I would call this a character-driven, political intrigue novel. It’s my first foray into a William Kent Krueger book. I found some of the characters interesting, but not all. Cork O’Connors’ son Stephen, who has visions, is struggling to know who he is. More than a hundred-year-old “healer” Henry is in touch with the world and the spirits. Bo is a very conflicted character. Cork’s young grandchild (toddler?) Waaboo has far too much insight. But Cork worries his way through the story, and there’s no character growth, except possibly that he learns to accept that Henry can take care of himself. Some of the minor characters are interesting, but most are background noise—especially the women.
The plot is a bit over the top. It jumps around a lot, and people keep chasing around trying to find out what’s happening and to save people in trouble. Then toward the end, we get a lengthy explanation from the villain when there’s no reason for him to be telling it.
The story kept me reading to the end, so I give it three stars.
The story mixes a stew of many genres—mystery, paranormal
(ghosts), FBI agents, serial killer, and romance. It also throws in some New
Orleans culture and history for a bit of spice. But it could use some editing.
The dialog sometimes drags, the characters are a bit flat (almost everyone is
beautiful), and I guessed the villains early in the book.
The Stalking is
the first novel I’ve read by Heather Graham. I wouldn’t go out of my way to
find more. But I did enjoy the quick light read.
My first taste of Lars Kepler, I found The Rabbit Hunter a dark and grisly novel, too much so at times. I
mostly enjoyed the plot, but it did get sidetracked from time to time, with
issues not necessary for the story. The characters held my interest, but the two
main ones were thinly sketched. Maybe because they’ve been around through
several books. More effort was spent on the chef and his son, and the killer.
The pace moved fairly slow in the beginning, probably
because either the authors or the translator (English translation) wrote too
much passive, not active. It picked up as the story progressed. The ending was
an obvious plug to try to get you to read the next book.
I always find it fascinating when two or more writers collaborate.
This husband and wife team work together seamlessly.