Series: DI Helen Grace #1
Published by Penguin Group USA on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, General, Crime
Paperback provided by My Wallet (purchased)
The "dark, twisted, thought-provoking" (#1 New York Times bestseller Tami Hoag) international bestseller--first in the new series featuring Detective Helen Grace.
Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.
It's a game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn't spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn't believe them.
Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case--with its seemingly random victims--has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense....
I really enjoyed this book. I love the concept, the action, the twists. The MC Helen Grace is the lead detective on the trail of a serial killer. The killer traps two people in a place with a gun with one bullet. Only one can survive. The story starts off describing the ordeal for the first couple. It was horrible and heartbreaking. Dying is awful but living with the regret is even worse. Helen Grace has her hands full with her tortured past, a possible romance, few leads and a even fewer suspects.
I really enjoyed getting to know the people in this story. I found Helen to be a really tough character with plenty of drama in her life. She makes mistakes, but she is very professional. The drive in her life seems to be guilt from her past. She even indulges in a bit of BDSM, and I get why she would want that in her life. She isn’t a pity party kind of girl and this made me like her even more. There is a hint of a romance for her and I am seriously hoping they sort things out in future books. The other characters seemed well fleshed out with enough to go on, I found it easy to like them and root for them as well. The story has a lot of POVs (the victims, the co-workers, the media), but the story always shifted back to Helen.
I disliked that I got some of the characters confused. Towards the end the details became really muddled for me. This was a fast paced read right from the start but towards the end I got reading whiplash as I had to go back and try to figure out which characters did what. It seemed that Helen (and I) followed some leads that led nowhere. I liked the progression of the case. It wasn’t obvious about who the killer was until Helen figured it out for us. It would have been The chapters in this story were extremely short, which made this a really quick read for me.
All in all this was a solid read that kept me on the edge of my seat. For a thriller this book hit all the requirements. I wanted more details about some of the characters, so I will definitely be picking up future books in this series. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.