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The 9th Circle by Carolyn McCray
on October 28, 2012
My daughter gave me a Kindle for Christmas and it is about the best gift I have ever received. It can be purchased on Amazon.com and you have a wide variety of books in all price ranges at your disposal. I bought The 9th Circle by Carolyn McCray from amazon.com as the title intrigued me. The genre is something I enjoy if it is well written. This starts out to be literally blood and guts.
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but as I read on I discovered there was much more to it than met my critical eye. Henry is jauntily arriving to his place of work. And here you get a bit of a shock because he works in a slaughterhouse and this young man takes a morbid delight in his job. We will be hearing more about him later on.
Now the story goes in a complete different direction. Trey Keane is a detective working with another detective, Robi Darcmel, who has Asperger's syndrome and can't communicate verbally with anyone.However he is brilliant in other ways. They are zeroing in on a serial killer and now have found a live witness, a little girl who had to watch as her parents were being horribly murdered. He is described as very tall and burly and not at all intimidated and inspires confindece in our little eye witness.
She has refused to speak to anyone except the Asperger detective, Darc, who relates very well to her. She feels safe with him. He is trying to decipher bloody images left by the killer. It takes him quite a while but he can see things that the others can't. He wants to take her to her home but in steps a child psychologist Dr. Mala Charan who is trying to protect the child from further trauma but the child wants to go with him because she knows she can help him uncover clues. She knows instinctively that he will protect her and only with her by his side will he truly be able to catch this killer. She seems to understand his condition and his genius for figuering out the hundreds of signs and strange symbols that the killer has left behind; left behind on purpose for Darc. She isn't afraid when she is with him.
Of course as each caracter is indroduced you are given a profile or back story that helps you to understand how they work together. Only the serial killer has yet to be profiled but that only keeps you in suspense as to what to expect.
Yes, it is a bit gory but Darc isn't at all impressionable and looks at these things as just another puzzle to be worked out and he really wants to keep this child by his side.. The dynamics between these four people are very interesting. It is fairly well written and what I really appreciate is the absence (at least until now)of foul or course language except, that is, in Spanish and that doesn't bother me at all.
There are times that you can't help a chuckle or two as Trey tries so hard to keep up with Darc both phsically and mentally. Darc is almost always in his own world and his power of concentration is absolute. At times it is rather funny which is good because it brings a little lightness to an otherwise heavy atmosphere that surrounds the story.
This book will keep you entertained and as each espisode finishes in this serial amazon.com sends you the following episode free. It is a good read.
Now that I have read Episode five chapter 11 I have to add to the above that this is way too grafic for my taste. The clincher comes when someone is grabbed by the throat with a meat hook and it is described right down to the last detail. I woke at 2:30 am eyes wide open. Frankly it gave me nightmares. I realize that not everyone is as susceptible as I am. However, if this wouldn't bother you by all means keep on reading.