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Gaslighting: A British Crime Thriller (Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate) (Volume 3) Paperback – June 18, 2017
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Mr. Patching is able to weave a nagging feeling of fear throughout his novel and into the reader’s consciousness. Billy Leech is a psychopath, and believes he is superior to everyone. It is scary to understand that characters in the book believe they are in control of the situation when young Billy is actually two or three steps ahead of them. Knowing what could happen to characters when a psychopath walks unimpeded among them keeps the tension high from the beginning to the end.
This book is different than the first two offerings. While “Remorseless” and “Mutilated” are in-your-face crime stories, “Gaslighting” digs deep into Billy’s thought processes and readers are able to share his moods and reasonings as he moves through his detailed plans. This technique by the author spills over into the chapters featuring Carver and Powers, allowing us to follow along as they work to find the evidence to bring the murderer to justice. As usual, Mr. Patching brings the book to a nail-biting conclusion, and one is not entirely sure of how the story will turn out until the last pages.
For those new to this author, you can read this book as a standalone and could actually read the first two books at a later time, but “Gaslighting” does contain a few spoilers that reveal what has already happened. If you like gritty detective stories, I encourage you to read “Remorseless” and Mutilated” first. When I say gritty, that would include the crimes, the thought processes of the murderers, and the language that is used by the characters. To Mr. Patching’s credit, he does not use vulgarities to shock and inserts them in a story only when appropriate.
“Gaslighting” will not disappoint, and serves as a satisfactory ending to a great series. Five stars.
If you would like an idea of the story, please read the above blurb. I do not like to read spoilers, hence, I do not write them. Read on for my reasons behind this review.
Patching is subtle in his portrayal of the people involved, as well as setting the scenes in which they live, travel and interact. He is a master in controlling tension, raising the level bit by bit and sometimes slamming the reader with a huge dose of it, which took my breath away. Thankfully, he is able to lower it as well, giving needed relief following a confrontation or event.
I found this to be a quick read as my curiosity was engaged throughout. I learned a few new things in this book, too, which was a bonus. The psychopathy portrayed in this book was well researched and presented, as well as information regarding boats, police procedures, and medical facts.
This has violence within its pages, but Patching does not make the reader wallow in it. It is horrific on its' own. I found the interactions of the perpetrator with his family to be the more horrifying, though. The type of interaction, or more rightly attacks, are devastating, cunning, sly and are aimed at a persons' very being with malice and destruction in mind. Those scenes were hard to read for me. The dismantling of a personality overshadows a death by bullet, in my mind.
The question of nature vs. nurture rears up within and throughout the book. That may be definitally answered in the future, but it is not likely in my lifetime. Another societal issue is touched upon as well, but it hasn't an answer at this time, either. There was lots to think about as I read Gaslighting and I will continue to do so.
If you like psychological thrillers, this is an excellent choice! I am a fan of Will Patching. He entertains, educates and does so in a clean manner. His research is deep and conveyed in an understandable way, which makes for good reading. I gave this book five stars for hitting all my qualifications for a great read. I recommend this book without any qualms!
His research is extensive, making his characterizations all the more macabre. It's frightening but you can't look away.
There is less graphic violence in this book than in the previous two, but there certainly is no less tension. As before you get confronted up close and personal with the motivations and the inner workings of the mind of a (teenage this time) psychopath. So much so that after this third book in the series I’m beginning to wonder if it is not just Doc Powers who has a suppressed psychopath lurking somewhere in the dark recesses of his mind.
Anyway,another cracker by Will Patching, well worth your time reading this great novel.
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Very good story with a disturbing, disturbed young killer.Read more