Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Release Day Review of Shadowkiller (Nightwatcher #3) by Wendy Corsi Staub

  • Title: Shadowkiller
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Murder Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 29, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0062070320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062070326
Author's Website: http://www.wendycorsistaub.com/

Ten years ago she disappeared. Her coworkers had been killed when the hijackers crashed their plane into the twin towers. The floor she had worked on was one of the first to be hit. She'd had a gut feeling that day that something bad was going to happen, and so she'd skipped work. She'd used the tragedy to mask her escape into obscurity. She'd left behind her old life and the husband who had told her just that morning he was leaving her. She'd never looked back until she'd seen the news report where she realized her former husband had married the woman who lived across the hall from them. The woman who had been Carrie's original reason for moving to New York. The woman whom eleven years earlier she'd planned to seek retribution from. A plan she would resurrect and put back into motion...


This was the third book in the Nightwatcher series. A series that has been following Allison Taylor MacKenna. I haven't read the first two books, but man, this poor woman is like a serial killer magnet. After narrowly escaping both the Nightwatcher and another serial killer, she's once again the object of a killer's attention. I didn't feel lost by not reading the first two books, but I am curious now what happened in them. While in this book we know who wants Allison dead, we don't know exactly why until the pieces start to slowly fall into place. While I guessed what the link was between Allison and Carrie, I couldn't wait to get the big picture of all the events which lead up to the suspenseful ending.

The book is segregated into three parts, some of which happens simultaneously. In one section, we get the murderer's point of view. We get into her head and witness first hand the plotting and execution of her plan. We get bits and pieces of scattered memories as the story toggles between the present and the past, and we slowly learn the connection between the two woman and the events that led up to the hate and rage that fills the killer. I almost felt the title should have been the anatomy of a serial murderer, because we got such a close look at the thought process that went behind the murderer's plan. We see what makes her tick, and how she justifies it all in her head.

The second section follows what is going on in  the lives of the killer's potential victims, Mack and Allison. It brings us up to speed with where they are, what they're doing, and what their plans are. We get a little insight into how they've been coping with the events which transpired the previous year which put the them all in danger and killed their neighbor.

The third section has us following the detectives assigned to the case. It allows us to witness how the detectives use all the little pieces of information they find and collect to solve the crime and catch the killer. We also see the impact a murder can have on the friends and family of the victims. Additionally, we get insight as to how the crimes affect the detectives and spurs their desire to catch and stop the killer.

Overall this one gets a 3 1/2 out of 5 roses. Plenty of action, drama, and suspense in this one. In some ways, the book reminded me a little of a brain teaser where I tried to piece together a puzzle before all the parts were provided and before time was up (the end).

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