This is the fourth book I’m reviewing by Belinda Bauer. I rather like her style of writing actually, this one being no exception. The images of death, though it sounds morbid, is described so fascinatingly by the perpetrator of death here it almost sounds like a natural process, a perfectly normal state of things. I particularly found the parts where a murder happens so near yet invisible from the public eye so believable, the desperation and heart-dropping moment of the victims when they finally realize escape is impossible and death is indefinitely imminent impossible to peel my eyes away from, as though I sense their sickening situation.
Eve Singer, a TV news reporter specializing in murder/death, is an ambulance-chaser (or should I say coffin?) reporting for iWitness News. Pressured by her boss to provide more gory photos and reports of murder to boost ratings and viewership, she doesn’t always manage to do so because of her competition (from another news station). Also, she has been taking care of her aged father who suffers from dementia (or some sort of medical condition where he doesn’t always remember who is is, I forgot), as well as having an on-off thing with her cameraman.
Recently, she has been getting notes from the killer whose murders she has been following- clues if you will, as to where and when the next murder will happen. The twists and turns in the story, so very classic of a great psychological novel, are not amiss here. I promise it will lead you on a heart-beating, page turning experience. One style which is recurrent in her writing, is that the killer is somebody unexpected, somebody who is recurrent in the novel, somebody close to her. In this novel…… I’m sorry, in the spirit of no spoilers, I’ll leave it to you to find out!
Rating: 4.25/5 (Great twists and turns, very matter-of-fact descriptions of murder, offers an insight into the psychotic mind. Would have a higher rating if not for the slight letdown I felt at the end. I felt the end (killer’s identity) didn’t blend as well as it could have. Could have been a bit more shocking. Not one of her novels which I enjoyed the most, but still a pretty worthwhile read)