It is a rare book in which I found myself rooting for the killer. Whether it is the story, or the author’s way of presenting it, or both, I cannot say. And this was the reason for my broken heart after I finished reading it.
The story captures my attention from the very beginning – two strangers plotting murder onboard a flight from London to Boston. The twists and unexpected turns in the plot are enough to keep one glued to the pages of this novel. The plot loses its speed a bit towards the middle but soon picks it back up. There are crosses, and then there are double-crosses. All-in-all, it is an appetite-satisfying read.
We need more of those limericks the detective wrote. They were kind of interesting to read, bringing a funny element to an otherwise macabre story.
All the major characters, from Ted and Miranda Severson to sociopathic serial killer Lily, and Brad Daggett, are presented with their vivid flaws, which is how it should be. One does not like them at all, but there is no reason not to find them interesting given their maliciousness. No human is perfect, and the author has successfully managed to web a sinfully interesting plot amongst all the chaos.
To sum it all up, this book is of the kind worth reading. A definite page-turner.
Cover image courtesy of William Morrow.