Still Waters (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Still Waters - Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Author:Nigel McCrery Razor-sharp and mesmerizingly eerie?with one of the most clever and ruthless villains to appear in ages?Still Waters is a stunning start to an exciting new crime series. — DCI Mark Lapslie is called in when the decayed body of an elderly woman is unearthed. The body provides few clues, beyond the fact that the murderer had a deadly knowled... more »ge of household plants. The dearth of evidence is not Lapslie?s only problem. He?s just returned to the force after a year trying to overcome the worst symptoms of his synesthesia, a neurological condition that causes him to ?taste? sound. The murder appears to be the work of a serial killer who could strike again at any moment, so Lapslie has to find a way to make his synasethsia work for him, not against him. Otherwise the next life taken could be his own.« less
This is a very well-written series debut; I'll definitely be looking for the next entry to the series.
The lead detective struggles with synesthesia, which adds huge challenges to his working life and fascinating twists to his investigative technique. The book is not a whodunit; the tension builds from the questions of how many victims there have been and how many more to come, and whether the perpetrator will be caught or will implode psychologically.
McCrery creates an atmosphere of menace and chill that builds as the novel progresses. When he kicks it into high gear, hang on for a tense and sometimes gruesome ride!
hmmm. I don't know if I liked this one or not. It kept me engrossed for sure. It wasn't an action packed book, but it was very interesting. I liked the way the murdered worked, and the detective's synaesthesia shows some interesting potential to solve later mysteries.
The bad thing is that I couldn't remember his name for more than a minute - the man himself was pretty unmemorable to me. I didn't like his constant quoting from classical works, either. I think this must be a British thing, though, because many books I've read have the characters throwing around appropriate quotations and other characters getting the reference.
I also am not sure how much I liked knowing the murderer. I found her methods fascinating and she was definitely creepy, but her motive was too easy to see.
My final dislike is that I guessed how it would end about halfway through