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Requires a strong stomach
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2014
I have read all the David Wolf novels by Jeff Carson...and will continue to do so as long as he writes them! This novel is edgier in its violence in that the body count is high AND the graphic manner in which the deaths were portrayed than Carson's earlier works. All his books are suspenceful, and I really like that. I would rather not have the graphic violence and shock value in these poor victims' demise, but then that's just me.
David Wolf continues with his on-again, off-again relationship with his ex-wife and tries to maintain a relationship with his now dour teenage son. There is a real shocker around this storyline, which begs for another novel to clear up the situation. Never saw that twist coming; as a matter of fact, there are plot twists in this book to outfool almost anyone. I was completely taken off-guard, which is good. If we like suspence, then we don't want too much formula where we guess every turn.
The novel make so many twists, as a matter of fact, that I don't really know if there will be another one in this series or if this may be the last. It could go either way. Wolf doggedly pursues different leads in and around the nearby alpine lake, is outsmarted, if temporarily, by a young woman whom he shouldn't be attracted to, who is involved in the mystery, and shadow-boxes in the woods and a woodlands home with someone...no one...a ghost? He can't seem to get a read on this missing character but seems to be played everytime he investigates the environs.
If you don't mind gruesome murder victims, then this, as always, is a good story and will keep you turning pages to see who's the good guy and who's the bad. That's not easy to tell in this one.