wonderful flawed journalist and an eerie case to solve!
by Carolyn Haines is a fast paced thriller. While the psychological
motives for eerie murders intrigue, the main character of Carson is the
highlight of this book. The reader looks forward to each additional
glance into her life and can't help but want her to succeed.
Carson Lynch, a washed up journalist with a drinking problem who has
lost her child in a fire, her husband and her former prestigious
career. Five bodies are uncovered that were buried decades ago beneath
a parking lot of a Biloxi, Mississippi night club. Carson begins to
investigate, hoping that this story can help her get her career back on
track. Days later, two more recent bodies are discovered--each girl
wearing a bridal veil. The ring finger has been taken by the murderer.
Is this the work of a serial killer or a copy cat killer? Why has such
a large expanse of time separated these murders? Can Carson find the
clues in time to prevent other murders without risking her own life?
Carolyn Haines intersperses the current thriller plot with ever
increasing glimpses of Carson's life, creating a multi-dimensional
reading delight. The reader wants to know about Carson's flawed
character as well as the unfolding hunt for the killer. Revenant has some intriguing twists
and turns as the identity of the killer is discovered only through
careful research and an understanding of the motive behind the crimes.
The thrills continue down to the last tense dramatic resolution. The
suspense focuses on the eerie nature of the crimes and the psychology
behind the crimes. As Carson hunts for leads, Carolyn Haines reveals
the psychological dimension of the past moments that led Carson to her
present situation. A few more veiled clues in the beginning and
throughout the novel would have heightened the reading suspense. Some
clues arrive unexpectedly without earlier preparation so that the final
revelation feels just slightly too easy in terms of the narrative
structure. Fans will eagerly await another thriller with Carson at the
center of the activity thanks to Carolyn Haines' brilliant
Reviewed by Merrimon,
Merrimon Book Reviews
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