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The experience is extraordinarily traumatic. The teenage girl spends the next decade in a Cleveland mental facility, marking time in silence as she waits for the killer to strike again.
She knows he will, eventually; he as much as told her so while he was sexually assaulting her.
Jordan might have remained in the mental institution where she was locked up if she had not seen a television news report on a mass murder similar to the one that took her family. But Jordan wants revenge and the only way to get it is by getting back out on the street to confront the killer. And that means facing a frightening new world that in some ways has left her behind.
As she vegetates in the psychiatric clinic, Jordan's classmate Mark Pryor nurses the secret crush he had on her in high school. Her victimization inspires him to become a police detective. As a rookie investigator, he goes over the evidence from the horrific crime that robbed her of her youth and closest kin, conducting his own private probe of the murders and rape and concluding that a gymnastic coach she once took classes from is the architect of her misery.
His theory turns out to be wrong. But it leads him to the actual murderer, a psychopath whose bizarre religious beliefs have compelled him to kill those he considers impure, and sets up the final confrontation between Jordan and the man who stole her family and childhood innocence.
Max Collins, the author of this nicely paced, well-plotted thriller, is perhaps best known as the writer who became friends with Mickey Spillane toward the end of his life, served as literary executor of Spillane's estate and finished several of the Mickster's novels, including "The Big Bang," "The Consummata" and the Mike Hammer stories "Lady, Go Die!", and "The Goliath Bone."
But Collins is a prolific writer under his own byline, author of 47 novels including the Nathan Heller series, creator of the Ms. Tree comic book and the graphic novel "The Road to Perdition," which formed the basis of a film starring Paul Newman and Tom Hanks.
In "What Doesn't Kill Her" he has crafted a solid murder tale that features a memorable heroine.
The killer will probably quickly be identified by any reader who is familiar with the genre, but the novel's denouement is satisfying despite this weakness.
I agree with some reviewers the characters are somewhat wooden and not greatly developed. She joins a survivors' group of people who have shared the same fate. They need enough evidence for the cops to act on the fact there is a serial killer. The cops have yet to connect the dots since the crimes appear not related,
Enter Mark Pryor who has been swooning over Jordan in high school. 10 years later, he's still has "Puppy love." He's a rookie detective who puts new meaning to the term "Wet behind the ears." He joins in with members of the group and becomes an all around annoying character.
The writing is just not up to snuff and between some of the characters and writing, the book becomes wearisome.
One thing is particularly annoying. One character has had his face badly disfigured by a criminal act. The author constantly makes a point of it. I am clueless as to why. There are many readers out there with cosmetic maladies. Why Collins feels he needs to mention it every time he mentions the character is just plainly crass & uncaring.
The story was well written and a very exciting read. I was a little disappointed in the ending even though I won't give away why. I think it was believable, and realistic showing not everything has a completely tidy ending. I still would prefer to think things will work out. Hopeless romantic that I am. Really good read.
It had some twist and it was not predictable at all.