let by old letters her father wrote, Kathy meets one dead body after another. The FBI comes into the game as well and all becomes a huge mess when a steadily growing group of parents with "lost" children begins driving the same road.
I was surprised when at the ending the superdetective finally showed emotions that made her likeable. I've got another book of this series somewhere in my pile and I will read it. Maybe there is more to this series then what I've read.
While O'Connell could have focused on either the hunt for a serial killer or Mallory's journeys following both Route 66 and her father's letters, she nicely balanced both stories. I liked Mallory's interactions with the people she meets along the way and I liked how Butler and Riker supported her in their own way.
Wow, what a way to wrap up this storied series! Start with Mallory's Oracle and read the previous 8 volumes before you tackle this one and you will be rewarded with a long-lasting endorphin rush at the end! Highly recommended.