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2.0 out of 5 starsMixed bag , Brutal Serial Killer vs Psychic Investgator
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2009
In many ways this is a good suspense thriller with interesting and complex characters. It is difficult to review this without revealing spoilers. There are glaring failures in the police procedure which are essential to there being any story at all. I correctly identified the Killer very early on and suspect that most readers will also do so. However The brutal murders and the futuristic psychic technology are gripping. Like many real Psychics Dr. Hiyakawa does not have the best people reading skills when she is not in trance, This clouds her sensitivity. The Dr.'s daughter is a very minor character who is supposed to be 15 but the parts she is in and the relationship with her parents would seem more authentic were she around 10 at the oldest. There are more failures of common sense, normal police procedure and more interpersonal conflict than seems realistic. There is a tacked on cliff hanger of an abrupt ending that annoyed the heck out of me. This appears to be a sequel as there are frequent references to an earlier case.
1.0 out of 5 starsMore plot holes than a Michael Bay movie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2012
This.. could have been a good book. Had it been given to a professional editor who could have fixed the myriad of problems with it. Within the first couple pages it had started on a ridiculous premise; 1. That if you wake up at 3am with a killer looming over you with a hammer, that you have time to grab your ipod, scroll through your apps and take his picture. 2. That an ipod can take pictures (it changes to an iphone later on) The killer takes the phone, but later it says he left it.
The story continues on with a litany of ridiculous mistakes.
One minute she has 14 hours left, by the next page she has 38 hours. He says 3pm repeatedly instead of 3am. He forgets what he nicknamed his killer half way through. He uses full, first, last and nicknames alternately throughout. Two people are old friends, and on the next page it's revealed one knows barely anything about the other. Three nails suddenly turns into six...
And then there's the basic mistakes that any editor would have picked up on straight away, like using the wrong 'their' and 380 degrees. ..
And that's only a few examples.
The storyline in itself is pretty good. The characters are intersting and have depth. But the entire story is so convoluted; in the wrong order, completely pointless bits, going off on a tangent and contradicting itself almost constantly, that it was more interesting noting the mistakes, than reading the story.
Since this author has written almost 60 books, I checked out the ratings on his others, on those that have been rated, half have very high ratings and half have very low. In fact, turns out I've read another of his books and that wasn't half bad. So it seems that he's written one series of books that got picked up by a publisher and edited (probably to death) till they were readable, and he probably got them to edit some others too, but he's also put out some straight to Kindle books too that are so badly written they be avoided like the plague. If you only read his (well edited) stuff with 4 star ratings, you should be ok.