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The story has everything I hate - an annoying female lead whose choices make no sense whatsoever, multiple points of view including the 'mind of the serial killer' (yawn) that adds nothing to the story & several obvious errors from poor editing (a character is going for a bath but takes a shower, isn't hungry at all but is suddenly tucking into a breakfast he's so ravenous). The author switches back & forwards in time during a chapter, but doesn't flag it up properly, so it becomes very confusing & annoying. The killer is obvious from the beginning & the whole story is very dark, with every cliched twist imaginable. It does run along at a pretty good clip however, but I was just left feeling as if it had no real depth or surprises.
I found the whole novel a very unsatisfying read, My biggest complaint is that it is riddled with Indian language. Words, phrases, and even whole sentences left gap after gap in the narrative. It not only interfered with the flow but also with the actual meaning. Some of them were translated, but it all was annoying and confusing. I am not unfamiliar with languages other than English - I majored in languages and Linguistics in university. But this was not the place to introduce readers to a dialect of a region in India. Perhaps the author was trying to set the flavor of the setting. It did not work for me. There are many other writers' strategies to do that.
Then, for me, a lot of the actions of the characters were just unbelievable. The final action scene was fractured and impossible to follow.
I will not continue in this series with this author.
A plot that had promise as a serial killer thriller begins to be exposed; gets waylaid by true romance. Sappy romance eventually drowned out everything else in thick gooey 100 percent corn syrup. This is not a novel Amazon should be encouraging mystery readers to purchase. We should be encouraged not to read it. Shame on Amazon. False advertising.
I read the first 38 pages and I knew this book was not for me. The foreign names and references mean nothing to me. I was willing to try a new read after Columns of fire by Ken Follet, but there’s been nothing but disappointment from Amazon’s free reads for a couple years. I’m going to but Amok by Barry Eisler.