I loved how the story played back and forth between the ongoing FBI investigation and a future news story about the life and creation of the serial killer. It was a clever way to give background facts and even build some sympathy for the killer. The ending twist involving his sister was brilliant. I didn't see it coming.
This book was a challenge and the narrator did a masterful job of creating diverse and some truly creepy voices.
I don't usually like historical fiction but this book was fascinating. The famous figures of history seen as children being educated by another famous scholar was delightful. You could see future personalities developing. There was conflict and action in the first chapter. This book kept the story moving, the intrigue going strong and never bogged down with historical facts. The character growth was believable and not overdone. A truly enjoyable book even without the historical framework.
I loved the action and insights into history and beliefs that I hadn't known.
I felt a little soiled by the end of the book and listened to a nice Ted Dekker serial killer novel to relax. He is truly a fine writer and he knows his Bible when he uses it. Always an edge of your seat thriller.
I'm have a degree in Bible so I was probably more bothered by the many inaccuracies and misinterpretations of the Bible than others. The levels of hell and purgatory were a little hard to take and they were so long that I tried to fast forward about half way through. I was also bothered by the portrayal of God as petty and moody, giving up on mankind. The dwellers in heaven acted more mature than God. I had really enjoyed the book until the last trips through heaven and hell. And, please, why would you put Malcolm X in the level of heaven for peace? He and Gandhi would not have agreed that his methods made him a peace loving man. I did laugh at Stephen Hawkins on the scholar level, calling first dibs on an Archimedes scroll. I just hope that unenlightened readers will take this book for what it is, a work of fiction. I would hate for anyone to think that it is a true picture of heaven and hell.
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