Detective McCabe is BACK and this time there's a twist you won't soon forget. We begin with an ambitious young lawyer by the name of Lainie Goff. She is determined (one way or another) to make it to the top. Partnership is what she seeks professionally, and if it takes one or two in a personal nature along the way to get there, so be it. (Let that be a warning to the kiddies, this book is not for young readers!) All seemed to be going well, the partnership was within reach, the celebrations and high living waiting in the wings...but as is more often than not, when things are going too well, you're long over due for a fall. The fall of this woman is greater than most....rock bottom comes in the form of a brutal slaying and utter exposure to the world in more ways than one. But who would do something this heinous? Abby Quinn knows...or rather she knows WHO as opposed to why.
I had the chance to read the author's first novel in this series, The Cutting, in conjunction with a blog tour earlier this year. (My review, in case you're curious.) It was to say the least a thrilling ride and a welcome introduction to McCabe's character. With a grade A experience the first time around, my expectations were set fairly high for the next installment as was my anticipation of it's release. As soon as I saw it mentioned on the Pump Up Your Book Promotions site, I jumped at the chance to play host on the tour. Lucky me, I was just in time and so the adventure back into this world of darkness and mystery began.
Now I did enjoy the book and we'll get to that, but let's dispense with my one criticism first. I was a tad disappointed in the lack of connection built between the baddies and the reader. Okay, so I know that sounds odd, but let me explain. In book one, it alternated viewpoints between chapters here and there...that is to say a few sections would be all McCabe and the ongoing search/investigation, then one chapter would be dedicated to what was happening with the victim or their abductor. It allowed you to get inside their heads a bit more without revealing their actual identity (a major feat indeed). This book, we really only get that insight once in the last 50 odd pages of the book, and it's really only a brief moment of plotting. Call me crazy (okay, not really...don't want an influx of comments or emails saying that now), but I liked that writing trick and it was pulled off quite well so I had hoped for some version of it to be carried on. *SIGH* Alas, it was not....such is writer's privilege. Moving on....
Author James Hayman is showing a knack for creating characters...with flaws. Now I mean this in a good way...they are human, realistic, can even be TOO human at times. How so? Well, the main victim (I said main...doesn't mean there are or are not additional victims, have to read it to find out...hehe) has a rather dark past. Though it's not uncommon in today's world (which is HIGHLY unfortunate), it was so "real" I almost had to stop reading for a few pages. Seriously. That realism carries on in his descriptions of future events (for better or worse) as well as when seeing through various characters eyes. It's easy to slip into McCabe's character too...okay that sounded creepy on too many levels, but what I mean is he's an "every man"; easy to relate to both in actions and thoughts for both male and female (*raises hand*) readers...although his photographic memory is far superior to anything my mind can do. Imagine being able to piece together a situation from so many odd years ago in crisp clear detail, all from memory. (Second thought...that might not be handy in a few occasions, but overall I still think it's appealing.)
Until next time...happy reading!