Detective Sergeant Michael McCabe is a former big fish in a smaller pond. While he was not fully disgraced by events from his past nor the involvement of his brother in said events (trust me, it's a bit traumatizing), he still carries the weight of it with him everyday. In an effort to relief so of the self-imposed guilt, he moved away from his former home and now resides in the peaceful city of Portland, Maine. Okay, perhaps peaceful is a bit too blase as they have their share of crimes just like every city, but taking into account the recent events, they were merely a walk in the park.
Lucinda Cassidy is the victim currently being held somewhere for a future "procedure". Knowing this, you wouldn't expect to "hear" from her in the actual story, right? Wrong! One thing that first struck me as odd was a sudden change in font. I had finished one chapter and turned the page only to discover a new font being used. At first I was thinking....okay, now that's a pretty big editorial error to miss...but then I realized that it was actually occuring on the chapters that dealt with Lucinda and what she was experiencing while being held captive; a nice touch indeed, for it takes away that guessing game of figuring out who is speaking now if you lost track at the close of the chapter before. The author let's you inside her mind to see what she is doing to fight back (if anything...hey, I can't reveal all the secrets, you have to read it!) and stay sane against the "baddies" that captured her. Speaking of the actual bad guys, it seemed obvious to me (as well as McCabe) who the person behind the crimes was, but alas.....these novels do tend to twist and turn on you straight through to the end. You'll have your culprit one moment and then lose them the next. In the end, you will be surprised how it all pans out...trust me.
As mentioned previously (twice now...if you're counting), this book is intended for older teen and adult audiences due to the content (there are the murders of course, but also a scene or two that is a bit more than suggestive in nature, if you catch my drift...). If you love a good Fiction, Crime Fiction, or Thriller novel, this is definitely a book to add to your TBR list or pile. The writing style and overall story structure reminds me a great deal of the earlier works of authors such as James Patterson, and John Sandford. They both write (usually) within the same genre, and their books tend to have strong male lead characters in some branch of the police force striving to protect our way of life from a stranger then usual perpetrator. This similarity is a good thing (in my opinion) as it helps to broaden the appeal of a novel that may have slipped under the radar of some readers (such as myself). I would be interested to see what Mr. Hayman brings to the table for a follow-up to this exciting book, and eagerly anticipate reading more stories featuring McCabe.
Until next time....happy reading!