The Mermaid’s Singing by Val McDermid
This was just a nice taste of twisted! You have a serial killer who is fascinated with ancient torture methods, is a skilled handyman and makes his own rack and other devices after seeing them in a museum and finding a picture book. You just have to love picture books, don’t you? They can show you so much. Add to that, he keeps a recorded diary of his work and its outcome. And to add just another taste of twisted to it, he video tapes them and feeds them into a virtual game computer to be relived over and over.
Tony Hill is a psychologist that has been hired to try and create a profile of this killer. A minor problem is that he finds the killer fascinating. He’s actually a bit turned on by him. And in his off hours, he is stalked by a phone sex worker, Angelica. She is annoying and pushy, until she starts to do it for him. Or is it the cocktail of the killer with her that is the right mix?
I am beyond impressed with this woman’s ability to write the mind of a psychopath. Admittedly, this was an audiobook. And admittedly, the man who did the voice of the killer was excellent. But, I believe I would have stayed up nights to finish it had I had it in print form. Twisted minds like Val’s are a rare commodity. I will be reading more of her stuff!
Blind Curves: A Woman, a Motorcycle, and a Journey to Reinvent Herself by Linda Crill
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was looking for awakenings, insights, and interesting stories on the journey. However, the author was fixated through the entire book on her motorcycle, learning to ride it, maneuver it, etc. And though I can understand how that needed to be a part of the book, she rarely deviated from it. She made the entire Pacific Northwest route where she gave only a couple of pages to the surroundings. Overall, I found the book tedious lacking in atmosphere and engaging storytelling. The author is used to giving talks and speeches before crowds for work she does. And maybe that is where the problem is. She writes like someone standing before a crowd trying to do an infomercial. I actually found myself skimming through areas of the book so that I could reach the end, hoping that she would something of real interest. Ah well, maybe the next book.
Still not sure if this is the name that will stick.