Review by Mo101788 -- The Embalmer by Vincent Zandri

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Review by Mo101788 -- The Embalmer by Vincent Zandri

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[Following is a volunteer review of "The Embalmer" by Vincent Zandri.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Steve Jobz works for an Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigations Agency and has a very dull life compared to his former job as a police officer. Due to certain circumstances and an incident involving a convenience store shooting, Jobz was forced to leave the precinct. Now Steve is pulled back into the line of fire by Detective Miller to assist with finding a serial killer who is kidnapping woman and embalming them alive. Can Miller and Jobz find out who this monster is? Or does this familiar killer escape the hands of Detective Miller and Steve Jobz?

The Embalmer, A Steve Jobz Thriller by Vincent Zandri was a potent murder mystery novel that had me riveted and reading through the night. Having read a lot of psychological thrillers especially since my grandma retired (I inherit all of her books) I can be somewhat picky. This story, however, was a bit different than most. One of the things that made this book so intriguing was the unique way the killer murdered the women and the humor that was thrown into the story to alleviate some of the gruesome bits.

Right from the get go I started putting clues together to see if I could figure out who the suspect was before Miller and Jobz. I had an idea of who it was more quickly than I would have hoped and I was right in the end. Zandri did a brilliant job with the characters and their development, I absolutely loved the character of Steve Jobz, and I think he gave the book the hero that was needed. I enjoyed how the author switched from the perspective of Jobz to the killer’s point of view; it was a crazy roller coaster ride. As soon as I got comfortable reading Steve’s viewpoint I was thrown into the belly of the beasts mind and his gruesome acts of violence.

The part I had the strangest time with was reading through the entire process of one of the victims being embalmed alive. I was so engrossed with this scene I couldn’t seem to put the book down, it was so well written but as I was reading my stomach was doing summersaults. The author did an excellent job writing this material, I felt like I was sitting in the room while the killer made that woman his creepy work of art.

I rate The Embalmer 4 out of 4 stars; I caught only 1-2 grammatical errors and it had all the perfect components for a psychological thriller. This book would be a welcome addition to any murder mystery lover’s library along with any other Steve Jobz Thrillers that come along. The story contains some graphic scenes and sexual content but would be a worthy read for adult audiences.

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