Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Book 35 of 52 -- Dennis LeHane's Darkness, Take My Hand

After devouring this novel I was drained.

This is the second in Lehane's series featuring private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro and it really packs a whallup.

The first novel, A Drink Before the War, did a fine job of introducing these characters, along with an adequate story.

This novel digs deep into the relationships of these people, and all the while we're being pulled through a harrowing serial killer mystery.

Lehane has pulled out all the stops here and sure, there are many authors who will try to shock you with gruesome details, but in this novel it's the sense of the helplessness of the victims that stays with you long after you leave the story.

Trust me on this: the novel is so well structured and timed that it very slowly begins to build up, as if you're treading water just at the edge of a whirlpool.

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