Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dead Connection by Alafair Burke

I read a review of Dead Connection on one of my favorite websites, Book Bitch, as one of the reviewers rated Dead Connection as one of their favorite thriller books of 2007. I was intrigued by the description of the book and place it on hold from the library. It was a quick read, though to tell the truth, I was a little disappointed. I would rate this book a B-.

From Amazon:
When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to First Date, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that only Ellie can help him pursue his terrifying theory: someone is using the lure of the Internet and the promise of love to launch a killing spree against the women of New York City. To catch the killer, Ellie must enter a high-tech world of stolen identities where no one is who they appear to be. And for her, the investigation quickly becomes personal: she fits the profile of the victims, and she knows firsthand what pursuing a sociopath can do to a copback home in Wichita, Kansas, her father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer. When the First Date killer begins to mimic the monster who destroyed her father, Ellie knows the game has become personal for him, too. Both hunter and prey, she must find the killer before he claims his next victim who could very well be her.

I think part of the reason why I was disappointed with the book was because I as expecting a book about a psycho who killed women he met and stalked through an internet dating site. However, as the story progresses, we come to realize that that is really not the true reason. I also had a hard time keeping ,some of the characters straight, as we were introduced to a lot of different names in a very short period of time. However, the story was a quick read and there were times I was very captive while reading. The ending was a bit disappointing, so I had to lower the rating.

Over the past two days I have had 4 different library books come in that were on hold and then picked up another one today. The next book I am going to read is one of those holds which I also got as a recommendation from BookBitch best thrillers of 2007. I have high hopes for it as the premise downs seem to be very interesting. I should have plenty of reading time tomorrow and Saturday since I have to work at my mom's and things on my end are somewhat slow, at least on Saturday. My Red Wings are playing tonight which is always when I get some reading time in between the periods and on commerical breaks. I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and Happy Reading!

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