Saturday, May 3, 2014

Murder of Crows by David Rotenberg

Title:  Murder of Crows
Series:  Junction Chronicles #2
Author:  David Rotenberg
Published:   March 19th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Canada
Length:  336pgs
Format:  paperback
Genre:  thriller
Shelf:  giveaway
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

David Rotenberg’s Decker Roberts is back, and he always knows when who’s telling the truth.

Since Decker Roberts’ last run in with the NSA, he’s been trying to remain off the radar, searching for his estranged son. His synaesthetic abilities, once a lucrative gift, are increasingly becoming a liability.

When a vicious attack wipes out the best and brightest of America’s young minds, devastating the country’s future, Decker is forced to step out of the shadows and help track down the killer. And as the hunt brings him in contact with other people of “his kind,” Decker begins to realize that there may be depths to his gifts that he had never even imagined.

Meanwhile, several parties are secretly tracking the progress of Decker’s son, Seth, trying to determine if he has the same unique gift as his father. Decker is determined to go to any lengths to find his son, but along the way he will have to face down enemies, both old and new, as well as struggle with whether his son even wants to be found.

David Rotenberg’s thrilling sequel to The Placebo Effect is full of suspense, and will challenge what you think you know about people who have special “gifts.” From rural Africa to downtown Toronto, the paths of Rotenberg’s colorful characters intertwine as they move towards a conclusion that none of them can see coming.

My Review:

Rotenberg definitely takes a suspenseful approach to making his readers think outside the box. I found Rotenberg’s descriptions to give a rather dark feeling and visual to the world at hand. You always feel like the worst is just around the corner. The way that the chapter titles count down to the end, and then show the after, adds a sense of urgency to the already forward moving novel.

The characters are unique and intriguingingly developed, however, I found them difficult to identify with. This makes it difficult to fully immerse oneself in the story at hand. It is also impossible to understand them if you haven’t read the first novel in the series.

Overall? I really appreciated that this was a book written for adults by an adult. Rotenberg never dumbs down his writing nor does he take a lighter approach to events to increase his possible audience base.

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