Author: Thomas Amo
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: February 10, 2011
Genre: Adult fiction
Source: Author for review
Buy the book: Amazon
Summary via Goodreads:
Some Murders Shouldn't Be Investigated
The City of San Francisco is locked in a grip of fear. A series of occult murders has led, Inspector Thomas James, to a crime scene similar to a murder committed 90 years ago in the once grand Aleris Hotel. A place where power barons of the early 20th Century engaged in witchcraft. And silent film stars indulged in the most wicked of sins.
A place where no one questions the black smoke that rises from the hotel's incinerators in the middle of the night.
Missy's take -
This book is unlike anything that I have read before. I am not even sure where to start with my review of it. It was such a suspenseful, mind blowing read I will do my best to explain my thoughts on it.
The story starts with Inspector Thomas James from the San Francisco PD, entering a murder scene at, of all places, a funeral home. While gathering evidence, he comes upon a clue that is specifically meant for him. This totally freaks him out. Along with all the evidence found from this murder were are thrown into a hunt for murderer who is being a copycat. All of these murders that are taking place have things to do with The Zodiac killer and Charles Manson. There are so many references to past murders. It was quite fascinating how the author intertwined them together.
The storyline takes us all over the place. There is a lot happening with every single chapter. There were times that I got slightly confused because of everything that was going on at one time. While at the time it seemed overwhelming, all of it was necessary to the story. There was a lot of information to gather, but at the end it all comes together nicely and you begin to understand how everything fits together.
I really liked the characters. All of them were written with very realistic qualities and dialogue. There is a paranormal touch to the story and our lead, Thomas James, doubts all of the paranormal aspects. This makes him very real to me because a lot of people wouldn't believe the case has anything to do with the paranormal.
Overall, I was really surprised where the story went. It was all so unexpected. This book was not at all what I thought that it was going to be. Quite honestly a lot of the book totally creeped me out, but I really like that in a book! It is a lot of fun for a story to take you in a place to never expect it to go! This is also the year of cliffhangers because, oh my goodness, this one leaves us with quite the cliffhanger! I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
Missy's rating -