I must say that I am writing this on the very edge of my seat, ready to dive into the rest of the novel. Patterson has worked his magic yet again by developing a frightening plot line that is so realistic it scares the reader enough to keep looking back over her shoulder once in awhile while she eagerly turns the next page.
One of the qualities in the first book that I enjoyed were the occasional chapters thrown in that were told from the killer’s perspective. Thankfully, Patterson brought these back in the second novel. These chapters help add a gruesome element to the novel mainly due to the revolting way in which the killer explains the joy he receives after killing his victims.
Additionally, the realism of the plot line, characters, and setting help readers connect to the novel. While I am not a police officer working in the Homicide Department, the way in which I, as a reader, am able to connect to the plot is astonishing. One place in the novel where I found very realistic was when Patterson writes after one of the main characters announced her pregnancy, “After a few giddy hugs” (Patterson 61). The word choice Patterson uses with “giddy” helps to perfectly capture this happy moment and I can immediately connect this with numerous other similar experiences.
In the first novel of the series, I noted how the romance was slightly distracting. Thankfully, there does not seem to be as much of a romantic component in this novel and instead there are events such as pregnancies which I greatly appreciate. Without romance distraction, I am able to focus more on the plot of the novel.
Since the main topic of the novel, murder, is very heavy for the reader, it is important for there to be some humor incorporated. After the killer made fools of the Homicide Department, Patterson writes, “‘One thing we learned.’ Jacobi smirked. ‘The SOB’s got a sense of humor.’ ‘I’m glad you are a fan,’ [Lindsay] said” (Patterson 74). The sarcasm which is used in this case help give the reader a chance to take a breath and reflect on the stressful previous chapters. However, it is this suspense which keeps the reader yearning for more, and it took much restraint to put down the novel. Keep up the suspense and sarcasm, Patterson.