This is a book I picked up after reading a quick blurb in one of those catalogs you pick up from the bookstore showing new books that are coming out. I remember that it caught my eye as claiming to be a mystery that kept you going until the last page.
In general, I'm not a huge fan of mysteries, mostly because I become a very unhappy person to be around when I am consumed in a book. I have to finish it right then. If the blurb was right, this would be such a book. However, with a holiday coming up, and time off of work, I figured I would have the ability to leave the real world and fall into the novel.
From the first chapter, this book pulled me in. The author created the setting perfectly, and I could clearly picture the scenes. What kept me going, however, was the dramatic finish of that first chapter. I tend to read books where the "really bad stuff" if often threatened and perhaps comes bone-chillingly close to occurring, but always something happens at the last minute to save the good and vanquish the bad.
Early on and repeatedly throughout this novel, good does not vanquish evil. In fact, good is always one step (often more!) behind with no logical path to follow. The good people do not get the endings that one would expect.
And indeed, the book ends with questions of "What happens next?" and "Is it really over?". I felt as if there wasn't a definitive conclusion, and in fact, some of the biggest mysteries of "Why?" are given only hypothetical, passing assumptions.
Overall, I found the book to be a quick read and one that will you keep you turning the pages, if only to see if the good guys ever catch the bad guy. I feel, though, if you make it to the last page, there may be a bit of disappointment because you do not feel justice was served. Furthermore, the book leaves you with a disillusioned and unsettled feeling because the people who were hurt were not bad people doing bad things, but randomly chosen, good people who trusted the wrong person. It's not pleasant thinking just how easily something similar could happen to us or someone we know.
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