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Paying the Piper a novel by Simon Wood

A thriller about a serial kidnapper

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A Good Thriller that Loses it in the Last Third

  • Dec 21, 2012
This book starte out great. Scott Fleetwood is a reporter who made a mistake with a serial kidnapper known as the Piper eight years prior. That mistake caused the Piper to kill a boy he kidnapped. Everybody seemed to blame Scott for the boy's death. Now eight years later and the Piper has seemingly returned and kidnapped Scott's son. Where in the past, the Piper's demands were for cash and he simply released his victims, this time he also wants Scott to do things to pay for his past mistake.

Scott needs to manuveur around the FBI led by Detective Shiels, who had worked on the previous Piper cases, to do things he will later regret to get his son back. This story definately had me hooked from the start and guessing who the Piper may be. And things seem to break pretty fast, holding the reader in place. The book started to lose it in the last third of the book. We have characters doing really stupid things like dumb people who end up getting killed in slasher films and other things that unfold that just had me shaking my head. This is the third thriller I have read by this author and most of his books do have good tension throughout. However, the last third of this book prevents me from giving it more than 3 stars.

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December 26, 2012
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