Devilish and fun in a creepy sort of way. And out of my normal reading pattern, being a psychological thriller/ horror story. Which I am, in some ways, ashamed to have found as captivating as I did.
Killing Matt Cooper is very short book (about 25,000 words -- either a long novelette or short novella) which I got for free on smashwords.com.
Cassian's style is interesting. At first, I was put off by the opening. It begins with a super-creepy and unsettling revelation by the first-person narrator: "I raped the love of my life." And then he continues to reveal that he had murdered her. Crazy sick. And the narrator's persona becomes even ickier in the next scene, where we see him abduct, rape and kill another victim.
Which he does, according to him, out of love. A really weird, demented soul this.
But then the story gets interesting. Enter a sexy FBI agent who is placed in charge of his case, Agent Kathleen Underwood. When the killer's professional life entwines with hers, they meet. And really fall in love.
Irony at its peak. A mass murderer, convinced he is acting out of "love" for his victims. Falling in love for the first time in his life with a woman who reciprocates. Who is hunting him down. And, when she throws in the towel with the case, wanting to keep her around, he does what any love-struck psycho would do to keep his love around...
We'll leave it at that. And avoid spoilers.
Since this is Cassian's first outing, I was impressed. The writing evokes both the physical and psychological realities of the story.
But I did have some issues with it. The first was that some of the sex seemed gratuitous. I am not a prude, but prefer that the sex in my novels actually mean something. It should develop something, or reveal something about the character. In this case, it frequently did not. At times, it read like a Penthouse Letter. Which, to me, made the sex seem less than real.
There are also some procedural errors with FEMA and FBI operations that I wish the author would have researched. They did not so much get in the way of the story, but they did strain my ability to "suspend my disbelief" at times.
Still, no book is perfect. This is not great literature. But it is a wickedly good story.