Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hook Me: Angel Wings by Howard Kaminsky

Title: Angel Wings
Author: Howard Kaminsky
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 2, 2013)
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Book Description: As a veteran member of the Providence police department's elite homicide squad, Detective Danny Martell has seen his fair share of dead bodies. But he’s never seen anything quite like this. Women around the city are being brutally murdered, their dead faces elaborately made up and fabric angel wings attached to their lifeless bodies. The attacks are immediately dubbed "the Angel Murders"—yet it doesn’t take long for the deadly crime wave to drag Danny into his own personal hell…

Because soon after the killings begin, Danny’s wife, Linda, abruptly disappears. And when his worst fears are realized, a grief-stricken Danny redoubles his efforts to hunt down the deranged serial killer. But is Linda just another random "angel"? Or is she the victim of a copycat killer with a vendetta against Danny?

Gritty, suspenseful, and fiendishly fascinating, this chilling whodunit will keep readers guessing right alongside Danny—and on the very edge of their seats until the final page is turned.

First line: He always kept the thermostat in the basement room set at sixty-two degrees.

Last line read: “Time will tell. I can’t judge her wit or her intellect, but she certainly must have endurance.”

Overall Impression: The beginning hooked me with the point of view from the killer. Then, the story seemed to ramble a bit from there. It’s told like an old private investigator, noir-type book. I usually enjoy noir and the like, but I had a hard time getting into this beginning after the initial prologue/chapter. I’m not sure what to think of the main character, Danny, although I love Captain Kitty and her cats.

Would I keep reading?: Maybe