Shane Gericke's debut thriller actually did blow me away. The tension starts building with the opening chapter, and never lets up. When a killer forces a 911 operator to listen as he kills a cop, the reader knows it will be nonstop action.
Emily Thompson has had a tough life. Her beloved parents were victims of a hit-and-run driver on her birthday. On her thirtieth birthday, her husband died when his car was hit by rocks from an overpass. Now, seventy-two hours before her fortieth birthday, the rookie cop is targeted by a serial killer who enjoys playing games. And those games resemble ones that Emily and her parents played on Saturday nights. Someone knows too much about Emily's life.
Gericke introduces Emily as a slightly naive cop, forced to grow up quickly in seventy-two hours. When she and the police task force realize the killer is using a countdown toward a meeting with her, Emily doesn't know who to trust. All she knows is that the killer knows her well.
Gericke's debut marks a strong beginning in a new series of thrillers. I'll be waiting for the next one, Cut to the Bone, due out in 2007.
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