- File Size: 863 KB
- Print Length: 350 pages
- Publication Date: August 9, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013ONCRW8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ms. D’Ettore masterfully weaves her own tale with historical facts to create a gripping novel that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. As each new character is introduced, the reader is left wondering…Could this be the bad guy? Suspicion is cast on everyone…friends, family and even law enforcement. Who can be trusted? Nobody.
I really liked the way this author used the innocence of a child to reveal clues to the mystery a little at a time. It made the story more believable because you were dealing with the idiosyncrasies of an adult trapped in a four year olds mind. Yes, there is a slight paranormal aspect to the story but it’s believable enough to work without distracting from the original premise. Because information was funneled through a child, clues and impressions were muddled and unclear; forcing the players (and the reader) to try to decipher them and solve the mystery a little at a time. I also liked the way the killer’s backstory was revealed through his memories as he questions the Zodiac’s rebirth. We get a clear glimpse into his childhood and can almost sympathize with him. This too makes the conclusion and the killer’s actions more believable. Most psychopaths are cold, calculating and unconscionable. The Zodiac is no exception. However, at the conclusion of the story we realize he actually does have a heart and is capable of love…in a sick, twisted and narcissistic way. This book kept me interested until the very last page and I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy a good thriller.
It was hard to put down, although after a night of dreaming about a serial killer trying to murder me, I decided it would be best to finish reading during daylight hours.
Even though the subtle signs were there, I didn't peg who the murderer was. It was so well done, I was surprised, and that's hard to do with me. (I'm the annoying person who watches a murder mystery and says "He did it!" about twenty minutes in. My husband kind of hates me for it.
I loved how it all played out and particularly enjoyed the ending. A great story that will have you wondering who's going to be Zodiac's next victim?
The story is inspired by a truly barbaric serial killer of modern times. It takes place in twentieth century USA, and is not a tale of a shadowy figure in a cloak wandering the narrow cobbled, foggy streets of London. Having said that, this perpetrator could have been Jack the Ripper’s offspring, but I digress.
There are sufficient suspects to draw the reader in different directions, which takes effort on behalf of the writer. When I found a hint of the paranormal in the story I almost stopped reading, but I accepted the particular case, because I’d heard of a similar incident.
What were impressive areas for me? Characterisation, realistic dialogue, thoroughness in scene setting, and enough blood and violence to satisfy a Tarantino fan. Still on the topic of impressive aspects, I liked the police scenes, from radio voice procedure to general banter between officers. Action scenes were well thought out and choreographed.
As an aside, although it has nothing to do with the rating or review of a story, I was pleased to see good formatting, by way of paragraph breaks, and sign-posting on arrival into a new scene.
If you like your serial killers to be heartless and to be kept guessing right to the end – get on Zodiac’s case and see if you can spot who it is. The ending is superb too. Kudos, Ms D’Ettore.