- File Size: 523 KB
- Print Length: 422 pages
- Publisher: S. Prescott Thrillers (November 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07766VTHD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After a face and location are revealed to her via her supernatural connection, Piper winds up face to face with Dixon’s very own serial killer, the Dixon Demon, and survives (barely). She then goes into hiding eight hours away from her hometown.
Fast forward five years and Piper’s ability is stronger than ever. The Dixon Demon is back in the business of making townsfolk disappear and Piper is drawn back to her hometown to face her own demons as well as the elusive Demon.
Several eating disorder varieties and alcoholism are integral to the storyline and if you’re squeamish, beware, there will be vomit. I found the eating disorder origin story of one character in particular very interesting and enjoyed seeing it weave its way throughout the story.
I found the story intriguing and entertaining. I really enjoyed the atmosphere the author created. There’s a dark, creepy foreboding that follows you through the book. I wanted to continue reading to learn more about the killer’s motivation and how the various threads were going to be tied together. However, I had some problems with the characters in this book, mostly due to my lack of connection to any of them.
When someone dies during the book, my response was, ‘oh, okay’ and that wasn’t okay with me. Usually I’d be outraged or ecstatic or would at least have some sort of feeling about it, especially when they were an important person in another character’s life, but I didn’t.
The serial killer was unusual in that their victimology changed during the course of the book. While their motivation remains fairly consistent their crime scenes reflected a mix of organised and disorganised elements. I enjoyed learning their backstory and connecting the dots to discover how this person became so freaking messed up.
They are a huge fan of the baddie monologue and take mother issues to a whole new level. Take my word for it: this mother could probably teach Norma Bates a thing or two. I really liked that there were three characters with various mother issues in this book, all responding with their own versions of lashing out and engaging in self-destructive behaviour.
I never really understood the role of Piper’s psychiatrist. While he’s still advising Piper (mostly to actually eat a meal and not drown herself), his role appears to be more Boy Friday than anything else. He’s the chef, the executive assistant, the friend, the babysitter.
I wondered why one alcoholic got the DT’s at a certain point when the alcoholic that was with them at the time didn’t. It’s also noted that a body is too decomposed to be identified using dental records. My forensic knowledge is amateur at best but I thought teeth were one of the best identifiers when a body is decomposed.
I found some of the sentence structure awkward. One portion of a sentence, as an example, read, “their flashlights the only light source of light.” (76%) Although to be fair I read an advanced copy so it’s likely that sentences like this were remedied prior to the book’s release.
Favourite sentence: “What if she finally surfaced only to find herself still submerged?”
Had I connected to the characters this book would have been a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. As it stands I’d rate Sketched 3.5 out of 5, but am rounding up. I’m interested in reading more books by this author.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley, S. Prescott Thrillers and BookBuzz for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback.
Sketched is an intense suspense thriller that is engaging from start to finish. I couldn't put this book down. At first, I thought it was going to be fun learning who the killer is, but we quickly learn who it is. We get to see what has happened to him during his younger childhood years. Piper is tormented by the visions that she has, the dreams that demand that she listen and the sketches that she draws. It's frustrating to watch her struggle with what they call her "accident." As you read each scene in this story you will mentally scream for the characters. You'll hope that someone comes along and helps them, stops the tragic from happening, but it never does.
This story is dark, intense and truly thrilling. It is a one of a kind page turner that grips you to the very end. I didn't want to put this book down. The author does an amazing job from start to finish. There honestly isn't anything that I don't like about this story. The author answers every question, ties up all the loose ends. This story does not have a perfect ending, but the ending fits this story.
I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. I haven't read a gripping story like this in a while, and this book is definitely one to read if you like suspense thrillers. If you start reading this book, clear your schedule and settle in. You won't be doing anything or going anywhere until the last page has been turned.
I felt the author did a good job with character development and storyline. There were quite a few characters, this is a must when you keep killing them off, but I had a hard time connecting them together, except for ghe serial killer. As I continued to read I felt the connection between them would become more apparent, but it never fully came to light for me. This led to a disconnect with certain characters, because they became peripheral, and easily forgotten, even if they played a main role in other characters lives.
Overall this was a great read. I was very please with how the story turned out and just wish the author had put a little more effort into connecting the characters so reader would have a deeper connection to them when the killer ended their life. If there was more of an emotional connection I would have been more invested and the whole story would have been more cohesive.