I hope your week is going great! If not, no worries, the weekend is almost here! I am having a great week! Hell School: Fresh Meat released on Friday, and you can get your copy in e-book or paperback. Monday the third part my interviews with Nancy Christie went up. Tuesday we got to see That Bookshelf Bitch's review for Hell School and earlier this morning, we got to see 5 Girl's Book Reviews awesome 5 star review!
Today, I am doing my own review! Let's get to it.
Genre: Police Procedural
Synopsis: Montreal . . . the long, hot summer of 1996. . .. . . and in the dark of night, moving like a shadowy wraith, a vigilante prowls the city's streets.The targets of his bloody rampage: the worst of the worst.Murderers. Gangbangers. Rapists.Six months. Sixteen murders. The harried police are still without a clue . . .. . . until the day they receive an email from the assassin himself.Lieutenant Dave McCall, head of Montreal's Special Homicide Task Force, needs help to crack the secrets of the killer's taunting message. He calls on an expert--Chris Barry, who runs a security firm specializing in computer communications.Together, McCall and Barry launch a grim quest to track down a man who preys on predators--an urgent quest to bring this remorseless killer to justice.But whose justice will prevail: theirs--or the vigilante's?
My Take: I have always enjoyed a good vigilante story, from Batman, Jessica Jones, really every comic book hero ever, to the more nitty gritty like Boondock Saints. There is something deeply satisfying about a bad guy getting his dues no matter what happens in our broken court systems. Not that I would ever encourage someone to become a vigilante, and I certainly would not want a vigilante targeting me. This is the greatest version of realistic escape that I enjoy reading.
So perhaps I went into this with too high of expectations. I wanted to love the story, and instead got meh. This is why I recommend that young women don't get too invested in romantic movies. Rarely are men portrayed accurately, and it makes finding the right guy hard.
Except that this is a book, not a husband, so I can be as picky as I want! Lets start with the positives: I liked how we got to see the vigilante evolve. How he starts out with a signature kill of beating the baddies with a bat (this bothered me at first because it is too much like a serial killer.) and over time he began planning deaths that fit the crime. I liked that we get to see early on why he is motivated to help others and that it is not just revenge, though this got convoluted later. I loved that his wife knew what he was doing and fully supported him doing it. Although, this got convoluted as well and that leads me to the thing I hated about the book.
I get what the author was going for. He wanted a surprise reveal of who the vigilante was. He was mixing thriller with suspense with police procedural. He had too many red herrings and it annoyed me.
The story is told from many perspectives LT McCall, his agent Frank, his expert Chris Barry, Barry's man Carl, and about six other people who are minor characters.... and interspersed throughout is the perspective of the vigilante, cloaking those thoughts in mystery and bland details.
I felt like I was reading a story as poorly thought out as My Bloody Valentine. I knew who the vigilante was, and the red herrings were so painfully set up that it really bugged me. Of course, I am glad that it wasn't like Saw where there is no way you could have known who the baddie was because he didn't exist in the story except for one ridiculously stupid cut. There is that, I suppose.
It did bother me that the vigilante had so many pathological tendencies that are linked to serial killers. I suppose it makes sense because technically that is what he was, but it makes it hard to root for a guy who reminds you more of the BTK killer than the Boondock Saints.
Still, there were moments that were fun. I already got the next two books in the series, so I will inevitably read them and hopefully the story gets better now that the author isn't trying to trick the readers with who the vigilante is.
Have you read The Vigilante series? When did you figure out who the vigilante was? Would you like to read The Vigilante? You can get it from Amazon.