Author – Jason Parent
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Crime
284 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 9/1/17
No. 57 - 2017
My impressions: Totally gross, gory, ritual cult murder, weird, cannibals, sickening.
Eliza – street whore, age 27, second body found with its chest cut open and the heart removed.
Aaron Pimental – 28, mediocre street cop, paranoid mental case with a secret, violent past.
Det. Bruce Marklin – near 60, considered a loner and the best detective in Mass.?
Det. Jocelyn Beaudette – 30, prissy loner, ambitious, polite, approachable, soft but not weak, clumsy.
Carter Wainwright – sadistic, psychopath killer with the ability to corrupt other sickos.
A Life Removed is set in Fall River, Massachusetts. There are many characters involved but I’ll deal with those most important to the story.
When a second body is discovered with its chest ripped open and the heart missing, detectives Marklin and Beaudette fear Fall River is under siege by a serial killer. Or Killers. The bodies are staged for the most effect where citizens are fully impacted by the media’s repulsive reporting.
Eventually the investigation reveals ties to one of the police department’s own. Officer Pimental is friends with several of the suspects. Gradually the reader is made privy to his internal thoughts that reveal a dark, disturbed past history. The reader quickly then realizes Aaron Pimental is a sociopath and a danger to all around him.
As I indicated, the details of the story are gross. If a bunch of fruitcakes chomping on and swallowing still warm, raw human hearts isn’t your idea of a peaceful evening’s read, pass on this one. The further in you read the gorier the story becomes. If you like repetitive gore, this story is for you.
There are several issues I had problems with: I’ve never encountered snack vending machines in the hallways of hospital wards.
One of the lead characters is shot, falls through a window leaving blood covered shards of glass, falls forty feet to the ground and disappears.
Some of the descriptive sentences are absurd. Example: ‘The sadness, however, clung to her face, weighing down her skin so that it hung like old curtains.’ I have no idea what that means, but it can’t be pretty.
Several words used stretch the meaning past being applicable.
The editing and sentence structure are good to excellent.
Character development of the main characters and several sub-characters is good.
The plot is interesting and fast paced but gross.
The writing is creative and action packed. Interaction between the lead detectives is warm but intense.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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