Book Review: Blackbird by Tom Wright
August 17, 2014 9 Comments
From amazon: “‘Dr. Deborah Serach Gold died on the cross sometime during a night of freezing rain in late October of my last year at Three. It probably wasn’t the worst thing that happened to her that day, but it had been over two decades in the making . . .’
The day after a terrible storm, electricity still crackling in the air, a woman is found dead on the outskirts of a Texan town. She has been brutally attacked and nailed to a cross.
The victim is Dr Deborah Gold, a psychologist who has taken a lot of people’s secrets to her grave.
Which means a lot of suspects for Detective Jim Beaudry Bonham to investigate. And lately he could use some psychological help himself . . .”
Blackbird: What I thought
The beginning of the description sounded very intriguing. However, the ending of it should have warned me: I’m done with thrillers in which the lead investigator is a flawed character.
I found this man totally uninteresting and didn’t give a *%$@$ about his past and current struggles. The investigation into the murder of Dr Gold was exciting, but the Detective got into the way a bit too much.
I did read to the end, but didn’t really pay good attention from page 100 onwards, when I started to wonder whether I should finish the book.
I think that if you like thrillers, there is no reason not to like this one. It’s pretty clever and intriguing.
It’s not the book, it’s me. Since The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, a good two years ago, I should know not to pick up a thriller featuring yet another detective with yet more personal problems. I guess it’s partially the genre that demands a flawed character solving impossible problems, but I’m so done with it! 🙂
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars (almost OK)
Number of pages: 356
First published: 2014
I got this: won this from Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
Genre: mystery, thriller