Former Chicago detective Jackie "Jack" Daniels spent much of her career putting away criminals. she felt she achieved the best results when she was able to remove psychotic and deranged killers who preyed on helpless women.
This story is segmented into three parts. Once Jackie was on the police force, in the segment twenty-one years ago, she goes undercover to attempt to catch a serial killer who was dismembering and murdering women.
The next segment covers the time period three years ago when Jack and her partner were following John Dalton when a body was found and a vehicle matching Dalton's was seen leaving the area.
In the present day segment, Jackie has been abducted from her home and is bound and awaiting torture by the killer, "Mr. K."
It is difficult when a story moves through time periods. In this story with three time periods it resulted in the loss of the story's momentum and suspense. Some of the segments were only one page long and this resulted in a somewhat confusing flow of events.
There was lots of torture and evil people in the story and many instances where the reader must suspend their sense of logic. In the first segment, Jackie is described as wearing a size six, so she would be about one hundred pounds. She is abducted and finds herself naked in the killer's home. Then she must defend herself against a man described as over two hundred pounds. Overpowering her captor seemed to stretch my belief.
When she is again abducted in the final segment, she is taken from her home while sleeping with her boyfriend. She had put some security on her home but it wasn't enough. How likely would this be for an attempt and for success to abduct someone while another person is in the room? I don't know.
Finally, the ending was unrealistic and unsatisfying. Deus ex machina is defined as a plot technique where a seemingly inextricable problem is solved with a contrived and unexpected intervention of some new character. This is never acceptable in literature. The author has written some enjoyable novels in the past but this novel disappointed.
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Michael A.Draper is a financial planner with Mass Mutual in North Haven, CT. Married to Diana for 47 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters. … more
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