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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.
It's a mash-up of different genres: science fiction, futuristic, murder mystery, suspense, crime, action, some sexual content, some vampire stuff, maybe some romance?
The story follows two main story lines from 1983 and 2033. I could have used a little more description on the futuristic items, like Tranquility. I eventually figured it out, but you have to infer a lot to understand what some of the modern gadgets are.
There is a third storyline that is hinted at, but not explored until more than half way through the book. A third unexplained death story! Layered death stories…
There are a few other death stories and their importance are explained later on.
I definitely understood the murder mysteries from 1983. I didn't quite figure it out, but it was interesting. I was following the 2033 mysteries, thought I knew who did it, and I was wrong. But the explanations of why and how were really kind of quick, and I'm still trying to figure it out. If I describe it, or even try to talk about it, I will spoil. So I'll just leave it there. I think I understand. And I think I understood the third plot. Everything winds up making some sort of sense, but it's not where I thought the author was going with it all.
There are some intense action scenes. The sentences are rather short and not as embellished, so these scenes read a little dry. The rest of the writing is fairly good with occasionally really good descriptions. My kindle version had some errors and missing words or just plain wrong words. The character development was not very strong, but it didn't really need to be. There were quite a few characters to follow, so enough detail was given.
A major theme through out the book was the feeling of emptiness without a family - and that everyone should have a family. A lot of books focus more on relationships, so I liked that this one explored the necessity of having a family and how that completes a person.
One thing that could be bothersome to some readers is the level of sexual chemistry that is written in. There's a lot of it. Like every where someone goes, one character is really burning for another one. Lots of sexual tension all. Only one real sex scene in the book. I'm impartial to it. It was explained that it "had been a while" for some of the characters, and I guess that is why they were so hungry for each other.
The one thing that really irked me was the measurements in meters. There were quite a few measurements throughout the book. And all in meters. The first couple were not labeled as being metric measurements, so I wasn't sure what the number referred to. Then later on, it clearly stated meters. Lost on me. The book takes place in the U.S. Don't use meters to describe!
I read this book fairly quickly. It reads fast. Because it crosses so many genres, it could appeal to many different readers. The ending is not necessarily a nice tie-up, but more of a wanting to know a little more about what happens next. I appreciate that.