Heartless Author:Alison Gaylin Investigative journalist Zoe Greene, traumatized by a serial killer, has switched to writing for a soap-opera digest. Obsessed with soap star Warren Clark, she delights in joining him at his home in Mexico. But nearby, the mutilated body of a teenager was found recently, his heart torn from his body. — From the moment Zoe arrives, things go wrong... more ». Warren disappears for long stretches of time. Other Americans she meets hide strange black crosses and blood-tipped cacti in their homes. When more people end up dead, their hearts torn out, Zoe's investigative instincts kick in. But even as she follows ominous clues, she may well be next on the killer's list...« less
While delving into topics ranging from the cult of personality to daytime television to the world of journalism to human sacrifice, the reader is introduced to people who run the gamut from being emotionally-scarred and trying to heal, to those whose pleasant facades mask obsession and murder.
Additionally, Gaylin really brings the setting of San Estaban to life with an abundance of rich, sensory details that paint a picture of a place that is simultaneously beautiful and foreboding.
This isn't just a run-of-the-mill thriller. It's a book that is truly creepy and disturbing on a multitude of levels, while also incorporating twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. In short, it's a genuinely good book from a very talented author.