Monday, August 24, 2009

The Knight by Steven James

Summary: "The stakes have never been higher. FBI Agent Patrick Bowers is used to tracking the country's most dangerous killers, but now it looks like a killer is tracking him. Bowers faces a race against time to decipher who the next victim will be and to stop the final shocking murder--which he's beginning to believe might be his own.

Gritty, chilling, and intense, this psychological thriller is guaranteed to keep you up all night."

About the Author: "Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than twenty books, including the bestselling thriller series The Bowers Files. One of the nation’s most innovative storytellers, Steven developed his skill as a performer at East Tennessee State University (MA in storytelling). He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three daughters."

My Thoughts: I love suspense thrillers (if you're looking for reviews on romance novels, they'll be few and far between). When I received the review offer with the summary of The Knight, I jumped at it. I knew I'd be heading to the beach for a week and a good serial killer story would be most welcome! If you nodded your head at the previous sentence, read on. If you puckered your face in disgust, this is not the novel for you.

I settled in my lounge chair and began to read. It took me a bit to get into the story, as it felt choppy at the beginning. Once I became comfortable with the writing style, I found myself caught up in the story. Even when what I read was somewhat horrifying.

This is the tale of a serial killer and the evil that can dwell in the hearts of men. The horror was not graphic but rather lay in the description of a man who kills merely because he enjoys watching people die. A Hannibal Lechter kind of killer, without the detailed descriptions but just enough to fuel the imagination and keep you awake into the night.

The plot was interesting and kept me guessing to the end.

The motive was intriguing and disturbing at the same time.

I would recommend this to those who like a good thriller, who want to be caught up in the chase for a man who epitomizes evil, and who are not easily frightened.

Personally, I am interested in reading more from this author. This is part of a series and I'd love to see if he continues the subtle thread I'm hoping I didn't only imagine throughout the story. We shall see...

*Available August 2009 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group *



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