This book has absolutely everything I look for in a crime thriller. Is there a ton of action? No. Is the editing in this book perfect? No.
Did I care? No. I read a book hoping for great characters, and the two main men in this book are so well-portrayed that it was impossible for me not to get sucked in.
I felt on every page that the author knew exactly what he wanted to do. This genre works perfectly for getting into the minds of your antagonist and protagonist, and I loved the back-and-forth approach. These are very different men in terms of the morality spectrum, but there are also similarities that make things really interesting. I wondered at first if it would be confusing to jump from one guy’s mind to the other’s, but with each break I immediately knew whose head I was in – that’s how clearly this author knows his characters. (As an avid reader, I can safely say this isn’t always the case.)
I also wondered how it was going to work that the biggest/worst murder happens right away, never really building to a climax of action, per se. But this works because the story is about a cat-and-mouse chase, and Charles Street’s breakdown from the start makes the tension really complex. Jack’s journey is, in a way, even more complicated as he avoids getting caught. I can’t say I was ever really cheering for him, but you do understand him.
I did find some bits a little too convenient or simply wrapped up. An offhand comment leads Jack to see through the cops’ plans. The big confrontation plays a little quickly and the “trick” felt a bit forced to me. BUT, there’s so much else going on that I got over the sticky bits, and this really was a great read.
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