An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter 06) by Chris Carter

Product info  (from Goodreads):

A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff’s Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery – a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception – can he be believed? 

The case is immediately handed over to the FBI, but this time they’re forced to ask for outside help. Ex-criminal behaviour psychologist and lead Detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, Robert Hunter, is asked to run a series of interviews with the apprehended man. These interviews begin to reveal terrifying secrets that no one could’ve foreseen, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed … until now.

My impressions:

It was a truly evil book and it is not a compliment.

First of all, almost all character descriptions were done extremely clumsily. They more or less qualified as infodumps. Secondly, I got a feeling the plot borrowed too heavily from stories about Hannibal Lecter, especially ‘Silence of the Lambs’, and a old Brad Pitt thriller ‘Seven’. Thirdly I had an impression every single chapter ended with a kind of cliffhanger. Which was annoying because I hate that narrative device and kind of silly too because most of these ugly cliffies didn’t work as they should have. Fourthly, I found the characters to be mere cutouts and the main baddie, an evil genius of serial killing, was not scary in the slightest. I grant it, the horror parts were disturbing and sick, but I felt it was done just for the sake of them being described as shocking. I DNFed after one third of the book.

Final verdict:

A below average ‘thriller’ that offers nothing original, just providing a string of cliches and stilted dialogue scenes as a plot. To be avoided – a total failure.

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6 Responses to An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter 06) by Chris Carter

  1. Carole Rae says:

    Super lame. It sounded so good too!

  2. blodeuedd says:

    Where is failure cat?

  3. heidenkind says:

    Fail kitteh is too sad to show up

    • There has never been and will never be a fail kitten. ‘A total failure’ badge, as far as I know, featured skull and crossbones. The sphinx kitten used to mark ‘meh’ reviews and it was given a sack. ;p

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