Jo S Wun
on June 26, 2010 :
If you like stories about killers with twisted minds then this is a story for you. If you like stories about killers with twisted minds which contain a fair amount of graphic detail about how those twisted minds carry out their murderous deeds, then you won't be disappointed. If you like stories about killers with twisted minds who have unusual sexual appetites, A Child's Wound caters for you too.
If you want a good description of the story, I see no reason to compete with the blurb which pretty much nails it:
In Manhattan, cruising through book stores and cafés, Tim Hadler, an eccentric serial killer, stalks his next victim. He takes pride in what he does and has perfected his craft. Unfortunately for Tim, he has stumbled upon something that never prepared him for what is about to happen. His next victim turns out to be a New York City Detective. Just when Tim thought he had his life under control, he's drawn into a game like no other. Detective Christine Maloan and her partner, Detective Jefferies, are one more murder victim away from losing their case and handing it over to the F.B.I.. They're investigating the third twisted murder by a Serial Killer that stages his victims as if they were works of art. Detective Christine Maloan and her partner are tracking down a killer that leaves clues, which date back to the Egyptian Pyramids. The hidden clues are difficult to put together and the murders have the entire city up in arms. During all the confusion Tim moves closer to his target and throughout the story he uncovers situations in his past that reveal insight into understanding why he does what he does. Will that stop him?
I read the eBook version on my smartphone, and while I wasn't driven to read it from start to finish to the exclusion of other activities, I readily turned to it when a suitable time-slot arose, even if only a few minutes. Although the plot has some unexpected twists, it's easy to follow so there is no problem resuming where you left off; no having to backtrack more than a paragraph or two to remind yourself what was happening. Often I could pick it up again with no need to backtrack at all.
So why only three stars? Well, despite enjoying the plotlines, the twists and turns, the surprises, being a teensy weensy bit shocked at some of the scenes, and titilated by others, when it came down to it, I simply didn't believe it. I wasn't convinced about some of the things which some of the characters did, or the way they reacted in some of the scenes.
Of course it's perfectly possible that it's just that I haven't met or heard about any real-life people like those portrayed. Perhaps I've led a sheltered life. But my feeling was that some of the actions and reactions were necessary for the plot rather than a true reflection of how people behave. Consequently I had to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy the story. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the story.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Jan. 4, 2010 :
This book was full of twisted characters doing some pretty twisted things. It definitely held my interest!
Kavanagh does a great job of getting inside the killer's head and sharing that perspective with his readers. There is violence, sex, mystery, and suspense. Some good twists will keep you wondering and you might even find yourself rooting for the bad guy along the way. An entertaining and disturbing read!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)