The Retribution by Val McDermid was a free friday book last week on BN.com. I was actually pretty excited about it because it seemed like it was going to be a pretty decent read compared to the stuff BN has been offering lately. And I turned out to be right, also, since it’s a British thriller it put me in the perfect mood to for JKR’s new book (sooo excited!!)
Any way…quick plot summary:
Clinical psychologist Tony Hill has had a good run. He and police detective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals at a rate that colleagues envy. But there is one serial killer who has shaped and defined their careers, and whose evil surpasses all others: Jacko Vance, ex-celebrity and sociopath, whose brilliance and utter lack of remorse have never left Tony’s mind in the ten years since they put him behind bars. With a twisted and cunning mind honed by long years of planning, Jacko has now pulled off the perfect escape and is determined to wreak revenge on Tony and Carol for the years he has spent in prison.
What I liked
- I really liked Tony Hill’s character, he was nutty, damaged, fragile and flawed. It seems rather unusual to find a male lead character like that and I really enjoyed it.
- Jacko Vance was written wonderfully, the author really did great research on his behavior and while I felt like I could predict his actions a little more than I was meant to, he still had a multitude of surprises up his sleeve.
- The second crime that was going on was interesting as well, and I’m glad there were two plot lines instead of being focused on only one killer. This kept the flow going and made it more realistic. Also how Tony figures it out is pretty genius as well
- I’m def glad it wasn’t Americanized, I really enjoy the British humor and slang
- Carol Jordan was pretty kick ass
What I didn’t like:
- It’s the most recent book in a series (number 7!!), I feel like it was a poor choice of the publisher to release it instead of #1. If the first book was free I would be more likely to pick up the others, but since it’s the 7th, and stands alone pretty well on it’s own I don’t really feel the need to buy the others.
- The ending wasn’t very strong, it was much too abrupt and I felt almost as if I lost a whole chapter or an epilogue or something Edit: Turns out I did lose a whole chapter…my version has only 367 pages, while under the publishers info there are 416 pages…hmmm
Also, side note, I was reading other reviews and a lot complained about “bad” language…really? That’s what makes or breaks a book for you? What serial killer isn’t going to drop F bombs now and again? Jeez…if you want to read a book that has clean and proper language, the Thriller/Mystery section is not for you. End rant.
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