Sunday, May 29, 2011

Review: Hangman (Faye Kellerman)

Title: Hangman
Author: Faye Kellerman
Genre: Adult mystery
Pages: 439
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Challenges: Suspense and Mystery
FTC Disclosure: I bought this book
Summary (from the inside flap of the book): High school senior Chris Whitman confessed to murdering his girlfriend to spare beautiful, vulnerable Terry McLaughlin from having to testify at his trial. Years later, when the truth set Chris free, he married Terry, changed his name to Donatti...and became a professional killer. Now Terry's missing, Donatti's disappeared--and their teenage sone, Gabe, has no one to turn to except his mother's friend, LAPD Detective Peter Decker, and Decker's wife, Rina Lazarus.

The last thing Decker wants is Terry's sociopathic husband back in his world. And the hunt for Terry must share center stage with another case when a young nurse's body is found hanging from the rafters at a construction site. Caught between two troubling investigations and an increasingly precarious home life, Decker and Rina must make a difficult decision about sheltering Terry's son... even as the shadow of a serial killer falls across their own imperiled family.

Review: I was so in the mood for a good old detective novel so when I walked into my local indie bookshop and saw this book I knew it was perfect and just what I was looking for! Total bliss. I read most of it on the bus to and from Los Angeles yesterday and got completely sucked into the book from the first page.

I have read almost all of Faye Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus detective books and have liked them all so I knew I was in for a treat when I started this one and I wasn't disappointed. I like that Decker's family always features large in these books and that they age, grow, mature and fit into the stories. In the early books we readers learned a lot about orthodox Jews as Decker met and married Rina. Now, the Jewish faith is in the background, but understood to be part of the family's life. I think that's interesting and a nice personal touch.

I don't really have much to say about the book since it's a detective novel, a murder-mystery, and is well written. I like the characters, the story, and everything about these books. I liked that the family is caring, well-behaved, interesting, giving and gets along, but they aren't perfect. I like that the mysteries are believable and aren't solved in only the last ten pages. They are complicated enough that I don't know who did it (usually) until it is being revealed in all its glorious details.
    Geography Connection:
     

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    Click to see my updated Google Map. Another book set in Los Angeles, but this one also took adventures out to Las Vegas and talked about communities up and down the southern California coast so that was fun, too. Even though I've been to LA a lot of times and I live within two hours of it, my LA geography is SO bad!


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