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"For someone not named Patterson, Harris or Lindsay, Sue Coletta has reinvented the serial killer genre without stepping over the tropes for which we flock to it. In "Wings of Mayhem," she gives us a "Silence of the Lambs" style yarn that takes us into not one, but two criminal minds: one a twisted psychopathic genius hell-bent on sending sickly cryptic messages through the flesh of his victims (the plot recalls the latest season of "The Following" starring Kevin Bacon, which gave new meaning to "twisted" while being something you could not look away from), the other being our protagonist, who moonlights from her day job (I won't rat that out here) as a cat-burglar who stumbles into the wrong crib, stealing the aforementioned serial killer's fetishized "precious." There is hell to pay for them both as a result.
The story spins ahead with escalating velocity and well-rendered literary layers, always leaving the reader pleading for more information while delivering just enough with exquisite timing, always nailing a clear and rationale dissection of what seemed in the moment like insanity or illogic. The craft of the writer is on display from page one, with intense pacing, deeply drawn characters and a matrix of plot elements that never lets you see the big picture as completely as you think you do, thus setting up an ending that demands you stick with it until the final, unexpected twist.
You think you get it, but you don't. And when you do, you're delighted that you didn't.
Sue Coletta is on a path. She earned her ticket into the crowded arena of dark thriller contenders with her previous novel ("Marred"), and in "Wings of Mayhem" she announces her arrival with the wail of approaching sirens and the quiet horror of a blade swinging at your throat in the dark. Don't miss this one. A star is born." ~ Critically Acclaimed author, Larry Brooks
From the Author
I write what I love to read. Because as a reader myself, I love trying to solve complex puzzles about grisly murders before the characters do. In WINGS OF MAYHEM, you'll know who the killer is in Chapter One. Don't worry. This only intensifies the ride as you read alternating chapters from his point of view, Shawnee Daniels, and Detective Levaughn Samuels. In all my books I offer an honest look behind the crime scene tape. Not for the gore factor, but for accuracy. Sometimes what you'll experience can be fascinating; sometimes terrifying. Are you ready to take the ride?
I have to admit, I was concerned when the protagonist discovered the identity of the serial killer in the first scene. I mean, come on, the whole point of a mystery/thriller is the whodunit aspect, right?
Don't worry about being bored because you know who the killer is. That's the least of the issues facing the heroine in Sue Coletta's WINGS OF MAYHEM. This is a nonstop whirlwind of edge-of-your-seat action that will leave you breathless from page one to the very last word. I'm already waiting for the sequel.
The heroine, Shawnee, is a breath of fresh air for the reader. Not your traditional damsel in distress or even your tough-as-nails female cop. No, Shawnee has a few special traits all her own, and when juxtaposed with her so-sweet-your-teeth-hurt best friend, it's a pairing that's endearing. When she starts dating the uber-hot detective? It's a match you can't tear your eyes away from.
Throw these characters in with a sadistic serial killer whose motives are impossible for even a Fed to unravel and so much action and apprehension that your heartbeat sets a new speed record... well, what more can I say? As Shawnee's best friend would tell you, it's a frickety-fracken good book. Woot!
Seriously, the pacing is fast and the plot is solid. The characters are ones you'll love and want to revisit. This is a book I highly recommend.
Absolutely a terrorising thriller, some horror, some sex,burglary, and feline friends. Great characters you will love. Non-stop thrills and what a book. I wish I could give it more then five stars. I will be waiting for the next one to come. I hope it will be quick. I'm so excited about this new series. If you love everything in a thriller then this is what you have been waiting for and it does not disappoint.
If you have to eat, sleep, work, drive a car or meet a pressing deadline, then don't read Sue Coletta's "Wings of Mayhem" because once you open the book you won't want to put it down. The serial killer in this book collects certain items and goes about leaving his signature wherever a body is found. The story takes the first of many twists when a tough-talking female cat burglar enters the home of a wealthy man and corporate scoundrel, not realizing he's a serial killer. The hunter becomes the hunted, and there are plenty of twists and turns between that point and the end, including some that avid crime fiction readers might not see coming. The secondary characters in this book are also well developed, making the book an enjoyable and exciting read. David Liscio --- author of Deadly Fare.
Great premise for a book: a cat burglar by night, a cybercrimes specialist by day. Kind of like Dexter meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Fast-paced with lots of twists and turns. Sometimes light (the scenes with Shawnee and her best friend), sometimes dark (the scenes with the serial killer), Wings of Mayhem will keep you turning the pages until the end.
Say... CRIME? The name is COLETTA, SUE. A well developed story, credible characters, tri-dimensional. Cat burglar, Shawnee Daniels, reality check in the story. Steal memories could be DEADLY!!!
Run, if you want to follow the story not a moment to loose. Not a fan of spoilers, need to read a real deal Mayhem... Crime is the trade of Lady Coletta's. A writer to follow, if you like good books!!!
After reading Coletta's first book "Marred," I couldn't wait to read "Wings of Mayhem." My expectations were high, but I have to say I enjoyed this dark, twisted tale even more. Shawnee Daniels is a tough, smart cyber-crime consultant by day, and a cat burglar by night. She justifies her stealing by targeting only the most immoral wealthy people, but she chooses the wrong victim when she burglarizes the home of depraved serial killer known as The Creator. As The Creator extracts revenge against everyone and everything Shawnee holds dear, she becomes increasingly trapped in her own web of deceit and duplicity. With a tight, fast-paced plot line, engaging characters and nail-biting suspense, this was a hard book to put down. (Can't wait to read the next one!)