I decided to read Dead of Winter by P.J. Parrish for several different reasons, one of them being because the book is set in Michigan and I always enjoy reading books set in my home state. The other reason why I decided to read it is for the name... it seems like I am stick in the dead of winter and that not spring is never going to arrive. We had a beautiful day on Friday, only to be followed by crappy, cold, and rainy weather and tomorrow is supposed to be in the 20s. Anyways, I have a couple of Mr. Parrish's books and decided it is time to start tackling some of these authors that I have a ton of their books. This was a good book and a fast read, and I give it a B.
P.J. Parrish's stunning debut novel Dark of the Moon offered a stylish blend of suspense, knife-edge tension, and a complex and intriguing hero. Now, in "Dead of Winter", Parrish brings back police detective Louis Kincaid, as he investigates a series of gruesome murders...and is drawn into the nightmare mind of a killer. In the quaint tourist town of Loon Lake, Michigan, a killer is taking his vengeance. One by one, the bodies are found, brutally executed, with mysteriously coded death cards placed beside each corpse -- the signature of a psychopath. And the only sound louder than doors and windows being locked against evil is the sound of hearts beating in terror. Detective Louis Kincaid had come north looking for a refuge, a place to forget the horrors of his past. But now he's landed in the middle of an investigation that's more than a mystery. It's a warning of bad things to come...of a terrifying journey through a town's fiercely protected heart of darkness...and into the dangerous world of a madman.
At times, the book's main character Louis Kincaid irritated me a little, but the book really redeemed itself in the end. The book is set in the early 1980s and I thought that it may bother me a bit, but it really didn't. It was refreshing to see a case solved with some old fashioned police work without a bunch of forensics once in awhile. The suspense was done well in the end and there were a few curveballs thrown at me that had me surprised. The author does a great job of keeping the reader turning the pages and that is always a great thing. The book also has short chapters, which I think is perfect for me because sometimes I only have a few minutes to sneak in some pages here and there between my breaks at work and I hate leaving off in the middle of a chapter. I will be reading more Louis Kincaid books, as I am very curious to see where future books take him, though I hope he stays in Michigan.
Up next is a Mary Higgins Clark book titled Where Are You Now. Ms. Clark's books are always a quick, pleasant read and right now I am so busy that it just seems like a perfect fit. I am not feeling too well right now, as I just stopped taking some medicine that I have been on for about 2 years and I think I am having some side effects. I am sure I am not making too much sense and feel like I am rambling quite a bit, so I am going to sign off right now with a Happy Reading!