Thursday, 31 March 2011

At the Stroke of Madness by Alex Kava

At The Stroke Of Madness (Maggie O'Dell, Book 4)Title: At the Stroke of Madness 
Author: Alex Kava 
Series: Maggie O’Dell (book #4) 
Previous in series: The Soul Catcher 
Next in series: A Necessary Evil 
My Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Maggie is asked by her friend, Dr. Gwen Patterson, to look into the disappearance of a patient. At the same time, several bodies are found stuffed into barrels in a quarry near the patient’s last known location. Is she one of the corpses? Who killed them and why?

Review: The plot is enjoyable and well-paced. The new characters are easy to like, and the killer's motivation is unique as far as serial killer’s go. The problem is that I did not get that “can’t put it down” feeling that comes with really good books. In addition, I felt that Maggie's character was under-developed. She does not seem to be growing or learning from her mistakes. She keeps getting herself into the same situations with the different killers in the series. I am interested to see where the characters are going, especially Tully and Gwen, so I will keep on reading.


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