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Top Customer Reviews
Detective Egan, working the current case, has a fetish for blondes and an addiction to a designer drug that helps him forget some of the horrific crimes he has previously solved. The sexual tension between these two characters is palpable, but Kylie has a dark edge to her that only makes you suspect her more as having a close connection to the original murders and possibly the current ones. She's an intriguing character with unusual skills such as bow hunting and her uncanny sixth sense. The story keeps you guessing all the way to the end, and even then I was wrong. Great read if you love mysteries/thrillers and detective stories.
If you like Crais or Lehane, you'll enjoy this novel.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Recluse, genius, professor and author Kylie Watts has a gift, she dreams of the lives of others and more specifically, their deaths. Kylie dreams of deaths throughout time, many of which have gone unsolved until Kylie dreams of them. Parlaying what she learns in her dreams into her teaching and her books has earned Kylie a tidy income and a world-wide reputation. For Kylie, the income allows her to remain as she likes to be, a recluse who only comes out into the “real” world when she absolutely has to.
Apparently the Confetti Killer wants Kylie out in the “real” world. For 50 years the Confetti Killer murders have gone unsolved and now, on the anniversary of the original killings, the madness is beginning again. Though just a child when the original murders occurred, Kylie has dreamt of the murders for as long as she can remember but has yet to be able to see the killer. With what is apparently a very well-informed copycat on the loose, Kylie is now working with the cops to solve both the old and new murders. To say the least, there are a multitude of problems including Kylie’s total lack of social skills, her extreme attraction to Detective Egan Lange, Lange’s addiction to a variety of narcotics and his ex-partner’s wife, the extremely gruesome nature of the current killings and, the fact that the old and new killings seem to share far, far more than anyone including Kylie ever suspected.
As the murder victims begin to pile up, Kylie and Egan are at a loss for who is committing the crimes and the list of suspects keeps getting longer. Though Kylie is absolutely drawn to Egan, she prefers to work alone and often finds it frustrating having to share her information with the seasoned detective. Her research into the old killings keeps taking the most unusual twists and turns, her dreams about the old murders are becoming increasingly intense and, someone keeps trying to kill Kylie. As Kylie is working on her on her own, Egan is trying desperately to keep up with her and solve the murders. Additionally, Egan’s personal life is way out of control and takes a seriously unexpected turn when his ex-partner’s wife is damn near killed in a brutal attack. For both Kylie and Egan, the world is spinning out of control and the stakes are rising with every single passing minute.
The Bottom Line: Holy crap was this read a weirdly intense ride. My biggest criticism of this read is the really slow start but once you get past the first part of the book, it is well worth the time and effort. Kylie is a very cold, very calculating character that is also incredibly likeable. She has a hard, hard past and Myers teases you with information about that past throughout the read. Kylie’s present is just as interesting as her past and reading about how she handles each and every moment of drama and danger is fascinating. Despite her cold nature, Kylie really is a very good character that I found absolutely intriguing. Though the plot does start out slowly, the middle and end of this read is crazy and I can honestly say I didn’t see that ending coming and am quite glad I stuck with this read. I like it when an author can still surprise me. :)
P.S. For those of you who are wondering if this is the same Chris Myers who writes the Ripsters and Lennon’s Girls series, yes, it is the same author. I am a HUGE fan of her Rispsters reads and believe me when I tell you, The Confetti Killer is nothing like her YA/NA books but still equally well-written and interesting.
Kylie Watts is a true crime author who seems to be able to solve cold cases no one else can. It seems she has a leg up on everyone else, though - she dreams the actual happenings getting details none but the killer or close witness would ever have. This story brings her to Chicago to finish a book about a 50-year-old murder spree known as the "Confetti Killings". Interestingly, it appears a copycat is trying to recreate the original murders for some reason, though it appears he or she is not doing a very good job.
Kylie is not a very likable main character; nor is her main foil, Detective Egan. She is not a "people person" and he is a borderline addict. Her background is fairly well presented, but his somewhat less so. A lot of characters seem to be centered around the University of Chicago, so we are dealing with well-to-do artists and academics, and most we know little more than their present associations.
The book does jump between time periods a lot, and sometimes it gets a bit confusing. Also, a couple of past lives, like Mosh from 23,000 BC seem to have no purpose. Clues for each of the main storylines (two murder sprees and a serial rapist are intertwined to the point where it is difficult to follow what is being learned. The main setting being in 2033, there seems to be a lot of loosening of drug laws, with the amount of drugs, narcotics, weed, and booze available. Also, the restructuring of surface transportation into undescribed "transports" really muddy the futuristic waters. DNA testing can be done done in a day at a pharmacy, kind of like getting pictures developed.
Believe the author when you read her warning about this book having adult situations and language. While some of it added to the adult realism, I think she went overboard, especially with the gratuitous sex; there was little point to it.
Structurally, the book was not bad, although there was a fair share of dropped words making a sentence temporarily unreadable. Dropped articles and sometimes verbs added to the confusion. The writing style overall was enjoyable and well-paced.
The ending, while being a definite twist, really left an unsatisfying feeling with me. It seemed that much of the final part of the book ended with a whimper rather than an "aha!" moment. There were many plot lines that were just left to die on their own, rather than being explained or finished. While there were some periods of high suspense, the ending kind of tripped over its own feet and never bothered to get back up.
Three stars for the confusing and oft unexplained storylines, the uneven handling of major plot points, the dropped words (there WERE quite a few), and the amount of gratuitous sex. It is a book with a lot of promise as a concept, but far less traction in presentation.
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