When the book started, I enjoyed the first chapter. Then, suddenly, Alex revealed the secret of Christine Helstrum and the thrill fades.
Psychotic murderer, Christine Helstrum, escapes from the prison to claim her son. On the other side are Alex and Sarah, enjoying Christmas’ preparation with Brian (son). One mother is trying to get her child back and another one trying to protect her son. Alex is kind of their bridge.
The story seems interesting when looking from this angle. But what I dislike most about the book was characters. They were so frightened by a person. They were having nightmares, just y the name of her. Getting paranoid in public.
They were living in fear of it but not taking any action. They were just thinking this-and-that, refusing to do any important work that will protect them. No good locks, no guns, no guards.
The police’s work was awful. They were discussing cases in front of them. They were not even written from the heart.
How the hell, you cannot tell someone is living in your basement, when it is clear from the starting. It is not a spoiler. You read and you will understand that this is pretty clear that something fishy is going on in the basement.
Their food cans were vanishing, someone entering the house without any breakings, and you do not understand that the killer is hiding at your place. Police should have used some common sense.
Even after the doubt, they do not put a lock on the basement door.
Sarah was a hairdresser by profession, so I think she would be good in recognizing various faces. As it was her work to stare at the faces and hair, she could not identify Christine’s.
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There is very less back story. I wanted to know more about what happened on THAT night. Backstory is just a wrapped up summary of action which happened.
Christine’s point of view was a little intimidating but her voice lacked the horror of a psychotic killer.
When they found out that Christine was in their town, they got really surprised. Why? Were not they expected that? Is it news? No. They were having nightmares that she is in their house and the news of her shocked them.
Characters do not develop even when they put into the extreme pressure. What would you do if a woman is running behind you with a knife in her hand? You will run away. But if you have a knife yourself and life of your loving one are in danger, you will fight. But Sarah, as the weak woman she was, run. To save her life, to save her son’s life. Again police do a laughable work. Wait until the last moment to pull that trigger.
But it was good cat and mouse book. I have to give that. Christine played with their minds. Not that she was intelligent, but other ones were stupid.