Crime, Female Detectives, Mystery, Thriller
Lincoln Rhyme, Book # 12
Hodder & Stoughton
March 8th, 2016
Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not have been an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks. They find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever: a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity --and discover his mission-- before more people die.
About the Book
As said previously, I love this series. I did have an heart attack when Nick Carelli came back at the beginning and Rhyme and Amelia were at odds, I usually hate when exes come back (ask all the TV series I left because of this) but at the end I did an happy dance.
The book starts with Amelia chasing a suspect but she needs to stop and care for a man who fell down an escalator. After the accident we learn that Amalia and Rhyme are at odds because Rhyme quit his job with the police against Amelia’s opinion. Meanwhile she has some problems with her mother who needs surgery. Then Nick Carelli, Amelia’s ex, is released from prison (he killed a man during an armed robbery but he declares he’s innocent) and contact her for help. In the meantime Rhyme meets a woman, Juliette Archer, during his lessons and she’s a tetraplegic like him and becomes his intern. At this moment, I was worried this book will turn in a love quadrangle and I always despise that but I didn’t need to worry at the end, even if I did worry till about three quarter of the book.
Despite my worries, I loved Juliette and I hope to see her in one of the next books. At first there were two cases, the one Amalia was following and the one about the malfunctioning escalator followed by Rhyme. After a few chapters the two cases combined and I liked how that happened.
As I said I was worried a little bit about Nick’s resurface and I actually didn’t liked his POV but I did rejoice when “his clearing his name” case wasn’t actually that.
I loved the killer’s POV, I always like those and I loved the surprise about him, not gonna tell you! But I’m actually sympathetic with his “manifesto”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating killing bullies but I understand why he snapped.