Whew, this book is dark. I mean, really dark. But I really loved it. I found it unique in so many ways. First off, we learn relatively quickly who the bad guy is. Sure, it does take a little while to get there, but is is not exactly a mystery. Yet, somehow, that added to the thrill for me, knowing who this person was, watching their every evil move, and waiting to see if they would get caught.
I also thought the character development was unique. Sure, the main characters are richly developed, and fleshed out completely, making them real to the reader. But I loved that many of the victims are well developed in quite short amounts of time. This made me empathize with and care about them more than I would have expected.
Having read the two previous books by this author, I knew, at least I thought I did, what to expect, in terms of tone and imagery within the writing. Yet this was much darker that those previous two books. I was sucked in from the very first pages. This is a thriller unlike any I have ever read before. I was disgusted and enthralled all at the same time. Brilliantly done.