5 out of 5 stars
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Tick is a book written by Jeffery Higgs and named after its heroine. The book begins with a young girl, Tick, fleeing from a murderous psychopath, trapped on a ledge out in the wild, injured and terrified. Brad, a wealthy widower out on a hike during a camping trip, stumbles upon a little girl who he soon realizes is pretty unusual. Risking their lives, he fashions a plan and performs a rescue trip that leaves them both with injuries. Concerned about his young charge's safety, he notifies the public authorities, and that singular action changes the entire course of his life.
Brad's formerly quiet and boring life is suddenly over. Between his newly adopted daughter's special needs, his family's concern, and his chemistry with a doctor, all while remaining conscious of the demented killer on the run, Brad's life receives a total overhaul. Tick turns out to be an insanely smart, perceptive, and skilled girl. But what happens to Tick and Brad's new family? Does she get swallowed up by the life of violence she'd been trained in?
I absolutely loved this book. The author's writing was flawless, and the book completely sucked me in. The intrigue was top-notch, and the main character, Tick, served as a constant puzzle, constantly mystifying the reader and dazzling also in equal measures. I loved how the book made the question of the character's faith very clear and instrumental without it becoming overwhelming for the reader. I also liked how quickly the story progressed; the book moved at a fast pace and was not filled up with mundane descriptions. I liked how this particularly made the book constantly interesting. I also liked how the author wrote Tick from different perspectives of the characters. It helped give an insight into each character's mind. I also liked how the short background stories of each character were included. This particularly made it easier to get used to a new character quickly. Tick was also flawlessly edited, and I could find no errors in it.
I didn't find many negative aspects in this book, Tick. However, I didn't quite like how unrelatable Tick got. With her perfect skills and supposedly amazing intellect, she began to look more like an alien child with superpowers. This made my understanding of her a bit vague.
I enjoyed reading every part of this book, despite the inability to relate to the main character. So, in the absence of any reason to lower my final rating, I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves crime books and thrillers. If you also enjoy books about serial killers, then this book would be suitable for you.
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