Action and chills right from the beginning of the book! This book is an excellent psychological thriller. If you like books like "The Bone Collector" or some of Patricia Corwell's books, you'll enjoy this one.
I did not complete this graphic novel. I enjoy a good mystery, but the author's details through the killer's eyes was far more tha I could tolerate. I've no doubt there are those who can read thru it, but best if you have a strong stomach and aren't bothered by extreme brutality toward teenage girls. I threw the book away--I didn't even want to post it on PBS!
I loved this book! The first I have read by this author and I am definitely ordering the others. It really delivers on suspense. Right up there with James Patterson's best stories! If you like thrillers you will not be disappointed.
This is the first in the series of Byrne/Balzano, I'd already read the next two in the series and they are much better than this one but a series has to start somewhere.
This was kind of bogged down with too much 'getting acquainted' stuff about their personal lives but yet I guess it had to get all that in somewhere. For me it made the book kind of boring so I skipped and skimmed a lot to get past all the unnecessary descriptions and get on with the main story.
I loved it! REALLLLLLLLY scary!!!! Great twists.
Absolute A+++++ thriller. The last 75 pages are not to be read any other way but in one solid read. It was great, everything a serial killer read should be and then some, I have definetly found a new author to read. If you are a fan of Chelsea Cain, Harlan Coben and the like this author is right up there with them. Great book.
I loved this book, it was fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat! This was my first read of Richard Montanari's and it won't be my last.
It is Jessica Balzano's first day at the Philadelphia homicide unit with her new partner Kevin Byrne. With no time to acclimated they catch their first case together:
A young girl is found dead in the basement of an abandoned house. Her neck is broken, her hands wrapped with a rosary and bolted together like in prayer. With a second victim found not 24 hours later it becomes clear the killer favors young teenage girls attending Catholic schools and takes them in broad daylight.
Jessica and Kevin need all their instincts to follow the upcoming leads bringing them to a psychiatrist working for the Catholic schools. But something doesn't seem to fit when their only suspect is found hanged in his house. With his death the secret of the girls connection to each other and a lead to the killer seems to be lost forever.
Speaking of building characters Montanari introduces two cops that couldn't be a better match to each other. With Jessica being the wife struggling with her separated cop husband and Kevin the commited veteran cop a lot of their background flows through the book building a relationship to the reader.
This novel is so full of turns that it is difficult to keep up and as soon as you think you might have figured out who the killer is you're slapped square in the face.
Gruesome, dark and amazingly thrilling.
Following this first novel are three books in a series around Balzano and Byrne: The Skin Gods, Merciless and Badlands.
Best book I've read in a long time! Very suspenseful and lots of twists.
Kept me guessing until the end...
First book I have read of his. I will be reading more. Very intriguing, keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Veteran Philadelphia cop Kevin Byrne and his rookie partner Jessica Balzano have just caught the case of a lifetime. Someone is killing devout, young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their bodies.
SOMEONE IS KILLING DEVOUT YOUNG WOMEN,BOLTING THEIR HANDS TOGETHER IN PRAYER,AND COMMITTING AN ABOMINATION UPON THEIR BODIES.
A RELENTLESSLY SUSPENSEFUL,SOUL-CHILLING THRILLER