Friday, December 29, 2006

#77 Loverboy by Michele Jaffe

My Rating: 10 out of 10 stars

Wow, loved it! Definitely adding this one to my favorite books of 2006. Were it not already promised to cestmoi from an earlier mystery swap, this'd definitely be the book I'd choose to use in our Best of 2006 swap coming up in January.

This is a standalone novel, not part of a series, in which FBI agent Imogen Page is trying to catch the serial killer known as the Hide-and-Seek Killer, who later revels his real identity as 'Loverboy'. His latest victim, though not yet dead, is famous nuclear physicist, Rosalind Carnow, who was taken from Las Vegas. Rosalind is Loverboy's 6th victim, and Imogen has 2 weeks to put together the pieces of the puzzle and find Rosalind before Loverboy takes her life.

I really enjoyed the author's writing and remembered how much I'd liked her other book Bad Girl too. She continually threw a lot of red herrings into the story to throw you off the trail, or to try to lead you in a certain direction. But like many mysteries, the various clues can be interpreted in various ways. I had a hard time putting this one down, leading to many long nights with very little sleep. Now that I'm finished, maybe I'll finally manage to get more than 5 hours sleep per night!

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