Author – Christina Kaye
Genre – Suspense Thriller
277 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 3/23/2018
No. 13 - 2018
My Impressions: Sociopaths and psychopaths, vague happenings, intense, surprise ending.
Collin McAllister - Son of murdered psychopathic serial killer of young women.
Det. Kurt Jamison – 56 year old, known as Whiskey, ex-army.
Frankie Cartwright – Career criminal, runs crime in Lexington.
Mollie Cartwright - Victim of kidnapper, 19 years old, beautiful, Frankie's granddaughter.
The story takes place in Lexington, Kentucky.
Before Kurt joined the army, he and Frankie were best friends, blood brothers. When Kurt left the army, Frankie was a rising hoodlum in Lexington. Kurt graduated from the police academy and rose to the rank of detective. Before Kurt joined the army, something happened to push Kurt and Frankie apart.
Six young women disappeared in the Lexington area over the past two years. Kurt headed the investigation of the missing women but has no leads and no suspects.
Mollie's grandfather asked for Kurt's help in finding his granddaughter then regrets it. Frankie uses his own considerable resources to learn the identify of Mollie's abductor and learns the kidnapper is tied to his past history and wants revenge for something Frankie did in his youth.
The story is full of overused clichés; there seemed to by one on at least every other page. Tired descriptions were used multiple times: eyes as big as saucers, bile rising in the throat, raised throbbing veins turning purple.
Frankie and Kurt are in their late fifties and were constantly referred to as "old men". Fifty-six is not old today.
The action scene at the end was too vague; why did Frankie's bodyguards standby when Frankie was losing a wrestling match with another man? How did another person enter the room and grab a gun without being stopped?
Thing like that just…'Happened.'
The ending was unrealistic. A detective discovers evidence of murder and suspects multiple killings. Then the evidence is trashed and the killer goes free. It doesn't ring true or make any sense.
The editing is good, almost perfect, except for past and present tense being mixed.
Sentence structure is disorganized and often takes rereading to comprehend.
The writing style is overly emotional and melodramatic and comes off as being fake.
Character development is good and in depth.
The plot is interesting but fell short of its potential.
Details are lacking, many actions just happen without preamble or justification.
Continuity is poor in the descriptions of a means of entering an underground room. It was called steps, stairs and finally, we learn it was a wood ladder with rungs.
This review was provided after the book was purchased by the reviewer.
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