Saturday 2 June 2012

Book ~ "Bones" (1999) Jan Burke

From Amazon ~ Journalist Irene Kelly is part of the investigative team on the hunt for serial killer Nicholas Parrish's many victims. Their graves are in California's Sierra Nevada mountains and Parrish, having entered a plea bargain, is there too, leading the team to the women's corpses in exchange for a life sentence instead of the death penalty. But Parrish has planned a surprise or two. When a grave explodes, most of the team are killed, Irene flees and the killer escapes. Back home, Irene continues to work at the behest of Gillian Sayre, the daughter of one victim. Her hunt for Parrish is made considerably easier by his growing obsession with her. A cunning psychopath with a calm demeanor, Parrish heavily resembles Hannibal Lecter. Rather than eat his victims, however, he tortures and dismembers them.

This is the seventh book in the series of eleven (as of 2011) ... I'm rereading the series.

The style of this one is different from the others. The previous ones are written in first person (Irene). The chapters in this one were written by either Irene (first person) or Parrish or the Moth (third person). And there were headers at the beginning of each chapter letting you know the date and location.

This seemed to be longer and darker than the other books. The first half of the book deals with the trek into the mountains with Parrish as a prisoner to discover where he has buried Gillian Sayre's mother. The second half deals with the hunt to find Parrish again as he torments Irene and continues to kill.

It was okay, though I didn't enjoy it as much as the others, probably given the subject matter.

1 comment:

JCB said...

I think I need to re-read this series.