Sunday, May 10, 2015

The One that Got Away by Simon Wood

3 "Meh" Stars


Back Cover Blurb -  

Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever.
A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a police investigation where the crime eerily resembles her abduction. Along with a zealous detective, she retraces the steps of that fateful night in the desert, hoping that her memory will return and help them find justice for Holli. Her abductor—labeled the “Tally Man” by a fascinated media—lies in wait for Zoë. For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.
With an unforgettable heroine, a chillingly disturbed psychopath, and a story that moves at breakneck speed, The One That Got Away is thriller writer Simon Wood at his finest.
Suffering from survivors remorse and guilt from leaving her friend behind in the hands of a sadistic serial killer, Zoe manages to take life day by day, not really living, but not ready to give up just yet. When a murder happens close to home that is reminiscent of the horrors she saw when she was abducted, Zoe has no choice but to try and help solve this crime and bring the murderer in for justice.

This book managed to keep me involved from start to finish, but the obvious fumbling's and mishandling of the crime by the police force in this book left a bad taste in my mouth. Not because I was mad at the cops, but more so the way the author portrayed them. I was wanting a Lt. Joe Kenda, but was instead given a Barney Fife with a couple of bumbling idiots as his deputies. I cannot pretend to know how an investigation would actually be handled, seeing as how I am not a cop, but I do watch a lot of CSI, NCIS and the ID channel and it was hard for me to believe that some of the "missed" clues or lack of initiative shown by the police is how things would really be handled in reality. Maybe a hundred years ago, but not now. With that hanging over my head, I wasn't able to truly enjoy the book.

I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a quick, entertaining read in the mystery crime genre, but I wouldn't expect too much from this book.

Happy Reading! Until next time...

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