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Adam Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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Adam caught my attention right away, and I read the entire book in one sitting. I had a rainy day and a great book. Fair combination.
Book arrived with very minor wear, almost perfect!
The first two thirds plod along with very little actually happening. Sixteen women have been murdered, but all but one occurred before the start of the narrative and little is said about them. The killer, whose identity is revealed on page 1, has your generic twisted upbringing: abusive mother with skewed religious obsessions -- inverted crucifixes on the walls, ritual beatings, children kept like animals, sister severely punished for getting her period. [sigh] Throw it all in the Deprav-o-matic and out comes one standard issue psychopath. The only thing he won't have is anything unique or compelling about him.
Same with the profiler/detective. For all his purported brilliance and monomaniacal drive to get his man, he doesn't have too much to offer in the way of forensic insight or personality. The killer is supposedly so skilled that the clues he deliberately leaves behind never lead anywhere, so the detectives don't put much energy into pursuing them. Do you know what you have if there are no clues and no detectives out making things happen? No story.
The final third veers off in a supernatural direction I might not have asked for, but which finally injected some spark into this snoozer. The Christian redemption message got a little heavy-handed, but it was something. Anything.
If you're looking for a creepy murder thriller with atmosphere, I'd suggest River of Darkness by Rennie Airth. For a complex profiler character with "issues", try the Wire in the Blood series by Val McDermid. If you're really in need of a Christian slant to your serial killer fiction, I have little to suggest. But if this is the best the genre can offer, it's a thin genre indeed.
I was looking for scary novels to read during the Halloween season and picked Adam from the most popular list.
I have to say, although I enjoyed the read, this was not as scary as I was expecting. Perhaps I have unrealistic expectations, but I was looking for a book that would scare the crap out of me -because I don't scare easily- and this didn't quite hit the mark. At times the writing felt as though it was babying me too much, as there were two instances where a line said
All cons aside, this was a really engaging and fun book to read. I got really invested in the serial killer character and even though I was able to predict "the big reveal" from page 10, I thoroughly enjoyed reading through this. I kept wanting to read more and more and hated when I had to put it down, but it was definitely an excellent read by far.
I'm not pleased that an extra chapter has been added to books that are released in Christian bookstores and websites. What am I missing and what would be in that version that couldn't be released in the standard version? UPDATE: I stopped by a store and read the last chapter. It was only five pages and although I thought the ending was better with the extra chapter I don't think it's a must in order to enjoy the book.
The book was written for the movies. It's obvious. Why? You'll have to read it for yourself to find out.
1 Star = I've been robbed!
2 Stars = Why'd I finish it?
3 Stars = Good
4 Stars = Excellent
5 Stars = Life changing