I love being a wife and Mom. So Cali transplant, Brooklyn N.Y. Born and bred. In this body is a creative being. I scrapbook, cook, and I write. Imagine that. I love to read and just devour books. These are things that just free me.
New York City medical examiner Hayes provides plenty of authentic forensic atmosphere in his grisly debut. But his tale of a maniacal serial killer loose on the streets of Manhattan dwells too much on the carnage with insufficient focus on his protagonist's emotional state. Dr. Edward Jenner, an occasional private consultant who resigned from his post as a New York City forensic pathologist after the trauma of 9/11, is positive the gruesome crucifixion murder of a young college student is the handiwork of a burgeoning serial killer. When Ana deJong, the murdered girl's roommate, appears in his loft, desperate for help, Jenner is plunged deep into a world of cruelty and death, a world he tried so desperately to leave behind. As more bodies pile up and the killer's methods become increasingly sadistic, Jenner races to identify the ancient text engraved in the victims' flesh, hoping it will lead him to the truth behind the murders. The somewhat creepy relationship that develops between Jenner and Ana distracts, while fans familiar with the conventions of the serial killer genre will find much of the action predictable. Hopefully, Hayes will combine his impressive forensics knowledge with a fresher plot and deeper characterization in his next thriller.
This is my first attempt at writing a book review.
Why then am I writing one, it's simple, because my wife will just keep asking me to till one of us is dead...so here you go....
I enjoyed this book, it was at times hard to put down. Very likable lead character, Dr. Edward Jenner who resigned from his post as a New York City forensic pathologist after the trauma of 9/11. He's been hired as a private consultant after the murder of a college student. When the murdered girl's roommate appears at his home, the story takes off. As you get deeper into the book the murders become even more gruesome and sadistic. My issues: some of the story was a bit predictable, and while they delved into the killers past it never really explained how he developed into this ritualistic super strong psycho and why he was killing in this manner. That aside, I do however think that Dr. Jenner was such an interesting individual that I look forward to the next book in the series.