Top critical review
Fast Paced Suspense and Excellent Insight into the Human Psyche
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
But the author, as usual, had a lot of characters & stories going on at once. What did he intend the book to be about? The consequences of bullying? Sociopathic personality disorder?
I couldn't tell. And some things bothered me. Spoiler alert For instance, why do high school athletes always get portrayed as bullies and common thugs? There are minimum GPAs to be met; practice sessions; games; these people have to balance sports with school and in my experience are to busy and content with their lives to taunt their more socially awkward classmates.
Why, in preparing a memorial, would anyone take a picture frame of their own & not first remove a valued photograph from it?
The conclusion by the protagonist that one of the killers would not have acted without the influence of the outside sociopath was troublesome. His mental disturbances didn't originate in a vacuum, & didn't need any third party to act out.
It was transparent--what and who Damon & Luke shared in common was quite clear about half way through the story.
However, very realistic characters and scenarios, for the most part, as well as Kevin O'Brien's keen insight into what makes people tick made the book an enjoyable read & makes me continue to want to read his books.