08 June 2012

The Forsaken by Estevan Vega

The Forsaken by Estevan Vega.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Crime,Mystery,Thriller.
Publication : March 13th 2012 by StoneHouse Ink.

The first victim has no natural wounds. No prints left behind. No lacerations. But the life has been gruesomely drained from the corpse, and a broken cross is now imprinted inside the skin.

Left for dead a year ago by his former partner, reckless and medicated Detective Jude Foster now endures mindless therapy sessions in order to be given another chance at his life.When the chief of police discovers the first victim strangely killed in this sadistic fashion, Jude enters a dark world all-too-familiar. He knows he’s seen this method of murder before, but he never caught the killer.

Could this be a copycat, or is it the one that got away?

Forced to take on a new partner for the case, Jude must come to terms with the fractured memories of his past, attempt to keep his younger brother safe, and chase down a ghost killer who is collecting human souls. But time is against him. How many more victims will there be before the killer is satisfied? And will Jude Foster be able to survive this new hell or in the chaos, will he risk becoming something else entirely?

God, it's so hard to keep reviews for a mystery book spoiler-free. I love a good mystery/thriller, especially murder mysteries. They're the ones that keep me up at night, scared out of my wits and yet I'm addicted to that adrenaline rush I get while reading them. As a Criminal Minds and The Mentalist addict, it's not surprising that I find serial killer story-lines the most interesting. This one didn't disappoint!

The Forsaken begins with Detective Jude Foster in a mandatory therapy session. He's got a brutal past, one involving his ex-partner that left him scarred for life. Now there's a new killer on the loose and Jude is on this case, forced to work with a new partner while trying to capture him. Only, Jude's not sure if this killer's all that new or if he's someone Jude already has a past with.

I've read Vega's YA book, Arson and I loved it immediately because it had a touch of darkness. The same goes for The Forsaken. Vega's one of those few authors who can pull off a completely dark and twisty story while still having some goodness in it.

I can't believe I took so long to get to this because it's totally my cup of tea. The Forsaken is like going on a roller-coaster ride - thrilling, dark and has you gripped. As usual, the writing's strong and engrossing. The crime scenes were vivid, intense and for a moment, I had to shut my eyes to shake the image off my head.

There were a few parts of the book that weren't important..at least not to me. To be honest, Jude wasn't a character I cared much about. I paid attention only to the crime part of the story and that was enough for me. I ignored the flaws because for the most part, The Forsaken was unputdownable.

If you scare easily, this one isn't for you. On the other hand, for those who enjoy excellent crime mysteries irrespective of how disturbing it may be, you'll enjoy this one.

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  1. I don't usually read mystery novels, but this one sounds good. I have been reading so many dystopian books, and I am craving some variety. Thanks for the review!

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