Jason Parent A Life Removed


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Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have put plenty of criminals behind bars. But a new terror is stalking their city. The killer’s violent crimes are ritualistic but seemingly indiscriminate. As the death toll rises, the detectives must track a murderer without motive. The next kill could be anyone… maybe even one of their own. Officer Aaron Pimental sees no hope for himself or humanity. His girlfriend is pulling away, and his best friend has found religion. When Aaron is thrust into the heart of the investigation, he must choose who he will become, the hero or the villain. If Aaron doesn’t decide soon, the choice will be made for him.
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    A Life Removed


    24. July 2017 um 07:08

    'A Life Removed' is a thriller which runs the gamut from psychological to horror. When several bodies are found missing their hearts, detectives Marklin and Beaudette have a hard time investigating the case. The book has no fix POV, as parts of the story describe the police investigation, while others follow Aaron Pimental, who happened to be the first officer at the first crime scene. As a third angle, we have the viewpoint of the culprit, so we also know the who, how and where of each next murder. As the reader knows from the start who the murderer is, this is not a typical 'whodunnit' mystery, though of course one focus is on how and when the murderer will be caught, if at all. However, a large part of the book centers on the psychological aspect of the murders and the persons involved.My favorite chapters where those featuring Marklin and Beaudette, both not necessarily likable characters, but I liked how they complemented each other in their work. On the other hand, I felt an instant dislike towards Aaron Pimental, who was complaining too much, showed too little initiative and turned out to be a very unstable and troubled character. With his psychological profile and background, I wondered how he managed to become a police officer at all. The psychopath responsible for the gruesome deaths at least had a clear and simple motive for his deeds. It was fascinating to see how he was able to easily influence, or rather brainwash, other people to serve his purpose, abusing religious belief for his cruel benefit.While I enjoyed the unusual concept of this thriller at the same time I think it was unnecessarily long and often slow which too much dialogue. I also could have done with one or two less detailed descriptions of the murders, not because of their shocking brutality, but because it got boring.At about sixty percent I was tempted to put the book down, as most questions where answered and, even with the subsequent turn of events, there was no tension left to hold my interest. While I did finish the book, the final twist held no surprise and rather felt like an overlong epilogue. Overall, this was an interesting story, but not exceptionally so.(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)

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