Review: Dead Connection
Publisher: Henry Holt
From the cover:
When two young women are murdered on the streets of New York, exactly one year apart, Detective Ellie Hatcher is called up for a special assignment on the homicide task force. The killer has left behind a clue connecting the two cases to First Date, a popular online dating service, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric, publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that only Ellie can help him pursue his terrifying theory: someone is using the lure of the Internet and the promise of love to launch a killing spree against the women of New York City.
To catch the killer, Ellie must enter a high-tech world of stolen identities where no one is who they appear to be. And for her, the investigation quickly becomes personal: she fits the profile of the victims, and she knows firsthand what pursuing a sociopath can do to a cop—back home in Wichita, Kansas, her father lost his life trying to catch a notorious serial murderer.
When the First Date killer begins to mimic the monster who destroyed her father, Ellie knows the game has become personal for him, too. Both hunter and prey, she must find the killer before he claims his next victim who could very well be Ellie herself.
I haven’t read a good mystery novel in a while and Dead Connection definitely satisfied my hunger for one. It had everything I could ever ask for in a mystery novel. Great characters, check. Suspenseful, check. Fast pace plot, check.
I love the characters in the book and even more than that I love the relationships and interactions they had with one another. The characters were drawn extremely realistically and they were fully fleshed out. Each character carried around their own personal baggage, which made it easy for the readers to relate to. Sure they made some mistakes, but we all do. Despite the serious nature of the book, Burke was able to infused the book with humor through the witty banter between the characters. The relationships and chemistry between the characters felt very real and natural.
Of course every mystery book needs to be suspenseful and unpredictable and this book fit the bill. Every time I thought I had everything figured out, Ellie and Flann would uncover something else and I would just think “well there goes my theory.” The plot was intriguing and it moved at a pretty fast pace so I never felt too bogged down by the details or the investigations.
It’s definitely worth the read if you enjoy mystery/thriller books and I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters develop in the next book.
- Dead Connection
- Angel’s Tip