Monday, August 4, 2014

A Serial Killer Plot Mixed with Horror

Gabi Versado, a Detective in the Detroit Police Department is called to the scene of a brutal murder. A young boy has been cut in half and sewn to the hind legs of a deer. Soon there are more bizarre murders. The novel starts as a typical serial killer novel, but after the first few chapters it veers toward a horror story in the Stephen King tradition.

The book is populated by a range of characters from the detective and her teenage daughter to a newspaper reporter who tries to get an exclusive on the strange killer. The diversity of the characters supports several subplots. Although the subplots are interesting, I felt that they were a distraction form the main theme. The subplot involving Gabi's daughter seemed almost an aside to introduce us to the daughter.

If you enjoy good horror fiction, you'll enjoy this book, if you'd rather read about serial killers and typical police work, this may not be your novel. The writing is excellent, but it is rather long and somewhat fragmented with the numerous characters and subplots.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.