4 out of 4 stars
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The Embalmer by Vincent Zandri is a murder mystery thriller that keeps you gripped right until the end. Steve Jobz is an ex cop who now works for the government battling insurance fraud. When an Albany detective asks for his help, however, the cop in him can't turn the opportunity down. Someone has been killing women by embalming them alive! The police think the killer may be collecting unemployment benefits and recruit Jobz to help and to give a fresh perspective on things. As the unlikely duo work together, they begin to unravel who the 'Mortician Murderer' is; but there are still more surprises in store for them. Even right to the end.
The Embalmer is a very good story that keeps the reader intrigued from beginning to end. There are many twists and surprises throughout. I really enjoyed the story and the way it was written. The characters are very relatable and it is very easy to put yourself in their shoes - especially since the story is written in first person from the point of view of the main protagonist, Steve Jobz. I also really liked the fact that some chapters are written from the point of view of the killer. This allows the reader a little bit of insight into who he is and why he does what he does. It's an insight that even the detectives don't have, so the reader is left cheering on Steve and Miller whenever they get that little bit closer to uncovering the truth.
I'm not sure that there was much I didn't like about the book. Occasionally there are parts where much shorter sentences are used and repeated to emphasize a point. This was very hit and miss with me. Sometimes it just confused things a little. Other than that I really enjoyed everything.
I give The Embalmer 4 out of 4 stars. The book is very well written. It keeps you interested and gripped all the way to the climax. It lets the reader in on more information than the protagonist and makes it slowly obvious who the killer is without giving the whole thing away. The book is also very well edited with little to no mistakes throughout.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery thrillers. Anyone who enjoys murder mysteries will love this book. You need to be able to handle a lot of detail (about the murders and the victims) as some of it can be gory or upsetting, but all of it is in context to the story and all of it adds to the story. Overall it is a very good book and a series I would definitely consider continuing.
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