Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD’s Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address – a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn’t want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. Forced to make a sickening choice, Hunter must sit and watch as an unidentified victim is tortured and murdered live over the Internet.
The LAPD, together with the FBI, use everything at their disposal to electronically track the transmission down, but this killer is no amateur, and he was more than prepared for it. Before Hunter and his partner Garcia are even able to get their investigation going, Hunter receives a new phone call. A new website address. A new victim. But this time the killer has upgraded his game into a live murder reality show, where anyone can cast the deciding vote.
I’ve just finished One by One – Chris Carter – and I would normally wait a day or so and think about what I was going to write but I’m not going to bother this time around. I was so taken – and this may sound a tad strange – by the serial killer I wanted to get my thoughts in order sooner rather than later!
One of the most imaginative ways to kill people I’ve come across, I absolutely loved the serial killer in this book. The killer was moreish, I wanted to know more and discover the reasons for the killing spree, I loved the dark humour and the way the killer interacted with the detectives in charge of the case. The detectives were left reeling after the first crime, caught totally unaware and playing a game of catch up throughout.
This is the first book I’ve read by Chris Carter but it certainly won’t be the last. The pace is good, the narrative crisp and intelligent, as was the plotting and architecture of the story. It all makes sense and the way the author brought everything together in the end was incredibly well delivered.
That said I did want the ending a little more drawn out, another five pages would have sufficed because I don’t think he tied everything up, at least to my personal satisfaction. There were a couple of characters I wanted to know more about after the case had closed but the author concentrates on the key figures. I’m absolutely positive this will be enough for most readers but as I particularly enjoyed one character and found myself swept away with the complete package I wanted just a little more! I am of course being greedy but hey, if you don’t ask you don’t get right?!
There’s not too much more to say on this book, it’s one you really have to read. If you like your murders a little gruesome, inventive and dare I say entertaining then this is the book to you. The book is a very quick read and it’s over before you know it. A highly entertaining and edge of the seat crime thriller, One by One is well worth a read.
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- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (15 Aug 2013)
- ISBN-10: 0857203053
- ISBN-13: 978-0857203052
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