4 out of 4 stars
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Do you see that beautiful woman sitting there with a far-away look in her eyes? Have you tried talking to her? Oh, she did not respond? Now look more closely. Do you understand why she did not talk? It is because she has been dead for a while, yet her body has been preserved in an almost life-like condition.
Yes, someone out there is killing young women by injecting embalming fluid into their bodies while they are still alive. Chief Detective Inspector Miller enlists the help of ex-cop Steve Jobz to identify this ‘Mortician Murderer’, but will the duo be able to thwart his killing spree? Or will they themselves become victims of a ruthless and clearly psychopath killer?
The Embalmer by Vincent Zandri is a fast-paced psychological thriller that keeps the readers glued from the very first page. The bone-chilling horror haunts you but captivates you as well. I found this book to be a comparatively short yet extremely compelling read.
The author has presented us with a very shocking, but unique modus operandi. What sort of killer preserves his victims and then arranges their postures so painstakingly that you cannot even imagine that the pretty girl sitting on that park bench with a smile on her face or that beauty standing serenely on those stairs are nothing but lifeless dolls?
Well, in The Embalmer, Zandri actually lets you peep into the killer’s life. Seeing how the twisted mind works, we cannot help shuddering in disgust. Zandri leaves enough clues throughout the book so that the readers can identify the killer even before Jobz himself puts two and two together. But this revelation further increases the suspense as we now know how dangerous the killer can be.
Crime thrillers are not known for putting much emphasis on character development. But Zandri does an excellent job showing how Jobz, long since resigned to the ridicules he gets because of his namesake, the Apple CEO, finally comes out confident and well aware of his potentials. The ending seems more like a new beginning.
I could not really find anything negative about this book. However, I felt that the author could have elaborated more on the background and the psychological condition of the killer. Knowing how he ended up a killer would have made the story more authentic.
This book deserves a full 4 out of 4 stars. I found a couple of minor errors that did not inhibit the flow of reading. A complete package full of nail-biting suspense and action scenes, this is going to be a treat for any thriller-lover. However, there is considerable blood and gore that calls for a mature audience. All in all, the first book in the Steve Jobz series was excellent and I cannot wait to read the next books.
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