This is my 3rd Jeffery Deaver book and I'm very disappointed. Very hard to get into this story, even though the premise seemed very interesting. The narration is awful; people all sound the same. Linc is even more unlikeable than he was in previous stories. This will be my last Lincoln Rhyme book.
I guess due to me reading the whole series, I knew what to expect but I like the narrator and the book. Very happy about the ending. Excited to get the next in the series...if there is going to be one.
Perhaps if this was your first Lincoln Rhyme novel to read, you might not be disappointed, but then again you might not catch all of the character references--particularly given that he is (no spoiler) chasing an old nemesis while starting on a new case. But, if you've read one or two, you seem to have read them all. I am so sad to say this, because I love other surprising books (The Coffin Dancer, Devil's Teardrop) by Deaver. It seems the formula now is: (spoiler alert)
1. crime scene
2. remind us what "the grid" is
3. pile up the evidence
4. have someone we least suspect jump out of nowhere to be the suspect
5. have that same person somehow break into Rhyme's place and try to kill him
6. have Rhyme contemplate some sort of risky surgery to lessen his disability
7. peek into secondary characters' lives just enough to get us confused as to who they are
(spoiler alert) Is it just me, or did they just completely decide that Gault wasn't the killer without any real evidence suggesting otherwise. Of course, knowing the Deaver formula by now I knew it wasn't him. And the only evidence I had were previous Deaver novels. Say it ain't so--let's have some non-formulaic "mysteries" in the future.
If you're into technical stuff about how electricity works, you'll enjoy the first part of this book. If not, be prepared. It wasn't until the 2nd part that I really started enjoying it like the previous Lincoln Rhyme stories. Eventually it was worth the credit, but I had a hard time hanging in there.
I like the Rhyme series. This one had a great plot, and a lot of action.
Rhyme's lieutenant. I think he learned a lot in this experience.
yes. Great as always.
When the hotel was attacked by the bad guy. For a moment I was wondering if this could actually happen...
Great story, and great action. I don't think these things could actually happen but it makes a great plot.