Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rage by Jonathan Kellerman

About the book: Troy Turner and Rand Duchay were barely teenagers when they kidnapped and murdered a younger child. Troy, a remorseless sociopath, died violently behind bars. But the hulking, slow-witted Rand managed to survive his stretch. Now, at age twenty-one, he's emerged a haunted, rootless young man with a pressing need: to talk-once again-with psychologist Alex Delaware. But the young killer comes to a brutal end, that conversation never takes place.

Has karma caught up with Rand? Or has someone waited for eight patient years to dine on ice-cold revenge? Both seem strong possibilities to Sturgis, but Delaware's suspicions run deeper . . . and darker. Because fear in the voice of the grownup Rand Duchay-and his eerie final words to Alex: "I'm not a bad person"-betray untold secrets. Buried revelations so horrendous, and so damning, they're worth killing for.

As Delaware and Sturgis retrace their steps through a grisly murder case that devastated a community, they discover a chilling legacy of madness, suicide, and multiple killings left in its wake-and even uglier truths waiting to be unearthed. And the nearer they come to understanding an unspeakable crime, the more harrowingly close they get to unmasking a monster hiding in plain sight.

First line: On a slow, chilly Saturday in December, shortly after the Lakers overcame a sixteen-point halftime deficit and beat New Jersey, I got a call from a murderer.

My thoughts: I have enjoyed other books in this series by this author and I know what a good writer he is. The first part of this book did a great job setting the scene and drawing me in. The next half seemed to be mostly conversation between the two main characters wherein they create scenarios to explain all the things they find. Their conjectures twist and turn as they follow clues and talk to people. Unfortunately the story just....ends. Suddenly. With no actual proof of what happened. I don't know if the story will be continued in another book or not. I'll be looking into this. If you are a fan of Kellerman's books, you'll want to read this one. If you are new to his work I'd suggest you start with and earlier one.

My rating:

Quote: They continued viewing the tape. For an instant, Kristal Malley had twisted in her captor's grasp and the camera caught 2.3 seconds of her face.


1 comment:

Teddyree said...

Oh what a shame this one didnt live up to expectations. I really like Kellerman's work too and this one is on my bookshelf somewhere but I think it might have to wait a bit longer :)