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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `A scar is always better than an unhealed, open wound', June 20, 2008
This review is from: Shadow Man (Smoky Barrett) (Mass Market Paperback)
Agent Smoky Barrett is on the FBI's serial murder and child abduction team. Smoky has seen much of the darkest side of human behaviour but this does not inure her to the personal impact when her husband and daughter were slaughtered in front of her. Smoky is still recovering from her own injuries, and trying to come to terms with a life without those she loves but could not protect when her best friend is brutally murdered. While still making decisions about her own future, Smoky is drawn into solving a case which has become deeply personal.

This novel is generally taut and tight and is at times quite terrifying. Exploring the darker recesses of the human mind, entering a space where most of us hope never to venture. The themes being explored are not new and there will be nothing particularly unique about the plot to those who read a lot of this type of fiction. Serial killers, with ever increasing amounts of graphic violence bleeding through the pages, have become standard fare on the bookshelves. However, I found myself drawn into this story and while elements irritated, the novel was a great way to escape for a couple of hours. And escapism, for me, is what fiction is about.

If you enjoy this particular genre then this book will either appeal or irritate. If you are interested in forensic attention to procedural detail, then this book may not appeal. If you are interested in the motivations and feelings of those caught in such a maelstrom then you may find this a satisfying read. You decide.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jun 21, 2008 2:16:19 AM PDT
H. Schneider says:
If you don't mind, VJ, I decide to skip it. Procedural details might have interested me, but the motivational side of serial killers is outside my range. Overfed!

Posted on Jun 21, 2008 9:29:11 AM PDT
Paul Weiss says:
Well, I admit I do like attention to procedural and forensic detail. But I also like books that deal with character development and motivation. So I suspect I'll give this one a whirl. Thanks for pointing it out to me, Jenny.

Posted on Jun 22, 2008 5:54:56 AM PDT
Karen Joan says:
Sounds like it might be hard for a parent to read. But this is an excellent review.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 4:27:44 PM PDT
Linda Bulger says:
This looks like something I'd like, Jenny. It's on the list!
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