Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Breakneck by Erica Spindler ~~

A remorseless killer. A string of innocent, clean-cut victims. Detectives M.C. Riggio and Kitt Lundgren must race against a cold-blooded predator who moves at breakneck speed in this heart-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler.

Hot on the heels of their last case, partners Mary Catherine (M.C.) Riggio and Kitt Lundgren, detectives in the police department's Violent Crimes Bureau in industrial, blue-collar Rockford, Illinois, are called out to a college student’s apartment where a young man with no criminal record, not even a noise complaint from his neighbors, appears to have been murdered in his sleep.

The trail seems cold, until another victim turns up, and then another… each one striking closer to home for M.C. The growing list of seemingly emotionless kills leaves M.C. and Kitt little to follow—like the first victim, all the targets are young adults, kid-next-door types who’ve never taken a step outside the law. Meanwhile, the case starts to take its toll on M.C.’s personal life, setting her on edge with her partner and putting their hard-earned friendship in jeopardy. As M.C. and Kitt hunt a faceless killer, they are led deep into the cyberuniverse, where no one is who he seems and you never know who's watching. At the heart of this mesmerizing thriller is the relationship between two headstrong women as they struggle to balance their dual roles, to learn to trust, and to walk the fine line between upholding the law—and taking it into their own hands. (From Amazon)

M.C's life finally seems to be going just the way she wants it. She loves her job and she just got engaged to the man of her dreams. M.C. and her partner Kitt get called out to the murder scene of a young college student and struggle to find a reason for the killing when things take a horrible turn. The people that M.C. love the most are dying. How far will she go to bring the killer to justice? How many people will she hurt in the long run? Will the pursuit of this vicious killer ruin everything good in her life ~ her job, her sanity and most of all her friendship with her partner? I think the book started off strong, but then seemed to have lost some of it's steam. While the scenes after M.C. loses someone close are heart wrenching, it's hard to gain sympathy for her after the complete disregard she shows for the effect her actions have on those around her ~ most importantly her partner. The plot line is clever, the ending is a bit of a shocker. However I think that those that pay attention closely will pick up enough clues to solve the mystery on their own.


Kaye said...

hi Lori, wow, this sure looks like a great contest. Now I just have to dig out a recipe. Thanks for posting about my contest for Sundays at Tiffany's. I appreciate it.

Kaye said...

That comment should have been under the food fiction contest, DUH! I think I'm brain dead this morning. The last Erica Spindler I read was Last Know Victim and yowzer, it was great! Certainly kept my attention to the last page. This one looks good too.

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to read a book by this author, but I have enough thrillers for the book challenges. Too bad...maybe next year.