One of the best crime novels I've read, and I've read many. What I like particularly about this one is the added aspect of a multiple personality, or DID as it's called in the book. I've read all the true life multiple personality books I could find. So bringing together my love of crime and the power of the mind is the perfect mix. Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Never a slow moment!
This is still one of my favorite thrillers - serial killers and multiple personality disorder - it just doesn't get any better than that! I've read this book a few times before, so though there weren't any surprises, the excitement alone still makes it a good re-read. And I was VERY excited to re-read it this time around since I get to start reading the long-awaited-for-sequel [When She Was Bad] directly after!
A serial killer with multiple personalities-most of them bad. He's vicious, sadistic, sad and sweet all at the same time. You ALMOST feel sorry for the guy...or at least, for some of his personalities...but then...there are the victims to think about. A unique and mesmerizing story. Highly recommended.
Hannibal Lecter better get busy-his reputation as the scariest of the worlds fictional and diabolical monsters is at risk.Max is a twisted collection of personalities.One of those personalities is vicious,insatiable,and a hunger for women with strawberry blond hair!
Psychiatrist Dr. Irene Cogan is called to evaluate the mental state of a man who's got captured killing the young woman on his passenger seat in a routine traffic control. Nobody knows who he is or where heÂ´d come from.
Soon she discovers that the man in front of her isn't just a man, he's at least six men and a child. There are Max, Christopher, Mose, Kinch, Ish, Peter and Lyssy hidden in one fast thinking and moving mind with such enormous amount of intelligence and skills.
While Dr. Cogan interviews the subject the doghoused FBI Special Agent E. L. Pender feels for the first time in over 10 years they finally might have captured a serial killer nicknamed as Casey. Casey's victims are strawberry blonds just like the disemboweled girl the unknown subject in jail killed.
High in the Cascade Mountains of southern Oregon a strawberry blond haired woman sits on her porch with a sewing basket full of separate reddish blond strands.
When "Casey" escapes from jail he knows Dr. Cogan might be able to help him control all his alters just a bit better and that her hair's just been colored frosty blond. There is a glimmer of reddish under the blond. He kidnaps her and begins his, and now her's as well, journey home.
Pender's fishing for clues. So far police and FBI have been able to follow Casey just because he left dead bodies every now and then but his final destination's hidden in the dark. When he finds Dr. Cogans taped interview sessions he finds the one clue that might be able to direct him in the right direction and the chase begins.
While I liked the strong beginning of the book very much, it got pretty plain and thin, somehow boring, around the middle. Reading Casey's story of how he'd become what he was wore me out, couldn't really grab me. In the end I wasn't surprised about the ending as it was more then predictable.
Nasaw did a very good job to explain what Dissociative Identity Disorder is but clearly failed to create a mystery.
Call him Max. But don't shake his hand. Don't get to close at all. Because Max isn't just Max. He's a whole lot of people, a twisted collection of personalities struggling to find a way out. One of those personalities is vicious. Insatiable. A man with a talent for the blade and a hunger for women with strawberry blond hair.
Max's latest quarry, Dr. Irene Cogan, is about to learn two things firsthand: what makes Max tick, and what happened to
THE GIRLS HE ADORED
Jonathan Nasaw brilliantly portrays three equally intense characters--deviant killer, the expert psychiatrist he abducts, and the charmingly disheveled veteran FBI agent on their trail--in this sexually charged thriller of extraordinary originality and page-turning suspense.
"Hannibal Lecter better get busy. Forget the nice Chianti and fava beans, his position as pound-for-pound the scariest of the world's fictional and diabolical monsters is clearly at risk."
-The Toronto Sun
"Compelling and intellectually stimulating, Nasaw's novel draws a complex portrait of the multiple-personality serial killer...not easy to put down or forget."
-The Dallas Morning News
The publisher's synopsis is: Call him Max. But don't shake his hand. Don'g get too close at all. Because Max isn't just Max. He's a lot of people, a twisted collection of personalities struggling to find a way out. One of those personalities is vicious. Insatiable. A man with a talent for the blade a hunger for women with strawberry blond hair.
didn't care for it--much too long, should've been shortened by at least a 100 pages and kind of slow moving, the dialogue of several personalties begin to get tiresome and the concept of multi-personalties might've been good but it just moved too slow and got kind of boring!
Awesome book!!!! It draws you in from the start and keeps you until the very last page. If you have an interest in multiple personalities or psychological thrillers, this one is for you! It would make a great movie as well. Highly recommend!!! 5 stars!
Omigosh! What a gruesome psychological thriller! Shades of Hannibal here, but the author leaves you wanting to know SO badly how the killer thinks that you stick with ALL his personalities through every page. Dr. Irene Cogan, his court appointed psychiatrist, is his last intended victim - but only if she loses her cool professionalism
Remind me to NEVER dye my hair a strawberry blond shade!
Really, really liked this book!!! I am hoping the next one is as good!!! The DID was so interesting that I had to think about what was going on, not just breeze through like I do a lot of other books!!! if you like this sort of story, its a must read!!!!