I have added this book to my top 5 for 2009. I found it a gripping read from start to finish with many twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the last moment about who ‘The Crucifix Slayer’ was. When his identity was revealed I was so surprised that I actually exclaimed aloud. That does not mean that the revelation was implausible as thinking about the clues given throughout the story made it perfectly obvious in hindsight.
The action is non-stop from the first page, plunging us into the world of police investigation into the killer’s doings.
The underlying romance between Police officer Daniel Hart, and Phoenix Love, is interesting and multi-faceted and sometimes left me wondering if Daniel was merely the victim of the machinations of a crazed psychopath, a view shared by other characters in the book, I might add.
Although there are many characters in this tale who are quite unlikeable, the author’s craft and dedication to his tale still managed to make me care about what happened to them. The writing is tight, building tension as the story progresses and the ending left me feeling satisfied that all the questions asked were answered.
A definite must read for anyone who enjoys a good, solid mystery with a dash of romance thrown in for flavor.