Author: James Patterson and David Ellis
Pages: 399, though I got it from audible- 9 hours with narrators January LaVoy and Kevin T. Collins
Genre: mystery/ thriller
Is this part of a series? No.
Published: June 23rd, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.
Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of fires are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day–and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?
I finished this book ages ago, but had to think about it for a long time before posting my opinion. On the one hand, these characters are fantastic and the narrative team did a fabulous job- I liked that our suspect had a voice all their own. I loved the premise, and the flow of the book was interesting- giving us ample time with both Emmy and our Suspect. I also liked the idea of the little notes that the suspect left behind.
What I did not like was that it didn’t ring true- I had issues with the relationships here, especially Books and Emmy, and Emmy and her boss. It came off as stilted and contrived. It was hard to get a real feel for most of the characters actually, save Emmy and our suspect…. and I honestly found myself liking the suspect better. Emmy just seemed too… contrived, controlling, crazed and single minded. I did not care for how she used the others. I understand her mindset…. but it was just hard to accept her as my guide through this story. As I said before, the characters are fantastic, but I do wish I had gotten a better feel for them- specifically the rest of Emmy’s team. For all this, the book is a three when it could have been so much more.
On the adult content scale, there is language and a large amount of violence that, to me, gears this toward a much mature audience. I give it a seven.
The book is out- have you read it?
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