Saturday, August 25, 2012

Silent Slaughter by C E Lawrence

He picks beautiful young women and kills them slowly, savoring not only their pain and suffering but the knowledge that no one will understand the patterns he's carving in their bodies...

Pinnacle Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It was published earlier this month, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

He not only kills them and leaves them in secluded public places, he sends notes to taunt the police. When Lee comes in to profile him, he begins to feel that the killer is personally taunting him.

Lee is a very interesting character.  His sister disappeared years ago and has never been found.  He's been in a deep depression and has finally worked his way out.  He's ending his relationship with his girlfriend because they are both unsure of how they really feel about each other.  And now he has a deadly killer who is out of control and feels invincible.  His emotions play a large part in how he deals with this case.

This is a very good mystery with a very evil man at the center of the crime.  I really liked the fact that it takes an autistic man to help solve the crime.  Most everyone left him alone because he got easily upset and he was only there because he was travelling with his brother, a cop.  But when he makes a statement about math, everyone listens.

This story made me a bit uncomfortable because it hit fears I didn't realize I had.  That means the author did a really good job of presenting the emotional trauma and fear the victims felt.  The story moves quickly and I'm sure Lee will be back again in another book.  He hasn't resolved all his issues yet and there are always monsters in this world to be conquered.

If you would like my ARC of this book, please leave a comment here on my blog and email me at info at with your name and address and why you would like to read it.  I'll pick a winner in about a week.

Happy reading.


Shan said...

Certainly sounds like an interesting book. Must say I always enjoy when main characters have major issues they are dealing with. Too often we see those in positions of authority etc as better than us, or having come from a better place. I like when reality hits.
Don't like the idea of him killing slowly, and obviously deliberately but great to hear an autistic man helps to solve the case. As aunt of a young man who is autistic I have seen how he has been ill treated by society for way too long.
Book definitely sounds like an interesting although scary read!

ChristyJan said...

When it starts to closer to Halloween I seem to gravitate towards mysteries and spine-chilling suspense reads.
This one sounds like it fits the bill – and more. It definitely would have to be a day-time – lights-on one.