Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Dead Place

The Dead Place by Rebecca Drake ~~

After a brutal assault, New York artist Kate Corbin attempts to make a new life for herself and her family in the small town of Wickfield in this suspenseful but ultimately unsatisfying mystery. After she voices her suspicions that their strange, doll-collecting neighbor is to blame for a series of abductions and murders, Kate's sanity is called into question by her frustrated husband, rebellious teenage daughter, Grace, and even the local police. Then Grace goes missing, and Kate knows that she can rely on no one but herself. Drake (The Next Killing) heightens this thriller with depictions of the perverse, sadistic killer, who leaves a nude photo of each victim as a signature memento. The conclusion leaves too many questions unanswered and plot lines unresolved, and the killer's motivations make little sense, but readers will enjoy Kate's passionate and intelligent sleuthing. (From Amazon).

Kate Corbin and her family move away from New York to a small town to help escape from the memories of an attack. Unfortunately trouble seems to follow her. Young girls start disappearing and Kate makes it her business to find them at the same time, making herself look "crazy". Ultimately she does figure out who the killer is, hopefully in time for someone to believe her. I really enjoyed this book. The author captures your attention right from the beginning. The plot is well laid out and the characters are intriguing. A fast paced thriller that will keep you turning the pages to the shocking ending!

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