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Absolute Instinct: Dr. Jessica Coran, FBI ME (Instinct Series Book 11) Kindle Edition
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Unfortunately, this is one painful read. The dialogue is stilted and the FBI characters are so grossly unprofessional it counfounds belief. The governor is a stereotypical, racially insensitive, politically incorect, sexually aggressive pig. The confrontations with him quickly devolve into insults that ultimately have no consequence. The silly subplot about freeing the innocent man on death row quickly falls into the realm of the ridiculous.
On the plus side, the victims are engaging and the serial killer is fairly well crafted and a refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill slice and dicer. But all in all, Absolute Instinct stinks.
The killer in Absolute Instinct exhibits his evil nature at the ripe age of seven when his mother catches him sucking the marrow of her dead cat's spine. That scene actually made my blood boil, and I said a curse out loud.
Not to become political in a book review, but I immediately thought of research that shows most serial killers start by killing or torturing animals. I nearly stopped reading in order to write my Congressman a letter pleading for stricter animal cruelty laws. However, I was hooked into finishing this book in hopes that Walker's character, Jessica Coran, would track down this demon child (as the adult he becomes, of course).
In a twist of cruel reality, the child became a man, and that man is obsessed with the human spine. He is tracking his victims and actually removing the spine while the victim is alive. Of course, he doesn't want to be wasteful, and it seems that he is turning the spines into grotesque artwork.
If you have ever wondered if serial killers are born or created from the environment, Walker offers the idea that they are born. The killer is driven and haunted by not knowing who his father is. His mother tormented with tales of his father being a monster, and he is accused of being just like him until the day she dies.
On her death bed, she gives her son a box that contains all the information that explains who the spine sucker is the spawn of. The killer does not open it for most of the story, but when he does long time readers and newcomers alike will be in for a big surprise.
At the same time that the reader is following the killer through his tribulations, we are with Jessica Coran as she works to figure these bizarre murders. One problem is that they are happening across the country, and one state has already convicted someone for the crime. Coran finds herself in a race to not only catch a killer, but to save an innocent man.
It is a fast-paced, well-written, and extremely creepy mystery suspense novel. The kind of book that I Absolutely love.
When Giles takes the spine from a woman in Milwaukee, the M.O. is the same as two other homicides including the one in Oregon. Darwin calls on Dr. Jessica Coran to prove that all these crimes were performed by the same man so an innocent person can be released from prison. When Jessica is finally convinced by the evidence, she talks to the governor for a stay of execution but the racist governor insists he needs more proof. Jessica has Darwin and the death row inmate devise a daring plan to free the prisoner while she offers herself up in a cat and mouse game with Giles who wants to make her his next victim.
This action packed thriller starts off at light speed and only gets faster but the heart of ABSOLUTE TERROR lies with the characters each in their own way going extraordinary lengths to find a way to free a man three days from his date with the needle. Jessica is her usually feisty self, taking daring chances to save an innocent man she does not know. Robert W. Walker is at his absolute best with ABSOLUTE INSTINCTS.
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