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"The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell" by Robert Dugoni
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However, the biggest flaw was that the author introduces way too many characters and individual plot lines. Every chapter or so, a new character appears and you need to remember details about them to follow during the rest of the book. I have a good memory, but when you get so many names and details, I just couldn't follow it all. That became really frustrating. Even 3/4 of the way through, new characters were popping up all over the place.
I did read the entire book because the author does keep you wondering what's going to happen next, but I was glad when it was over and I didn't need to strain my brain anymore to remember all the characters and their stories.
From that point in modern day, we go back eighteen years when Brian Parkes, a young account, disappears after going out for cigarettes. His wife Jennifer is pregnant, and ends up raising their daughter alone, while building up her fashion label.
We are brought back to current day with Jennifer, who is asked to come down to the police station to identify a hit and run victim who, just happens to be her husband, wearing the same clothes he left the house in eighteen years ago, and looking exactly the same age. So begins one of the most engrossing suspense novels I’ve read in a while.
The serial killer had also quit killing eighteen years ago, and had now started up again. A shadowy group of thugs had stopped him nearly two decades ago, but have now let him go for some reason. Wrapped in all of the mystery, is a handsome police detective who’s been taken off the scene when he makes a connection between more ‘ageless’ bodies showing up who’d been strangled.
The only flaw in the novel is that I found all of the different characters a little hard to follow. Less characters would have tightened the suspense for me as a reader; because there were so many, I found the plot slowing down as these new characters were described and I mentally integrated them into the story.
A fascinating plot along with likeable characters makes Disappear a fun read.
As other reviewers say, Henn juggles a lot of characters. To me, showing how the events involved and affected a wide range of people made the plot a bit more real-life, which was important when the premise had me wondering if Henn had gone off the paranormal deep end.
Happily, he brought it all home at the end.
If you like "Disappear," grab "The Delta Chain" too. I enjoyed that even more.
A husband goes out in a rain storm for cigarettes but does not return -- for eighteen years. He is wearing the same clothes which are damp and he is found lifeless on the street a few blocks from home. It appears to be a hit and run.
A lone jogger tries another path in the city. There are few other joggers out for a run at this particular time and the lone jogger notes this.
Other missing persons reappear after almost two decades but all of these have been garrotted. Authorities at various levels become involved. Private detectives are hired. The theory of prolonging life without aging is examined.
This novel flows smoothly, though very intricately, to the end. The numerous characters introduced are necessary as the events cover almost twenty years.
DISAPPEAR definitely is a book worth reading!