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An easy read, but not as thrilling as it could be
on November 13, 2011
The second in a series, after the first Sami Rizzo book, "They Never Die Quietly", "Resuscitation" starts very well and flows along but never grabbed me. Part of the problem may be the cliched language the author uses: would a top medical doctor
really think "I had sore muscles where I didn't even know I had
muscles"? Then there's the whole problem of having two detectives
assigned to work together on catching an active serial killer who are living together in a romantic relationship, and everybody knows it and talks about it, but nobody ever mentions any possible problem with that. Maybe in some dinky small town where there only are two homicide detective, but this is San Diego! There are various other obvious plot defects that I won't mention to avoid spoilers.
It's tough to build a lot of suspense when we know right from the
beginning who the killer is and why he's doing it. It makes the book very straightforward, without a lot of twists and turns, as it just isn't the kind of book where the killer's going to escape in an ambiguous ending. All of the characters are quite simple, and explained clearly although I didn't find the killer all that realistic and believable.
I didn't hate the book -- it was a pretty good read, and I liked Sami and her romance. I had the feeling that the author was writing about people he knows well. But it just wasn't as good as it could have been if it had been better written and more subtle. Those of us who enjoyed the first book will want to check in again on Sami. But I wouldn't start with this one.