From Goodreads: Thou shalt not kill. A contradictory message written in blood at the scene of a young woman’s murder. Within days, another body surfaces, and to Detective Ramon Faust and Criminalist Kelly Garret, it’s clear a deadly game is underfoot. Delving deep into the most terrifying case of Kelly’s career, threatening phone calls and flashblacks challenge her sanity and the lives of everyone she loves.
Haze does a great job creating an exciting, bloody mystery novel that keeps readers engaged and rapidly turning the pages. I found myself constantly trying to figure out the identity of the Grim Reaper, though no matter how close I thought I was, I never pinpointed his/her identity until the big reveal. While there was foreshadowing, Haze does a phenomenal job blindsiding the reader, keeping interest piqued with all the new information as crime after crime is committed, killing off despicable people.
This is one of those novels that revolves around a vigilante who slowly disposes of the rift-raft around town. While those who are killed are revealed to be the worst of the worst, the police are unable to allow someone to take the law into his/her own hands; no one deserves to die under such horrible circumstances. I am always torn with these novels, understanding that the police need to do their job, but also secretly spurring on the killer(s). Yes, there are truly evil people in the world, and yes, they shouldn’t be allowed to wreak havoc on the innocent, but no, I can’t condone murdering them in such ghastly ways as the Grim Reaper does, even though I think such evil people should be severely punished. Being locked up forever, though… well, that’s something I think they definitely deserve.
But moving past personal philosophy, I must say that Haze writes a great CSI style novel that will keep readers guessing and intrigued from start to finish. The immense characterization was great, and though I didn’t connect with all the characters (and that’s a good thing), I think they were portrayed expertly. Four stars.
I won a Kindle copy of this novel in a giveaway.