The Scavenger's Daughter: A Tyler West Mystery Kindle Edition
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Set in San Diego, Southern California, the story dives into the gruesome world of medieval torture inflicted by a modern day killer. Investigative reporter, Tyler West continually defies the police in a desperate search for the sadomasochist, Friar Tom, before he loses everything that matters to him.
The Scavengers Daughter is an involved, complicated plot expertly woven together to create a fantastic, suspenseful read. The chapters are short, the pace is fast and furious, and the reader is immediately hooked right up to the end. The characters are realistic, well developed and likable, even with their flaws. The villain, despite his cruel and dire passion for torture, is believable and convincing.
I didn't want this book to end.
The characters are all wonderfully developed. No two-dimensionality here! I love that no one is all good or all bad. The hero has his flaws. The "bad guy" isn't all bad- or at least he didn't start out all bad. The reader is a witness to his descent into madness. The characters all wrestle with shades of grey. They make mistakes.
I also really, really enjoyed the alternating points of view. I thought it was a great way to present the story. And also, I love the fact that it was done properly. I've read just too many stories with point of view problems, and it is so refreshing to see it done well.
The author's descriptions were not overdone, yet he managed to give enough detail so the reader knows exactly what's going on. Also, the details and descriptions of the serial killer and his torture were not overboard. It was enough so that I knew was was going to happen and how, but not so much that I couldn't even read it. I have read other thriller novels that I absolutely could not continue because everything was described in horrific, graphic detail. This is NOT the case here. The author never describes in detail the actual act of murder or torture. He leaves something to the imagination. It's a wonderful balance between too much info and not enough. This reader thouroughly appreciated it.
I am looking forward to future books from Mr. McIntyre. I'm confident they will be equally wonderful.
A former columnist himself, the author seems to know his way around newspaper business (love the "Wheaties test"). The characterization in this book is well done, and the richness of the detail serves to pull the reader into the story. In fact, I'm a little frightened of the author, due to the impeccable research he's put into the character of Friar Tom. The information about the instruments of torture is exquisite, and really adds to the storyline. Somehow, the author manages to make such a wild storyline believable, and the result is a riveting, and frightening, tale. Told in both first person (Ty) and third person (Friar Tom), it's easy to follow the plot as it builds to its inevitable conclusion.
This was a book I found really difficult to put down. I began reading it on Sunday morning, and I could hardly be parted from my reader all day long until I finished the book. It was engrossing and well- written. I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly's books, and I think Ty West may be Harry Bosch's biggest competition. The twists in the story were easy to follow, and I never was lost or confused about what had happened.
Originally posted @ GraceKrispy's MotherLode review blog
Sometimes you have to suspend disbelief to get into a book. I would have had to suspend disbelief and 50 IQ points to enjoy this book. I really wanted to like it; it had been recommended to me by an author I know. I guess the recommendation was just more "scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" flacking that has become so prevalent in writing the last 25 years or so.
If you like mindless stories that introduce you to an edgy lifestyle, crossed with a sadist serial killer (Another? Sheesh.) you will probably like this book. I couldn't get past chapter 9 (of 120).
When younger I prided myself on finishing every book I started; not anymore. There are too many good writers, to many good books, for me to waste my time on pablum.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book almost a year ago put off reading this book because of the title and cover but I am quite sorry I did. The story draws you in and never lets you go. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BonusMom
The Scavenger's daughter was a surprising, always suspenseful mystery from the beginning of the book to the very end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley Bourgeois
Short and sweet. A bit weird at the start, and then a good story developers. I did enjoy it but maybe it should only be three starsPublished 3 months ago by Jenny Kinch
"The Scavenger’s Daughter: A Tyler West Mystery by Mike McIntyre" is a detective story, a reporter’s story, a love story, a crime story, and a mystery. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frost
I'm not sure how I came across this title but wow what a read. I couldn't put it down! Torture at it's best!Published 7 months ago by keywestgirl72
Tthis book held my attention throughou,t and even when I was not reading it, I was thinking about it, and wanted to get back to it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by seal
Well worth reading. The author has some knowledge about midieval torture devices. His explanation of the device called the scavengers daughter may be a bit off but the rest is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by scottc
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