- File Size: 1350 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Publisher: Smilowitch & Blackwood Publishing; 1 edition (December 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R58EA5G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Written in multiple points of view, sometimes depth of character can be sacrificed. But, I found myself rooting for Louise, Andrew and Elias's captives just the same, and in many different, torn sort of ways. I think the success of the characters was in the vast connections that the author made between them.
Elias was a tragic bad guy, and his character was where I really wanted to know more, more of his past which lead him to think the thoughts he did. Of course, us readers always want more. That has to be a compliment right there. Louise and Andrew on the other hand seemed to be built up together, unique characters for this type of story. Depth could be found in the layers of their lives. Gillespy, well I just never had a clear cut feeling about him, too complicated with such a jaded past, a character who struggles to be redeemed, but can they?. But, the best of all was the dog from the front cover - well I just loved him. What an amazing character he was, with a past, misdeeds, misfortunes and redemption all his own. I applaud this character! Wonderful :)
This is not a cozy mystery by any means. So if you like your murder mysteries/suspense stories with gore, a demented bad guy, violence, etc. I would say this one is for you. There is a lot going on in it as far as plot, some sub-plots that were not even resolved, but they didn't need to be or shouldn't be. The author kept adding in twists, and I know personally how much that takes to plan out. And, his knowledge on the subjects showed. The cop talk was all very believable.
The biggest compliment I can give here is that I checked this author out. And, I really want to read, Edging Past Reality, his collection of short stories. Plus, I look forward to finding out more about his two coming releases.
The author does a nice job of avoiding excess in his novel, crafting a complex story with violent interactions, varied characters, empathy and revulsion finely balanced. It's not a novel for the squeamish, for those who like their side-characters to survive, or for those who prefer their scenes to go swiftly by. Action is described with careful clarity and gory detail. Animal scenes are a mix of delightful and nightmarish. There's a cat and a dog, and memories of a dog. And there's a storyline that eventually ties warped imagination and sad reality together, making sense of why all the characters might be linked.
David Fingerman's Silent Kill reads like a movie waiting for a director; rough round the edges, but full of gritty detail and detailed plot. It will be interesting to see where the author takes these characters in further tales.
Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book and chose to repay blogger and author generosity by reading and reviewing.
A dark and occasionally violent thriller, SILENT KILL is the story of psychotherapy gone wrong and the consequences that result, years later, from that extraordinarily bad therapy. Dr. William Gillespy, the psychiatrist responsible for all that follows, has finally reached the limits even of his own tolerance for bad outcomes: a patient has killed herself as a result of his work, he's being sued, and he only finds solace deep in a liquor bottle. Unbeknownst to him, a patient from years before, a giant of a man named Elias, seeks to protect Dr. Gillespy from those who seek to recover damages for the girl's death.
As the bodies pile up, Louise Miller, a Minneapolis cop, and her brother Andrew, a rookie county deputy, work to solve the mystery and find the murderer before another person dies. The story also involves a mistreated Rottweiler who has been trained to kill, a Native American cop, Louise's lover and much more. The plot is developed well, with twists that surprised and delighted me, and kept me reading long into the night. Fingerman knows both court and police procedures, so the investigation proceeds without the usual TSTL (too stupid to live) moves that both amateur and professional sleuths sometimes make.
In short, I found the book to be both satisfying and compelling. Now I'm going to have to find Fingerman's next offering, SPYDER, to see what he's got up his sleeve now...