A character-driven psychological thriller, this novel grabs
your attention and keeps it to the end.
Three children meet a monster in the woods—a huge, mean man
with a huge, mean dog. Rain fights off man and dog, runs, and hides in the
roots of a tree. Physically injured and traumatized, she stays hidden for hours,
unable to move, call out, or go for help. Her two friends, Hank and Tess are
dragged away by the monster. Hank is brutalized but survives. Tess doesn’t make
The story follows Rain and Hank as adults. Rain is a
journalist who has quit her job to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, and Hank
is a psychologist who treats traumatized children. Both lead fairly normal
lives but carry scars from their childhood abduction and loss of their friend.
Rain has a loving husband and a beautiful daughter that she adores. Hank is a
kind and gentle doctor helping his patients. But Rain carries heavy guilt about
not going for help to save her friends, and Hank has a second personality, cruel
and vindictive. Both Hank and Rain become involved in the investigation of an
apparent vigilante serial killer whose first victim may have been their
abductor. Enough of the plot. Any more would be a spoiler.
Unger’s character development makes this book outstanding.
She covers the two main characters in depth, good and bad. Unlike many books I’ve
read recently, their personalities, although warped, are believable and held my
interest from beginning to end.
An angry serial killer is loose, killing beautiful female
runners in the parks of Sydney Australia. In this third novel of Fox’s series
about police partners Frank Bennett and Eden Archer, I learned more about Eden’s
background and her vigilantism. Fox also focuses on Hookey, a teen who is
helping the police with her technical skills.
Eden and Archer spend more time together in this book. It’s
a bit hard to understand their relationship. Sometimes there’s between them and
other times distrust and even fear. All of the characters are twisted and
I enjoyed Fall
more than the second book, Eden. The plot
was less convoluted. The killer was not a surprise, but there was a major twist
at the end.
This mystery/thriller/crime novel takes place in the underbelly
of Sydney, Australia. The author creates unique descriptions of places and
characters, even the minor ones. A dark story filled with dark people—addicts,
prostitutes, gangsters, killers, corrupt cops, and more. The second book in a
series, I didn’t feel I missed anything by not reading the first, Hades.
Three girls have gone missing, and police detective Eden goes
undercover to a farm where all three have lived at different times. Her partner
Frank gets involved in a side job for Eden’s father, Hades, to identify a
stalker and to solve an old cold case of a missing woman.
Although grim, the story kept my attention to the end. I was
surprised by the ending.
(Spoiler Alert) A good story, but the coincidence of two apparently
unrelated murders being investigated by Bosch and Ballard leading to the same
killer is hard to take. One victim is a homeless man burned to death in his
tent; the other is a judge stabbed outside the courthouse. There is a third
case they’re working on , a cold case that is almost 30 years old.