Pleased to get my hands on the latest Chris Carter thriller, I eagerly read the book to see how things would progress in yet another police procedural with psychological thriller undertones. Detective Robert Hunter is back for another in-depth exploration of a psychotic killer whose motives only become apparent after a significant amount of analysis. Carter provides the reader with a stunning story that takes things to gruesome levels, but never loses its momentum. A great thriller in line with other novels in the series, proving Chris Carter can impress and captivate with ease.
Detective Robert Hunter has long been a valuable member of the Ultra Violent Crime division of LAPD Homicide, investigating the most heinous crimes committed. While this may be the case, he has always seen it eat away at his inner self, which leaves Hunter to wonder how much energy he has left.
When he and his partner are called to the scene of a brutal murder, where the victim has been hung up with a giant fish hook, Hunter begins to wonder if he has reached the edge of the depravity people could inflict on others. With a piece of poetry left at the scene, Hunter and others within the LAPD begin to ponder if this message has a deeper meaning.
When other killings occur with completely different motives, it is only the line of poetry that connects them all together. Hunter must use all the resources at his disposal to determine what’s going on and how to connect the dots. It is only when taking a step back and syntheising the evidence that Detective Hunter makes a possible connection, though this is not guaranteed to come to fruition.
With time running out and another victim sure to be targeted by the killer soon, Hunter will have to try to stay one step ahead. How does the killer choose their victims and what motive ties them all together? Hunter and the rest of the team will have to make sense of this, taking things back to the beginning, the so-called genesis of the killer’s motivation. Chris Carter impresses with a story that leaves no time to catch one’s breath, but keeps the reader turning pages well into the night.
I have always enjoyed the writing of Chris Carter, who pulls out all the stops in order to hook the reader from the opeeening pages. In a story that provides a substantial amount of narrative progression, Carter also adds his trademark collection of gruesome killings, which help the reader take note. Great storytelling and intricate puzzling together of clues provide the reader with an entertaining experience while chilling them to the core.
Chris Carter has never suffered from an inability to captivate, no matter the angle of his story. He uses a strong narrative to set the scene, adding highly descriptive moments and short chapters to keep the reader intrigued and wanting to read more. The characters, which series fans will have come to know well, continue to have depth to their personal backstories and fit together effectively for the overall experience. Plot lines emerge throughout, with twists to keep the story from being too predictable. The story is built on layers, which are slowly pulled back in order to get the the kernel. However, even atthat point, nothing is completely linear. There is a chilling aspect to the piece that Carter instills with each of his publications, though this is offset with great background development, keeping things from being too gory. I have seen the strain the series has taken on Detective Robert Hunter, but he is just so strong a character that I hope Carter has more to come.
Kudos, Mr. Carter, for another chilling thriller that cements your place at the top of the genre!