No.1 international bestseller Jeffery Deaver returns with a stunning new thriller – the first in an exciting series featuring enigmatic investigator Colter Shaw.
You wake up all alone, in the middle of a forest, miles from anywhere. Beside you lie five objects – a lighter, grease, picture-frame wire, a piece of silk, a bottle of water – which you will need to use if you want to survive. You’ve been taken by the Whispering Man and there is no escape. He makes the rules and nobody ever gets out alive.
Enigmatic investigator Colter Shaw is fighting to stop the murders. But another victim has been snatched from her family and he’s running out of time.In the darkest corner of Silicon Valley, a new breed of killer is emerging: someone with a deadly obsession, whose twisted game is spiralling out of control.
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Tue, 28 May 2019 | Review by: Breakaway R
Brilliant twists and turns.
Colter Shaw is an investigator. He is not attached to the FBI or any police force but survives on finding lost people for the rewards which their friends and family may have put up for information. Sophie has disappeared. Her father is positive that this is totally out of character and the police don't seem to be taking her disappearance seriously, so he contacts Colter and offers him a reward. Shortly afterwards, another person disappears and turns up as a corpse, but there are similarities which should not be ignored – except the police again don't seem to want to know. And so, the scene is set for numerous twists and turns in a plot which reveals itself slowly but quite deliberately. Forget guesses and look for clues.
I will nail my colours to the mast straight away as Jeffery Deaver is one of my favourite storytellers and rarely lets me down. How he develops the characters leads to the feeling that the reader knows the main protagonists. His dialogue is always genuine and gritty. Colter is by no means a perfect specimen as he carries loads of baggage, which on occasions affects his judgement or leads him to make decisions, he sometimes later regrets. However, his is a dogged personality which will not be led astray from the path he believes to be true.
How the plot unfolds is logical and raises no eyebrows. It's steady and unsurprising until the second body is found. The police come onboard eventually although Colter has been working with LaDonna Standish of the Joint Major Crime Taskforce for some while beforehand. It's the introduction of Maddie, a computer game addict, which loses the book one star. It's all a bit too convenient, and a little contrived to suit the plot rather than it being a natural progression of the same. That notwithstanding it was a very enjoyable read and supports Deaver's reputation as one of the best international authors of his genre.
Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.
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