Glimpse, Memoir of a Serial Killer

Stephen B.

Detective Rick McCoy deals with intense cases — so much so that it has affected his marriage. As he tries to repair his marriage, he is assigned to a gruesome case. The body of a woman is found in a suitcase at a dump. Specifics of the case lead the detective to believe that this could be the work of a serial killer. He teams up with a criminal psychologist to figure out who could be the serial killer. Meanwhile, the man who calls himself PPP leaves a memoir detailing what led him to kill and how he kills. Rick McCoy doesn’t realize that PPP could be someone from his past until it is too late. PPP goes after his family, so he must figure out who it is before it is too late.

This gruesome thriller really dives into the thinking of a serial killer. Warning! This book is not for the faint of heart. The killings are graphic and there is some mention of sexual assault. It is fascinating to see from the perspective of a serial killer and to see what drives him.  However, when the perspective switches from the killer to Rick, there is quite a bit of repetition of information, which slows the pace of the story down. There are also some moments, like the Y2K plot line, that did not make much sense in the story. Pat, a criminal psychologist, is a phenomenal character and adds so much depth! Unfortunately, Rick is not very likable. For readers who love crime and suspense, this is the perfect book to read on a spooky and stormy night.    

Amanda Hupe