Great book! Jonathan Nasaw knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. The short chapters keep you reading for hours only to take breaks to think "one more chapter".
Excellent book - but very graphic.
E.L. Pender, the FBI agent introduced in Nasaw's previous mystery (The Girls He Adored, is a few days short of retirement when he gets a letter from a California woman with an unlikely premise--that the deaths of three people who, like her, attended a conference for people suffering from a variety of phobias (some very strange indeed) were not the random accidents they appeared to be, but the work of a serial killer. Once Pender meets Dorie Bell, the letter writer, he believes her, and with the help of a gutsy agent sidelined from an active career in the FBI by her recently diagnosed MS, he tracks the murderer--the man who bankrolled the conference in order to meet his victims, learn their vulnerabilities, and use their fears to kill them.
This book sort of put me in mind of the movie "Saw." And it was EXCELLENT! The bad guy is definitely off his rocker and it's interesting to see what he'll do next - or who he will kill next and how he will kill them. What do you have to fear, but fear itself?
I find Jonathan Nasaw to be a very compelling writer. I cannot seem to put his books down once I pick them up. The way he brings you into the mind of not just the hero of the story but the serial killer as well. He is a tad bit grittier than your mainstream authors and is not afraid to add the debase darkness of the serial killers mind in his books. He is not afraid to detail what society is to polite to discuss. I like that in an author.
Fantastic thriller beleiveable charactors,keeps you onthe edge of your seat till the very end.
I thought this was a wonderful book. Creepy and suspenseful!
If you like being creeped out this is the book to read!
This wasn't one of my favorites by this author. In the beginning, I enjoyed the mystery right up until the FBI figured out who the murderer was. Then the chase was on but the story dragged and was rather boring. I liked FBI agent Linda Abruzzi but wasn't all that enamored of E.L. Pender (the semi-retired agent). The murderer was a total freak but he really loved his Down Syndrome sister which was sweet but surprising in such a grisly murderer.
A thrilling psychological suspense book! You are killed by what you fear the most!
I agree this is a good thriller but---it is about 100 pages too long. After you discover who the killer is and why and the chase is on it tends to get kind of boring and too long and drawn out and I had to skip pages to get past just descriptions that aren't necessary but overall---good book