Twenty years ago, John Costello's life, as he knew it, ended. He and his beautiful girlfriend, Nadia, became victims of the deranged 'Hammer of God' killer who terrorised New Jersey City throughout the summer of 1984. This murderer went after young courting couples in an attempt to 'save their souls'. Nadia was killed by the first blow of the hammer. John survived, but was physically and psychologically scarred to an extent that few people could comprehend. He withdrew from society, hid in his apartment and now only emerges to work as a crime researcher for a major newspaper.
Damaged he may be, but no one in New Jersey knows more about serial killers than John Costello. So, when a new spate of murders starts - all seemingly random and unrelated - John is the only one who can discern the complex pattern that lies behind them. But could this dark knowledge be about to threaten his life?
©2009 RJ Ellory (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
I can't help but think that this book could have been a top rated thriller/suspense if it had been read by a very good male narrator. It's a shame when this happens as bad reviews must surely affect sales. As it was, it was all too apparent the Kyle Riley was reading us the book and in no way did we become absorbed into the story. It was only because RJ Ellory is such a skilled writer that I managed to stay engaged with the book which is very well crafted and his use of language is excellent. I recommend this book TO ACTUALLY READ, rather than listen to this audio version.
Even though this is a long audiobook, it never got boring, there were twists and turns throughout to keep you gripped and guessing what would happen next. The murders are quite gruesome but only to the point of communicating the effects of these on the 3 main characters, and if you can stomach those, you are rewarded with an excellent insight into the human psyche and an inspiring tale of resilience.
I have been reading/listening to Ellory for some time now and find the stories good. The pace is somewhat pedestrian at times, but as I am myself in no rush to finish the story that is fine by me.
This plot provides sufficent intrigue in the 'is he guilty, isn't he guilty' stakes to maintian the readers interest through to the end even with a twist for the main characters that is somewhat clever if not totally unpredictable.
If you have read Ellory before, do not heistate to give this a shot. If however you are new to this reader, it will provide an interesting entry point. Well recomended
This is a grim piece of work with nothing to recommend it. Don't but it.
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