This is, hands down, one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's a complex layering of mysteries (one a murder spree) and secrets that slowly is revealed to the reader. Highly recommended; subject matter may be difficult for some (about child abuse).
This book provides a chilling look into the struggles of individuals who have been molested. It will keep you guessing who the "bad guy" is throughout the book.
Sex, drugs, and murders past and present fill this book. Cat Ferry, forensic odontologist, searches for a serial murderer of middle-aged men and, in the process, has to come to terms with her own troubled past and uncertain future. Tough issues are dealt with in this book; among them, child sexual abuse, so be aware that it's a heavy read.
I could not put this book down! I was totally engrossed from start to finish! Yeah, it probably could've stood to be summed up about 100 pages sooner, but it didn't really hinder my enjoyment of the book. The subject matter of childhood sexual abuse and repressed memories is dark, and deeply disturbing, but the storyline is such that you can't help but be sucked in.
The main character, Cat, was a seriously damaged soul and a psychological mess. But, the author did an incredible job of delving into her heart and mind and making you care about her and the problems she faced. It was easy to feel her pain and her desperation for answers concerning her past. A great example of what good character development should be! It's mind boggling to me that this character was written by a man! I was amazed at the depth to which he took the character and addressed certain other issues. Given the scope of her flaws, it was appreciated that she wasn't portrayed as weak and helpless or over-extended to superwoman status. There were other characters like Pearlie and Luke who were also equally intriguing.
While certain parts were pretty predictable, Iles is a master storyteller and it didn't detract much from the story. The fact that it was a two-layered mystery with Cat also assisting the police and FBI in solving a series of murders kept the story balanced and more interesting. It certainly helped that there was a steady flow of action and enough twists and turns to keep me wondering what would happen next!
Iles is a favorite author of mine, and while I haven't read all of his books, each one leaves me eagerly looking for the next one
I think this is one of the best suspense novels I have read this year, it has many turns a twists and keeps you guessing tilt he end. I highly recommend it.