Title: The Dead Room
Author: Chris Mooney
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Synopsis: Forensics specialist Darby McCormick must investigate a lethal home invasion that unearths long forgotten secrets and forces her to question the loyalties of those she trusts the most.
Review: The rapid pacing, intricate plotting and excellent characterization more than compensate for the slightly far-fetched premise and Darby's sudden transformation from lab rat into serious kick-ass chick.
Fox Mulder's "Trust No One" maxim fits the plot of this book to a tee as Darby slowly unravels the mystery of a gruesome home invasion, and soon comes to realize that rampant corruption in the Boston PD and FBI means that everyone around her is a potential villain. The story is complex but everything is ultimately explained and the twists and turns will definitely keep you up late turning the pages.
The ending is somewhat bittersweet and open ended but Mooney's writing is skillful and intense, which means I will be reading Darby's next adventure sooner rather than later.