A book about a serial killer that delves deep into his mental state. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time reading this, in awe that someone could write about such things, yet still wanting to read to the end, unable to determine how this story would end.
TAMI HOAG has got to be one of the best writers out there. This one was exceptional. You wondered who the villian was and though I came close the end was a bit of a suprise. A couple of them actualy.
THANKS TAMI.... Keep up the good work.
A complicated, very intense and involving read. Hard to put down. Tami Hoag always provides suspenseful plot twists and this book is no exception. Take a deep breath....
Hoag, as always, takes her time setting up a this wonderful dark thriller involving a Minneapolisr serial killer. The Cremator tortures prostitutes and then burns their bodies in local parks. No one seems to care much about these women until it appears that the latest victim may be Jillian Bondurant, a billionaire's daughter. Former FBI agent Kate Conlan is now a victim/witness advocate. She is called upon to work with a reluctant teenage witness who says she has seen the latest torching. Complications ensue when famous FBI profiler John Quinn is called in by Jillian's father. Kate and John have a shared past. Their relationship was the main reason she left the Bureau five years ago. They are faced with dealing with their painful history as they work together to catch the killer who o be taunts them at every turn. Hoag's excellent helps the reader keep track of the many diverse characters, while Kate and John's intense work ethics keep them simultaneously attracted and repelled by one another. This is a romance within a mystery and Hoag handles both masterfully.
Hoag (A Thin Dark Line) has a way of sneaking up on the reader in superior thriller tradition, taking her time in revealing monstrous images lurking in the dark corners. The Cremator, a Minneapolis serial killer, has been torturing prostitutes before incinerating them in local parks, but no one pays much attention until it appears that the third victim may be Jillian Bondurant, a billionaire's daughter. Former FBI agent Kate Conlan, now a victim/witness advocate, is enlisted to handle a reluctant teenage witness who claims to have seen the latest torching. Kate's life becomes further complicated when ace FBI profiler John Quinn is called in by Jillian's father. Kate and John share a personal history, he being one of the reasons she left the Bureau five years ago, and they must each contend with their painful past as they work together to catch the diabolical killer who appears to be taunting them at every turn. Hoag uses crisp dialogue effectively to distinguish the many diverse characters, while Kate and John's mirror-image Machiavellian work ethics justify both their mutual attraction and aversion. Devoting equal attention to the mystery of the serial killer's identity and the romantic tension between her engaging protagonists, Hoag does service to both, scripting love scenes worthy of George Clooney and Renee Russo, the Hollywood stars she mentions as look-alikes for her principals. Granting a humanizing dignity to the victims' corpses, she neatly sidesteps the graphic crudeness of some of her competitors, while still providing enough surprise twists and stomach-turning carnage to satisfy any heebie-jeebie enthusiast.
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