BOOK REVIEW: FACE OF A KILLER
Wow! What a ride! I had never read anything by Robin Burcell before, so I did not
know that I was in for such a treat.
Face of a Killer features a very likeable and sympathetic main character in Sydney. Sydney has had to live through some traumatic events in her youth when her father was brutally murdered - the police think they have his killer and he has been in prison.
Fast forward to present day in which Sydney is an FBI agent and forsenic artist. She comes face to face with a crime victim who seems to be describing her father's murderer as the person responsible for her rape! But this can't be!!!
Sydney is haunted by this and decides to visit her father's murderer in prison in order to get things straight in her own head - but this backfires.
As Sydney tries to make sense of what is happening, she discovers that her entire family is now in danger. With the clock ticking down, she needs to get to the bottom of this and fast!
While the plotline I have just described sounds like pretty standard stuff, I have to say that Burcell manages to take a so-so storyline and turn it into an explosive thriller. She really had me wondering how Johnnie Wheeler could be in prison AND brutally raping women at the same time. I also liked the fact that while Sydney is digging, she is discovering things about her dad she did not know and I am sure, did not really want to know about.
The relationship between her and Carillo is fun and fresh and I also enjoyed Burcell's obvious firsthand knowledge of all things forensic. However, unlike some other authors Burcell does not get bogged down in giving us too much forensic information.
I really, really liked this book and recommend it.
REVIEWED BY TINA AVON
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