Mike Omer brings out a final novel in the Abby Mullen series, which has been impactful throughout its short run. There is much to solve and reveal, which Omer does in short order while keeping his protagonist on her toes. Adding some time with Zoe Bentley, Omer shows how he can mix his series protagonists together, while battling demons that Abby Mullen thought that she put to rest. A fiery end to the series will force Mullen to face her fears and Bentley to realise that she does not know it all. Mike Omer at his best, sure to impress series fans,.
A number of suspicious fires burn houses down and produce heated graves for victims, which is something that triggers NYPD hostage negotiator Abby Mullen. Having grown up in a cult where fire was the predominant means of asserting authority, Mullen knows the power the flame, and leader Moses Wilcox. Having long been thought dead, Wilcox has re-emerged and is leading his flock across the country, burning houses down in a form of ‘second baptism’ to show willingness to adopt the cause.
Sending one of its best to the crime scene, FBI criminal profiler Zoe Bentley is on hand to catch the killer through a series of psychological analyses. Bentley is sure she has a lock on the killer, but Mullen has the inside scoop and tries to insist that she knows Wilcox better than anyone. While the two women clash, they see their parallel desire to bring Wilcox to his knees and forge a truce, albeit a tentative one.
As Mullen confronts the past she kept long-buried and Bentley uses her textbook knowledge of all things criminal, both will have to complement one another if they want to catch Moses Wilcox once and for all. It will be an explosive end to things, but one could expect no less with Mike Omer in the writer’s seat. Series fans will surely rush to get their hands on this one, if only to see how Abby Mullen finds a sense of closure.
I discovered the work of Mike Omer by fluke, but have been excited to push through two of his stellar series. The writing is gripping and the themes prove addictive, as I tried to make sense of how two strong women, Bentley and Mullen, function in tandem while adding their own perspectives. He keeps the reader front and centre throughout the process, but never gives too much, hoping to shock and surprise the reader at every turn. There’s so much to take in with this book and fans of both Mullen and Bentley will be rushing to find solace in discovering how it all ends.
The Abby Mullen series requires a quick pace to get through all that there is a great deal to tackle. Mike Omer knows his audience and what makes them tick, presenting a piece that not only ties up loose ends but also adds new questions to the mix. Abby Mullen has to face some of her deeply buried childhood memories, which allows for some great development, but also helps contrast with the significantly professional Zoe Bentley who is out for her own pound of analytical flesh. These two women work well together, but also want to teach one another something, which adds a competitive edge to the piece. Strong plot twists and a race to the finish help the story and series achieve the greatness that Omer surely sought. I am not sure where things are headed for Omer or his two protagonists, but I am keenly aware that I will be there, impatiently waiting, to see what the coming years have to offer.
Kudos, Mr. Omer, for another success. You have me so curious and yet so ready to wait for your next stellar project.