An investigative journalist on the edge. A serial killer testing his limits. What they have in common can freeze the blood.
Still reeling from a personal tragedy, investigative journalist Rooker Lindström finds a grim hideaway from the world. It’s the dilapidated cabin on Minnesota’s Deer Lake bequeathed to him by his late father—one of the most notorious serial killers in the state. If the walls of this murder house could talk, they’d scream.
Detective Tess Harlow needs something from Rooker only he can provide: a window into the mind of a murderer. A copycat is on the prowl, following in the footsteps of Rooker’s father. After reluctantly agreeing to take on the role of consultant, Rooker makes a chilling discovery. Every victim—five and counting—is a depraved taunt meant only for him. Rooker is not just tracking a killer playing sick games. In this brutal Minnesota winter, Rooker is confronting his past.
Maybe working with Tess is Rooker’s last chance at redemption. But to outrun his father’s legacy, he must follow a darker path still to come.
Point of view:
3rd person. Multiple perspectives.
An odd mix of lots of threads dropped, questions unanswered, and convoluted scenarios yet enjoying listening and the story.
Rooker being a troubled, imperfect protagonist worked well. I also liked that Zacharais included perspectives from Tess and the murderer without spoiling who it was.
Honestly, I became more interested in Rooker and Tess than in who was committing the murders. I wanted to know why, but because it would give me insight into the other characters.
A.T. Chandler was wonderful. He does an amazing job of giving all the characters unique and consistent voices. I don’t know if I would have finished this if I were just reading it to myself.
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