The Naturalist (The Naturalist 01) by Andrew Mayne

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.

As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue… or Theo himself. Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he hunts—before he becomes its prey?

My impressions:

It’s the first part of a series about a kind of accidental detective cum vigilante who also happens to be a scientist. The narrative was quick-paced and Theo was fun to follow. Still his adventures were rather predictable and not especially original. Of course nobody believed him. Of course he was so motivated (but by what exactly?) that he had to risk his own career and life in order to find that mysterious murderer. Of course he had to find a girlfriend, maybe even fall in love, in the process. Of course he was right all the way. Of course his nemesis was very intelligent and very strong and very cunning… it seemed every chapter, sometimes even every page, I was stumbling on more and more threadbare thriller tropes.

Finally I had enough. I don’t think I will be continuing reading this series even if Theo was a rather nice bloke with that Don Quixotic charm layered rather thick. Well, you can have too much of a good thing too.

Final verdict:

A thriller like many others – if you are looking for some brainless entertaiment it might fit the bill. I, however, was left disappointed.

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6 Responses to The Naturalist (The Naturalist 01) by Andrew Mayne

  1. Carole Rae says:

    Welcome back! you have been missed.
    And eh. This had promise but IDK.

  2. blodeuedd says:

    Hey you! 😀

  3. heidenkind says:

    Damned by the whisper of praise 🙂

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