Finished on March 29, 2019
A priest is found naked and crucified in an abandoned building, and it starts a horrifying chain of murders. Investigative journalist, Steven Carvelle, is tasked with writing about them. The story isn’t the only thing on his mind, though. He’s plagued with violent nightmares.
As the murders pile up and the investigation intensifies, Steven realizes there is a horrible parallel between the killings and his dreams.
This was a solid 3.5-star review for me.
Everyone, except for Miles, in this book are jerks. They’re selfish, bitter, and mean. Even those who claim to love each other don’t step outside of themselves to be tender to anyone else’s needs. A perfect example being that when a little boy loses both parents, those charged with helping him ruminate on how much of an imposition he is. I have a hard time enjoying stories with unlikeable characters.
Aicher’s writing style saved the story for me, though. His pacing is on point, and the mystery is suspenseful enough to have kept me turning pages late into the night.
The ending is definitely not for everyone, but I prefer stories that aren’t wrapped up with tiny, perfect bows.
This is the first thing I’ve read from Aicher, and I will read more in the future.